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5 Austin-area homes you can easily tour and buy before Thanksgiving


420 Catalina Austin home for sale
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736 Nelson Ranch Rd Cedar Park home for sale
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10720 Chippenhook Ct Austin home for sale
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1024 Heep Run Buda home for sale
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20821 Silverbell Ln Pflugerville home for sale
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While real estate activity generally starts to slow down as we head into the fall and winter months, that doesn't mean prospective buyers need to hang tight until the New Year. Right now can actually be a great time to buy, especially if you're not constrained by school holiday schedules. Less competition is especially beneficial in a hot housing market like Austin's, where there is only 2.5 months of inventory currently available. Historically low mortgage rates don't hurt, either.

If you're looking (or need) to make a move before the holiday entertaining season gets into full swing, Opendoor is the perfect solution. The company has been transforming how people buy homes across the Austin area since late last year by eliminating the hassle and inconvenience that can come with house hunting.

Simply download the mobile app to browse dozens of for-sale homes Opendoor currently has on the market. If you see one you like, head over to the home and use the Opendoor app as a front door key anytime between 6 am and 9 pm, seven days a week, for a stress-free self tour. You don't need an appointment, and you can visit as many times as you like.

Check out Opendoor's full inventory of homes, and take a look at these five that you can easily buy and close on before Thanksgiving.

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420 Catalina Ln.
Austin, TX 78737

Listed for $410,000

The kitchen is the star of this four-bedroom, three-bathroom Austin home, and is sure to delight any chef with its built-in oven and microwave, gas cooktop, undermount sink, and granite countertops. Neutral wall paint and tile flooring throughout the downstairs give way to plush carpeting in the upstairs bedrooms, many of which have vaulted ceilings.

736 Nelson Ranch Rd.
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Listed for $405,000

Upon walking through the front door, bay windows, a two-story foyer, and a sweeping staircase set the scene for this stately Cedar Park home. Many of the five bedrooms sport en-suite bathrooms and walk-in closets, while the third floor is a flexible space perfect for use as an entertainment room, home gym, or play area. 

10720 Chippenhook Ct.
Austin, TX 78748

Listed for $357,000

This bright and sunny home has a great open floorplan that makes it feel much bigger than its 2,443 square feet. The efficiently designed kitchen has ample cabinet space and an L-shaped breakfast bar for informal dining. Mature trees flank the backyard, providing plenty of shade and greenery. 

1024 Heep Run
Buda, TX 78610

Listed for $280,000

Built in 2007, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom single-story in Buda is the perfect starter home. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a built-in desk space can be found in the massive kitchen, which opens onto a cozy living room complete with a fireplace.

20821 Silverbell Ln.
Pflugerville, TX 78660

Listed for $244,000

This Pflugerville two-story home has an informal layout highlighted by an open kitchen, dining, and living space. The U-shaped kitchen offers plenty of counter space along with an island, while an upstairs loft can be used as a home office or TV room. Bonus: a huge fenced-in backyard, which will be a boon for anyone with small children or pets.