JBGoodwin REALTORS® - Austin & San Antonio Real Estate Blog

JBGoodwin Best Place to WorkWe are pleased to share the news that JBGoodwin REALTORS® was ranked the #2 best large company to work for, in the Austin Business Journal's 2015 Best Places to Work in Central Texas!

JBGoodwin REALTORS® received the ranking because of our respectful and caring approach to doing business. We strive to treat our clients and agents like family members, ensuring every interaction is handled with care and respect.

In terms of agent support, we were noted for:

  • "Outstanding management support"
  • "Free marketing tools"
  • "An advanced website"
  • "Cloud-based application to help make their business mobile"
  • Monthly, quarterly & yearly recognition of success
  • Monthly celebratory function

We have our own team to thank for this honor, as the

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Downtown San Antonio view of river and buildings.San Antonio is the seventh most populated city in the United States, but ask anyone from San Antonio and they’ll tell you that it certainly doesn’t feel that way. Residents of San Antonio take pride in its unique ability to be a geographically and statistically huge city while encapsulating a small-town essence, thanks in large part to its many awesome sub-communities. While there are so many great neighborhoods one could mention, these five communities contain some of the best in San Antonio real estate opportunities.

The Dominion:

This elite, master planned community includes 1500 acres of residential area, country club, green spaces, and lakes. Beauty and luxury come together to create this upper-class community of around 3000 residents. Dominion

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employee engagementOne of the simplest facts that accounts for Austin's rapid growth over the last few years is that people want to be here. There are a lot of factors that can account for that... heck ask 10 different people on any Austin street and you'll get 10 different answers. Some people will talk live music, others will talk about the food or the weather or less tangible things like the culture or the atmosphere.

All of these are valid reasons to be drawn to a place like Austin. Just last week though, another reason to love our city was made public. For the third year in a row, Austin has ranked in the top 10 cities in the country for employee engagement.

Anyone who follows our blog knows that as an organization, we here at JB Goodwin value our employees and

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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:

What
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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?

At

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