University of Texas Redevops Downtown AustinIn a rapidly expanding city, construction is to be expected. One of the latest projects defining downtown Austin's ever-developing skyline is being prompted by the University of Texas and its new plans to redesign a full city block.

The Current Downtown Space

The space bounded by West 7th, Colorado Street, West 6th, and Lavaca Street is defined as Block 71. At present, the block features a plaza with a fountain that hasn't run in ten years, a parking garage, a nine-story tower, and a historic hall, but big changes are headed its way.

The area currently belongs to the University of Texas and is the site of their system facilities offices. However, UT is developing a new building on West 7th Street dubbed "OneUTSystem." This new structure will have…

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Freshening Your San Antonio Kitchen With ColorIf the kitchen in your San Antonio home is starting to look a bit tired, it may be time to give it a facelift. While a full-blown renovation can quickly become expensive, there are smaller cosmetic touches that can be implemented for a great deal less. This week, let's focus on what a little color can do.

Here are five fun ways to add some color to your San Antonio home's kitchen:

1. Appliances & Accessories

One of the most functional ways to incorporate a splash of color into your kitchen is to buy your every day tools in the wackiest shades you can find. Silicon cooking utensils come in the full spectrum of colors. Keeping these in a vase by the stovetop not only adds a nice touch of color, but is highly functional. Alternatively, if you're…

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Austin Tourist Attraction - State CapitolWhen you sit down to plan your next vacation destination, your list probably includes places like Hawaii, Palm Springs, and Orlando. However, a recent study by J.D. Power, an international marketing information services company, found that Austin not only takes the number one spot for tourist destinations in the Southwest, but also the second in the entire nation. As a matter of fact, it is only succeeded by Las Vegas.

Part of the reason Austin was so successful in this study was due to its strong infrastructure and the broad range of activities there are to do. If you're new to Austin, or even if you aren't, it may be time to explore the city of Austin tourist style.

Here are three of the highest rated attractions you need to see:

1. The State…

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Developing South Side, San Antonio Real EstateHistorically, San Antonio's South Side has been the site of industry. The area was known for being the home of many blue-collar workers who worked in the nearby oil fields. As one of the few places where San Antonio real estate was cheap, many of the families who live in South Side made the choice to purchase housing they could afford to own rather than go into debt living in a part of the city where real estate rates are as high as the tallest skyscrapers.

Of course, the downside of living on the city's fringes was the lack of amenities. The nearest grocery stores were a few miles away, the public school districts were notoriously bad, and to top it all off, the south end has two of the city's three sewage treatment facilities giving all that clean rural…

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Austin Real Estate Agent Jill Rose's New KitchenPhoto courtesy of Better Home and Gardens.

This week, JB Goodwin REALTOR®, Jill Rose, was featured in Better Homes & Gardens. It all started when Rose decided to reface her kitchen.

The space started with classic wooden cabinets, a microwave over the stove top, and an uninspired white backsplash. By the time she was done, she had created a sleek modern kitchen that featured clean white cupboards, an attractive off-white tile backsplash, and an eye-catching custom range hood.

What you can't tell from looking at the fixture is that Rose actually built it herself. She was inspired by a $4000 bronze hood that she fell in love with on her search for a new look. Of course, $4000 is a lot to spend on an appliance, so Rose decided to get crafty. In a…

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Team at JB GoodwinOn October 20, the results of the San Antonio Express-News Top Workplaces Survey were released. The survey took into account the opinions of 53,151 employees spread across 1,138 local companies, and we're proud to say JB Goodwin REALTORS® was recognized as one of the finest. JB Goodwin REALTORS® was one of fifteen local companies to receive an award for their efforts. This particular award was given for "Direction," meaning the employees felt that their company was moving in the right direction.

JB Goodwin REALTORS® wasn't always the booming real estate company with one San Antonio offices and four Austin offices. Established in 1972, this company started small. Its founder had just graduated from the University of Texas with big dreams, and one of the…

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Austin seems to be in a constant state of construction. To drive through the city with an eye to the sky, is see dozens of cranes hanging their heavy metallic heads under the weight of their load. You may wonder, what are they building?

Everything. From apartment buildings to residential communities to trendy office spaces, the population of Austin is growing, and the Austin real estate market is literally rising and expanding to the challenge.

Moving to Austin

Any recent graduate of the University of Texas or the nearby Texas A & M University, will be able to tell you, Austin has what many other university towns lack: jobs. With numerous tech companies moving to a tax-free city and setting up shops that are continually expanding, there are job…

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austin investment propertiesThe Austin Business Journal recently published an article about the population of Austin that found numbers are projected to almost double in the next 25 years. However, these kinds of market and population predictions aren't definitive. Some very smart people have crunched their numbers and analyzed the trends, but there are a multitude of factors that can't be foreseen. Predicting population growth isn't an exact science, but it does give us an idea of where trends are heading. Even if the populous doesn't double, do expect to see growth of some kind.

What does this mean for Austin real estate prices though?

The Effect On The Housing Market

Intuitively, we might think an increasing population will lead real estate rates to rise. More people…

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