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What do Austin Residents have to be Proud of?

Austin is one of Texas’s highlights being the city of music and more. The residents here have a lot to be proud of and aren’t afraid to share their Austin pride with the world. Along with being the live music capital of the world, the city is known for being unique with slogans like “Keep Austin Weird,” and having some amazing attractions such as the largest bat colony in the world.

Why do people find themselves so attracted to Austin and never wanting to leave after they get here? Alone...

How can you Determine the Best Place in Austin to Buy a Home?

Buying a new home is an exciting and stressful time because there is so much change and many unknowns surrounding the event. The best thing you can do in this situation is to be prepared and protect yourself. Your move to Austin is going to be an amazing experience but it’s a great idea to get prepared before you leave in order to arrive with the knowledge you need to choose the right home.

A few aspects of your home buying decision may include understanding what you can comfortably afford, what the best possible neighborhood is for your family, and what school district you’d want to be a part of. Consider these possibilities and more to determine...

Do you Understand How Long it will Take to Close on Your Next Austin, TX Home?

When you are trying to purchase your home in Austin, you may wonder how long to expect the closing process to take.  You may not be aware that due to the TRID lending and disclosure requirements, home closings have been going slowly in Austin.

In fact, it’s taking even longer in different parts of the country that the disclosure rules affect. When you’re preparing to buy your home and you’re anxious to call it yours, take a look at how long closings are taking in Austin right now so that you are prepared for your most likely scenario.

Why is closing so important?

Obviously closing on...

Enjoying the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail in Austin

The trail is named after a former mayor of Austin and his wife. It's a scenic loop covering 10 miles along the banks of the Lady Bird Lake with Zilker Park on one went and Guerrero Park on the other end. The trail provides an oasis for joggers, bikers, photographers, dog walkers and more. It's one of the most fun things to do outdoors in Austin and draws more than 1.5 million people a year.

Attractions

Along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, you will find a number of attractions including:

  • Zilker Park
  • Texas Rowing Center
  • Waller Creek Boathouse
  • Mendoza Baseball Fields
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn Statue at Auditorium Shores
  • Gazebo at Lou Neff Point
  • ...

Pricing Your Home to Attract More Buyers by Spotlighting Value

Did you know that your home’s listing price can truly affect how attractive your buyers will find the home? It’s important to place a good value on the home that makes sense to the home. Pricing too low may make buyers consider that such a beautiful home must have some major drawbacks.

Pricing too high will scare away some from even viewing the home that could be perfect for them. It’s all in the pricing and valuing of the home when it comes to selling and attracting buyers. You experience this when you buy a new car, electronic, or outfit because you can’t...

5 Excellent Tips for Real Estate Marketing in 2016

With the arrival of the New Year, you’re probably wondering about what changes to expect in the real estate market this year. Whether you are selling a property or you’re planning on buying this year, it’s a smart idea to get informed on the marketing trends that can be expected this year.

For example, this year a marketing trend will be a bigger focus on younger buyers and real estate agents are going to strive to secure their referrals by coming up with creative, post-closing gifts. This year, expect these changes and more when it comes to the real estate market trends of 2016.

1. Knowing strange facts about an area

This year will be the year to...

Restaurant Spotlight: Via 313

Have you been to Via 313 yet? This popular eatery in Downtown Austin is hard to beat. They are known for their hot pizza made in a Detroit style which means it’s shaped like a square and baked in a deck oven. It’s also known as the upside-down pizza because it’s prepared with a thick Sicilian crust lined with a layer of pepperoni and covered in cheese, toppings, and red sauce.

You can find this favorite pizza joint located at one great location in Austin or at two of their original trailers for pizza-only in Austin. When you’re ready for hot pizza for lunch or dinner, cold drinks, fresh salads, and beer, wine, or cocktails, stop in to Via 313 open every...

Adding Bridges in Downtown Austin to Create a Grid System

Did you hear about the bridges coming to downtown Austin? The original layout of Downtown Austin features a street layout where it’s easy to see that the main culture and economic center is featured in the Violet Crown, but in the last 150 years or so, there are many gaps breaking apart the previously connected street layout.

In some cases, nature took its course such as the diversion causing a steep cliff at San Antonio Street and West 7th or the manmade issues like the Austin Convention Center’s permanent dominion over West 2nd, West 3rd,, and...

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