Episode 52 Segment 4 - What Makes Austin a Desirable Place to Live?

In the final segment of episode 52, Andrew, Amanda and Greg have discussion about what makes Austin so attractive to live in. They each give their own perspective and thoughts as to why it's so desirable. Reasons include the people, low crime rate, nearby hill countries and the thought that there's always something new to see or do. They also have a discussion on how most of the aspects of the city that garner the most the complaints aren't really that bad and how some of those aspects are getting fixes relatively soon.They also touch on the best reasons to refinance. 

As always, direct any questions to Andrew Thurston and John Schutze by calling (512) 920-2891 or by visiting AustinMortgageReport.com. You can get in touch with Amanda Beckwith by visiting her website amandabeckhomes.com or agent profile page at REATX Realty's website or you can call her at (512) 539-9736. And of course, make sure to catch every episode of Austin Mortgage Report on Talk1370 AM every Sunday at 3pm. 

Episode 52 Segment 3 - Austin Real Estate Trends

In the third segment of episode 52, Andrew Thurston, Amanda Beckwith of REATX Realty and Greg Harper continue their discussion on downtown Austin. What are the price ranges for condos in downtown Austin and what determines those prices? With the prices of Austin being pretty high, are there any other places around Austin that can make easier to purchase a house or condo without paying the high prices of central Austin? 

Amanda Beckwith of REATX Realty

Amanda Beckwith of REATX Realty

They also take an isolated look at a particular zip code in the Austin area that has a wide range of prices and show that houses in this zip code aren't exactly as expensive as the rest of the city. All this and more on the third segment of episode 52. 

You can sign up for Amanda's newsletter by going to amandabeckhomes.com or you can give her a call at (512) 539-9736. 

Episode 52 Segment 2 - Downtown Condo Living and Considerations

In segment 2, Andrew Thurston along with Amanda Beckwith and special guest Greg Harper of Supreme Lending discuss the benefits of living in downtown Austin. What are the biggest perks to living downtown? How big of a selling point is it to have "a view" in downtown Austin? How much is being added to skyline of downtown Austin? What happens to your property if a building is built that blocks its view? Are there any "protected views"? 

Downtown Austin, Texas

Downtown Austin, Texas

How is Austin becoming a higher ranked city in terms of lifestyle, development and business? What other considerations are there when purchasing a downtown condo? If you have anymore questions regarding downtown real estate, don't hesitate to call Amanda Beckwith of REATX Realty at (512) 539-9736. Be sure to catch Austin Mortgage Report every Sunday from 3pm - 4pm on Talk1370 AM!

Episode 52 Segment 1 - Market Update

Amanda Beckwith of REATX Realty

Amanda Beckwith of REATX Realty

In Episode 52, Andrew Thurston is taking the helms in place of John Schutze for the week and Amanda Beckwith of REATX Realty is his guest. In the first segment, Andrew and Amanda discuss the current trends in interest rates. Are they higher or staying the same? Did the recent increase in interest rates by the federal reserve affect mortgage interest rates? What else is affecting the mortgage interest rates? How long will the rates be the way they currently are? Are property taxes fixed? What affects property taxes?

All this and more is discussed on episode 52 of Austin Mortgage Report. If you want to reach Amanda Beckwith, she can be reached at (512) 539-9736. 

Episode 51 Segment 4 - Commercial Real Estate in Austin, Tx

In the 4th and final segment of episode 51, John, Andrew and Brandy Harrison discuss what the trends are in commercial real estate. How's the commercial real estate market in central Texas? Is it a similar boom similar to the residential market? How long are commercial properties usually on the market? What is John's experience with his commercial lease? What are the biggest hurdles in selling commercial real estate and how does it compare to residential real estate? Where in Austin are commercial properties selling the most? 

Brandy Harrison of Austin Referral Realty

Brandy Harrison of Austin Referral Realty

The crew also touches on refinancing and talk about a few scenarios that demonstrate when it's a good time and bad time to refinance. 

To get ahold of Brandy Harrison:


Email: brandy@austinreferralrealty.com

(512) 605-7279


Episode 51 Segment 3 - Best Loan Program to Make Your Purchase Offer Stand Out

In Segment 3 of Episode 51, Andrew Thurston, John Schutze and special guest Brandy Harrison of Austin Referral Realty talk about the recent influx of first-time home buyers and the best way to make an offer stand out. In technical terms, what qualifies you to be a first-time home buyer (other than the obvious)? Which loan products work best for first-time home buyers? How do you know which products you qualify for? What are the differences between the different products? 

Listen as these real estate professionals discuss this sometimes daunting topic of loan products. They break down the most popular products in an easy-to-understand way to help you learn and understand what's out there and what to expect as you look for your mortgage. As always, make sure to listen to the show every Sunday on Talk1370 AM and if you can't catch the show, you can always listen at www.austinmortgagereport.com.

Brandy Harrison:


(512) 605-7279


Episode 51 Segment 2 - The State of Real Estate in Steiner Ranch

Brandy Harrison of Austin Referral Realty

Brandy Harrison of Austin Referral Realty

In segment 2 of Episode 51 of Austin Mortgage Report, Brandy Harrison of Austin Referral Realty takes the helms and leads a discussion about Steiner Ranch's real estate market. Are homes currently being built in the area? What's the lowest priced home you can find in Steiner Ranch? How's the traffic in Steiner Ranch? Why choose Steiner Ranch over other comparable areas? How are the schools? Listen as this and more are discussed in Segment 2 of Episode 51 of Austin Mortgage Report and don't forget to listen to the show every Sunday from 3pm - 4pm on Talk1370! 

