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San Antonio has a proud military heritage that is a big part of the city's culture and identity. Thousands of military personnel are stationed throughout the area's bases, and each year military families from all over the country make their home in the Alamo City.

Moving from abroad is hard enough, but military families also bring with them specific requirements when searching for a home, like:

    • a home within close proximity to the military base
    • quality school districts
    • neighborhood safety

Here are our picks for the top four neighborhoods for San Antonio military families.

1. Olympia Hills

Olympia Hills is a golf course community in Universal City, just 20 miles northeast of San Antonio. With proximity to Randolph Air Force

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Austin is most known for its vibrant and youthful vibe, making it popular among young professionals and growing families.

But what most people don't know is that Austin is one of the top ranking regions in the U.S. for senior living. With 30 percent of its population over the age of 55, it seems as though this news is catching on.

So what makes Austin such a great place for 55 plus living?

Austin is seeing strong growth in industries with jobs for seniors, outstanding small-business opportunities, and a strong emphasis on living active and healthy lifestyles. On top of all of this, Austin's residential communities have been rapidly developing, bringing mixed-use communities with luxury, resort-like amenities, as well as variety of features

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Ever since the 2008 U.S. recession, thousands of Californians have been making the decision to relocate to Austin, TX.

So what's going on?

California has long been the dream location for many. Picture year-round warm weather, gorgeous sandy beaches, endless blue skies, and that notorious laid-back attitude. It's hard to believe that anyone would want to move away from such a luxurious location.

The reality of the situation is that many Californians are realizing that this picturesque dream is just that; a dream.

California is becoming an increasingly difficult place to live and work. Well...relative to Austin at least.

The cost of living continues to grow, housing prices are astronomical, and though the active lifestyle, food industry,

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Austin, Texas - State Capitol Building

While the summer selling season has ended for most housing markets, the Austin Board of REALTORS® latest Central Texas Housing Market Report shows a double-digit percent increase in Austin home sales, which continue to outpace inventory and drive up home prices.

The median price of a single-family home in the city of Austin rose 11.9% this month to $406,000––an all-time high for any September on record.
Source: Austin Board of REALTORS®

Want to learn more about buying or selling a home in Austin? Talk to one of our expert agents at JB Goodwin who are always happy to help!
mls austin real estate market stats for September 2019, JBGoodwin realtors
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Here’s an update on Austin’s leasing statistics for August 2019 from the local MLS® and everyone here at JB Goodwin Realtors.

Summertime is usually a busy month for rentals, and this August is no exception. As more and more renters are looking for places, supply in Austin is lessening. Although the demand for rentals is higher than August of last year, the total leases have dropped 16%.

Other key statistics for this month’s leasing report include:

  • Total leases are up 2%
  • Total home leases are up 2%
  • Median prices are level
  • Single family homes leases are down 16%

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2019 central texas festival & events guide

Are you ready to have some fun?

Whether you’re doing the organizing or just along for the ride, the biggest events of the year take planning! To help you get ready, here are some of the most popular gatherings around the San Antonio and Austin area for the rest of 2019:

Rodeo Austin

March 15th – 30th

Ya’ll been to a rodeo? Austin puts its spin on the time-honored festivities of ropin’ and ridin’, with the live music and delicious BBQ you’d expect to accompany such an event. “Where Weird Meets Western.”

For more information, visit: https://rodeoaustin.com/

ABC Austin Kitefest

March 31st

After 90 years and counting, the Austin Kitefest proves that old school fun hasn’t lost its luster – no matter how realistic those new video

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Hot off the press! Get up to date with what's going on with the Austin real estate market direct from the MLS®, courtesy of your friends at JB Goodwin!

There are some signs that the market may be slowing down slightly. Total units sold and median home values have remained level compared to 2018, even as inventory has grown by over 1000 units. That's an increase of 19%! Despite this increase, inventory still remains low when compared to the early part of the decade, with a supply of just 2.3 months.

Here are a few key stats to look out for:

  • Demand remains level
  • The median price of homes sold 1 month into the year is $294,000
  • 1,797 units were sold in January throughout the city of Austin
Have more questions about the Austin
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Hot off the press! JB Goodwin is happy to present the leasing statistics report for February 2019. Take a look at the complete info-graphic below.

Supply remains low as demand increases. With 10,000 new apartment units added in 2018, occupancy remains at a high 93.3%.

Overall, leases are down compared to 2018. Here's a break down:

  • Total leases are down 9%
  • Home leases are down 20%
  • Property leases are down 13%
  • Single-family home leases are down 15%

Remember, JB Goodwin REALTORS® can get your rental property filled 5 days faster than the average Austin agent!

If you're interested in learning more about leasing out your property or finding the perfect rental, please get in touch with a JB Goodwin agent.

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Welcome to the latest edition of the JB Goodwin real estate market stats report, direct from the MLS®!

Upward is the overall trend more or less across the board. Inventory is actually up 700 units compared to 2017 figures, even though its down 2,000 units overall compared to eight years ago.

It was quite a year in Austin! The total units sold this past year amounted to 34,435, with a median price of $304,900, up 4% from the previous year.

Here are a few key stats to look for:

  • Demand is up 3%
  • Overall inventory is still low, with just a 2.3 months supply
  • Total units sold for 2018 is up 1.5% compared to 2017
Have more questions about the Austin real estate market? Please don't hesitate to contact JB Goodwin REALTORS® online…
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