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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.

312 Duffy Lane

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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Sarah Taylor Knows Austin!


Sarah Taylor is one of those very rare individuals….are you ready for it?

She is a true native Austinite!

Not only does Sarah make a great tour guide for the capital city and the surrounding hill country, but she truly knows the Austin market.

Sarah’s insider status helps her buyers understand what the best neighborhoods are now, and what places will emerge as hotspots. She is knowledgeable of current and future development and how it will affect everything from traffic to schools.

Sarah specializes in upscale areas of the city including Westlake, Riverplace, Lakeway, Northwest Hills, Tarrytown, Spicewood and Bee Cave. She is also familiar with the different neighborhoods that comprise central Austin and has a good grasp on housing trends and current events happening within the city.

Sarah can also recommend builders who specialize in luxury, green building and specific areas.

Sarah Taylor

Keller Williams Realty

Contact her today at (512) 689-1177 or SarahSellsAustin@gmail.com

1. Who inspires you right now?

My grandmother

2. What is the best thing you’ve read this year?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

3. Best thing you have done this year?

Family vacation in Tahoe for my cousins wedding. And closed a bunch of deals.

4. What do you like most about Real Estate?

Helping people to change their lives and achieve their dreams.

5. If you were headed to the beach for a week and could only take 3 things in your backpack what would they be?

Sunscreen, bathing suit, sunglasses. Does that go without saying?

6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

“Try to be nice and friendly, because that is the kind of person that people want to be around”

7. What lights you up?

Good friends and family.

8. What habit have you developed that has changed your life?

Healthy eating

9. What is your favorite quote?

“Don’t underestimate me. I know more than I say. Think more than I speak and notice more than you realize”

10. Who has influenced you most in life?

My mom

11. If you were going out to dinner tonight- where would you go and why?

Hudson’s on the Bend. Cozy and classic with great food and service.

12. If you had a family coming in from Austin to check it out, what would you advice them to see and do?

Stand up paddle boarding or kayaking on town lake.

Thanks Sarah! We enjoyed getting to know you better! 

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Meet Dori Conway- New Home Sales Consultant for Grand Haven Homes!


Last week we toured new homes in Rough Hollow with a group of fabulous Austin Realtors. One of the highlights of the tour was getting to meet Dori Conway, onsite New Home Sales Consultant for Grand Haven Homes. Dori greeted us at her stunning model home with a huge smile and a wealth of information about Grand Haven Homes and the Rough Hollow Community of West Rim. Her enthusiasm for what she does truly shines through! She loves helping people find the perfect new home and meeting Austin Realtors.


If you are in the Lakeway area looking for new homes or you are an Austin Realtor looking to increase your knowledge- stop in and say hello!  (Be sure to also visit the other Grand Haven Homes Communities in Rough Hollow while you are there: The Summit, Highland Terrace, Cypress Ridge, and The Woodlands)

Here are a few questions we asked to get to know Dori better:

1. Where are you from originally and what brought you to Austin?

Originally from Minnesota – grew up in northern Minnesota – Grand Rapids, MN and moved to the Mpls/St. Paul area in High School. My children (2 boys) are grown and moved away so I decided to move to Austin to be close to my Mother and Sister.

2. What is the best thing about working with Grand Haven Homes?

Grand Haven Homes is a first class organization and builds one of the best, quality homes in the Austin area.

3. Who inspires you most?

My sister, Amy. She is a very successful business owner, wife and mother of 2 beautiful girls. She is a hard-working, caring person that always finds time to give of herself selflessly to her family, friends, church and community.

4. What is your favorite lunch spot in Lakeway?

The Grille at Rough Hollow – amazing food, comfortable ambiance and great views of Lake Travis.

5. What is your favorite Grand Haven floor plan in your community and why?

We have so many great floor plans to choose from but I really like the model floor plan (7810). This plan has a large open kitchen, dining room and living room – great for entertaining. It also includes a private casita for guest and the second floor includes a media room and bonus room.

Whether you’re looking to move into a new home in 90 days or nine months, Grand Haven Homes has something for you. Browse their community map to see available homes under construction, and contact a New Homes Sales Counselor for that community if you would like more information about a particular home.

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Betsy Smith Loves, Knows, and Sells Belterra!

Today we reached out to Betsy Smith of Realty Austin to learn more about the Dripping Springs community of Belterra. Not only does she sell homes in Belterra but she lives in the community too!


1.Where is the neighborhood located? (How close to downtown, airport, neighborhood boundaries, etc.)

Belterra is located off Highway 290, 7 miles past the Y at Oak Hill. It is about 20 minutes to downtown Austin and 25 miles to the airport. Homes in this community spread from Nutty Brown Rd. on the east to Sawyer Ranch Rd. on the west.

