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New Homes in Bee Cave in the $300K Range

The home inventory in Austin sure is getting low! If you do not see what you are looking for right now on MLS, why not consider building a new home? This is a sure way to get exactly what you are looking for without having to compromise.

There are so many incredible opportunities in the Austin area to choose a homesite, pick out your designer touches, and watch your art come to life.  The community and builder we’d like to feature today is Meritage Homes in Bella Colinas, located in Bee Cave, Texas.


With homes starting in the low $300s, Bella Colinas has 18 unique floor plans that range from 1,882 – 4,532 sq. ft.

Not only does Meritage Homes have a reputation for quality building, the community is just a short distance from Hill Country Galleria and students attend Lake Travis schools. You get a great home in a great location!

Another benefit worth mentioning is that homes built by Meritage are on average twice as energy-efficient as a typical U.S. home of the same size. That is a lot of money saved…. and I know this to be true first hand. My dear friend who owns a Meritage Home loves to tell me the cost of her energy bills. I love hearing it too! The cut in heating and cooling cost here in Austin Texas is a HUGE plus!! The Meritage Homes website says that their energy efficient building practices can cut heating and cooling costs by as much as 50%,  ENERGY STAR® appliances use up to 50% less energy and water, and all Meritage Homes are EPA certified and provide energy-cost savings of up to 50%. That’s an average of $50,000 spanning a 30-year mortgage. WOW. If you have never visited one of their model homes, it is worth the trip to learn how they build. They have a space that visually shows you the differences in their building practices.


Another thing worth mentioning about Bella Colinas is the future amenity center that is underway! It will feature a sparkling pool and cabana area perfect for neighborhood gatherings.


Make your appointment today to see how Meritage Homes builds and to view the homes and beautiful Bee Cave community of Bella Colinas.

16033 Cinca Terra Drive
Bee Cave, TX 78738

From Austin, travel west on HWY 71. Pass the Hill Country Galleria on your right. In approximately 4 miles, turn left onto Vail Divide Road


If you are a Realtor, you can join us on Wednesday, February 11th to tour the community together! Click here for details and to RSVP. 

Would you like more information on homes in Bee Cave or a new home inventory list of all new homes in the Lake Travis area?  Just let us know below!

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February New Home Tour for Lake Travis Real Estate Market

Hello Austin Real Estate Professionals! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 11th, 2015.


Our New Home Tour in Lake Travis will start at the beautiful Sweetwater Welcome Center at 9am where we will enjoy breakfast tacos and coffee. We will have a brief presentation on all the amenities at Sweetwater and then the bus will take us to view homes from Drees Custom Homes and David Weekley Homes.

Our next stop will be the beautiful Bee Cave community of Bella Colinas to view homes by Meritage and Monterey Homes.

Your feedback on all the featured homes is held in high regard to these Austin area builders as they want YOUR thoughts and expert opinions.

It will be a morning full of networking, fun, and education on New Home Builders, the New Home Industry in Austin, and the Lake Travis Market in general.

John Bishop from ForeFront Foto will take casual headshots.

If you are willing, we would love to feature you on our blog. We will post your headshot, your website and contact information, plus anything you would like to say about your new home expertise in the Austin Real Estate Market! We want to hear from you.

Please click here and RSVP today! We are looking forward to meeting you!


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Wildwood in Bee Cave, Texas – Lock and Leave Lifestyle

Recently, I overheard someone say:

“Simplicity is the new luxury.”

This powerful statement has been ringing in my mind, and I could not help but think of this on my recent tour through the Wildwood community in Bee Cave last week.

Ash Creek Homes really hit the mark. Not only did they create a gorgeous community to look at, Tuscan-style homes created with stucco, stone and barrel tile roofs, but they created a lifestyle for these homeowners that is just as beautiful.

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Imagine never having to care for your lawn and always having it look impeccable. Yes, Ash Creek Homes provides full lawn maintenance! Not only does your home always look good, but so does every home in your neighborhood. You can travel or do all the things you love and have one less thing to stress about. And there is a pool complete with a cabana too. If you have ever owned a pool, you know the cost and time of maintenance there.

