July 2017

Found 9 blog entries for July 2017.

Locals are the first to brag about the experience of living in Austin, Texas. Their happiness has spurred a migration of families from every corner of the country who couldn’t resist all that is offered in this slice of the Hill Country.

New families come to Austin every day. The healthy lifestyles, booming job market, year-round warm weather, and renowned cuisine is enough to incentivize people to try Austin for themselves.

As real estate agents, we know that exciting and tasty motivations are not all that gets factored into a move. Choosing the next city to call home is a decision that considers job possibilities, housing costs, and more. To help families looking for their next home, we devoted this blog series to compare Austin real estate to

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Locating the right apartment is a challenge many people face when browsing the housing options of a big city. Families come with ideas and preferences unique to their lifestyles, personalities, and budgets. They look for everything from swimming pools, to work out rooms, to open kitchen plans. For many families, the best leasing options are offered by Northwest San Antonio apartments. 

It turns out that in San Antonio, Texas, there is no short supply of awesome apartment housing options for families with diverse definitions for their ideal home. In fact, Northwest San Antonio apartments, more than many major cities in the country, offer a stunning variety of living options to families with diverse tastes.

Northwest San Antonio was highlighted by

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

Highlights include:

  • Housing inventory was up 20% from last year
  • There was a 4% increase in demand for Austin homes since June 2016
  • Total of 16,222 homes have been sold in 2017

June 2017 MLS Stats Austin

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There’s no denying it. Texas heat found us again.

High Central Texas temperatures are great for swimming, but can be real a downer when that heat penetrates your home and proves stronger than your air conditioning. Many families rack up enormous utility bills in the summer just to combat those local temperatures.

But Texas heat doesn’t have to break the bank. There are several easy tricks for lowering your utility costs while still enjoying the pleasure of a/c.

Before you spend a fortune by cranking down the temperature, give a few of these money-saving tips a try for keeping your house cool.

1. Don’t Fall For This Common Air Conditioning Myth

There’s a myth that for years has instructed families to turn up their temperature whenever they

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Have you ever wondered how Austin real estate costs compare to other major cities across the U.S.? We were curious too.

Austin’s delicious food, prolific creativity, booming industries, and vast outdoors are no national secret. More families are won over by our awesome city every single day. But these aren’t the only features that qualify a town to be the next place a family calls home. One of the most important factors behind any move is affordability.

Cost of living considers many income and expense variables. Before moving, it’s worth looking into the average rental cost, grocery bills, and median incomes of that city. Since JB Goodwin is a team of expert real estate agents, we decided that crafting a blog series that compares Austin’s cost of

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School is out!

That means parents are scrambling to schedule fun activities to keep their kids active and learning during the summer break.

Fortunately, Austin is a place where healthy living is valued and boredom is hard to achieve. If you’re new to the area or simply looking for a reminder of the fun places to take your kids, we’ve narrowed down some of our favorite healthy summer activities.

1. Explore The Greenbelt

For locals, this one is the most obvious. For newbies, this is arguably the best gem we can provide. Miles and miles of beautiful nature trails run right through Austin’s backyard. Find the entrance nearest your home, and your kids will swim and explore to their hearts’ content.

2. Swim At Deep Eddy

Don’t forget your

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san-antonio-military-housingSan Antonio has a proud military heritage that is a big part of the city's culture and identity. Thousands of military personnel are stationed throughout the area's bases, and each year military families from all over the country make their home in the Alamo City.

Moving from abroad is hard enough, but military families also bring with them specific requirements when searching for a home. These include:

  • a home within close proximity to the military base
  • quality school districts
  • neighborhood safety. Here are our picks for the top 3 neighborhoods for San Antonio military families.

1. Olympia Hills

Olympia Hills is a golf course community in Universal City, just 20 miles northeast of San Antonio. Close to Randolph Air Force Base as

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Here's a look into Austin's leasing and rental market for the month of July 2017. Highlights include:

  • JB Goodwin rentals spend 4 days less on the market
  • The median price for a single-family home is $1,700 per month or $1.15 per square foot
  • Total leases are up 8% since July 2016

Austin Leasing Stats For July 2017

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Central Texas has won the attention of many millennials. It is home to some of the largest and fastest growing cities in the nation, and offers amenities many young families look for in a place to live.

There is a lot to be considered when trying to locate a new home. Most families consider affordability, property size, and nearby work opportunities before deciding where they’ll call home.

In recent years, the number of millennials moving to San Antonio has grown at a notable rate. We decided to take a look at some of the great lifestyle features that might have lured these young professionals and their families to Alamo City. Here are 6 of the incentives that made the most sense to us:

1. Low Cost Of Living

One of the biggest pitfalls of

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