2. What are the homes like in the neighborhood? (year neighborhood established, age of homes, style of homes, revitalization periods, etc.)

Belterra was established in 2003 and is still growing strong. There are 11 different sections within Belterra, each having different lot sizes and vary in age of home. The builders currently building are Highland Homes, Sitterle, Wilshire Homes, David Weekley, and Treaty Oaks. Drees is scheduled to start building soon as well.

3.What are the schools of the neighborhood and what are they like?

Dripping Springs ISD is an award winning district with Rooster Springs Elementary school located within the neighborhood. It’s the only neighborhood you can live in this area with the elementary school within the neighborhood! The middle school and high school are about 8-10 miles in Dripping Springs. Dripping Springs High School was rated the 52nd high school in all of Texas by U.S News and #274 in the entire nation by Newsweek!

4.What are the neighborhood amenities? (Parks, pools, libraries, museums, post offices, etc.)

Belterra has hundreds of acres of parks, playgrounds, creeks, trails and meadows to entice outdoor lovers of every age, making the 1,600 acre community feel more like a 1,600 acre playground. There are also two community pools, a rec center, basketball courts, and a baseball field.

5.What shopping areas are close to the neighborhood?

The Hill Country Galleria is 15 minutes from Belterra. There is also good shopping located at William Cannon and Mopac, which is also 15 minutes away. Sunset Valley Village Center is also around 15 minutes away.

6.What are some of the most notable restaurants of the neighborhood?

Award winning Pieous, Nutty Brown Cafe and Trudy’s are all within a hop, skip and a jump away. There is also a great Thai place across the street where you can call in an order. Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza and Jester King Brewery are both about 6 miles away. There’s many wineries surrounding this area as well, including the new Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery.

7. Why would someone want to live in the neighborhood?

This neighborhood is very family friendly, attracting a demographic that includes families, as well as empty nesters who are moving to the area to be closer to their grandchildren. There is something for every age here, with tons of meet up groups and ways to get to know your neighbors. This is a great neighborhood for someone that would wants to live in a beautiful home, surrounded by nature who would like to hang out with their neighbors regularly.

8. What is unique about the neighborhood of Belterra?

Belterra gives you an Austin address with Dripping Springs schools. It is the best of both worlds. Belterra has a monthly food truck night sponsored bythe HOA where they bring in different food trucks, bounce houses, and live music for the community to get together and hang out. They also have movies at the pool and even a campout night. The neighbors of Belterra are a close knit group, with many ways to get involved within the community including multiple exercise groups, play date groups, supper clubs, book clubs and wine drinking groups.

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Meet Donna Ciccarelli – Certified Negotiation + Commercial & Residential Expert!


Donna Ciccarelli is an experienced Realtor (she’s been selling Texas Real Estate since 1997) and she specializes in the Northwest Austin area. When I called her several months ago to get some insight on the Northwest Austin market, I figured that she would know her stuff, but wow did she ever! Not only did she give me all the stats and facts and figures about Georgetown, Leander and Cedar Park, but this simple interaction with her left such a lasting impression on me. She didn’t have to take the time to provide me with so much detailed information on the homes and communities (after all, I was not even looking to buy) but because of her extensive knowledge of the market and her genuine enthusiasm for the community, I would certainly recommend her to anyone who is looking to sell or buy in Northwest Austin.

Here are a few questions we asked to get to know Donna Ciccarelli better. Enjoy her fun answers!

1. Who inspires you right now?

I think about this young man I met at a coffee shop about two weeks ago. Matt is 28 years old and his sole profession is as an investor. At the age of 18 he purchased his first house, and he now he is forming an LLC to purchase an assisted living center. His main goal is to create enough wealth that he can retire in his forty’s to pursue nothing but philanthropy. Matt and his mother’s dream is to carry on his dad’s passion of raising funds to establish water wells in Africa.To be so young, so focused, and so driven to succeed is inspiring to me. Matt pushes past fears and naysayers by fearlessly educating himself about real estate, investments, and planning. He seeks the best in the industry and is in hot pursuit to glean all he can from them.

2. What is the best thing you’ve read this year?

Unbroken, the true story of Louis Zamperini’s survival story from his capture in WWII. Just about the time I thought life couldn’t get worse for Louis, it does. Yet, his inner strength keeps him pushing through his struggles. It’s also a story of great suffering, great triumph, forgiveness, and redemption.

3. Best thing you have done this year?

My husband Joe and I visited Civil War sites with our friends in Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, and Chancelorsville. I walked many of the trails the troops marched on. I have always loved experiencing places rather than just reading about them. The human struggle has always interested me.