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One of the most unique and admirable things about Ash Creek Homes is their ultimate care to maintain the land’s natural topography. It is evident as soon as you enter the community. You will notice all the mature trees and meandering streets which compliment the views of the rolling hills in the background. They implement the highest standards of development and design their communities to enhance and preserve the surrounding land.

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The location in Bee Cave can’t be beat either. It’s close to some of the best dining and shopping in town and there are several top notch golf courses just minutes away!

And to top it all off, the tax rate in the community is one of the lowest in the Austin area.

There are 14 opportunities left in Wildwood. Prices start in the $300’s.

Click here for more information! Or take and tour and tell them we said hello!

Address of Model Home – Wildwood in Bee Cave

13907 Yellow Bell Bend
Bee Cave, TX 78738


10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday Noon – 6 PM

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Meet Darcy Baylis- from Aubrey Homes, Inc.

Today we are featuring one of our favorite custom homebuilders in the Austin area, Darcy Baylis- from Aubrey Homes.

This dynamic lady would need pages of introduction from us! We have gotten to know her all last year as she is an active member of the community, and on a personal note, she has been a cheerleader and supporter of our vision and growth here at Builder Boost. She is curious, intelligent, focused and hands down one of the most genuine people you will ever have the honor of knowing. And, if you are thinking of building a new home, schedule a meeting! Her talent and work speaks for itself!

Aubrey Custom Homes even received a MAX award from The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin in April 2014.


We asked a few questions to get to know Darcy even better. Here are her answers:

Tell us a little about your career and how you got into homebuilding.

I used to be a special needs teacher working both in the Pflugerville ISD and in Eanes ISD. In 2000, I hired someone to build a house for me. All along, my dad kept saying that I should do it myself. After seeing how it was done, I was inspired to buy three lots across the street from my new house. I bought a book about home building, hired subcontractors (many that I still use today), and built my first spec house. I sold it in 1999 and immediately started my second one. My dad helped me with the first two houses and was my inspiration and encourager. After the second one sold, I quit my day job and kept building houses. This has led to a successful career in home building.

You grew up in the Austin area, correct?

Yes! I grew up in the Oak Hill area (moved here from California when I was 3). I traveled here in the camper that my dad built which he still has and uses today.

What is inspiring to you?

Instrumental music is inspiring. Dave Ramsey is inspiring because he has helped many people realize their dreams and become debt free. Also, my parents who have always been there for me and supported me through life. Helping others inspires me; I have a couple of organizations that I will be involved with philanthropically in 2015 including The Last Well and Safeplace. 

What are you reading right now?

I am currently reading The Richest Man in Babylon. It has lots of great messages about how to acquire wealth.

Whats the best thing you did in 2014?

The best thing that I did in 2014 was fly boarding.

What? How cool! 

Yes…it was so fun. Here is a picture at Lakeway Marina with Aqua Fly.

What’s the best thing about your work?

What I love best about my job is after all the hard work of building the house is done, I like seeing the looks on people’s faces when I hand them the key.

What’s one of your favorite quotes?

Tough times never last but tough people do.

Favorite Restaurant?

Nik’s Italian Kitchen and Bar is my favorite restaurant. They have the best Jalapeno Lime Chicken and the friendliest customer service.

If you had friends of family coming to Austin- how would you spend the day?

If I had family coming into Austin, I would, of course, take them out to The Salt Lick and then to The Broken Spoke.

Thank you Darcy! We enjoyed your answers! 

If you want more information on Aubrey Homes, let us know. We can put you in touch.

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Model Home Leasebacks in Austin Texas

There are some great investment opportunities out there right now with Model Home Lease Backs in Austin!


(Drees Model Home in Rocky Creek)

Perhaps you or your clients are considering a move to Austin in the next year or two- why delay buying a home? Buy now while interest rates are low and have the builder pay YOU rent until you are ready to move in.

Or perhaps you want to add to your Real Estate portfolio in 2015? Model Home Lease Backs in Austin are a very simple way to invest. Not to mention the Austin market for rentals is hot!

If you have ever worked up all the fees and expenses you incur for a typical rent home over a 2 year period then you know where most of your cash flow actually flows…right back into maintaining or repairing the home, but not with model lease backs!

Why are model home leasebacks such a great investment?

