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Quaint towns near Austin
Looking for the entertainment value of a city like Austin with the quaint living environment of small rural town?

While there are many small towns around ATX that can give you the best of both worlds, we’re highlighting four here that fit the bill:

Lockhart

Population: 13,700

Distance to Austin: 33 miles

Noted for its particularly beautiful Victorian architecture, Lockhart is an old railroad cotton town that has since become known as a popular filming location for Hollywood movies.

Unofficially known as “The BBQ Capital of Texas” for its four famous eateries, Austinites were often known to spend the day here organized around delicious meat consumption before Austin became known as a barbecue town in its own right.

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A beginners guide to investing in Austin Real Estate

Are you considering buying an investment property in fast-growing Austin?

If you’ve ever owned a home before, you know that real estate transactions require a great deal of due diligence (and retaining a knowledgeable agent helps a lot).

Yet, investment properties offer unique benefits that might not be as readily available from other investment forms like stocks, including:

1) Steady Income

Unless you purchase a stock with a regular dividend-yield, you won’t see any income from that investment until you sell the stock and collect the appreciation.

With rental real estate, purchasing a property for a monthly cost less than what you can ask in rent produces a positive cash flow differential each month that goes into your pocket.

2)

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Search Home Tips To Help With Your 2019 Resolution

1. Eating Healthily

2. Spending Time With Family

3. Saving Money

4. Stop Procrastinating

5. Keeping Organized

The fireworks have burst into the sky to welcome the New Year, and the Christmas decorations are coming down. Most of us are returning to work after vacation.

As you return home from holiday travels or finish the last of that leftover turkey, it’s time to mull over what you hope to create in 2020. As a Texan, your dreams can be as large as the state itself.

New Year’s resolutions are easiest to fulfill when your home fosters an environment that pushes you toward those goals. Here are some ways to prepare your home for making the most of 2020:

1. Robust kitchen =

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We're nearing the end of a prosperous year here in Austin. It's a great time to check in on the status of the local Austin real estate market! We invite you to take a look at the real estate market report for November 2019, courtesy of the professionals at JB Goodwin and the Austin MLS®.

11 months into the year, the Austin market has seen a total of 33,847 units sold, a 6% increase over last year's numbers. Median home prices hold steady compared to last months, but are up 2.5% compared to last year.

Unsurprisingly, demand continues to rise, up 6% over last year. As a result of a huge demand, supply continues to dwindle, down 14% with just 2.1 months supply.

To recap, the Austin real estate market continues to boom. Without a doubt, it's a

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Have you put a hold on your gift-buying until inspiration strikes? Are you unsure what to get for that special someone who has everything?

Instead of giving a “thing” you’re not sure they’ll really use... why not give an experience?

The Brunch Bus: Austin Food Tour with Live Band Onboard

Brunch is the best thing about the weekend, so it is our absolute delight to show-off the best of Austin’s brunch scene. And as if that’s not enough motivation to roll out of bed... we are bringing a live band along with us for the ride!

Learn More...

Austin's BBQ and Winery Shuttle

Searching for an affordable and fun way to get out to Salt Lick and Texas wineries? Look no further. This BBQ and Wine shuttle is great for solo travelers, couples, and

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According to the National Retail Federation, about half of gift-givers have completed their holiday gift-buying by December 12th.

That’s not very exciting though, is it? So for everyone out there who enjoys the thrill of last-minute gift shopping, we’re here to help!

Here are some 11th hour gift ideas with broad appeal:

For Teens: Amazon Gift Card

Wait, is this a cop out? Far from it! The teenage years are about forming a unique identity, in preparation for life outside the home. A general purpose gift card actually shows that you, an established adult, respect their decision-making.

Available at: Amazon.com

For Young Adults: Lyft or Uber Gift Card

Young adult life is an opportunity to explore, before the responsibilities of

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Hot off the press! JBGoodwin REALTORS® are proud to present the Austin leasing stats report for December 2019, direct from the Austin MLS®. Take a peek below!

As we enter the last month of the year, we seem to be experiencing a normalizing of the market. Supply is level and demand is tapering off somewhat, registering an increase of just 2% over last year's figures. Rental prices also remain more or less consistent with previous years.

Key stats to look out for:

  • Total leases are up 1%
  • Total property leases remain level
  • Single-family home leases are down 3%
  • Median price per square foot remains level at $1.13
Do you have more questions about the state of the Austin rental market? Don't hesitate to contact JBGoodwin…
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2019 central-south texas holiday events guide, Austin & San Antonio

Bundle up and wrangle your loved ones! Central Texas is cooling down fast and event planners are already organizing festive yuletide fun for you and your family.

Here are some of the standout holiday events and activities we’re anticipating this year, in Austin and San Antonio:

Holiday Lights on the River Walk

San Antonio
November 29, 2019 to January 13, 2020

Even though the annual River Parade to kickoff the holiday lighting on the River Walk has already taken place, the River Walk will continue to be lit up with lights and decorations throughout December and early January. There are over 100,000 lights that cover the trees along the River Walk to marvel at.

Learn More About the Holiday Lights on the River Walk

Holiday Boat

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Welcome to the JB Goodwin real estate market report for October 2019, pulling information from the Austin MLS® and our team of experienced local agents!

The growth of Austin's median real estate values continues its upward trajectory. 10 months into the year, the median price of a home in Austin is $313.000, a 3% increase over last year. With values increasing, inventory has not been able to keep pace - it's down 12% compared to this time last year. Inventory levels remain at a low 2.4 months supply.

As a result of these market trends, demand continues to be high, up 5% compared to last year!

It's a great time to sell.

Want to learn more about buying or selling a home in Austin? Talk to one of our expert agents at JB Goodwin who are…
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texas flag & downtown Austin, tx

Welcome to the November 2019 edition of the JBGoodwin leasing report, direct from the Austin MLS®. Have a look at our latest infographic below.

Early indications point toward upward movement in Austin's leasing market. Demand is up slightly over 2018, with rental prices up 4% so far this year. Supply remains down with just 400 units available across the city.

Key stats to look out for:

  • Total leases are up 1%
  • Single-family home leases are down 13%
  • Price per square foot remains level at $1.13 / sq ft.
Do you have more questions about the state of the Austin rental market? Don't hesitate to contact JBGoodwin REALTORS® online today!

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