All Blog Entries by Mary Ann Castro

Found 237 blog entries published by Mary Ann Castro.

Lavendar Field at Orchard Ridge New Construction

So you're looking for a small community away from the throng of the big city! Somewhere safe to raise your family. Somewhere to relax and enjoy your well-deserved retirement. Even somewhere to grow a new business because you've got an entrepreneurial spirit. Why not take a look at the developing community of Orchard Ridge for new construction homes in Liberty Hill, TX? This may be the perfect place for you!

Liberty Hill's Newest Community

Just a fifty-minute drive northwest of the thriving city of Austin and just outside of Liberty Hill is the small, affordable community of Orchard Ridge. Nestled between the North and South forks of the San Gabriel River, this community boasts beautiful pasture land with cattle, rolling hills, hiking trails and

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Here's a look at Austin's leasing and rental statistics as of May 1, 2017. Highlights include:

  • Homes were rented 5 days faster with JB Goodwin
  • Total number of properties leased increased by 48%
  • The median Austin rental price per month is $1,695 or $1.15 per square foot

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Here's a look at Austin's real estate MLS® sold data for March 2017!

Some of the highlights for March include:

  • 16% increase in available Austin homes for sale since March 2016
  • 6,711 homes were sold in the month of March 2017
  • Demand for Austin real estate is up 4%

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San Antonio Skyline

San Antonio, Texas is one of America's fastest growing metropolises, estimated to reach another 1 million in population by 2040. Such expedited growth in the last 10 years has inspired the city of San Antonio to execute a series of long-term visions, meeting the needs of those wishing to thrive in an efficiently planned Texas city. Prevalent job security and sturdy local economies have encouraged millennials to invest and start their families in the charming city of San Antonio. Consequently, there are nearly 30 new developments in San Antonio, bringing forward its understated potential, where neighboring cities will contend with.

Let's take a look at some remarkable new developments in San Antonio.

Essex Modern City: 8 Acres of Opportunity

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Texas Names Number One State For Corporate Expansion In 2016

Once again Texas ranks as the number one state for corporate expansion by Site Selection Magazine. Texas is the 2016 Governor's Cup winner for the most qualified projects of any US state. Site Selection, published by Conway Inc., is the senior publication in the corporate real estate and economic development fields. This magazine has been in existence for over 63 years and has awarded the Governor's Cup annually since 1988. The focus is on new corporate facility projects, including headquarters, manufacturing plants, R&D operations and logistics sites. Site Selection defines a qualified project as one that meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Involves a minimum of $1 million in capital investment
  • Creates 20 or more new jobs
  • Adds
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Here's a look at Austin's leasing and rental statistics for the month of April 2017. Highlights include:

  • Homes rented through JB Goodwin spent an average of 6 days less on the market
  • Total number of properties leased increased by 56%
  • The median Austin rental price per month is $1,575 or $1.33 per square foot


Austin Leasing Stats For April 2017

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Austin Names One Of The Most Affordable Rental Markets For 2017

Austin has been getting a lot of attention recently for its incredible food, outstanding live music, growing tech sector, and "weird" culture. The city has been featured on a variety of top 10 lists across the country, including best place live, best place to retire, as well as most affordable place to live.

Most recently the Austin rental market was voted as the fifth most affordable in the U.S., based on the average percent of monthly income spent on housing. The survey, conducted by a property management software company called AppFolio, found that Austinites only spend approximately 23 percent of their monthly income while renters in New York and Miami spend 50 percent, making these the two most expensive cities to rent in in the nation.

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Take a look at Austin's real estate MLS® sold data for the month of February 2017 below. Highlights include:

  • 3,804 properties sold in February 2017
  • Demand for Austin real estate is up 4%
  • 11.5% increase in available homes for sale from February 2016
Austin Real Estate Sold Stats - February 2017
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Friends shopping at The Domain NORTHSIDE Austin

On September 30, 2016, The Domain development in North Austin held the grand opening of its newest and final addition: The Domain NORTHSIDE. Located in a beautiful park-like setting with lush landscaping and custom art elements, this development spans 600,000 square feet of retail, dining, hotel, and service space. The Domain NORTHSIDE features some of Austin's best homegrown businesses with a thoughtfully curated list of benchmark brands and first-to-Austin tastemakers. Whether you call it home, stay the night, or enjoy the community, you can expect the uncommon vibe that keeps Austin together.

One of the more unique aspects to The Domain NORTHSIDE is that many of the locations on site are dog friendly. Austin is well-known for being an

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Austin's Hottest Neighborhoods for 2017

Zillow recently released their predictions for the hottest housing markets of 2017 that included some interesting information about Austin real estate.

The main takeaway?

Keep your eye on East Austin!

The report announced Zillow’s top five Austin neighborhoods on track to see the highest growth in value this year, with four out of the five neighborhoods belonging to East Austin.

This information was shocking to some, but anticipated by most Austin real estate experts, who have been predicting that this area would be the next up-and-coming market.

What's most interesting about the location of these neighborhoods is that many lay on the outer edge of the region, suggesting that home buyers interested in moving to East Austin are more

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