Austin Realtor Ed Neuhaus
Who am I really?
El Capitan is a nickname given to me years ago. This was just before or just after I was married. No, unfortunately it was not given to me by my wife. She has far better and worse things to call me. I sailed a lot a young man and I know a thing or two about sailboats. Maybe that is why I got the nickname. Maybe my nicknamers were thinking I was strong as a rock like El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. I hope it was because they thought of me as their leader.
I am el Capitan of our ship, Broker for our company, father of two, husband, sailor, drummer, soon to be pilot, and all around bad ass. Ok maybe that last part about the bad ass is too much. But hey, why not. BTW, did I tell you I want to be a pilot? no wait, really, I want to be a pilot. You know the guys who fly planes. (this would all be a lot better in a video soliloquy than in typed form, but use the tools you got right?)
Life before real estate
We all had lives before real estate. That is not to say life ended when we got in Real Estate, but we all did different things before real estate. Very few people get into real estate right out of college. So before Real Estate, I was a sailor, drummer, student, sound guy, lighting designer, warehouse manager, truck driver, and.. oh yeah still a bad ass. So really I did a lot of things, most of them I made good money doing, and some of them I would still be doing if I did not have kids. Lighting Designer that is. It was really a pretty sweet gig. I got to travel the world running lights for rock and country bands. Don’t believe me check out my website here. http://neuhauslighting.com/ See told you so.
What makes me special
All my life people have told me I am special ED. A joke that no matter how old you get, never seems to be very funny. But I got the last laugh, because I am special, my mommy told me so. No really, she said that.
In the Real Estate world it is hard to stand out. With 9000 other agents in Austin, 26,000 in Houston (where I also work) It is hard to stand out. I tried at first to reinvent the wheel, but it turns out wheels work really well. Real estate has been practiced for a long time, and it is hard to change peoples perceptions of the wheel. Why change? Why use your special brand of real estate when all I want to do is go around, and around, and around.
So I guess I am only special in that I know that a “special” brand of real estate is really just like getting a new set of tires. They all go round and round, and most people will never be able to tell the difference between a set of Goodyears and a set of Coopers.
What makes me different
Since you have made it this far, I guess I owe it to you to tell you way you should hire me to sell you home. The truth is, because I am honest. I could have written a profile page full of BS about how I am God’s gift to real estate or that I was REALTOR of the year back in ’98. But that is all fluff. The bottom line is I can do a lot of things to sell your home, but most of them every agent will do. With very few exceptions we all do the exact same things to sell your home, some agents are just really good at coming up with fancy names.
- We all will “take high quality” photos, but I have a minor in Photography, and honestly level photos seem to be very hard for some agents.
- We all will “list your home on the top websites”, Yep that is done automatically by the MLS. (Thanks MLS)
- We all will “print color fliers”
- We all will “put a sign in your yard”
- We all will “market to thousands of buyers” Again done automatically by the MLS
- We all will “negotiate the contract to get you the best price” It is funny how agents use this in marketing since it is required by LAW!
I can sell you home, honestly, it’s not that hard. Give me a call and lets set up a time to meet.
Check out some of the stuff I have written below
This is Mt Shadows Cove, a 28 unit condo community located in southwest Austin, just 9 miles from downtown and 4 miles from the Hill Country Galleria. Condos in this community were built between 2003 and 2004, and they were well built. The individual units are duplex style with only one adjoining neighbor. The low monthly HOA fee (currently around $40) covers common area maintenance and landscape maintenance of the front yards. Below is an aerial video of the street along with a listing of any units that might be for sale. If...read more
Last year I wrote a post about cameras realtors should check out if they wanted to do take their own real estate photos. (See it here ) Turns out many of you check out that post, and we have actually heard back from several people about the camera they purchased. Purchasing a nice camera is just part of the story. You also have to know how to pick your shots and make sure the light is correct. After the photo is taken you still have to edit the photo to make it look it’s best. So I have narrowed the list down to a few easy...read more
The time has come for you to purchase a home and maybe you’ve heard from friends or family about how many multiple offers and bidding wars there are on houses. You may have also heard the saying, “Cash is King,” before. So, as a buyer who is getting a mortgage, how can you compete against a cash buyer? According to Realtor Magazine and Bloomberg, “about 29 percent of non-investment buyers used cash to fund their housing transactions in the first quarter of this year — the highest level on record.” That...read more
It’s official, we have expanded our reach to the forth city in Texas. Houston, Austin, and Dallas are just not the same without San Antonio. San Antonio has just become the newest place we sell homes. That’s right, we just can’t stay in one place. It must be at ADHD the doctors told me I had growing up. Anyway, sorry for the delay in spreading the news, but we are rocking and rolling in SA. Closed our first house there this week and we are ready to do more. San Antonio real estate has no idea what just hit...read more
It is amazing in todays world how easily Realtors get misguided or choose to believe the wrong thing just because of a good sales pitch or because someone they “knew” did it once. I tried to put together a few of these Real Estate Myths that we find most realtors still believe. These vary from city to city, so I tried to narrow down the list to the top that should apply coast to coast. In good markets and and bad. For top producers and for one hit wonders. These are the most common myths that most Realtors don’t...read more
About Ed NeuhausEl Capitan is a nickname given to me years ago. This was just before or just after I was married. No, unfortunately it was not given to me by my wife. She has far better and worse things to call me. I sailed a lot a young man and I know a thing or two about sailboats. Maybe that is why I got the nickname. Maybe my nicknamers were thinking I was strong as a rock like El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. I hope it was because they thought of me as their leader. I am el Capitan of our ship, Broker for our company, father of twread more
I have been working on learning to fly this summer. I have studied and studied, taken tests and physicals, and now finally I am getting to the part where I actually get to sit in a plane and learn to fly. I guess this is how they weed people out. Do all the bad stuff first, then we can have some fun and teach you to fly. Kind of like what I assume fraternity hazing is like but with less alcohol. What goes up When I first started studying for my written test, I was pumped about flying. I knew it would be the coolest thing I have ever...read more
From time to time I find myself in a situation where doing what is right is not always the first thing that comes to mind. For example, yesterday I was playing with my kids, and my three-year-old Caroline kicked me in the head so hard that I saw stars. It really, really hurt. As the celestial bodies faded away I realized that Caroline had no idea how hard she had kicked me. My reaction at his moment could have been to spank her(1). But that would not have been the next right thing. The right thing was for me to gather my self, and...read more
Are you tired of your landlord raising rent? I bet it happens every year about this time. Rents keep going up, year after year. The only two ways to get a handle on the rent control is to move into a rent controlled building, or to buy a house and take control of the rent. Rent control is easy to obtain, you just have to own the house you live in. Let me show you how owning your own home is the most effective form of rent control, and actually lowers your rent over time. Control my rent If you are renting you should understand that...read more
After a lot of positive response from my post last week The tortoise wins every time I decided to see what other theories we could test out. My business partner Stephen Smith suggested we look at something simple like a $100,000 property purchased every year for ten years. At first I thought that this would cost more money than my slow and steady approach of buying a new property every five years. But there are some added benefits to buying this way. We will have to put more money down, but we will speed up the buying process which...read more