Living in Austin

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When it comes to affordability, families don’t usually shop in big cities when they hope to land a real estate bargain. Home shoppers know they’ll pay more to experience the conveniences that major cities provide.

But a new study from gobankingrates.com revealed that when it comes to measuring the comfort of residents’ cost of living, Austin goes against the major city grain. In the study, not only did Austin prove to be one of the most comfortable cities, but Texas was also concluded as the state whose cities offered their residents the most cost-friendly living situations compared to the rest of the nation.

The study said, “Texas is the state that boasts the most cities in which the median income is enough for a comfortable living”.

In

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Investment is a term that seizes the attention of even the least business-minded person in a room. When we hear the term, many of us imagine dollar signs, remember our Economics 101 professor, or picture Scrooge McDuck swimming through his sea of gold coins.

In real estate, we toss this term around often. When someone purchases a home, REALTORS® like to communicate every benefit that comes from owning a home. And since real estate investing is such a profitable option in the Central Texas’ market, we find no reason to hold back our enthusiasm about the opportunities we see.

Investment sparks a lot to think about for a family. While you weigh your options about whether to purchase a house or to throw all your extra cash into the stock market,

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Everyone dreams about what they’ll look for in a first home. Many Texans prefer city living, while others choose a multi-acre property on the outskirts of town. Some consider lavish spaces, and still others prefer a small house with minimalist furniture and design.

Home preferences can feel as distinct as our fingerprints, but the truth is that our housing preferences aren’t as different from one another as they might feel.

At the end of the day, housing trends exist, even to distinguish generation from generation. Many factors play into generational trends:

  • New ideas and technology
  • Economic booms or burdens
  • Community values
  • Celebrity preferences
  • Lifestyle needs
  • And much, much more

The Wall Street Journal collected a

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Young professionals and families make their way to Austin every day. The career opportunities, healthy local lifestyle, and ample fun of the city are too wonderful for most of us to turn down.

As people move to the area, however, many face a challenging question: Should I rent or buy? Usually these folks are already sold on the appeal of living in Austin. The city is a wonderful place to live, with no doubt about it. But the high housing costs can be a little intimidating to anyone, especially the families who are new to purchasing real estate.

So for those families still on the fence about whether buying a house in Austin is right for you, here are 5 reasons why we and a few Austin home-owners think this a great city for first-time home

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We weren’t too surprised to hear it, but the news still makes us proud. JBGoodwin REALTORS® was once again named one of Austin’s Best Places to Work in 2017 by Austin Business Journal!

When you gather a group of hardworking, optimistic people and equip them with the tools and knowledge necessary to give real help to families and businesses, a great work environment almost sounds like it’d come naturally.

While nature may have something to do with it, we also prioritize making our workplace one that is empowering, enjoyable, and fair for each employee. That’s because we believe that the most efficient and productive workplaces are those that make a big deal about treating people like… well… people!

What makes JB Goodwin such a great place to work?

Our

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Strap on your helmets, everyone. Austin is a city made for cyclists.

You don't have to spend much time in Austin to notice the city’s vibrant bicycle culture. The bike-designated lanes and numerous riders paint a clear picture of our city’s love for two-wheeled transportation.

Cycling is how many enjoy exercise, exploration, and a more cost- and energy-efficient way to get around town. For many Austinites, their bike equips them for the errands of their day. It is their reliable, year-round vehicle for getting to work, school, and across town.

And then there are Austin’s mountain bikers: these enthusiasts love to explore the city’s winding streams and forest paths. They can meander peacefully through local Texas wildlife, even through some of their

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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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Leading business journals love to cover Austin because it’s a hotspot for technology and innovation. The industry boom has brought many businesses to the area and incentivized top tier employees to find jobs in Travis County and the surrounding areas.

Business growth in Austin has occurred for eight years and will continue in 2017, according to Austin Chamber. Data from the organization shows a 1.9% business growth rate for 2016, with education, health services, and financial services growing the fastest.

Businesses are propelled to the area by many of Austin’s advantages, including the following:

Tax-friendliness: Texas is a state with strong tax incentives. With no state income tax, businesses and employees can see more cash in their pockets at the

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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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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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