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Dustin Sartoris

Attention Homeowners: How the New Freon Ban Will Affect You

By Dustin Sartoris - May 31, 2019 - 0 Comments

On a hot, muggy Austin day, the last thing you want to hear is that your air conditioner may start costing you big bucks in the near future. According to a new report, Freon (the chemical that keeps you cool) will be banned next year. What does this mean for you? Keep reading to find out all about the upcoming farewell to Freon. What is Freon? Freon is the common name for HCFC-22 and R-22, which are chemicals often used as refrigerants (the stuff that your HVAC uses to cool the air). Freon has been the industry standard refrigerant in…

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Attention All Tech Lovers: Apple Plans to Build Massive Campus in Austin

By Dustin Sartoris - May 21, 2019 - 0 Comments
Apple Plans to Build Massive Campus in Austin

Move over Silicon Valley – Austin is the new hotspot for tech giants. Late last year, Apple announced plans for a new $1 billion campus in North Austin, which will bring loads of new jobs to an already thriving city. The new campus will consist of 133 acres in North Austin and will initially accommodate 5,000 new employees, with the capacity to grow to 15,000 employees. If these projections come true, Apple will surpass Round Rock-based Dell Technologies as the city’s largest private employer. This Apple addition will house a variety of jobs – including engineering, R&D, operations, finance, sales,…

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Exciting Changes for Cedar Park: Two New Mixed-Use Developments in the Works

By Dustin Sartoris - April 30, 2019 - 0 Comments
Bell Boulevard District

Cedar Park is the next Austin-area suburb to score, not just one, but two major mixed-use development projects. That’s right, Indigo Ridge North and Bell Boulevard District are both green-lighted for this popular, fast-growing suburb in North Austin. Keep reading to learn more about the exciting new changes that are coming to one of our favorite Austin communities. Indigo Ridge North Indigo Ridge North is a massive, $1.5 billon mixed-use development that will have it all! Located at the northwest corner of Whitestone Boulevard and Sam Bass Road, this project boasts a total of 155 acres and will include 5…

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Must-Have Tools for Homeowners

By Dustin Sartoris - April 15, 2019 - 0 Comments
Must-Have Tools for Homeowners

When you own your home, things are going to break and, unless you want to spend your money on visits from a neighborhood handyman, you’re going to need to fix them yourself. Luckily, you don’t need an arsenal of tools to handle most home maintenance fixes. These five tools will cover most of your basic projects. Cordless Drill A cordless drill is a must-have for installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges, picture frames, shelves and hooks, and more. Whether it’s for do-it-yourself projects or repairs, you’ll use your cordless drill just about every month. Drain Cleaners Shower and bathroom sink drains…

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Tips on Choosing the Right Realtor for You

By Dustin Sartoris - April 8, 2019 - 0 Comments
Tips on Choosing the Right Realtor for You

Finding the right Realtor is almost as important as finding the right home – in fact, without the right Realtor, you may never find the home of your dreams. In a housing market as fast-paced and competitive as Austin’s, it’s no wonder that there are hundreds of real estate agents vying for your attention. But not all agents are created equal, so here are some tips to sort through the crowd and find the right Realtor to make your dream home a reality. Ask Around for Recommendations Asking around for recommendations is a great way to start a list of…

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Open House – 715 Wood Mesa Ct

By Dustin Sartoris - March 29, 2019 - 0 Comments
715 Wood Mesa Ct, Round Rock, TX, 78665

Come join Dustin Sartoris, REALTOR® at his Open House at 715 Wood Mesa Ct, Round Rock, TX, 78665 on Saturday, March 30th from 1 to 4 PM. Dream home in the heart of Teravista golf course community, Round Rock. 5BR 3BA, theater room, formal dining/study, and loft. Huge hardscaped outdoor living w/ fireplace and built-in grill, on the golf course. Hardwood floors in entry, formal living/study, loft, master bedroom, and stairs. Brand new carpet in the other 4 bedrooms. Custom plantation shutters, stainless high-end Samsung appliances. This home has been carefully maintained by the owners who built it in 2006.…

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Tips on Buying Your First Home in Austin

By Dustin Sartoris - March 12, 2019 - 0 Comments
Tips on Buying Your First Home in Austin

Congrats on starting your journey to becoming a first-time homeowner! If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure of where to begin, don’t worry – the competitive Austin real estate market can be intimidating for even the most experienced buyers. This article covers five tips for buying your first home in Austin. With this knowledge and a seasoned Realtor on your side, you’ll be equipped to take on the market and score your first home. Start Saving Now If you’re considering buying a home anytime in the future, start saving money for a down payment now! Ideally, you should save a down…

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Top 7 Reasons to Move to Austin

By Dustin Sartoris - February 25, 2019 - 0 Comments
7 Reasons to Move to Austin

Considering making the move to Austin? You’re not alone – it’s a trendy (and fast-growing) hot spot for those looking to relocate. In fact, almost 150 people move to Austin every day! Here are my top 7 reasons to make Austin your new home. 1) Jobs Galore Austin is one of the best cities to start a career and a top city for young professionals. And if you’re looking to jumpstart a career in technology, then look no further than Austin – the tech hub of the future. This tech-friendly city is host to the South by Southwest Conference each…

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5 Criteria for Pricing a Home

By Dustin Sartoris - February 8, 2019 - 0 Comments
5 Criteria for Pricing a Home

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales comparison. Location Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighborhood is a good start, but comparing it to homes on the same street or block is even better. Date of Sale It varies…

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Dealing with Scratched Hardwood Floors

By Dustin Sartoris - January 15, 2019 - 0 Comments
Dealing with Scratched Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are highly desirable for most homeowners, but they come with their share of challenges when it comes to cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. After a few months or years of heavy use from kids playing with toys and chairs being shuffled around, it may be time for some DIY fixes. Hiding Scratches If you’ve got a good eye for matching colors, you can actually use crayons or markers or purchase wax sticks from the hardware store to fill-in scratches. Try to match the stain color on your floors, but don’t worry if it’s a little off. If the color…

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