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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Amazing Downtown Condo!

Last night I worked an open house for a condo downtown. The open house was an event for Realtors in the Austin area. The property tours are a really great idea and a very helpful tool. It is a way for Realtors to publicize their listings and get feedback on the property from other professionals that are in the business. It is also a good opportunity to network and exchange information.

The condo is one of the 5 Fifty-five residences at the Hilton Hotel. It is on the 30th floor, and has floor to ceiling windows so the view of the city is amazing. To the south is Lady Bird Lake and beyond, then pan 180 degrees across the west side of the city until you find the UT football stadium to the north. Last night, there were thunderstorms to the west of Austin, so the lightning flashing made a very impressive sight.

The condo itself is no less impressive! It is 5000 square feet, with cherry floors and 12 foot ceilings. There are three bedrooms (each with a full bathroom), another powder room, kitchen, living, dining, wet bar, library, media room, laundry room, and plenty of storage. Please feel free to email me for more information on this listing or any other you may be interested in.

Monday, August 27, 2007

information overload

This summer, I finally took the plunge and quit my full time job to become a full time Realtor. It's an abrupt change to go from an 8-5 desk job with a regular paycheck and rather good benefits to working for commission only. Especially when you don't know when that next commission check will be coming. I'll say right off that it's one of the best decisions I've made and I'm having a great time! There is just so much information to learn! Showing houses and writing contracts is actually the easy part. What takes longer is making the connections with other people in the industry so that you know who to call when your clients don't have a mortgage officer or an inspector or an electrician! What takes even longer is learning about mortgages, marketing, advertising.

I have had a good start though. In the first two months I worked as a full time Realtor, I closed on two houses!