When the weather’s just right and you don’t want to go out again because you’d have to leave your pups, pet-friendly patios in San Antonio are just what you need. Hit a local dog park on the way and pick up a friend for a great day out around San Antonio with both your favorite humans and favorite four-pawed friends too.
This is one of the locals favorite things to do as the weather gets nicer especially now that winter clothes are put away and swimsuits and sunscreen are out. Whether you need that hot sun for a lunch out or your favorite time to sit outside is under that summer night sky, here are the top pet-friendly patios that you’ll want to go to take it all in.
The Friendly Spot
The Friendly Spot is a great place to start for a...
Now that you’re in the process of buying a home in San Antonio, you are likely navigating your way around new terminology and learning the ins and outs of the real estate world. While you’ll see terms you’ve heard before, there may be some areas of discussion that you don’t know as much about and that’s why having an agent along with you from the start will make it easier than ever to navigate the process.
One of the conversations you are likely going to need to be clarified is understanding the differences between APR and interest rates since these terms are often mixed up as being the same when they are actually different. When it comes to lending on a home, you’ll want to know the difference between your interest rates and your APRs.
What is the interest rate?
Have you stopped to ask yourself why so many Texans are moving from their hometowns around the state to live in the ever-popular city of Austin? While the entire state of Texas is truly a United States gem, there is something drawing other Texans to move here.
Not only is it so different from the rest of the state, but its unique weirdness is what other Texans are wanting to become a part of. Along with the motto “Keep Austin Weird,” you’ll find some other reasons why Texans, and frankly people around the country, want to move here and become a part of the community. Take a look at the reasons why people are leaving areas like Houston and Dallas to become Austinites.
If you find yourself moving here for a career opportunity,...
There are many projects that were planned to be developed in Austin this year and now that we’ve reached spring, you may be wondering what is planned and how things are coming along. This is an exciting time for Austin with additions in the works such as the new Apple campus that was announced in December, the new mid-rises coming to Mueller Neighborhood, and the multiple additions coming to Downtown. Take a look at some of the developments in the works that will be coming to Austin.
RiverSouth coming to First Street
In Downtown Austin, there will be many additions coming in the future. One development coming to the area is the RiverSouth 15-story tower that will feature both office space and ground-floor retail. This will be located across from Lady Bird Lake and will include...
Did you recently get a new opportunity to work in Austin’s tech scene? This is going to be a wonderful location choice for your family as Austin becomes one of the country’s leaders in the tech space. In order to be close to your new office, you’re going to want to move to the area by Parmer Lane since it’s become known as the hub for tech companies here in Austin.
With the new Apple campus coming to Parmer and McNeil, it’s only inevitable that more tech companies are going to come to this are. If you are planning your move to Austin and need the perfect location to buy a home, check out these top neighborhoods below that will put you near the Parmer Lane Tech Corridor.
If you’re going to become an Austin local, you’ll want to know the inside scoop that current locals have had years to learn about. A newbie or a tourist wouldn’t know about things like the major lake life scene at Lake Travis or the best place to get a vegan meal.
People look at Austin and think they have us all figured out, from our Texan country roots to our interest in politics as the capital of the state. What they don’t see is our fit lifestyles, our amazing green spaces, our love for the water, and our love of food. Take a closer look at the things only locals to Austin know so that you can feel a part of the scene as soon as you arrive.
We love good food
One of the things that might surprise people that have never been to Austin is that we love to eat. Obviously, we have our...
The Balcones Village in Austin, Texas is an excellent neighborhood possibility for newcomers to the area. This neighborhood actually surrounds a beautiful country club called the Balcones Country Club, making it suitable for golfing families. You are likely to have a home backing up to the golf course.
The neighborhood is great for those looking for a mature, established subdivision that is different from a newer, cook-cutter type of option. Take a closer look at the Balcones Village neighborhood, what types of homes you may find here, and whether or not this is a good option for families with children.
About the neighborhood
The Balcones Village Neighborhood was first built in the 1970s making...
In part 3 of our series, we’ll be taking a look at which schools made the cut for the best high schools in Austin for 2019. If you are moving to Austin or plan to enroll your children in high school sometime soon, this will help you to see which school ranked the highest and which ones weren’t far behind.
Austin is already known for having great schools, and this will show you options in all of the main school districts so that you can figure out which area you want to live or which schools to look for in your district. Take a look at the best high schools for 2019.
Start with Eanes ISD, you’ll have one school that made...
Our series continues as we now look at the top middle schools for Austin this year. The first installment looked at the best elementary schools in Austin. If you have children that will need to be enrolled in middle school soon, there are a few schools that have outperformed the rest in each district.
We’ll take a look at all of the better schools for the districts of Austin, Eanes, Round Rock, Leander, and Lake Travis, and then let you know who is scoring the highest for 2019. This may help you determine what area of town you may want to make your relocation to Austin or give you an idea of where to get the kids enrolled if you are new to the area.
Round Rock ISD
For families that are new to the Austin area, you may be eagerly preparing to enroll your little ones into school for the first time since moving here. This means that you will likely be looking into the different options and which schools excel above the rest.
The good news is that you can follow this series of the best schools in Austin for 2019 before your move to Austin or before you enroll, in order to make sure that you are choosing schools and the school district that suits your family. Take a look first at the best elementary schools for 2019 in Austin.
First, we’ll take a look at the schools found in the...
