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Interest Rates and Thanksgiving Turkey

Let’s break it down and keep it very simple: We keep hearing about how interest rates are going to change, and just to give you a little perspective:

  • In July 2016, interest rates were at an all-time low of 3.41%.
  • In November of 2018, rates are at 4.83%.
  • Experts predict that rates will rise to about 5.02% by June 2019, and 5.8% by November 2019.

That’s almost a full 1% increase from this year to next year. But what does that all really mean?

For every full 1% that interest rates rise, your purchasing power—your ability to keep your monthly payment at about the same range—decreases by about 10%.

That means if this year, you were trying to buy a $295,000...

Which San Antonio Breweries are the Best?

San Antonio is home to several great breweries. Sometimes, it can be difficult to pick the right one. However, when you know which breweries are the best in the city, you'll be able to make a decision, enjoy some good beer and have a great time.

Here's a look at the very best San Antonio breweries. Visit them all to find your new favorite.

Freetail Brewing

A brewery known for events, Freetail Brewing holds many events every year. They have all kinds of things going on no matter the season of the year. You can take a private tour of the brewery, as long as you give them seven days’ notice and they also offer plenty of great beer to enjoy.

They offer both a brewpub and a...

Which Parks are Best in Austin, Texas?

Austin is filled with parks. When you're trying to choose a new neighborhood to call home, finding one with a park or near a park may be a priority. Here's a look at some of the best parks you will find all throughout the Austin area.

Katherine Fleischer Park

Found in North Austin, the Katherine Fleischer Park is right in the heart of Wells Branch. It's a park with a very popular playground and playhouse. There's a pool here and plenty of sports courts, as well.

Odom School Park

A location in South Austin, Odom School Park was recently renovated. It offers a new shade structure and plenty of fun equipment for the kids. This park even has musical play equipment to enjoy.

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Top Spots in San Antonio for Healthy Eats

Choosing to eat healthy gets harder when you go out for dinner. Hanging out with friends and family in San Antonio doesn't have to be difficult if you've chosen to eat healthy. Here are a few of the top spots you can go to and eat healthy without any issue.

Vegeria Vegan Restaurant - 8407 Broadway Street

Veganism has become more than just a trend and many are adopting a more plant-based diet. Eating fresh, delicious plant-based food is very healthy and Vegeria has you covered. While this spot serves up the healthiest vegan food you will find, it's also some of the most delicious you will find.

Vegeria isn't just known as a popular spot in San Antonio. It's well-known across...

Where Should Sellers Spend Their Time When Preparing to Sell a Home?

When you're ready to sell your home, it's important to look at a few things you can do to prepare. Once your home is on the market, it will be much more difficult to do anything to make it easier to sell.

Cleaning the home makes such a huge difference. If a home is spotless, it will be more attractive to potential buyers. Here are five things you should pay close attention to when getting ready to sell your home.

The Front Porch

When a buyer shows up at the home, they will wait on the front porch as their agent opens the key box. This means, they will have a few minutes to see this area closely and you want to make sure it's very clean. Take the time...

Top Four Spots in North San Antonio for Happy Hour

When you want to hit happy hour, there are so many great choices throughout San Antonio, it can be overwhelming. If you know your spot will be in North San Antonio, you're in luck. There are some very good happy hours in this area of the city. Here are four of the best spots.

Little Woodrow's Babcock - 2535 Babcock Road, San Antonio

From 3pm to 7pm, you can enjoy some of the best happy hour specials in the area. Little Woodrow's Babcock is known as the spot for the big game. They serve burgers, wings, chicken tenders and more. It's also a great spot for beer and other drinks.

During happy hour, you can relax and enjoy plenty of discounts here. Happy...

Where can you Get a Great Snow Cone in Austin?

The summer may over, but that just means the heat gets dialed down a little bit in Austin. It will still remain a bit hot and a refreshing snow cone can still be found.

When you just cannot live without that perfect snow cone, you need to know where to go. Austin has plenty of great choices for excellent snow cones all throughout the city. Here are a few of the top options.

Bahama Buck's - 105 East Stassney Lane

They call it shaved ice, but it's a snow cone and it's delicious. Bahama Buck's offer a great choice for your craving with plenty of original flavors to choose from. They have 91 total flavors all unique and not found anywhere else.

