In a new series, Tidbits will celebrate the birthday of a local female business owner each month.
Austin Tidbits celebrates the birthday of a local female business owner each month. September's birthday girl is Amber Galligan, a darling of downtown real estate and a Principal of boutique real estate agency TOWERS Realty.
What's your favorite part of your job?
Buying or selling a home usually occurs as the result of happy things happening in someone’s life. I’m lucky that the core of my industry is based in positivity.
What piece of advice would you give to first-time home buyers?
Choose your agent wisely. Relationships are important (of course!), but we’re also talking about a lot of money on the line. Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions about your Realtor's experience. You want someone who’s been through the process a lot, knows the norms, and ideally has a good handle on the neighborhoods in which you are looking. Downtown in particular, because surrounding existing and proposed development can have a major impact on the condo you purchase.
Biggest misconception about Austin real estate?
That you can “sit” on the decision to buy when you’ve found the right home. If it’s a good house and it’s priced well, it’s going to move quickly in this market. So, when you start looking seriously, actually be ready to pull the trigger if the right opportunity comes along. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your own time.
Any under-rated areas in the real estate market?
The Mueller neighborhood deserves more attention from the folks usually concentrating on downtown and SoCo. It’s walkable, lovely and has wonderful community spirit.
What's a current listing that's perfect for a first time home buyer looking in downtown?
We have a one bedroom at The Shore Condos, pictured, in the Rainey Street District that has a den that could be used as a guest room, which is rare. Residents in the tower get to use amenities at Hotel Van Zandt, which is super close by.
Where do you head for credit card cardio after a long day?
I spend most of my shopping dollars in the 2nd Street District. Clothes, client and friend gifts, makeup, and furniture/décor are all within steps of each other. Toy Joy is my favorite off-beat spot.
For a night out with your friends you usually suggest…
We like to make the evening walkable. For instance, we may do a Congress crawl: dinner at Quattro Gatti, then The Contemporary – Jones Center, followed by a night-cap at Annie’s. Or, we meet up at Seaholm and have drinks at each level at Boiler Nine.
Fave pamper locale?
Milk + Honey in 2nd Street District. The lounge and locker area is one of the nicest I’ve seen in a local day spa.
How are you celebrating your birthday this year?
A coed cookout followed by a ladies’ exclusive throw-down at my home. I’m getting t-shirts made, NBD.
How many candles are you blowing out?
35 and it’s going to be boss.
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