SOLD - 2133 Castellano - Custom Bella Vista Home on Greenbelt Lot

Dramatic Greenbelt & Lake Views are the center-point of this Custom Home in the family-friendly neighborhood of Bella Vista in Cedar Park.

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This home was originally built for an Executive of the Development company for the neighborhood. The lot was hand picked for it’s views and location within the community. The home has design features not seen in any other home in the community.

Panoramic views of the Hill Country, Twin Creeks Golf Course and Lake Travis.

Panoramic views of the Hill Country, Twin Creeks Golf Course and Lake Travis.

3122 Castellano Way Cedar Park, TX 78613

Neighborhood: Bella Vista

Specifications: 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3,300sqft with over 1,100sqft of outdoor living space

Asking Price: $600,000

If you live here, you will wake up every morning and take in the gorgeous greenbelt and Lake Travis views through the panoramic windows. Don’t miss this completely custom home on a premium greenbelt lot. Like none other in Bella Vista. With the master bedroom and mother-in-law suite downstairs and two more spacious rooms and a game room upstairs, there is plenty of room to spread out. 

Beautiful hand-scraped wood floors, oversized Renewal by Anderson windows, new Trane HVAC and ducts with allergy system and upgraded sprinkler system are only a few of the updates the seller made. Enjoy the great outdoor living spaces with fireplace, sauna, custom grill and smoker. New custom-wood garage door contains and fully finished garage space with plenty of storage and workshop. This home has it all and won’t last long.   

Furnishings, grills and TVs are all negotiable.

Home Upgrades Include:

  • Trane HVAC System with new duct work and allergy system

  • Renewal by Anderson Oversized windows throughout the home

  • Luxury Carpet Upstairs and in Bedrooms and Office

  • Wood Garage Door

  • Garage Epoxy flooring, custom storage systems and workshop.

  • Upgraded Sprinkler System, tuned and serviced yearly.

  • Expanded custom rock work patio

  • New Water Heaters


  • On the edge of the Austin/Cedar Park Border

  • Bella Vista is at the corner of Anderson Mill and Volente Rd (CR 2769)

  • Minutes from Shopping at:

    • Lakeline Mall

    • HEB Plus

  • Twin Creek Country Club and Golf Course a few minutes away

  • 10 minutes from Lake Travis

  • Travassa Spa and Resort is 5 minutes down Volente Road

Neighborhood Amenities include party room, pool and playground.

July 2018 Market Report - Single-family home sales experience double-digit growth

July 2018 Market Report - Single-family home sales experience double-digit growth

Summer is over and the market has started to enter it's cooling off period. School is starting, Football season is right around the corner and Austin is in need of a much needed break from the heat. The same goes for the Hotter than Hot real estate market that reached new highs for the month of July. 

2018 Austin Mid Year Market Update

Specifically, the real estate market has been experiencing some new highs and just a few indicators that the real estate market has been shifting. I decided to take a new approach to interpreting the data. I am including the Austin Board of Realtors entire Press Release here. I will be adding my thoughts and commentary in BOLD Italic…

Everything You Need to Know to Start the Loan Process When Buying a Home

I hear it constantly... "I can't afford to buy a house.", "I have to save for 2 years until I'm ready to buy.", "The prices are going up so much in Austin, I just have to keep renting.". These statements may be true or they may not be. You won't know until you talk to a lender.

As you know, the first step in the home buying process is to hire an exceptional real estate agent. You need a great team to help you though this process, and your agent is the Team Captain. Read more about the "Top Ten Interview Questions You Should Ask a Real Estate Agent" for guidance on what to ask when you are interviewing an agent.

Great, now that you have hired an amazing BIRDHOME agent, the next step is to talk to a lender. What is the one thing you want to find out in this much house can I afford, right??!

First, let's prep. You will need a few documents to begin the loan process. If you are a salaried or hourly earning employee you will need:

  • 2 Years of your most recent Tax Returns & W2's
  • Your last 2 pay stubs
  • Most recent past 2 months of bank statements - all of them! Checking, Savings, IRA, 401K, Stocks
  • Address for your residence the past 2 years
  • Past 2 years employers name and address
  • Photo ID

If you are a self-employed borrower, you will need:

  • 2 Years of your most recent Personal and Business Tax Returns
  • Any 1099 forms for the last 2 years (if applicable)
  • Most recent past 2 months of bank statements - all of them, personal and business! Checking, Savings, IRA, 401K, Stocks
  • Address for your residence the past 2 years
  • Photo ID

Based on this information, the lender will be able to determine the sales price that you are qualified for. More importantly, when you are financing a home, what we are really talking about is the monthly payment not the actual sales price. So lets talk numbers!

Below are examples of 5% down, 10% down, and 20% down on a 30-year fixed rate and 15-year fixed rate loan. These are estimates based on the median home value in Austin as of February 2017 at $330,000. The interest rates* were the current rates as of March 2017. We also assumed $7,500 yearly tax payment and $1,200 for homeowners insurance for the year.

*Rates change daily. I would like to take a moment to call your attention to the fact that interest rates have risen sharply since October of 2016 and are on the rise. With every tiny increase in interest rates, you are losing buying power because your monthly payments will increase but your total sales price will not.