What is it that gets millennial home buyers to take the dive? You may be surprised to hear that millennial home buyers are actually looking for a specific set of qualities in a home that is different than generations prior.
It’s no longer about buying a home for what it is and envisioning making it work for that family; it’s now about the proper updates and whether or not the home will serve the family properly in its current design. This means things like open floor plans and modern bathrooms are a must. Take a look at what else is going to appeal to the huge millennial home buying market right now.
Open floor plans are preferred
As mentioned, open floors plans are something millennials are seeking in a home. These create large, open spaces that allow for better communication and sense of community among the family. If there are areas where...
Even though you plan to move to Austin, it doesn’t mean you have to choose a home right in the center of the city. There are many great small towns just outside of Austin that gives you access to this great city.
These small towns make it easy to have the best of both worlds; a quiet and spacious piece of Texas and city life just a short drive away. While the city has a small town feel despite its growth, the population of the metro area is close to one million people. If you prefer a slower lifestyle when you’re not at work or exploring the city, check out these cool small towns close by.
The first neighborhood on this list to take note of near Austin is Driftwood; a neighborhood just 30 minutes away from downtown Austin. There is a huge variety of price points here starting at $200k for homes and going up to $2.4 million but on...
Have you heard about the new Apple campus coming to Austin? This is big news for Williamson County as Apple made the announcement recently. This will mean more jobs and industry for Austin and specifically to the County of Williamson. This county was carefully chosen and will lead to tech jobs, tax breaks, and more. Take a look at everything you need to know about the new Apple Campus coming to Austin.
Why Williamson County?
Apple has been scoping out potential options for a new campus and they were searching privately nationwide while others may have been hearing about the public search that Amazon was doing for their campus.
Due to the high-quality schools in Williamson County which include the Round Rock ISD and the Leander ISD, this seemed like the perfect choice for Apple. In addition, Williamson agreed to some tax incentives that Apple can use to...
There are plenty of older homes for sale in San Antonio. When it's time to buy a home and you prefer something with character, it's important to hire the right real estate agent. A good agent will know what to look for when buying an older home.
Even with a good agent, you should know what to look for, as well. Here are some of the top things to look for whenever you decide to buy an older home.
If the foundation isn't in good shape, it could mean disaster. Many historic homes were built with stone foundations, which are very strong. Often, mortar was used between the stones, which may not be as strong. Make sure you have a thorough foundation inspection done if you plan to buy a home with a stone foundation....
Austin ranks very well when stacked up against other cities in many categories. Part one of this two-part blog series offers a look at how Austin ranks for fun, food, and college. Here's a look at even more of the accolades Austin has received.
One of the Safest Metro Cities in America
A study from SafeWise put Austin in the 8th place for the Safest Metro Cities in America. This study looked at many of the crime statistics across the country and compared several cities with metro areas.
Austin fell below the nation's average when it came to violent crime and it's very low compared to the average for Texas. Property crime was also lower than the national average.
Best City to Live in America
Relocating to Austin means you'll be living in one of the top cities in America. The city offers plenty of things to get excited about and it has received many accolades. Here's part one of the Austin Receives Many Accolades two-part blog series.
Best College Town & City
Austin was named the Best College Town & City in American by WalletHub. The study they did used three specific factors:
- Social Environment
- Academic & Economic Opportunity
- Wallet Friendliness
With so many free activities to do throughout the year, Austin scored big points when it comes to the wallet friendliness category. It's also filled...
When it’s time for your family to buy a new home, you expect many different costs to come up. You have the initial down payment, the realtor’s fees, and the moving costs that are all pretty straightforward and expected expenses.
What about the costs that you weren’t expecting? Are there going to be things that come up that you didn’t realize were a part of the process? From new furniture to maintenance, here is a look at some unexpected expenses to be prepared for when you buy a new home.
While you’re probably going to be moving with some furniture you already own, that furniture is not always going to work in the new home. many times the furniture doesn’t quite fit the space right or doesn’t fit the style of the home you’ve purchased.
In part of one of our series, we looked at what it would take to begin the process of home buying in Austin as a first-time homebuyer guide. Now we will look at part 2 which will dive further into what the process looks like starting at the 6-month mark of home buying through the conclusion of the process at 12 months. Take a look at how the process continues and concludes to the day of arriving in your dream home!
6 months into the process
Now that you’ve worked on the numbers, dreamt up your needs versus wants list for a home, house hunted online, and started...
Are you moving to the Austin area and will be new to the area? This is a very exciting time for you as a family finding your first home and also to get to be a part of one of the most popular parts of the country right now. This area is growing and thriving as people are flocking here for the opportunities, the weather, and the personality.
You’ll love doing life here in Austin and that can happen for you as soon as you find that first dream home and make your official move. Since this is a large process, we are here to help you figure out how to navigate it from point A to Z. Take a look at Part 1 to first-time home buying in Austin to learn how to start the process.
The first month of home buying
The assumption is that you’ll be ...
One area of your open house that you may not have put much thought into is the bathroom and what kind of impression it will give a buyer. Even though this room is smaller and may be less prevalent on your mind compared to the kitchen or master suite, you should still give every room equal attention when it comes to cleanliness and clutter.
Buyers don’t want to see a bathroom and think about the hard work it will require of them to maintain it when this is their home. Have every room, especially the bathroom, looking beautiful and appealing to buyers by using these tips.
Start with the hardest part and give your shower a good scrub down. This is the tie to replace your moldy liner and curtain if needed. You’ll also likely find mildew...