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How to Stay Cool in Central Texas This Summer

It's no secret; Austin gets hot during the summer time. All those myths about frying an egg on the blacktop come true when summer hits Central Texas.

The heat doesn't have to cause you to retreat into your air-conditioned home every single day, however. The children will want to get out and play and most adults really prefer to be outside, too. Here are some of the best ways you can stay cool this summer and enjoy Central Texas.

Lake Travis

Take a trip to the lake and enjoy some time swimming and doing other things in or on the water. Lake Travis is one of the most popular places to go during the summer and offers...

Top DIY Home Upgrades For Selling Your San Antonio Home

When you're getting ready to sell your San Antonio home, there may be a few upgrades you can do to make the process easier. From painting to new cabinet hardware to kitchen upgrades, there are several things you can do yourself without spending a ton of money to get the job done.

If you're thinking about selling your home and you want to get the most out of it, the right upgrades could make all the difference. Here are a few of the top DIY home upgrades you can use when selling your San Antonio home.

Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades

If your kitchen cabinets are in good shape and look good, you can spruce them up without doing much more than just adding new hardware. Sometimes, this little change is just enough to make your kitchen...

Which Austin Neighborhoods Near Downtown Offer Homes for Under $400K?

If your home buying budget is capped at around $400K, you need to know where you can look for a home in Austin. Maybe you want to be close to downtown, so the suburbs really aren't a true option, unless they are close enough.

There are some great options for homes selling under $400K in Austin. Here's a look at some of the best neighborhoods near downtown with homes under $400K.


Just 3.1 miles from downtown Austin, you could almost walk downtown from Dawson. While the average home price in this neighborhood comes in at $533K, there were 16 homes selling for under $410K recently. In Dawson, your budget will, on average, allow...

Key Real Estate Term: Private Mortgage Insurance

When you go through the process of buying a home, you will learn many new terms that may confuse you. Private Mortgage Insurance or PMI, is one of those terms. This is a term that has to do with your mortgage and will often get thrown around during the home buying process.

Defining Private Mortgage Insurance

PMI is known as an insurance policy that protects your lender if you cannot pay your mortgage payment. You pay this insurance monthly as a part of your mortgage payment and it's required if you take out a conforming, conventional loan with a down payment of less than 20% of the sales price.

Basically, PMI protect the company lending you the money to buy your home in the event you default on the loan. It does...

Top Austin Neighborhoods for Modern Farmhouses

If you love the modern farmhouse style, you're not alone. HGTV has made it popular with plenty of home renovation and real estate shows putting elements of this style on display.

Austin is home to plenty of modern farmhouses. This style has come up quite a bit in new construction, but has also been found on the market in certain neighborhoods. If you're searching for a home with the modern farmhouse style in Austin, here are some of the top neighborhoods to check out.

Sunridge Park

Found about 12 minutes from downtown Austin, you will find a few modern farmhouses for sale in Sunridge Park. The neighborhood is served by the Del Valle ISD. The average home here tops 2,000 square...

Austin Tops the Ranking as the Top Place to Live in the U.S. Again

Austin, Texas takes the top spot on the U.S. News and World Reports 2018 Edition of the 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S.A. This is the second year in a row Austin has taken the top spot after taking over Denver last year.

This year, the city edges out Colorado Spring with a score of 7.7. Colorado Springs had a score of 7.6. However, the overall score for Austin did drop from 7.8 to 7.7 this year, but that was still high enough to take the top spot.

How the Rankings Were Figured Out

The rankings were based on a number of factors that the U.S....

How to Create your Needs & Wants List When Home Shopping

When you're ready to start shopping for a home, one of the most important things you can do is create a needs and wants list. This list will be the guide you will use to eliminate homes that don't fit and consider homes that do fit.

Home searching in San Antonio can be a long process, especially with how competitive the market is right now. However, if you have a solid needs and wants list, the process will become a bit easier.

A solid list of the things you need in a home and the things you want helps to narrow the home search. When you can narrow the search, you'll only be looking and competing for the homes that fit your specific needs and wants the best. Here...

Most Affordable Neighborhoods with Great Schools in Austin

If you prefer a neighborhood in Austin near some great schools, you are going to have many great options to choose from. Austin is known for its great schools and many neighborhood options for access to them. When you want to combine this with affordability, you’ll want to look at the options in Northwest and Southwest Austin such as Olympic Heights West or Sendera. Take a look at your affordable neighborhood options that allow you to send the kids to a great school.

Avery Ranch in the Leader ISD

Located in Northwest Austin, Avery Ranch is a great option for those looking for a option in the Leander ISD and Round Rock ISD. It’s a huge, master-planned community with affordable average home prices around $342k.

The kids can...

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