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Mobile-Friendly Austin: The New Real Estate Standard

The Predecessor to Mobile-Friendly Websites

It seems like just yesterday that the best thing a website could provide for its users was a “mobile version” of itself. This was pretty straightforward. You would open up a site on your smartphone and it would resemble a jumbled-up puzzle, or would show only a portion of the site’s content. You may have had to scroll left or right to see the rest of the content– or you may not have been able to see the rest at all. But not to worry - glide downward and many websites would have a line of small-print text reading “switch to mobile version”. Click on this text, and the site would shift to a simplified form of the full version, one that fit perfectly to your screen and was easy to navigate.

There was a

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Selling a home can be an arduous task and while your real estate agent can do all the background work to market and sell your Austin home, we need a little help every now and then.  That’s where you, the homeowner (soon to be home seller), come in.  Want to know how you can help sell your house faster and for top dollar? Take a read through our top tips for selling your Austin home.

Exterior Touch-ups and Landscaping

You have to start somewhere and it might as well be with the first thing potential homebuyers see first – the front yard and entrance.  The first impressions are often the most important and if you fail to excite potential buyers from the beginning, the interior of your house is going to have to work a lot harder to motivate

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On Friday, May 22nd, Judge Nelson Wolff gave his annual State of the County address, with high expectations for San Antonio’s development over the next few years. San Antonio is often compared to its northern neighbor, Austin - economically, culturally, and even gastronomically. However, the Bexar County Judge was confident in every way that San Antonio could catch up with, and even one day have an edge over Austin - specifically by embracing the technology economy.

San Antonio tech company

The optimistic judge specified in detail what would need to be done in San Antonio. Here’s what you need to know:

Don’t Worry! San Antonio is Already Doing Well

San Antonio and Bexar County in general have witnessed incredible employment growth over the last 5 years and have an

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The Austin, Texas area has about 15,000 licensed real estate agents according to the Austin the Board of Realtors! That number can be daunting especially if you're in search for a professional real estate agent. There are many different realtors in the industry who offer a variety of different services. Some specialize in luxury homes only, some only practice commercial real estate, and some specialize in being a full service agent that is capable of providing you services to cater to all your real estate needs.

Austin Skyline

Choosing Your Real Estate Agent

In order to choose what type of real estate agent is best for you, it's good to start off by identifying your needs. If you're buying your needs will be slightly different than those of a seller. 

For Buyers:

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Want to tell the city of Austin how to spend your tax dollars? Now you can! Right now, until June 5, the city is collecting community feedback on how our tax dollars should be allocated.

The city's total budget is $3.5 Billion, and it gets spread out between:

  • Emergency Response
  • Parks and Libraries
  • Health & Housing
  • Planning and Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Clean Community
  • Streets & Infrastructure

Austin is using Budget in a Box for the second year in a row, letting you have a say in how the city spends your tax dollars. The box includes instructions, a game board, an informative video, discussion materials, and other interactive resources, giving you everything you need to understand city budgeting and make

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san antonio real estateStay connected with the latest San Antonio real estate news. See what's happening in San Antonio and stay ahead of the game in this increasingly competitive market. Courtesy of JBGoodwin REALTORS®.  

May has started out as a busy month in San Antonio, TX and the housing market is brimming with new listings and ambitious developments. The San Antonio real estate market is showing great growth, with more homes being sold and for better prices. And on that note, here are a couple of real estate stories that have made the news this week.

Million Dollar Real Estate Market in San Antonio

The San Antonio real estate market is growing strong, and it isn't just affordable and mid-range homes that are selling - luxury homes priced at $1 million or higher are

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Having a ball over the Austin 360 Bridge. Feel free to share. #austin #360bridge

Posted by Over Austin on Thursday, May 7, 2015

That's a good question. They certainly offer dynamic and technology-forward possibilities for marketing homes. And they will give potential buyers a lot more insight into a property, before they even step through the door. Of course, it's not just about providing stunning photos—though you have to admit, with the sweeping vistas you get in Texas Hill Country, Austin real estate can really take advantage drone photography. Drones will have the very practical application of letting agents and prospective buyers see things they might otherwise miss.

So, What's The Current Situation?


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moving-hacksLet's face it, moving ain't cheap. It can also be a stressful experience for many, especially if your moving with pets or a family. Cut down on anxiety and costs by using these helpful moving hacks. With a seamless move, you'll be settled into your new home in no time.

Pack important items in clear plastic totes

Pack items you use every day like utensils, chargers, cookware, towels into clear plastic totes. Putting them in clear totes also differentiates them from other cardboard boxes, and allows you to easily identify the items inside.

Pack an overnight bag with essential items

By moving day, it's smart to pack an a overnight bag filled with essential items like toiletries, a towel and a change of clothes. The likelihood of you unpacking

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the-domain-austinUnless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard about The Domain, one of Austin's most ambitious multi-use projects. Once completed, this mega complex will span a whopping 303 acres, offering a combination of commercial and residential real estate. No longer will Austinites have to commute to downtown to work and play. The Domain will offer all of that, and more.

Shopping in The Domain

On top of designer outlets like Michael Kors, Raulph Lauren and BCBG Max Azria, The Domain will be home to department stores like Neiman Marcus and Macy's Department Store. So far, 70 boutiques, retailers and specialty stores are leasing space, and plenty more are to follow.

Other notables include:

  • Apple Store
  • Dillard's
  • Forever 21
  • Tesla
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house-hunting-tipsThe Central Texas housing market has been on fire in recent years, making for a highly competitive arena for new homebuyers. In a situation like this, a little bit of insider info can go a long way. It can mean the difference between scoring the home of your dreams, or missing out on a potential winner.

We're here to help

We scoured the web for the best house hunting tips we could find from industry leaders. Armed with these tips, you'll have a competitive edge on your house hunt in a sellers market.

Build Your Dream Team Before You Start Viewing

It's a proven fact that the first home offer is typically the most successful offer, which is why it's important for buyers to have a team of professionals behind them before they start viewing homes. On top of

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