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Invest in Austin Real Estate

We have a long history of helping investors successfully purchase rental properties in Austin! Austin’s market is historically very safe, consistent, & resilient. The greater Austin metropolitan area has appreciated at roughly 5% annually for the past 30 years, and it has appreciated at that same rate if you look at any 10 year period during that time. (The areas we recommend have appreciated at 9.3% in the past 10 years.)

 

Who is Real Estate Investing Not For

There are certainly downsides to investing in rental properties. Real estate is very illiquid and it is expensive to buy & sell. Anyone who thinks they may need their investment back in the next 3-5 years probably should look at more traditional investments. Likewise, rental properties can have surprise expenses that are expensive, so anyone with a low risk tolerance should look elsewhere. A new roof will cost $6000 to $10,000 and HVAC systems are roughly $6000 per system. There are many surprise expenses in the $1000-$2000 range that do occur. Bear in mind that the question is never “Will this happen?”, but rather “When will this happen?” No roof or HVAC lasts forever and tree limbs eventually seem to fall on every roof (or something else surprising happens.)


What do I Need to Invest?

The primary requirement is cash. It’s impossible to cash flow any property in Austin with less than 25% down and we generally recommend putting 35% to 50% down. We also recommend that you keep $20k in reserves for surprises. In real numbers, this means $100k to $200k per rental property that you want to purchase.


Why Would I Invest in Real Estate?

The S&P historically returns 10% annually and Austin historically appreciates at 5%, so this is a great question. (The areas we recommend have appreciated at 9.3%.) The reason that rental properties make sense is due to leverage. Here are some simple examples:

Scenario #1

$500k property and put 50% / $250k down. The property appreciates 5% - $25k. You realized a 10% on your $250k investment.

Scenario #2

Buy $500k property and put 35% down - $175k. The property appreciates 5% - $25k. You realized a 14.2% on your $175k investment.

Austin's broader market has appreciated at roughly 5% annually over the past 30 years and it's consistently around 5% if you look at any 10 year period. You can generally expect 5% annual appreciation over the long haul. If, however, you pick a great area, you can buy a property that can appreciate at up to 10% annually over a 10 year period. That's not a great expectation to have, but it's certainly a great goal. Here are return examples with a 6% appreciation rate:

Scenario #3

Buy a $500k property and put 50% / $250k down. The property appreciates at 6% - $30k. You realized a 12% on your $250k investment.

Scenario #4

Buy a $500k property and put 35% / $175k down. The property appreciates at 6% - $30k. You realized a 17.1% on your $175k investment.

What Does a Successful Real Estate Investment Look Like?

Our happy investors have a high risk tolerance. In simple terms, this means that they’re laid back and they don’t think about their rentals too much. They pay for property management, they don’t stress small repairs, and they check their properties’ values every year or so. Many of these investors have made very high returns, but most importantly, they sleep well.


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Joe Gage is awesome! When we first met him a few years back, he helped us purchase an investment property and the process was seamless. Most recently, he helped us sell this same property without issues; Calmly addressing our concerns and was quickly responsive to all our questions. He is a great resource and would be a great asset to any investor!

 

Really glad that we chose Corrine as our realtor for our investment property purchase. She is a great realtor and has broad knowledge on all aspects of real estate process. Right from the first meeting where she understood our requirements clearly and then she pursued all the way till we get the right property at the right price. As remote investor, we needed someone on the ground who knows the locality very well and she was a perfect fit. Around 2+ months she patiently visited multiple open houses, took pictures, placed the right offer and perfectly negotiated with the seller on the needed issues. Thorough out the process she almost updated us on daily basis. We are very happy at the end. She is always approachable for any question & clarifications even after the deal is done. Thank a lot Corrine :).

 

Corrine is a top class realtor. She is smart, responsive and is focused on getting the most value for her clients. She spent good time to understand my investment property requirements which was crucial for us to be on the same page on which properties to pursue and which ones to pass. Throughout the negotiation, she represented me and my needs. With her help, I was successful in buying a Class A property in a great location in Austin suburbs. However she didn’t stop there – she even got me my first tenant through her network! I wasn’t expecting that.

Thank you Corrine 🙂 I highly recommend Corrine for your real estate needs.

Corrine was amazing in helping identify the perfect investment property in the Austin area. As a remote investor, you need someone that’s hands-on and has in-depth knowledge of the neighborhoods and willing to go that extra mile to do the due diligence. And Corrine had all of these traits and made the process extremely seamless. She was always a step ahead and I’d highly recommend her for anyone looking to purchase in the Austin and neighboring areas!