Here is a quick comparioson of these different loan options:

Before we move on the the nitty gritty of each of the loans, I wanted to take a minute to talk about Keller Mortgage, who provided the loan estimates below. Keller Mortgage provides a new type of loan with no lender fees and $1,000 credit to closing costs available exclusively to buyers using a Keller Williams agent or a buyer who is buying a home from a Keller Williams agent. Here's a little bit of information from their website:

A new model allows us to deliver a new type of loan. When we say No Fees*, we mean it. No lender fees! Additionally, we credit $1000 toward 3rd party closing costs.  Just use a Keller Williams agent and finance with us. We offer fantastic rates and a loan that lets you keep more of your money for something more important to you. (*Min loan amount – $150,000. Buyer must qualify for loan.)
Our No lender fee loan + $1000 credit is exclusive to KW transactions. Buyers must be working with a KW agent or submitting an offer on a KW listing. By working with a Keller Williams Realtor, buyer can save thousands upfront and sellers make their home more attractive to the market. If you are not working with a KW Realtor but are submitting an offer on a KW listed property, you are also eligible for this special deal.

When I first heard about Keller Mortgage, I didn't believe it. It sounded too good to be true, so when we decided to buy a house recently, we decided to give it a try. All I can say is "wow"! They walk the walk and talk the talk.

Below are the initial fees worksheets provided by Keller Mortgage for you to dive in deep with all the details on closing costs, how much cash you need at closing and monthly payment breakdown.

I love using Karl's Mortgage Calculator to compare different loan scenarios as well. This allows you to enter different variables than those used in this example so you can tailor it to your situation. They also have an iPhone App as well! 

Ready to get started?! Here is a list of our most trusted lenders:

Debbie Foley | Keller Mortgage
(614) 310-3116 |

Carson Vaughn Team | Guild Mortgage Company
(512) 439-7555 |

Cody Daniel | Capstar Lending
(512) 750-2999 |

Jason Buckley | Cornerstone Home Lending
(512) 771-4365  |

Michelle Alberts | Supreme Lending
(512) 698-8738  |

One of the things we love most about aligning our business with Keller Williams is the access to the education that they provide. Gary Keller and Jay Papasan wrote an amazing, best selling book called The ONE Thing.

In this book, Gary Keller has identified that behind every successful person is their ONE Thing. No matter how success is measured, personal or professional, only the ability to dismiss distractions and concentrate on your ONE Thing stands between you and your goals. The ONE Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation.

Our ONE Thing is helping you reach your real estate goals. We'd love to share a copy of this book with you, so you can discover your ONE Thing!

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The Biggest Mistake We Made When Listing Our Own Home

What a wild ride this has been! If you missed our last blog post, we are walking the walk of the talk we talk and purchasing an investment property that we will move into, fix up and pay off in 3 years. Just as a reminder, here is the timeline of our "Building Wealth Through Real Estate" adventure:

  • Tuesday, March 7th - We made an offer to the seller.

  • Sunday, March 12th - We executed the contract for the purchase of the house.

  • Thursday, March 16th - We attend the inspection and I saw the house for the first time.

  • Tuesday, March 21st - Pictures and Videography are taken for our current home, getting ready to go on the market.

  • Wednesday, March 22nd - We go live in the MLS and plan to host an Open House on Thursday evening, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

  • Friday, March 24th - A buyer made us an offer we couldn't refuse and we signed off! Under contract!

One of my big ahas from the Keller Williams conference we attended in February was "If you want to impress people, talk about your accomplishments. If you want to influence people, talk about your mistakes." - Matt Townsend, The Art of Adding Value

So, let's talk about the biggest mistake we made when we decided to sell our house: WE DIDN'T HIRE A REALTOR TO HELP US!

What do you mean? This is what you do and you're consistently ranked in the top 5% of real estate professionals in Austin. 


True, but there is so much more to it than just the process, marketing, communication, paperwork, prep, staging, negotiation, etc.  - selling a house is emotional.

Home is the second most emotional word in the english language. Can you guess what the first is? (Click here to send me your guess and the first 5 to answer correctly get a prize!) Buyers buy homes, sellers sell houses, so from the very beginning when we sit down with a client to discuss selling, we begin the transition from home to house through our language.

I have always said that our #1 job is to manage emotions despite expectation and have such an incredible appreciation for what we do as real estate professionals, because you can't put a price on helping with the emotional side of a transaction. As a Realtor, we absorb all of the emotion in a transaction on behalf of our client so that they can focus on their daily life and making plans for their upcoming move.

If you notice in the video tour of our house above, I mentioned "home" and "favorite" and "love" more times than I care to count. Naturally, we take pride in the place where we live, laugh, love, entertain and create memories. There is an art to packaging and marketing a house as a commodity in order to get the highest value for the seller.

Moving forward, our goal is to never sell another home, but if we do you can bet that we will be interviewing real estate agents to list our house. Read our blog post on the "Top Ten Interview Questions You Should Ask a Real Estate Agent" for guidance on what to ask when you are interviewing an agent.

As I mentioned in my previous post, we would like to share our resources that have helped us on this journey - The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey & The Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Gary Keller.

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P.S. I think I found my first gray hair