Contact Brandy Harrison at:


(512) 605-7279

Episode 51 Segment 1 - 2016 Interest Rates and Mortgage Options During a Divorce

In episode 51 of the Austin Mortgage Report, John Schutze, Andrew Thurston and special guest Brandy Harrison of Austin Referral Realty discuss several topics involving the Central Texas real estate market and more specifically in Segment 1, they'll cover the current behavior of interest rates, the oil industry and your mortgage options during a divorce. What are the current interest rates? Why are they the way they are? What do oil prices look like right now? What does that mean for the job market in the oil industry? Do oil prices affect the housing market?

Brandy Harrison of Austin Referral Realty

Brandy Harrison of Austin Referral Realty

What about divorces? Is the rate of divorce still at about 50%? Do you have a better chance of divorcing if you were to get married a second or third time? How many divorces involve a real estate transaction? What are your mortgage options during a divorce? Can you use child support as income for obtaining a mortgage? 

Want to get in contact with Brandy? You can call her at (512) 605-7279 or you can email her at brandy@austinreferralrealty.com .

Episode 50 Segment 4 - Intercity Trends

What are the biggest trends in Austin? Are people moving within the city limits or moving outside of Austin? Where do homeowners with children tend to move? Is the idea of buying a plot of land and building on it a popular trend in central Texas?

Listen as John, Andrew and Kimberly discuss some of Austin and central Texas' trends. Special thanks to Kimberly Murphree for lending her voice and expertise on episode 50 of the Austin Mortgage report. You can find out more and contact Kimberly by visiting www.brokerinaustin.com or you can give her a call at (512) 751-7907.

Episode 50 Segment 3 - The Challenges of Relocating to a New City

The logistics of moving to a new city as far as loans, contracts, and timing can be overwhelming. Where are most of central Texas' residents moving from? What's the biggest reason for moving to Austin? If you're relocating, what will mortgage lenders look for before they can approve you for a mortgage? What are the risks to relocating? In this segment, John, Andrew and Kimberly Murphree of Sky Realty will give you some insight on what to expect when you plan to buy in another state. 

Episode 50 Segment 2 - Logistics of Contingent Contracts - buying before you have a contract on your current home

In segment 2 of episode 50, John, Andrew and Kimberly discuss active contingent contracts. What does it mean to have an active contingent contract? What are the risks associated with them? Kimberly Murphree happens to be an expert when it comes to contingent contracts and shares a some insight in this segment. Have a listen as these mortgage professionals shed some light on these confusing contracts that are becoming more and more popular in central Texas. 

Questions about Contingent Contracts? 

Kimberly Murphree   



Episode 50 Segment 1 - Rates and the Central Texas Market

In episode number 50 of Austin Mortgage Report, John Schutze and Andrew Thurston are joined by Kimberly Murphree of Sky Realty to discuss a number of topics including Segment 1's topic which relates to the central Texas market and its rates. What are the current rates in central Texas? Has there been a shift? If there was, what caused it? How long will it stay in its current state? 

Other topics include the election year and what it does to the market, the central Texas inventory, the disadvantages of using a big bank as a lender. 

Catch these and more topics on this milestone episode of Austin Mortgage Report and remember to listen to the show every Sunday at 3pm on 1370 AM.

Find out more about Kimberly Murphree at www.brokerinaustin.com  or give her a call at 512-751-7907.

Episode 49 Segment 4 - New Years Resolution - Buy a Home in 2016 - Find a Good Lender

In the final segment of episode 49, John and Andrew discuss several topics including how lenders develop reputations, how different lenders handle applications, and how Supreme Lending differs from other lenders. Finding a lender is a crucial next step after finding a realtor and John and Andrew will tell you exactly what you need to know about lenders and what to look for. 

If your New Years resolution is truly buying a home, make sure to check in with John  and Andrew so they can answer any questions you may have and help you find your dream home! Remember to listen to Austin Mortgage Report on Sundays from 3pm to 4pm on Talk1370.


Episode 49 Segment 3 - Finding a Great Real Estate Agent in 2016

If your New Year's resolution is to buy a new home, this segment will help you get to that important next step, finding a great real estate agent. Why is this an important first step as opposed to going to a mortgage company first? How do you find one? Will any agent work or should narrow your search? What are the advantages and disadvantages to hiring a newer agent as opposed to an experienced and established agent? Other topics include what Austin's mayor, Steve Adler, had to say on the state of Austin real estate, what Tesla is planning to bring to Austin, Tx and how permitting will change this year. 

Episode 49 Segment 2 - The Biggest Hurdle to Homeownership

Starting things off with segment 2 of episode 49 of the Austin Mortgage Report, John Schutze and Andrew Thurston discuss what they've observed to be the biggest hurdle to buying a home. Out of the three aspects needed to obtain a mortgage, only one of them causes problems for most potential buyers.  What makes this one aspect a bigger hurdle than the other two? Are there any ways around this hurdle? 

Make sure to listen to Austin Mortgage Report every Sunday from 3pm to 4pm on Talk1370!