Really glad that we chose Corrine as our realtor for our investment property purchase. She is a great realtor and has broad knowledge on all aspects of real estate process. Right from the first meeting where she understood our requirements clearly and then she pursued all the way till we get the right property at the right price. As remote investor, we needed someone on the ground who knows the locality very well and she was a perfect fit. Around 2+ months she patiently visited multiple open houses, took pictures, placed the right offer and perfectly negotiated with the seller on the needed issues. Throughout the process she almost updated us on daily basis. We are very happy at the end. Thanks a lot Corrine 🙂 . We highly recommend her for any your real estate needs.

My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Julie Stoakley in our investment property search. She’s an investment property owner herself, and fully recognizes the unique characteristics of single- and multi-family rentals, and the economics behind that decision. Over the course of the past two months, Julie proved time and again, her professionalism, attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile. Halfway through our search, we changed our parameters from investment property in Austin to investment property on Lake LBJ. Some realtors would have taken that as a sign that we weren’t serious, but Julie adapted quickly to our needs and we eventually found the perfect condo for both our personal use and short-term rentals. Always patient, Julie navigated us through some tricky waters, kept in constant contact and negotiated shrewdly on our behalf. We would recommend her 100%!

Julie helped me find the perfect investment property! Being a first time home-buyer and investor, her knowledge and willingness to wade through my process with me was absolutely priceless. She is extremely knowledgeable about the Austin market
and was always two steps ahead of me in my search. Working with Julie has been a wonderful experience.

Agent: Linda Baddour I rarely write reviews, and almost never 5 stars. However, my experience with Linda was far beyond any I have had with other (many) realtors, and I really have no criticisms or suggestions to her at all. She had excellent knowledge of local market, Especially north Austin where she has greatest familiarity. She listened well!! Can’t do well without doing that. Showed appropriate homes, and knowledgeable about each one. Very accommodative for intense 48 hours of driving around as I am out of towner. Suggested good bids which were successful resulting in purchasing 2 homes in that time frame. Then meticulously followed up on every detail, setting up inspections, getting amendments, getting repairs, following up, and closing smoothly. I was out of town after making the offers, and she performed as if I were looking over her shoulder. Excellent communicator, people skills and a pleasure to work with. I have recommended her to others where I am and they will seek her out as remote investors, given my experience.

Becky Welch from Bramlett Residential had been instrumental helping us find the right rental investment property we were looking for near Austin, TX area. Since we were out of state, she helped us and worked above and beyond to guide our way through the competitive market in Austin. Even after choosing a home, she kept close contact until everything closes without any issue. We depended a lot on her.

I worked with Becky Welch to buy an investment property. Becky is sincere, skilled, and transparent in her work. She has excellent contacts with mortgage lenders, title companies, and contractors. Purchasing a property in Austin is very stressful in this market. However, with Becky as our realtor, she made it super easy. She took care of all the work, from finding a property, meeting on time for showings, and finding the right tenant for us. I highly recommend Becky if you want to buy or sell your home.

We are remote investors. We connected with Linda Baddour after finding the highly-rated Bramlett Residential company online. It was extremely important to find an agent who has local insight, quick response times, and a solid understanding of the investment market. Linda herself is an experienced real estate investor. And with her CPA background, she was very detail-oriented in helping us understand the right neighborhoods to look at for maximizing our investment. We feel lucky to have found an agent who fit our needs perfectly! The house we wanted to buy was very hot. Linda was super on top of communicating with the seller. Our offer wouldn’t have been accepted without Linda’s superb offer recommendations and persistent engagement with the listing agent. On top of that, she was helpful and supportive throughout the closing process. We highly recommend Linda to anyone looking to buy a property in the greater Austin area!

We are remote investors. We connected with Linda Baddour after finding the highly-rated Bramlett Residential company online. It was extremely important to find an agent who has local insight, quick response times, and a solid understanding of the investment market. Linda herself is an experienced real estate investor. And with her CPA background, she was very detail-oriented in helping us understand the right neighborhoods to look at for maximizing our investment.  We feel lucky to have found an agent who fit our needs perfectly!

The house we wanted to buy was very hot. Linda was super on top of communicating with the seller. Our offer wouldn’t have been accepted without Linda’s superb offer recommendations and persistent engagement with the listing agent. On top of that, she was helpful and supportive throughout the closing process. We highly recommend Linda to anyone looking to buy a property in the greater Austin area!

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