Are you trying to find a duplex in Austin? If you are you aren’t alone. Lots of people either want to live in a duplex, or want to buy them as investment properties. And I can help you find one.
If you have tried to look for one on your own, you know they can be hard to search for. Not only do they rent or sell super fast, but there isn’t a lot of them in Austin. Builders aren’t just making them much anymore.
What I like to do is find out exactly what you are looking for, and then set up an automatic search of the MLS database that sends you (and me) instant notifications when a new duplex is listed on the market. The properties come to you (using technology) rather than you spending hours looking every night for the perfect place. Just send me a note, or give me a call.
So what is a duplex, anyway?
Simply put a Duplex home is a single building that is divided into two homes, with two separate entrances for each tenant. Sometimes they are buildings that are built as that kind of home, and others are regular houses that are converted. Usually you can find them in some of the older neighborhoods like Rosedale, Allendale, Crestview, and Hyde Park. There are also some in the Zilker neighborhoods and South Austin.
But like I mentioned earlier, they are HOT! everybody wants one. They are quieter that apartments, more affordable than living in a rental house, and usually have the funky Austin quirkiness that everybody wants.
If you are looking to live in a duplex, you can try to do it on your own, but why? I’m here to help.
Did you know that duplexes are one of the best ways to become a real estate tycoon. They are the first step in becoming a landlord. If you are just getting started, you can live in one half of the duplex, and have tenants in the other half. That way you aren’t paying as much on your mortgage, as the other people are paying rent, and covering a lot of the costs.
If you want to read more about that process, I encourage you to visit my friend Kathy’s blog about buying duplexes – Rental Realities. They have a great website describing how to find them, how they can pay off as an investment, and other great tips and tricks.