As of November 2016, there are 38 skyscrapers being built in downtown Austin. With the downtown core only measuring three square miles, that's a lot of construction in a small area. It's no wonder the city skyline is embellished by a network of construction cranes angled in the sky, the bands of metal that make up their stems and arms crisscrossing higher and higher.

While the majority of these buildings are intended for commercial purposes, eight of these 38 new construction projects are intended to be high-rise condo and apartment buildings.

Located out of view of the State Capitol Building where building heights are restricted, these structures intend to tower high in the sky. Many of them plan to have upwards of twenty or thirty stories.…

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4 Tips To Winterize Your Austin Home

With average winter temperatures in Austin sitting around 17°F, for the most part, preparing for winter is about rotating all of the shorts and tank tops to the back of your closet and bringing all the cozy sweaters and heavy scarves to the front. But once that winter chill sets in, there's no doubt you'll have to do a few things around your Austin home to beat the cold.

Here are four ways to winterize your Austin home:

1. Keep Your Windows Airtight

Drafty windows are a quick and easy way to lose hot air. Especially if your Austin home features plenty of big single-pane picture windows, you can expect to lose a lot of heat to these uninsulated spots in your home.

Fortunately, there are lots of solutions. If you place your hand on the…

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JB Goodwin REALTORS® is honored to announce that we've been voted as the second-best employer in the Austin American-Statesman's Top Workplaces list for 2016.

The award was given for employee satisfaction and sense of purpose. This award comes after two similar distinctions granted by the San Antonio Express-News and the Austin Business Journal earlier this year. Personal collaboration with management, an encouraging culture, and the constant pursuit of excellence are just some of the things that our employees attribute to why they love to work at JB Goodwin.

While JB Goodwin is now one of the most reputable names in Austin real estate, like many large organizations, we too come from humble beginnings. Our first office opened in the early 1970s,…

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University of Texas Redevops Downtown AustinIn a rapidly expanding city, construction is to be expected. One of the latest projects defining downtown Austin's ever-developing skyline is being prompted by the University of Texas and its new plans to redesign a full city block.

The Current Downtown Space

The space bounded by West 7th, Colorado Street, West 6th, and Lavaca Street is defined as Block 71. At present, the block features a plaza with a fountain that hasn't run in ten years, a parking garage, a nine-story tower, and a historic hall, but big changes are headed its way.

The area currently belongs to the University of Texas and is the site of their system facilities offices. However, UT is developing a new building on West 7th Street dubbed "OneUTSystem." This new structure will have…

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Freshening Your San Antonio Kitchen With ColorIf the kitchen in your San Antonio home is starting to look a bit tired, it may be time to give it a facelift. While a full-blown renovation can quickly become expensive, there are smaller cosmetic touches that can be implemented for a great deal less. This week, let's focus on what a little color can do.

Here are five fun ways to add some color to your San Antonio home's kitchen:

1. Appliances & Accessories

One of the most functional ways to incorporate a splash of color into your kitchen is to buy your every day tools in the wackiest shades you can find. Silicon cooking utensils come in the full spectrum of colors. Keeping these in a vase by the stovetop not only adds a nice touch of color, but is highly functional. Alternatively, if you're…

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Austin Tourist Attraction - State CapitolWhen you sit down to plan your next vacation destination, your list probably includes places like Hawaii, Palm Springs, and Orlando. However, a recent study by J.D. Power, an international marketing information services company, found that Austin not only takes the number one spot for tourist destinations in the Southwest, but also the second in the entire nation. As a matter of fact, it is only succeeded by Las Vegas.

Part of the reason Austin was so successful in this study was due to its strong infrastructure and the broad range of activities there are to do. If you're new to Austin, or even if you aren't, it may be time to explore the city of Austin tourist style.

Here are three of the highest rated attractions you need to see:

1. The State…

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Developing South Side, San Antonio Real EstateHistorically, San Antonio's South Side has been the site of industry. The area was known for being the home of many blue-collar workers who worked in the nearby oil fields. As one of the few places where San Antonio real estate was cheap, many of the families who live in South Side made the choice to purchase housing they could afford to own rather than go into debt living in a part of the city where real estate rates are as high as the tallest skyscrapers.

Of course, the downside of living on the city's fringes was the lack of amenities. The nearest grocery stores were a few miles away, the public school districts were notoriously bad, and to top it all off, the south end has two of the city's three sewage treatment facilities giving all that clean rural…

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Austin Real Estate Agent Jill Rose's New KitchenPhoto courtesy of Better Home and Gardens.

This week, JB Goodwin REALTOR®, Jill Rose, was featured in Better Homes & Gardens. It all started when Rose decided to reface her kitchen.

The space started with classic wooden cabinets, a microwave over the stove top, and an uninspired white backsplash. By the time she was done, she had created a sleek modern kitchen that featured clean white cupboards, an attractive off-white tile backsplash, and an eye-catching custom range hood.

What you can't tell from looking at the fixture is that Rose actually built it herself. She was inspired by a $4000 bronze hood that she fell in love with on her search for a new look. Of course, $4000 is a lot to spend on an appliance, so Rose decided to get crafty. In a…

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