Along with snow cones, Bahama Buck's offers lemonades,...

Top Choices for an Austin Staycation

Sometimes, you don't have the time or money to leave your hometown and go on vacation. This is where the staycation comes in. You can go right down the road in Austin and find plenty of great places to stay and things to do. Why not create a staycation to get away from your regular day-to-day life?

Whether you're trying to go out with a group or just relax yourself, there are staycation options in Austin. Here are some of the top choices to consider.

An Adult Staycation

If you want a staycation just for you or for you and some adult friends, the Kimpton Hotel offers a good choice. This boutique hotel is a great choice with a convenient location on Rainey Street. It won't attract many families or children, so you can enjoy an adult trip by staying here.

When...

Is Buying Actually Cheaper than Renting in Austin, TX?

Deciding to become a homeowner isn't a small decision. However, when you compare renting to buying in Austin and you find out it's cheaper to buy; it may be an easier decision than you thought.

Trulia puts out a Rent vs. Buy Report regularly and it compared the cost of renting compared to the cost of buying a home in the largest metro areas in the country. The latest report shows that owning a home in Austin is about 23.5% cheaper than renting.

Currently, Austin isn't alone on this report. It showed only two major metro areas in the United States to be cheaper to rent than buy; San Francisco and San Jose, CA. This is due to the median home prices in both cities rising more than $1 million for this year. It also marks the first time this has happened over the six years...

How to Take Advantage of Our Off-Season Market

If you didn’t put your home on the market this summer, don’t worry. Your chance at selling success in 2018 hasn’t passed you by. There are actually three unique benefits sellers can enjoy by listing in the off-season.

  1. Buyers in the off-season months tend to be more serious. During the peak of the market, many buyers are more curious than committed. The buyers that sellers encounter during the off-season, meanwhile, are often highly dedicated to striking a deal.

  2. There is less competition in the off-season. In most markets, the majority of homes are sold between April and August. Listing in the off-season will therefore allow you to avoid competition while simultaneously...

Austin's Best Neighborhoods for a $700K Budget

If you’re working with a budget of $700k for your home search in Austin, you are going to find some really wonderful neighborhoods that will be hard to choose from. This is a great price point to get a large, modern, and beautiful home in a great area of town for your family. You will be able to look in neighborhoods like Barton Hills, Steiner Ranch, and Mueller. Take a look at these and other best neighborhoods to consider in your upcoming move to Austin.

Mueller

For those that love easy access to Downtown Austin, Mueller is the closest community that you’ll find in the $700k price range. It’s the perfect East Austin location being built on the former site of Robert Mueller Airport....

Restaurant Spotlight: Chin's Garden

For those that love Chinese food, Chin’s Garden is where you can get all of your traditional favorites on a budget. From the crispy and flavorful egg rolls to sesame chicken dish, Chin’s Garden’s menu of traditional Chinese favorites will have your mouth watering.

Being open seven days a week, there will always be a time that works in your schedule to visit this San Antonio gem. Take a closer look at what you’ll enjoy at the delicious Chin’s Garden of San Antonio.

Why you’ll love this restaurant

If some of your favorite family memories involve sharing large platters of delicious Chinese food on the weekends, Chin’s Garden is going to be your go-to restaurant once you give it a try....

Which San Antonio Restaurants are Best for a Romantic Date?

No, it's not Valentine's Day already guys. You don't need to worry, but it's probably time to take your wife on a romantic date, anyway. We shouldn't need a special occasion to keep the romance alive.

San Antonio has plenty of great romantic spots to help you keep the romance alive in your relationship. If you need a great restaurant for a romantic date, try one of these top choices.

The Grey Moss Inn - 19010 Scenic Loop Road, Helotes

Found to the north of San Antonio, this restaurant has been around since 1929. It's a fine dining establishment known for high-quality meats, such as steak, chicken, and lamb. They also serve seafood.

The Grey Moss Inn has been known as a very romantic place to dine...

Top Southwest Austin Neighborhoods for Low Tax Rates & Great Schools

 

Getting into an Austin neighborhood that is near great schools may be on the top of your list of priorities, but one that also comes with low tax rates would really sweeten the deal. Fortunately, there are several neighborhood options specific to the southwest part of town that features both low tax rates and great schools.

