September 2017

Found 7 blog entries for September 2017.



Austin offers no shortage of great places to eat. Major food journals and television networks frequently give Austin's food scene generous accolades for the eclectic, diverse, and exquisite cuisine available throughout the city. It's no secret that Austin’s coffee culture is also top-in-class.

All the locals know: Austin's food scene believes in providing tasty food, good portions, diverse options, and quirky dives. Dining in Austin is specifically designed to be an experience.

From food trucks to authentic meals from across the world, the options are plentiful in the city of Willie Nelson and SXSW.

Among the great experiences available across the city, no visitor or resident should miss out on the tasty waterfront meals available on Lady Bird

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The hot Austin real estate market didn’t disappoint the speculators and only seemed to rapidly gain steam as the summer months drew on. But, how did we get here? Despite a brief 3-year decline during “The Great Recession” of the late-2000s, the Austin real estate market very quickly bounced back. Between 2011 and 2013 alone there were 9,000 more homes sold in Austin—going from a paltry 21,208 to over 30,000. Take a look at these numbers and more in the image below.

Key Statistics

  • 936 more homes sold in August 2017 than August 2016.
  • Home prices up 5.5% in 2017.
  • 16% more homes put up for sale in August 2017 than August 2016.
  • Inventory is still well below 2010’s balanced market.

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In a hurry to sell your San Antonio property? Most families know that conducting a few renovations is optimal for selling a home quickly and for above market expectations. But knowing which changes to make is where many of us feel at a loss.

To save you time and money, we’ve put together a checklist of the house renovations that you should prioritize. These are the most consistent and easiest to implement tasks that can significantly drive up the allure of most properties.

Your real estate agent will be responsible for marketing your home, but you can also take a few steps to make your home one of the most desirable in the San Antonio real estate market. That means once you’ve chosen an agent you can trust, it’s time to put your money and energy

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In early September, Amazon took North American cities by surprise, announcing that they are looking to open a second headquarters. With the announcement, Jeff Bezos’ company set out the parameters as to what it will take to secure the contract to house Amazon’s HQ2. Tax incentives, reasonable real estate costs, ability to attract and retain high-quality tech talent, and proximity to a major airport are all key factors that will determine which major city will be welcoming HQ2. According to Re/Code, there are 22 cities in the continental United States that meet or exceed the criteria as well as at least two cities in Canada.

But, why are all these cities bending over backward in an attempt to woo the multi-billion dollar eCommerce giant? Continue

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In recent weeks, we’ve glanced at some of the most popular cities in different regions of the country. We compared each of those cities to the cost of living here in Austin, Texas.

As the final blog post in this series, we’re looking at the Western U.S. The cities in this part of the country make up some of the most popular places to visit in the U.S., and in many ways, they reflect many of the lifestyle features that people cherish about living in Austin.

Don’t forget to read our previous editions, in which we compared Austin’s cost of living to moving to the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest. Let us know what you think of our findings in the comments below or on social media. To make fair comparisons, we use Best Places to reflect the price

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There’s nothing wrong with entering the Central Texas real estate selling market with optimism. But if you’ve been trying to sell your home for a while without much traction or interest from buyers, your optimism might be waning.

Sitting on a home that doesn’t sell is discouraging. Fortunately, there are strategies that smart real estate agents use to pique the interest of home-shoppers. You can implement these tricks as a homeowner to gain more sales momentum for your property.

The truth is, there are several common sale-slowing factors that might be at play in your listing. Here are the three that we find exceptionally common, listed as the solutions you can use to get your Central Texas property out of its silent rut.

1) Make a prospective

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It’s easy to forget that the technology we use every day once only existed in the imaginations of quirky sci-fi writers. Now, these innovations appear in our everyday lives and continue to change the way our communities, cities, and jobs appear and function.

With so many inventions changing the way we live, shop, work, and play, it isn’t a surprise to learn that our homes are also evolving to keep up with these emerging technologies. When houses are outfitted with some of the latest and greatest innovations, we call these houses “smart homes.”

Smart technology – whether in your phone, car, or home – is about automation. Home automation alleviates household upkeep to give you and your family more safety, control, and time to do what you love.

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