Below are some reasons (although they may differ builder to builder)

    • You have an immediate qualified renter!
    • No tenant turnover (most builders offer 24-36+ month term)
    • No utility deposits
    • No upfront repair fees
    • Reliable rent payments
    • The home is impeccably maintained!

With model home leasebacks the cash flow that comes in is what you keep! Some homebuilders will also pay HOA fees in addition to the above average market rent. These deals are rare but are out there right now in Austin! Let us know if you want a list!

Drees Custom Homes has some incredible offers with stunning model homes in the best communities around Austin!! Call a Drees Market Manager directly or let us know and we will get you in touch with them quickly. We can also email you a sheet of details!



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Grand Haven Homes in Rough Hollow- Homes Ready Now!

Last week we had the pleasure of touring a home ready now by Grand Haven Homes at The Woodlands at Rough Hollow.  312 Duffy was our first stop and when we pulled up there was an immediate consensus that this home has real curb appeal.

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The group of Realtors on the December New Home tour were truly impressed by the inside and outside of this home! One of the things we kept hearing was that this home has wonderful outdoor privacy which makes this an excellent choice for buyers looking for a home in Lakeway. “This will not only make it enjoyable for the owners, but it is a huge plus to consider for future resale.”

This home has plenty of backyard privacy + greenbelt views, and it also offers a full outdoor kitchen with built-in grill, sink and refrigerator! The home is a two-story- with 2 bedrooms downstairs (owner’s retreat and guest suite.) Plus, upstairs there is two additional bedrooms, a media room and game room which overlooks the family room below. “This is a great layout for a family- Grand Haven Homes has really thought out the use of space in this home.”

The Realtors on the tour all raved about the kitchen too! “Grand Haven Homes is always up on the latest design features and appeals to my buyers sense of style.”


Grand Haven Kitchen 312 Duffy

(Photo of kitchen by John Bishop at ForeFront Foto)

312 Duffy – Here is a Virtual Tour of the home.  The home is priced in the mid $500s.

Contact Matt or Dori at 512-608-9610 for a preview appointment.

Grand Haven Homes also has other homes available to move into NOW in Rough Hollow. There is a wonderful selection with a wide range of prices too! If you are looking for homes in the Lakeway area, you do not want to miss viewing the offers by Grand Haven Homes. Be sure to stop by the model homes so that you have the full scope and can pick up a list of all the homes that are ready now.

Grand Haven Homes has 4 communities in Rough Hollow. Check them out online.…but if you have not been out in person, we strongly encourage you to see for yourself!! These are stand out homes!

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Meet Jogee Comegys from Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty!


Jogee merges her Hill Country knowledge and effectiveness with Sotheby’s International Realty’s truly global reach and resources to provide extraordinary assistance to her clients in all price ranges.

While choosing a real estate agent is not a decision solely based on credentials, it is reassuring to know that Jogee is easy to work with, listens well, and is passionate about providing the best service possible. She is committed to the highest level of service and exceeding your expectations, while striving to build and maintain long-term relationships with her clients.

Jogee brings her devotion to family and friends and a serving, caring and energetic attitude into her real estate business. She has been married for 18 years and loves spending time with her family. You can frequently catch her and her husband at the golf course watching 2 of their children playing competitive golf, or on the tennis court watching their other child play competitive tennis. Occasionally, she makes it to the tennis court herself!

Jogee has attended both the October Builder Boost new home tour and the November tour and her feedback was praised and appreciate by our participating builders! We also enjoyed her presence. She is truly a shining star!

Who inspires you and why?

Husband because he always supports me, loves me and encourages me in the middle of the good and the bad days! Also, my dad who taught me the true meaning of work ethic and being truthful even when it might not have the outcome I anticipated! Being true to who you are will produce long lasting relationships between clients, friends and family!

What made you go into real estate?

I LOVE helping families find their dream home and making new memories come true!

Favorite builder and why?

Can’t say I have a favorite builder, but really appreciate the hard work and dedication of Highland Homes and Drees. Transaction with Drees awesome, lived in a Highland Home in San Antonio and just goes above and beyond!

What small business I support?

Party Couture at the Galleria! Love the customer service and products. A little something for everyone!

