Fall 2011 Newsletter

It’s been a long HOT summer full of parties, trips, and lots and lots of real estate. The Moxie Ladies have been recognized as top producers in their office month after month and are extremely grateful for your support!

I know we’re all looking forward to those first cool days of fall.  They should be right around the corner even though right now it feels as though they will never come! With 80+ days of triple digits and no rain, Austin has had the hottest, driest summer on record – seems we are always number one at something!

We appreciate that you’ve been sending people our way and hope that you’ll keep doing it. The best way for us to grow our business is through you. So, thank you very much! And, if you are a client and liked us, can we ask you to visit our Yelp! page and write a review? They really help with our web presence. Here’s a link:

Moxie’s Yelp Page

As always, thanks again for your support and please let us know if you have any real estate needs, or just want to have a drink!

Warmest regards,
Justine and Mishell
The Moxie Ladies
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Helping Others!

The Moxie Ladies were proud two sponsor two important events over the summer.

First, Moxie was a Master sponsor of Frameworks: E.A.S.T., an event that Mishell helped organize.  The Event, a joint effort of E.A.S.T. (the East Austin Studio Tour) and the Austin Creative Alliance raised the seed money to fund a microlending program aimed at helping E.A.S.T. artists upgrade their home studios.  This will allow them to remain on the tour and help keep one of Austin’s most unique artistic events the vibrant event we in Austin have come to look forward to each fall.

Second, Habitat for Humanity’s Legal Build was able to dedicate Manuel Jaimes’ house and give him and his young daughter the keys.

Mishell and Justine were happy to be on hand to see Manuel take this important step into home ownership (and having a mortgage – Habitat homeowners get mortgages just like the rest of us).  Moxie sponsored the project and Mishell was recognized by the Austin Bar Association as Co-Chair of the year for her work on the project.

Now, we have something else to focus on.  It is impossible not to know about the fires that took the homes and belongings of our neighbors, friends, and clients.  Justine has been shuttling supplies around.  If you want to help How You Can Help Fire Victims: Donation Locations & What To Donate

We’re Famous – LOL!

Moxie also had a busy summer in the news.  First, Justine and Mishell were featured on Fox News’ Good Day Austin helping sellers with strategies for decluttering, depersonalizing, and pricing their homes to sell.  You can see them here.  Moxie’s clients are glad that their home has sold and Mishell and Justine are grateful to them for letting them use the home for the shoot.  Of course, both Moxie Ladies know their homes could use some decluttering!

Justine was also featured on Austin Business Journal and thestreet.com discussing the ups and downs of using cash to purchase a home and 5 Things Real Estate Agents Will Do for Free.   You might be surprised at what she had to say!

Another of Moxie’s listings was featured as the Sunday Statesman’s featured listing.  This beautiful custom home is a serene gateway to the hill country!

Rates are Low – Time to Buy or Refinance

The fact that the economy has been inconsistent over the summer has — contrary to what you might think — been great for interest rates.  As of this writing, 30 year fixed rate mortgages were averaging 3.78% and 15 year mortgages 3%.  This makes it a great time to buy or refinance.  And, if you’ve been thinking of buying an investment property, low rates, a still relatively buyer-friendly market, and a tight rental market make this an ideal time to realize that goal.  The Moxie Ladies would be happy to talk to you about the pros and cons of becoming a landlord, since both of them own rental property.

Justine’s Tips from the Farm*

One of the great things about living in the sticks is all the wildlife, While I am not so crazy about the scorpions, wolf spiders, and wasps, my whole family loves to watch the deer, birds, and foxes who are frequent visitors to our land. It’s hard to know what we can do to help our wild friends survive this drought.  It’s been gut-wrenching. Deciding how much to do, and for which wildlife, can be the source of much dilemma and debate. How much should you help, and how much should you let nature take its course?

Texas Parks and Wildlife recently sent out a links: Helping Drought Victims by Wildlife Rehab, a quick read for those of you looking for ways to help.

Along with the deer, and birds — those dang squirrels are also suffering this summer. When it comes to surviving the drought, we’re all in this together.

And, on a personal note, this drought has delayed my much anticipated bee delivery.  So, although I promised you an update on my adventures as Justine the Beekeeper, that will have to wait until we have better bee weather.  I’m disappointed, of course, but who wants to get bees at one of the worst times to buy them.  So, keep watching this space — I promise to let you know when the bees are in place!

*Justine lives on 5 acres in a rambling old farmhouse near Driftwood.  In her column she shares the ups and downs of country life and lessons she’s learned.  Think of her as the hotter, hipper Heloise!