These neighborhoods tend to feature master-planned communities, fairly new construction, and that proximity to downtown that makes sense to live here while working downtown. Take a look at some of the best options in southwest Austin for low tax rates and great schools.

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Tips for Selling a Home in a Hot Market

Are you preparing to sell your home in Austin and wondering what to expect for the process in this hot market? You may be expecting a fast sale and several great offers coming in putting the ball in your court.

While this could happen, that doesn’t mean selling your house isn’t going to require some hard work and some tough decisions. Take a look at the strategies you should use to sell your home efficiently especially during a seller’s market.

Have an online presence for your home

It’s important that you have your home online for people to easily find. Home buyers will be starting their search on the web, so it’s important that you have a great listing with professional photos, detailed information, and bonus material like video...

Top 5 Reasons to Love Boerne, TX

When it comes to living in or near San Antonio, it doesn't get much better than Boerne. While many neighborhoods in San Antonio are amazing and an excellent place to call home, Boerne is a place you may just fall in love with.

Home buyers seeking a quiet place to call home will love Boerne. For many living in San Antonio, Boerne has already become a weekend escape, but why not just call it home? Here are five great reasons to call Boerne, TX home.

Incredible Main Street

When you arrive in the downtown area on Main Street, you will believe you've been transported into a movie. This is true Small Town American...

What Should You Keep When You Buy a Home?

When you buy a home, it can become overwhelming with all the paperwork new appliances and other things going on. There's quite a bit to think about and you need to know what to keep and what you can let go. Here's a look at some of the things you should keep when you buy a home.

User Manuals

For now, you should all user manuals for appliances or anything else in the house. The previous owners may have provided user manuals for the security system, the kitchen appliances and anything else they have. If you're buying a new home, you'll likely have a manual for every single electronic device in the home and you should keep them all.

The manuals provide useful information and the contact details for the manufacturer. However, you don't need to stress out if you do accidentally misplace...

Upcoming Event: Waterloo Music Festival

A brand new music festival is coming to Austin. With Austin already known for so much music and great festivals, it comes as no surprise that another festival is coming to the city. The city is already home to so many music festivals drawing big crowds, such as the Urban Music Festival, South by Southwest and the Austin Reggae Fest.

This new music festival will provide some of the best talent from all across the country. It's called the Waterloo Music Festival and it will provide plenty of fun for all those in love with music.

The Lineup

So many great acts will take the stage with plenty of big names and others you'll want to discover. The lineup includes:

  • The String Cheese Incident
  • Joe Russo's Almost Dead
  • Oxtail & Friends
  • Railroad Earth
  • ...

Restaurant Spotlight: Southerleigh

A great spot for lunch, Southerleigh offers an incredible menu found within the Pearl Brewery. It's one of the largest brewpubs in the country with plenty of great beer, great food and so much more. The brews found here are incredible, but there's more to this spot than just beer.

It's a family-friendly place with plenty of great things to enjoy for kids, adults and even the picky eater. They even provide the kids with a tray of pretzel dough with the kids' menu. They get to play with the dough as they create their own pretzel before they order.

Along with lunch and dinner, Southerleigh offers brunch and a mid-shift/late-shift menu.

The Food

The lunch menu offers sandwiches, salads and smaller options, along with larger options and some combinations. You'll find burgers, chicken salads, ahi tuna, fish and even steak on the lunch menu.

The dinner menu features plenty...

Top Things to Do in Austin for September 2018

Every month, there are several great things you can do and enjoy throughout Austin. New events come and go, but when one goes, another is coming. Here's a look at some of the top things you can do in Austin for September 2018.

Unplugged at the Grove - September 6th, 13th

Held at Shady Grove in Austin, this event will feature all types of free live music. It will also include plenty of food and plenty of fun. As the longest running free concert series in Austin, this is one of the best free things to do in September.

Waterloo Music Festival - September 7th to 9th

Held at Carson Creek Ranch, this amazing music festival will feature some of the very best jam bands and musical acts in Austin. It's a three-day festival with camping and plenty of fun to be had. This...

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