February 2016

There are 10 blog entries for February 2016.

The eve of another South by Southwest festival is upon us, and if you’re new to the area, you may or may not be familiar with this ever-growing, multifaceted festival that showcases the best in music, film, and technology. This year, the festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary, so you can expect the party and festivities to be even bigger, bolder, and brighter than ever. From March 11 to March 20, Austin’s downtown will be transformed into a bustling hub of infectious energy emitted by guests from around the world. The streets will be packed with pedestrians, roads will be closed, airports will have immensely long lines, and hotel rooms in the area will be few and far between.

If you’re planning on attending the festival this year, here are a few

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Lennar Homes Austin New Construction

Lennar is widely regarded as one of America's leading home builders and it's not hard to see why. This company has been building quality homes all over the United States since 1954 and has continuously expanded their areas of expertise to meet client needs. Originally, Lennar was solely a home building company based out of Miami, Florida, but now they offer multiple services from constructing commercial real estate to luxury rental apartment communities to homes designed for multi-generational families. So why should you choose Lennar to build your next home? Keep reading to find out.

1. Core Values

There's nothing more important than a business' core values because they're what drive the company's everyday actions. You're going to want a

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Trends in Austin real estateThe Austin real estate market has seen its share of trends throughout the years, but a report by the Urban Land Institute suggests that some of the hottest trends in real estate this year might even further complement Austin’s already booming real estate market. The report, “2016 Emerging Trends in Real Estate”, outlines the top trends in real estate across the United States and Canada, with an overall positive message for markets across the board. Here’s a closer look at the four of the trends outlined in the report and a little more insight as to how they may affect Austin’s real estate market this year.

1. Secondary Cities Will See The Biggest Boom

What’s referred to as an 18-hour city in the report, cities like Austin will continue to see the

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Austinites already know how great the city is, and if you’re thinking of relocating to a family-oriented area, a new study will back up your hunch that Austin is the city for you.

According to ValuePenguin.com, three Texas cities ranked well, and Austin was at the top thanks to scores in the five pillar categories:

  • For Working Parents (#10)
  • For Buying or Renting a Home (#103)
  • For Education and Environment (#3)
  • For Outdoor Activities (#17)
  • For Safety and Healthcare (#121)

Placing in the top ten for working parents was a result of Austin’s strong economic growth, unemployment rate, and commute time to name a few. In years to come, we could see our city climb the rankings for commute, thanks to number of new mixed developments

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Are you looking to do something unique and fun for Valentine's Day, but not sure of what's happening around Austin? We've got you covered. This year, take a break from the traditional chocolate, dinner and roses and surprise your loved one with something exciting to do together. Keep reading to learn about five different Austin date ideas on Valentine's Day.

The Dinner Detective Austin

Austin Valentines Day Date IdeasSurprise your sweetie with a murder mystery dinner show in Downtown Austin this Valentine's Day! This award-winning interactive show will keep you and your date laughing and your tummies full. You can expect some of Austin's most talented comedians and improvisers to be blended in the crowd, making this one of the most hilarious murder cases to be solved. Don't worry,

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Why think about selling now? Because market reports from the Austin Board of Realtors reported that June 2015 sales prices were 2.7% higher from June 2014. That means that you need to start planning to get your house on the market and realize your gains! Get started early by prepping your home and reaching out to your agent.

Call me for a free market analysis of your Austin property.

In the meantime, you can start to prepare your house by following these steps:

  1. If you have remodeled, please search any open/expired permits on the City of Austin website. Clear them if you have them.
  2. Begin packing and organizing
  3. Set up a meeting with your JB Goodwin REALTOR® to talk about marketing the property.

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D.R. Horton is the nation’s most well-known builder, and after operating for almost 40 years, this builder continues to be a top choice for Austin homeowners. Here are just a few reasons we’re big fans of these new construction homes.

D.R. Horton home builders1) 35 years of experience has bolstered the following that D.R. Horton has today, that of loyal clients who swear by the long lasting quality of their homes. Supreme craftsmanship and service are just two of the many attributes you’ll find amongst the raving reviews—not to mention value, home warranty, and amenities.

2) This Texas based company got its start in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area in 1978, and each home constructed since then is ideally suited to the local climate and aesthetic. Whether you’re a fan of stone

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Looking to cut down on commute time? Many home buyers are on the hunt for the perfect combination of a great living space with all of their needs nearby. We've tallied up some of our favorite Austin neighborhoods where you can live, work, and play. If you'd like see, read on!

Mueller

Mueller homes are located just north of Airport Boulevard and east of the I-35.


Mueller is the epitome of the live, work, play mantra. All within a short distance from your welcome mat are the shops, offices, and restaurants that make it unique. This neighborhood is also home to the Thinkery, the former Austin Children’s Museum. Bakeries, yoga studios, and a farmers market sit alongside the food trucks that call the community home. Local blends with big box, so you

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