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November New Home Tour in Lakeway and Spicewood

Lakeway Realtor Group

Thank you to the incredible group of Lake Travis Real Estate Professionals who joined us this week on the New Home Tour!

We were proud to feature two top-notch builders in the Lake Travis Area.

We toured Grand Haven Homes in Rough Hollow and Highland Homes in West Cypress Hills.

The talented John Bishop from ForeFront Foto joined us as well and took some fabulous shots! We will share more information about the tour and all the photos, so stay tuned!

Mark your calendars for the next New Home Tour on Wednesday December 17th.

THANK YOU to the following Real Estate Professionals:

Jogee Comegys from Sotheby’s International Realty

Bill Dippo from Austin West Properties

Michelle Star from Magnolia Homes

Stephen Pivach from Builder Boost

David Treto from Keller Williams Lake Travis

Keith Falcone from RE/MAX Lake Travis

Kim Guley from Builder Boost

Lisa Altamirano from Gracy Title

Kierstin McBride from Gracy Title

Shannon Ensor from Ensor REALTORS

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Learn More About Heritage- Austin’s newest 55+ Community By Taylor Morrison

Did you know? The first 55+ community in Austin from Taylor Morrison will debut this winter with the opening of Heritage at Vizcaya, the homebuilder’s new master-planned community in Round Rock.

The community will open for sales beginning in January 2015.

There is an information night this Thursday, November 20th at 4PM. This will be a GREAT event for Austin Realtors to learn more! The event is open to the public too!

Heritage Information Night. 4PM-7PM. Thursday, November 20th, 2014.

Click here for details and to RSVP directly to Taylor Morrison. 

There is a Facebook page to stay informed!

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Mary Lynne Gibbs tells us why autumn is a great time to sell your home

Mary Lynne Gibbs is a true gem in the Austin Real Estate Industry! We often call on her for market stats, to ask her opinion, or to seek guidance on a Real Estate topic. Not only does Mary Lynne really know the market but she is always happy to help and share her wisdom.

Today she shares some great insights on how selling in the holiday months can be a huge advantage!


Who says autumn isn’t a great time to sell a home? Certainly, not I.

Spring and summer may seem the most logical times to sell real estate due to the weather, school schedule and travel ease, but those seasons are far from being the only and best time to sell real estate…especially in our fabulous Austin market!

Having successfully worked in the real estate industry since 2002 – several years as a top-selling agent and seven years as the Keller Williams Lake Travis Market Center Team Leader –I’ve seen time after time that the fall and holiday months are many agents’ most profitable!

As I have jumped back into selling real estate, I appreciate my long-standing relationships in the Lakeway and Bee Cave communities and my extensive experience in the real estate industry that give me insight to why this season is a perfect time sell properties.

The top three reasons I have found that makes autumn a spectacular time to sell are (1) more motivation behind the reason to sell, (2) less competition in the market because of significantly fewer listings usually at this time of year, and (3) the need and benefits of tax deductions before year end.

It is important to note that a competitively priced home will always peak a buyer’s interest in any season and in any market! If buyers see value…a home will sell.

For example, my listing at 111 Bisset Court in the Bluffs at Rough Hollow built by Wes Peoples did not sell during the summer months, but is currently set to close on or before December 10, 2014.

It is a perfect illustration of how effective the autumn season can be in the sellers’ favor when they have an agent that takes professional photos, has a great marketing system and they implement staging ideas.

This luxurious home in the Bluffs at Rough Hollow was built on spec and has caught the eye of some lucky buyers who will enjoy this custom designed home that blends into the Texas Hill Country. 111 Bisset Court offers state-of-the-art amenities, allows for resort-like living and provides residents exclusive amenities.

Although I did not procure the buyer for this property, I am thrilled that these buyers will get to enjoy such an extraordinary neighborhood with Yacht Club & Marina, an outdoor amphitheater, a restaurant, a water center with lazy river, an adult pool with swim-up bar, a fitness center with two gyms and much, much more!

If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Austin area, please contact Mary Lynne Gibbs with Keller Williams Lake Travis Market Center at 512.431.2403 or austinluxurybroker@gmail.com. It would be an honor to earn your business!

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