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Best 55 Plus Communities In Austin

Austin is most known for its vibrant and youthful vibe, making it popular among young professionals and growing families. But what most people don't know is that Austin is one of the top ranking regions in the U.S. for senior living. With 30 percent of its population being over the age of 55, it seems as though this news is catching on.

So what makes Austin such a great place for 55 plus living? Austin is seeing strong growth in industries with jobs for seniors, outstanding small-business opportunities, and a strong emphasis on living active and healthy lifestyles. On top of all of this, Austin's residential communities have been rapidly developing, bringing mixed-use communities with luxury, resort-like amenities, as well as variety of features

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Friends shopping at The Domain NORTHSIDE Austin

On September 30, 2016, The Domain development in North Austin held the grand opening of its newest and final addition: The Domain NORTHSIDE. Located in a beautiful park-like setting with lush landscaping and custom art elements, this development spans 600,000 square feet of retail, dining, hotel, and service space. The Domain NORTHSIDE features some of Austin's best homegrown businesses with a thoughtfully curated list of benchmark brands and first-to-Austin tastemakers. Whether you call it home, stay the night, or enjoy the community, you can expect the uncommon vibe that keeps Austin together.

One of the more unique aspects to The Domain NORTHSIDE is that many of the locations on site are dog friendly. Austin is well-known for being an

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Austin's Hottest Neighborhoods for 2017


Zillow recently released their predictions for the hottest housing markets of 2017 that included some interesting information about Austin. The report announced Zillow’s top five Austin neighborhoods on track to see the highest growth in value this year, with four out of the five neighborhoods belonging to East Austin. This information was shocking to some but anticipated by most Austin real estate experts, who have been predicting that this area would be the next up-and-coming market. What's most interesting about the location of these neighborhoods is that many lay on the outer edge of the region, suggesting that home buyers interested in moving to East Austin are more interested in affordable, suburban housing.

Without further ado, the top five

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Family in park at Presidio Austin

A big announcement was made for the planned development of Presidio Austin. Houston-Based home builder David Weekley Homes announced the firm has purchased 15 acres of land near Lakeline Mall in the Cedar Park area. The plan? To build 180 new, high-end townhouses in the Presidio Austin development.

Welcome to Presidio Austin

Construction on the Presidio Austin townhomes are scheduled to begin by the third quarter of 2017, with home prices ranging from $300,000 to more than $500,000. Staying true to the style that David Weekley Homes are known for, interested buyers can expect the townhomes will be designed to be energy-efficient with private yards, open floor plans, and site amenities including a pool, pavilion, and open space.

Presido Austin

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Take a look at Austin's real estate MLS® sold data for the month of January 2017 below. Highlights include:

  • 8% increase in total properties sold between January 2016 and 2017
  • Demand for Austin real estate is up 4%
  • 11% increase in available homes for sale

Austin Real Estate Sold Stats - January 2017

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5 Reasons Why So Many Californians Are Relocating To Austin, TX

Spurred by the 2008 U.S. recession, thousands of Californians have been making the decision to relocate to Austin, TX.

California has long been the dream location for many. Picture year-round warm weather, gorgeous sandy beaches, endless blue skies, and that notorious laid-back attitude. It's hard to believe that anyone would want to move away from such a luxurious location.

The reality of the situation is that many Californians are realizing that this picturesque dream is just that; a dream. California is becoming an increasingly difficult place to live and work. The cost of living continues to grow, housing prices are astronomical, and though the active lifestyle, food industry, and arts and culture scene are outstanding, the lack of job

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Austin Named 2017 Best Place To Live


U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Austin as the best place to live in the United States. With an overall score of 7.8 out of 10, Austin beat out other top metro areas such as Denver in second place with a score of 7.5, and San Jose in third place with a score of 7.4.

U.S. News & World Report analyzed 100 metro areas across the United States based on people's desire to live in the area, the perceived value of living in the area, the job market, the quality of life available to residents, and the net population.

Here's how Austin ranked on the scorecard:

  • Desirability: 8.4
  • Value: 7.3
  • Job Market: 7.5
  • Quality of Life: 7.3
  • Net Migration: 9.8

What Makes Austin The Best Place To Live

Desirability

Austin is known as

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Take a look at Austin leasing and rental statistics for the month of February 2017 below. Highlights include:

  • Homes rented by JB Goodwin spend an average of 8 less days on the market
  • 42% increase in total lease properties between February 2016 and 2017, including a 40% increase in homes for lease
  • The median price for an Austin rental is $1,675, or $1.15 per sq. ft.
Austin February leasing and rental statistics
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JB Goodwin REALTOR® Diane Strauch is a retired educator who has made a career out of helping people. A native San Antonion, Diane has a lifetime to offer about the San Antonio real estate market. In this blog post, Diane explores the value of hiring a REALTOR® when buying a new construction home.

I am often asked if a REALTOR® is needed when purchasing a new construction home and my answer is, "Yes, yes, YES!" Many people assume that because new construction homes are typically wrinkle free, and that the home prices are often fixed, that there's nothing to be gained from hiring a real estate agent to represent you as the buyer—but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Here are eight reasons why you should always hire a REALTOR®, even when

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Every year, the Austin Board of REALTORS® recognizes the best of the best in Austin real estate. Winners are nominated by their peers and selected based on outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and the local community in areas such as business accomplishments, association participation, dedication to the community, and education achievements.

Leonard Guerrero, 2016 REALTOR® Of The Year

2016 REALTOR of the year Leonard Guerrero

JB Goodwin is proud to announce that the Austin Board of REALTORS® recognized our very own Leonard Guerrero as the 2016 REALTOR® of the Year!

Leonard has 23 years of experience in the real estate industry and is currently an active agent and Assistant Sales Manager in our Northwest Division. Passionate about his community and the real estate

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