Spring Has Sprung

Central Texas is getting its bluebonnets on!

After a cold and largely dreary central Texas winter, it’s official: spring has SPRUNG!

The bluebonnets are out in full force, my backyard elder tree and Texas mountain laurel are almost gaudy in their abundance of flowers, and the neighborhood is suddenly full of life with folks jogging, walking their dogs, working in their yards and washing their cars.  This is some happy-making sunshine — we are like a dang Norman Rockwell painting!

For you homeowners out there we’ve put together a little checklist for projects you may want to put on your “to do” list along with your spring cleaning:

And if one of your big “to-do” items is to get your house on the market, now is a great time to reach out to your friendly neighborhood Realtor — y’all know where to find me! Get your home on the market before the summer rush and be ready to kick back and enjoy your summer! 😀

 

US Military on the Move (MOM)

Our way of saying “thank you” for your sacrifices

At JB Goodwin Realtors we won’t just tell you how much we value the incredible sacrifices that the men and woman of our armed services make every single day;  we demonstrate that in a really meaningful way.

U.S. Military on the Move is a FREE REAL ESTATE REBATE PROGRAM for anyone who has served in the US armed forces. Not only do we offer superior, military-specific real estate knowledge to aid you with your real estate needs, we also offer you CASH BACK when we help you buy or sell a home.

There is no gimmick.  When we help you buy or sell a home, we will give 20% of our commission to you at closing.

Who qualifies?

Whether you are active duty, retired, wounded warrior, or separated, if you have served any period of time in our US armed forces, we wish to thank you for your service by offering this program to you.

What are the Benefits?

  • The rebate is given to you at closing
  • No waiting for a rebate check
  • No rebate limit
  • The freedom to choose your lender
  • Our agent partners are trained in national & state-specific veteran benefits

If you would like to find out more about the MOM program or would like to register, please reach out to me.

It will be my honor to serve you.

Race for the Cure 2018

Thinking pink, again

Our team, the Goodwin Gladiators, did it again this year — we turned out in style for the Susan G. Komen 2018 Race for the Cure in Austin and made me very proud!

Just some of the Goodwin Gladiators

We had a dedicated crew that arrived at 0-dark:30 to get our tent up and decorated — that’s commitment, y’all, setting up shop in the muggy, mosquito-ridden dark!  And let me give a special shout out to our team captains Mallory and Indu for making it all happen like bosses!

Setting up for the cure
Ready and waiting at the starting line

Cloudy skies and 12,000% humidity (only a slight exaggeration) plus a 7:00am Sunday morning downtown Austin start time did not stop us from turning out in huge numbers.

Know what else that didn’t stop us from? DOUBLING our original fundraising goal: that’s right, we DOUBLED it!  The Gladiators were RED hot when it came to raising GREEN for the PINK! 🙂

A sea of pink headed down Congress Avenue toward the state capital
Thumbs up for the cure

After the race was over folks headed over to Race Village where we ate, drank and danced to live music (and all before 10:00am) — and the JBG team made sure to represent there too!

Dancers for the cure

JB Goodwin himself was there to show his support, as well as handing out a little “cure” of his own… 😉

Champagne for the cure

Paws for the Cure was a big hit this year, too.  There were so many festively adorned pups around, tails wagging and tongues lolling.  Good dogs!

Mortgage bankers and their doggos for the cure

I am so very proud to be part of a team — or more like a family, really — that goes all in to support worthy causes like the Komen Race for the Cure and their vision of one day eradicating breast cancer.  And not just by donating money (which is obviously greatly needed), but in actively promoting awareness by donating time and effort as well.  One of the many things I love about working for JB Goodwin Realtors is our demonstrated commitment to our community.

Cheesy grins for the cure
More Gladiators for the cure

To all those fighting, surviving, thriving, or “just” supporting: keep up the good work!  And thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all your donations — we could not do this without everyone pitching in so generously! Like this guy in the pink tutu proclaims on his shirt: Because friends don’t let friends fight cancer alone.  I think that sums it all up perfectly.

Think pink

Race for the Cure

Think pink!

Our team, the Goodwin Gladiators made a great showing at the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k run today.  There were about 5,000 runners and walkers, and we won an award for having the second largest team (I think we ended up with something like 82 team members).  The weather was mostly cooperative, with really high humidity but good cloud cover and a gentle breeze to cool things off.  Energy was high and everyone seemed to be in a celebratory mood!  We had an absolute blast, and were able to do some good for a seriously good cause: raising awareness about breast cancer and getting the dollars to fight it.  Plus there was a live band, music, dancing, and more than one pink doggie!

Some of our team members
The starting line, and a little of the leftover morning fog
I ran (almost all of it) with my soul sister and our team captain, Indu
Dancing in the streets
Who doesn’t love a pink pug?
This seems like a weird spot for group photos, but at least SOMEBODY was into it!

It really was a joyous and fun event, and I look forward to doing this again next year!

Goodwin Gladiators

Bragging Rights

“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” — Muhammad Ali

I know I’ve mentioned more than once how much I love the company I work for — JB Goodwin Realtors — and just how AWESOME we are.

And I also do recall learning, from about kindergarten on, that it’s not good manners to brag.  Which is technically true, but in the immortal words of Muhammad Ali:  “It ain’t bragging if you can back it up!”

While the Austin real estate market has slowed down a little recently, industry-wide we are still up 4% year-to-date in units sold from this time last year.  Which is not bad at all… until you learn that JB Goodwin agents are actually up 9%!

Whaaaat?!

Yep, it’s true.  We have increased more than twice what our counterparts have done so far in 2017.  Which makes us WINNERS.  Winner winner chicken dinner even! (Because I’m actually 8 years old.) 🙂  JB Goodwin agents are out there KILLING IT on a daily basis!

Another notable bragging point for JB Goodwin Realtors: the Austin Business Journal has released their 2017 list of nominees for Austin’s Best Places to Work — which we WON last year, because of our AWESOMENESS!! — and we are AGAIN in the running for the top spot!  (The winners will be announced June 23rd, so expect me to circle back around on this.)

Also, check out our Google Reviews.  Not for nothing, but we’ve got a 4.9 star rating — out of 5!  So much awesome.

Alright, lest Mrs. Godfrey be tempted to return from the grave and smack my knuckles with her lightning-fast ruler for my boastful nature (as she was wont to do during my second grade year) I’ll button that up now and close with my second favorite Muhammad Ali quote:

“If you even DREAM of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologize!”

That has NOTHING to do with this post, I am just really tickled by that quote.

Cheers, y’all! 🙂