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Real estate investment in San Antonio can be a passive or active means to growing personal wealth. As housing costs appreciate, simply owning a home in the area is a great way to invest for the future.

But some people wish to be more involved in their investments. For those who love fast turn around, manual labor, and problem solving, house flipping is a popular and fulfilling form of real estate investment.

HGTV popularized the art of house flipping by portraying this DIY renovation business in a way that seems highly accessible. As a result, there’s been a surge of ambitious investors entering the market across the country. Competition to buy undervalued homes has increased, but there’s still opportunity for the careful, savvy investor to make

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A few months ago, Precourt Sports Ventures, the company that owns the Columbus Crew SC soccer team, delivered a proposal to develop a new professional soccer stadium in Austin, Texas. The stadium would replace the pro soccer team’s current homefield, Mapfre Stadium, in Columbus, OH, where the team has played since 1999.

Precourt Sports Ventures proposed building the new stadium at McKalla Place near The Domain, an area considered Austin’s “second downtown”.

According to Jonathan Emmett, design director of Gensler Sports Practice, the proposed stadium will be “influenced by great European venues... we are also drawing heavily on the incredibly diverse and vibrant local culture, to create a uniquely ‘Austin’ experience for MLS fans,"

On the

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top zip codes in san antonio real estate

Best Zip Codes for Purchasing a Home in San Antonio

San Antonio is a vibrant city with hispanic roots that run deep. If you’ve been in the city any length of time, you’ll be reminded to remember the Alamo. But don’t forget to visit all the San Antonio missions as well!

San Antonio has become a top destination in the Southwest for young jobseekers. Recent developments such as The Pearl Brewery have brought a trendy side to Alamo City. We’ve written about why buying in San Antonio can be a great investment in your future.

If you have kiddos, San Antonio is also a phenomenal city to raise children. Between the Doseum, the Natural Bridge Caverns, Seaworld, Six Flags, and the San Antonio Zoo, you will never run out of fun things to do.

If

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bathroom design trends 2018Designing a home that you love begins with the spark of new ideas.

The right redesign project can add new character to a room and even increase the resale value of your home. One of the most popular rooms to change in any home is the master bathroom.

The master bath tends to start out so basic and non-descript, or simply becomes outdated in older houses. It is the perfect room to revamp when you're ready for a new look. 

When it comes to redesigning your bathroom, there’s a lot you can do to make yours unique.

We asked two designers and two architects about the latest trends in bathroom design. Here’s what they had to say:

2018 Bathroom Design Trends

With interior design trends, there is the perennial question, baked into the very fabric

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austin city skyline, new construction

A new building pierces the iconic Austin skyline. The Independent is a luxury residential complex under development in Central Austin. The building’s condo units vary from 1- 4 bedrooms and the finished building will offer weight rooms, swimming pools, and highrise play areas, among other residential amenities.

The 58-story, jagged-style building is among Austin’s tallest towers and is by far the city’s largest residential building. In fact, The Independent is one of several new buildings filling the skyline in downtown Austin. As our city continues to expand and more families call Austin their home, those who’ve been here for some time have the unique pleasure of watching Austin evolve right before our eyes.

If you live here, there’s a slim

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top 5 waterfront patios in san antonio

The Riverwalk is one of San Antonio’s most popular tourist attractions. In fact, it is among those few local attractions that even first-time visitors know about long before they ever pay that first visit.

Dare we say, its tourist popularity even rivals that of the Alamo.

What many people don’t realize when visiting the Riverwalk, however, is that it is comprised of 15 miles of walkways! Far from the select few blocks most people know about, you have a wide array of choice cantinas, bars, and restaurants where you can grab a drink.

Whether you want to experience the popular tourist stops, or the hidden gems away from the most bustling districts, we’ve provided several popular waterfront patio eating options for you to consider as you explore

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4th of july fireworks in austin, tx

July is here again. The cold water at Barton Springs is drawing its typical summer crowd, kids are finding creative ways to enjoy their break from school, and many Texans are starting to text their friends or search online to learn where the best places to watch some spectacular Independence Day fireworks are in 2018.

If you’ve never been in Austin during the 4th, you’re in for a lot of fun. There are several incredible firework shows that take place across the city, and many cozy places to watch them from.

Austin is one of the most popular cities in Texas for our 4th of July light shows. Sponsors and producers go big, and crowds come out every year to see the lights and participate in the festivities.

Here are a few of the best places in

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What will change about buying and selling homes within the next year, two years, or five?

Predicting the future of any industry isn’t easy. Fortunately, real estate generally offers more accessible and reliable data than other industries to use when making forecasts. That means making reasonable predictions about the not-so-distant future isn’t a complete shot in the dark.

Consider the Austin, Texas market as an example. We know that the U.S. government tracks population growth through periodic censuses. This decade to decade population data shows that Austin’s population usually grows by more than 20% every decade, with the single exception being the 1920s (16.8% growth). Someone could use such data to reasonably predict that this trend will

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Austin’s popularity seems to grow every day. Whether it’s our food, nature trails, career opportunities, or local music, Austin boasts a magnetism that’s impossible to deny.

In fact, U.S. News announced recently that Austin is the number 1 place to live in 2018!

Since over 62,000 new residents are expected to move to the city just in 2018, the rest of the country seems to agree with U.S. News’ conclusion.

As many might suspect, all our popularity puts Austin real estate in high--and growing--demand. Austin homes appreciated by 7.2% over the course of the last year.

If you’re in the market to invest in Austin real estate, here are some hot locations you might consider:

Central East Austin

Living in Central East Austin means calling

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The process of buying your first home brings with it a handful of new terms and phrases to learn.

By researching or asking your Austin or San Antonio real estate agent what each new term means, you can set yourself up for success and achieve a more informed understanding of the home buying and selling process.

Among the many words you may soon encounter, “escrow” is one you’ll want to know. While the term is used across a handful of financial industries, this article will solely define escrow in relation to the real estate industry.

What Does Escrow Mean?

When a person refers to money (or something else of high value) as being “in escrow”, they mean that their value-item is being held by an unbiased third party to ensure a fair transaction

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