Do You Want to Help Make a Difference for Those with Breast Cancer?

We're excited to announce that we will be participating in the Austin Race for the Cure for the Susan G. Komen Foundation on Sunday, November 16th.

This amazing organization provides healthcare services to women in Austin that are under or uninsured and are struggling with breast cancer. One of every eight women will be affected by breast cancer.  In fact, it is likely you know somebody that has been impacted by breast cancer - we certainly do.

The Race for the Cure is a great opportunity to raise awareness and money for the many programs the Susan G. Komen Foundation offers. Examples include mammograms, transportation for women in chemo, and childcare services, among others. 

You can help the Smith Team reach our goal of $7,500 for the Austin chapter of the Foundation. The Race is a 5k (3.1 miles), but a 1 mile family walk is also available. If you can't make it on the day of the race, you can still show your support by donating. You can register to join our team here if you are interested in standing with us in the fight against breast cancer. 

This cause means a lot to us, and we would love to work with you to meet our fundraising goal. We hope to see you on November 16th!

You May Be Sitting on More Equity than You Thought

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One of the more common questions we get concerns home equity and whether it has improved in Austin over the years. We are experiencing yet another record breaking year in home sales, which are up 3% since last year. Not only that, median value is up 7% to $252,000. What all this means is that you may be sitting on some valuable equity.

We want you to take advantage of these favorable conditions, so we put together a list of 3 tips for you to consider.
  1. If the kids have left for college or you just have fewer people living in your home, you should consider downsizing. This will leave you with money for cash reserves, which is never a bad thing to have.
  2. If your family is growing in size, you're probably thinking about upgrading. Interest rates are still great and the equity you're sitting on now will help with a down payment on your new home. 
  3. If you like your neighborhood, your neighbors, and your current home, you can still make use of your improved equity without moving away. You can use it to improve your home. Make changes to fit your lifestyle and perhaps even add more value to your property.
Now is a great time to own property in Austin. If you would like more information on how you can get the most of these fantastic conditions, give us a call or shoot us an email. We would love to hear from you.