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Dos & Don'ts for Decorating Your Patio This Summer

It’s the time of year for cookouts and cocktails!. Sara Malek Barney, owner of Bandd Design, shares do’s and don’ts that can help create your ideal patio! 

Do: Get creative.

Get creative this summer! Pinterest is full of fun and easy ideas to spruce up your home and have fun with your family!

Don't: Neglect color.

A pop of color can bring the whole patio together! Consider bright and fun outdoor cushions for the summertime!

Do: Buy durable furniture. 

"Plastic, wood, and wicker patio pieces aren’t built to last Texas summers", Barney says. “I tend to skew more toward items that are...

New Home Sales in Austin are Through the Roof

As of Spring 2022, Austin and San Antonio tied for 3rd place on the list of major cities in the U.S. for new home sales. The ranking was based off active listings on Point2, Redfin, Realtor.com and Zillow. For these cities, the number of new homes on the market represented a 42% share of all homes for sale. This is based off homes built in or after 2012.

El Paso topped the list at 51% of new home sales and additional Texas cities including Fort Worth (36% new home sales), Houston (31% new home sales), and Dallas (24% new home sales) made the list’s top 20. Read full article here

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50+ Things to do in Austin this Summer

It’s summer at last! Make the most of these next few months by getting off your couch and going out to explore the city. Austin offers a variety of events and activities to keep people of all ages and interests entertained. Explore museums, outdoor parks, live music, famers markets and more! Rain or shine, this list of Top 50+ Things to Do in Austin Texas has something for everyone. You better get started – there’s so much to do and so little time! View full list here

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Georgetown and Leander Named Top 2 Fastest Growing Cities in the Nation

Georgetown and Leander have officially been named No.1 and No. 2 on the nation’s fastest growing cities list by the Census Bureau, respectively for population growth from July 2020 to July of 2021. Both cities are the only towns with 50,000+ residents to experience population growth of at least 10% during that time frame. According to the Mayor of Georgetown, Josh Schroder, new residents are attracted the area for “good jobs, safe neighborhoods, and unbeatable parks and events.” Schroeder goes on to say, “People don’t just move here: They fall in love with this town.” With a strong sense of community, family, and outdoor living, it’s no wonder why people are moving to these areas from all over!

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Austin-Area Farmers Markets to visit this Summer

As we move into the summer months ahead, it’s the perfect time to check out your local farmers market! Austin is home to over 40 famers market locations that serve our community in a unique and personal way. Enjoy shopping fresh, seasonal produce and artisan goods while meeting your neighbors and local vendors. Supporting local business’ is essential to Austin living and these top-rated farmers markets make it easy and fun to do! Check out 3 top-rated locations below:

 

Texas Farmers Market at Mueller

Sundays from 10am - 2pm

Location: 2006 Philomena St. Austin TX, 78723

 Website: Texas Farmers Market at Mueller

 

 

SFC Farmers Market at Sunset Valley

Saturdays from 9am –...

'Floating' Texas Waterfront Home


There is a stunning and unique property on the market in Galveston that will amaze you. 16502 Bayfront Dr. has panoramic views of Galveston Bay! It just went on the market for $3.75 million. 



"The home's history dates back to the 1960s, when it was a marina outpost at the Village of Jamaica Beach, then a new development designed as a beachfront retreat by noted Houston developer Welcome Wilson, Sr. and others. Design aficionados and historians will recognize Wilson as the mastermind behind several pivotal developments and buildings all over the Bayou City. His company built the sixth Marriott in the world near The Astrodome and created the Lakes of Bridgewater subdivision.. As for this beachfront property, its bones as a marina are still evident in its design, which has...

Blue Hole Regional Park



This summer is the perfect time to get out & explore all of the beauty that Austin has to offer! Blue Hole Regional Park is one of the coolest spots out here. 

Located in the adorable town of Wimberley, Blue Hole is only a little less than an hour away from downtown Austin. It is a natural creek that has turned into one of the most popular swimming holes! Blue Hole is very spacious for you and your friends or family to float around. There is even a rope swing!

Don’t wait to book your reservation. Tickets for the summer are selling very fast!






Go see this gorgeous park soon!  Click here for more info about Blue Hole! 

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Pecan Square Cafe is now Open!



Pecan Square Cafe is Now Open in Austin! It was opened by the famous restaurant group, McGuire Moorman Lambert. Pecan Square was inspired by the seasonal coastal cuisine and timeless vibes of Northern California restaurants like Zuni Café and Chez Panisse.

In a phone conversation with the American-Statesman this week, MML co-founder Larry McGuire called those spots “inspiring places that have become the institutions that we’re always trying to build in Austin.” 



                

Pecan Square Cafe is located at 1200B W. Sixth St. in the Clarksville area. The restaurant resides in the renovated building behind MML property Clark’s. 

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April ABoR Stats are Out!

The April 2022 Austin Board of Realtors Stats are out. The median sales price was up 19% year over year to $550,000 in April. Active listings increased 52% to 2,763.  New & Pending listings are down slightly. Homes spent an average of 18 days on. the market, indicating that as new homes are listed, they are quickly going under contract.  

“The ups and downs we are seeing in our market are normal, and somewhat expected considering the fast pace at which our market has moved over the past two years. If you want to begin building equity through homeownership, or if there is a specific area you want to live in, the time to plant your flag is now. This...

Things to do in Austin Memorial Day Weekend


Memorial Day Weekend is almost here. If you are looking for something fun to do over the long weekend, we've got you covered. 

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Spend time outdoors!

  • Have a picnic at Zilker Park 
  • Cool off in Barton Springs
  • Pick Flowers at Sweet Berry Farm
  • Paddleboard or rent a donut boat on Lady Bird Lake
  • Visit Krause Springs
  • Seek an adventure at Jacob's Well or Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley



Spend time on a patio before the hot summer months! 

  • Polvos Downtown
  • Vinaigrette 
  • Loro
  • Ranch 616
  • Perla's
  • Juliet Italian Kitchen
  • ABGB
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Texas Named Top U.S. Market for Land Sales



Texas is known for "wide-open spaces" and in 2021 it took the lead of all of the states for land sales! 

An article on Austin Culture Map said, "According to a new report from the National Association of Realtors and the Realtors Land Institute, the five states with the largest shares of land sales in 2021 were Texas (14.6 percent), Florida (12.8 percent), California (6.2 percent), Georgia (5.3 percent), and Arizona (5.2 percent).






“Given the challenges of the past two years, many of our buyers are looking for more than just a second home — they want the sense of freedom and a deeper connection with the land that...

Hot Luck Festival

The Hot Luck: Live Food & Music Festival returns to honor the soul, sweat, and DIY diversity of the food and music world during this three-day event!





Some festivals have top chefs, some have killer music lineups. Leave it to Hot Luck to bring it all together!



Click here for the website!

 

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Top Food Trucks in ATX



Austin is well-known for its incredible and diverse food scene. Food Trucks are essential to the Austinite aesthetic and with warm weather upon us, it’s time to make your food truck bucket list. Travel the world through taste by checking out this list of top food trucks around the city.



Click here for a list of the top food trucks in ATX!.

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What is going on with property taxes?



If you recently received your property appraisal and you immediately thought to yourself, this is crazy! You’re not alone. Many Texans have received eye-popping estimates of their homes’ appraised values. Residential appraisals are up 15 to 30 percent in Harris County, 20 percent in Tarrant County, 24 percent in Dallas County, 25 percent in Bexar County, and 53 percent in Travis County, and the list goes on. 


Many factors could alter your property tax bill before it comes due in the fall

Click here to read more!

 

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