4. What do you like most about Real Estate?

Serving others. I get to know so many people I would never have the opportunity to meet otherwise, and help them make one of the biggest transitions in their lives.

5. If you were headed to the beach for a week and could only take 3 things in your backpack what would they be?

Sunscreen, bathing suit, water – I’m practical.

6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

My grandmother said “Leave ‘em better than you found ‘em. Whether it’s a person behind the counter at a Dairy Queen, or a whole community, always, always leave it better than you found it.” I feel like I make opportunities to do that. Find something kind to say to perk someone up, or help an entire community get behind a restoration project that changes the lives of the community.

7. What habit have you developed that has changed your life?

Taking time to pray, study my Bible, and memorize Scripture.

8. What is your favorite quote?

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~ Milton Berle.

9. Who has influenced you most in life?

My grandmother – her unconditional love, her kindness, and her hospitality toward all people. She was a Godly woman full of purpose and genuine love for others.

10. If you were going out to dinner tonight- where would you go and why?

Actually, I would prefer to have friends over for my husband’s specialty The Beast – a standing rib roast rubbed with Cajun seasoning and soy sauce. Joe is a fabulous cook and host for our friends – tons of laughter and great food!

11. If you had a family coming in from Austin to check it out, what would you advice them to see and do?

Rent kayaks on Town Lake ( ok, Ladybird Lake!) and paddle down to the bridge at South Congress to watch the bats at sunset, take in the Austin skyline. Visit photo op areas of Austin – Pennybacker Bridge, the graffiti walls of SOLA and Guadalupe streets for photo ops, Huts Hamburgers, The Elephant Room for great Jazz, Austin City Limits music, have a progressive dinner in the warehouse district of downtown Austin.

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Meet Starr Lyn Brazeal- President of Austin Real Estate Services!


This year Starr Brazeal created and founded Texas Real Estate Services. Starr works with many of Austin’s top producing Realtors and she certainly lives up to her name! Starr is not only known for her huge heart and very personable demeanor but she is also known to be a consummate professional in the Austin Real Estate industry. When someone is describing Starr you will hear words and phrases like: very efficient, highly detailed organized, on the ball, really knows her stuff, and you can always count on Starr.

We asked a few questions to get to know her better and her answers were downright inspiring!

1. What is the best thing you have done this year?

At the age of 54 started my own business! I have worked in the Real Estate industry for 18 years. And many times I’ve helped other agents and have heard “I wish I had a Starr” so I created my company to help those agents and many more. I take pride in making it easier on the agents so they can devote much more time to listing and selling. Plus it gives me the opportunity to spend every minute of every day with my special needs daughter. It’s a win-win for everyone!

2. Who inspires you right now?

Cord and Anne Shiflet! They are amazing people with a beautiful amazing family. They have always been the hosting spot for many, many charities. They open their hearts, and they get people to open their wallets and give. If the Shiflets are involved, you know it’s going to be amazing! They gave my daughter an amazing gift a couple of years ago and Cord showed up in Reindeer pajama’s to present it to her. To this day she still keeps their Christmas card on her nightstand in a frame. On her dresser is the photo of their wedding with Anne on the back of Cords motorcycle in her wedding dress. Not only are they an inspiration to me, but Anne is my daughters role model and, let me tell you, I couldn’t have asked for a better roll model!

3. What do you like most about Real Estate?

Watching people achieve the American dream of their first home. I still get goosebumps when I’m working with an agent and their clients and knowing they are buying their first home. It’s not about putting a sign in the front yard, or working for that commission. It’s about giving that client the best possible service so that they will always remember who was there. It’s the bases of a long lasting relationship.

4. Who has influenced you most in your life?

My daughter Rachel, born with Pierre Robin Syndrome, Uterine Didelphys, Heart Abnormalities, Hole in her heart and facial deformities. She is the strongest and toughest little girl I know! She has no hair, no chin, no bridge on her nose she wasn’t to make it past 2 years of age and if she did she’d be a vegetable confined to a wheelchair. She’s 29 now and is enjoying the life she has! She has taught me to accept people for them, not judge books by the cover and no matter how bad I have it, someone has it much worse. She makes me cry, she makes me laugh, she keeps me grounded and yet she lets me soar. She believes in me when I sometimes don’t believe in myself. She is a God fearing little bald girl with a heart as big as life! If you’ve not met her yet.. you’re missing out

5.If you were going to dinner tonight – where would you go?

Longhorn Steakhouse for some Parmesan Crusted Chicken.. I’m obsessed with it!!

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