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Natural disasters, theft, and other home security problems can arise no matter the technology or attention that you give to your home. But preparing your home with practical safety measures is a powerful way to enhance the safety of your family, and alleviate the problem or damages these incidents cause.

Central Texas isn’t exactly the most dangerous place to live in the U.S., but even the safest places on earth are far from perfect. Theft, fire, and weather are a possibility no matter where you turn. Those who desire more safety for their family can easily improve their security with a few intentional investments of time or money.

Here are a few ways to improve the safety of your Central Texas home:

1. Always Give The Appearance Of Someone

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For somewhere to qualify as a lucrative place for homeowners to lease out their properties, the city should offer several traits. The most optimal locations tend to be areas popular to young families, and where local universities consistently attract students to the area.

With those factors in mind, Austin is a great city for taking the plunge into your landlord business. With many young families moving to the area, and the thriving campuses of Austin Community College and The University of Texas at Austin, local property managers have a long future of business to look forward to.

But becoming a landlord is not usually a get-rich-quick scheme. There is a lot that goes into being a successful property manager, especially at the beginning when

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San Antonio attracts many visitors each year. The Alamo, our culture-rich downtown, theme parks, and reputable schools are just a few of the awesome features that families look forward to when moving to family-friendly communities in San Antonio.

For families new to this piece of the Texas Hill Country, finding the right San Antonio real estate can feel stressful. Most people don’t even know where to begin their search for a new home. We want to make the process a little easier by presenting some of the communities we find most popular among local families.

The neighborhoods on our list are each known for being safe and for offering convenient and enjoyable places for parents, kids, or the whole family to spend time. Here are several family-friendly

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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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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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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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For about a year, a small mystery existed regarding the future of one of the most famous buildings in Austin. It began in 2015 when the Cox family purchased the Austin-American Statesman building, a property on Congress Ave, just south of Lady Bird Lake. Anyone who has been to the Congress Ave Bridge to view the bats coming out at dusk has seen the nondescript building just south of the knoll where many stand to view the iconic Austin bats.

The intriguing thing about this purchase, and perhaps why it drove so much curiosity, was the fact that the Cox family has owned the publication since 1976.

Speculations quickly began among local real estate companies in 2015 about whether this expensive property was soon to return to the market. Recently, some

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