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Old 01-12-2014, 12:49 PM   #1
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Hello from Austin, TX where I live! From Rolla, MO and I own Wilks Construction and we do custom carpentry, paint, and remodel work here in the central Texas area. Learned to paint when I was 19 from an old hard ass east coast ex-union painter. Correction I learned to fill, sand, caulk, and mask for the first year before I was allowed to hold a brush I'm a firm believer that "quality doesn't cost it pays", "inspect what you expect", and "there's more than one way to skin a cat, but only a handful of those ways are correct".
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Welcome. Lived in Austin for 20+ years. Great city.
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Thanks for the welcome. Lambrecht when was the last time you were in Austin? It is a great city and growing like crazy. Good for work, bad for traffic!
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Welcome to PT.

I have been looking at real estate in Austin and have been considering a move to Texas for a few years. The older I get, the less tolerant I have become to cold weather. Its also getting old taking my weekly salary year round with very little income to replace that money from December til March.

How is pricing down there? What's the area's best school district?
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Thanks for the welcome. Lambrecht when was the last time you were in Austin? It is a great city and growing like crazy. Good for work, bad for traffic!
Been gone for abut 10 years.
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[QUOTE=PressurePros;464106]Welcome to PT.

I have been looking at real estate in Austin and have been considering a move to Texas for a few years. The older I get, the less tolerant I have become to cold weather. Its also getting old taking my weekly salary year round with very little income to replace that money from December til March.

How is pricing down there? What's the area's best school district?[/QUO

Ken you would kick butt is Austin year round. I lived on the west side and loved it. South side is more down to earth people. East side you don't want to go there at night. North side is a bunch of uptight azzholes. West side and south side is where you want to be.
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Welcome... I've been to Austin... on my way to and from SAN ANTONIO!!

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Lambrecht you wouldn't believe how much Austin has changed. I moved here almost 9 years ago when it was 21st largest city in the nation and now there reporting that we will soon break the top 10 list for biggest cities. The East side is actually up and coming and people have been tearing down and building brand new homes along with a lot of flippers redoing homes. This has pushed up taxes and continues to drive the riff-raff out and have made some pretty cool pockets over there. The East side still has a ways to go along with the schools still lacking. I'm definitely a fan off the South and West sides of town and live South myself, much more of the original Austin vibe.
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Pressure Pros I would definitely recommend Austin as a place to move a business. It along with several surrounding cities are on the fastest growth list in the nation and it's one of the most expensive places to live in Texas along with the tech industry hear, there's a lot of money. Prices are pretty much all over and I contribute that too several factors: one being people are moving here from all over the country especially from Cali and New York and are used to prices from where they moved from, second is the illegals and fly by nights who undercut everyone. If you keep your business targeted at the people who can and are willing to pay for quality you don't have to worry about those guys. From you name I assume you mainly do pressure washing and with that I'm sure a lot of business is scheduled repeat contracts which with the amount of businesses opening hear you would not have a problem with some leg work drumming up a good amount of clients. If you need a good Realtor I have one, he's a real go-getter. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Oh and I would say the quality of competition is lacking big time down here. I've never seen so many people calling themselves painters that have no clue. I would say that most of these painters couldn't paint a smooth wall properly to save their lives, they're lucky there's so much texture down here. Labor is easy to come by, but be prepared to retrain most of the people you hire.
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Pressure Pros I would definitely recommend Austin as a place to move a business. It along with several surrounding cities are on the fastest growth list in the nation and it's one of the most expensive places to live in Texas along with the tech industry hear, there's a lot of money. Prices are pretty much all over and I contribute that too several factors: one being people are moving here from all over the country especially from Cali and New York and are used to prices from where they moved from, second is the illegals and fly by nights who undercut everyone. If you keep your business targeted at the people who can and are willing to pay for quality you don't have to worry about those guys. From you name I assume you mainly do pressure washing and with that I'm sure a lot of business is scheduled repeat contracts which with the amount of businesses opening hear you would not have a problem with some leg work drumming up a good amount of clients. If you need a good Realtor I have one, he's a real go-getter. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Excellent, thank you. That's exactly what I needed to hear. I've seen the prices of real estate creep up in Austin over the last few years but still a much better value than the high prices up here. My wife is onboard but she has made it conditional with her mother and my niece coming with us. My wife's sister passed and my MIL (and we) raise her daughter so its a package deal. That and selling off my businesses up here are hurdles. I would be looking seriously around mid-July but I would definitely appreciate the name of the realtor.

My only remaining question would be schools since that is how I base my decision where to buy a property.
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Ken,
Look into the city of Westlake. It is pretty much surrounded by Austin now but is a good school district and is not part of the Austin school system.
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Your talking serious cash to be in Westlake, I doubt you'll find anything under 500k unless you like condos. I'm wanting to move a little west of Austin about 20 minutes to Dripping Springs, good schools and hill country views.
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Went to school there. Population was 608 when I lived there. It has definitely grown since then.
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Your talking serious cash to be in Westlake, I doubt you'll find anything under 500k unless you like condos. I'm wanting to move a little west of Austin about 20 minutes to Dripping Springs, good schools and hill country views.
You're not kidding. I don't want a mortgage and the cheapest house on the market right now is $1.1M and they jump pretty quick to $5M+ That's outta my tax bracket. http://www.finddfwareahomes.com/sear...by=lowestprice

$500K would be the absolute top end of my budget without having to take on a payment which isn't happening. So let me rephrase.. the best schools for my budget?
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