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Sitting at the front desk of my office, you can just tell wenbsp;arenbsp;in a hot market right now. Agents are running in and out constantly, trying to get all their stuff together since they have numerous meetings to attend with new clients or showing current clients all kinds of homes. So many checks are flowing in, we can barely keep up But hey, job security And it is so nice to see my agents doing so well I figured I could do a quick blog about the housing market right now and how amazing it ishellip; Housing trends are generally pretty steady, but can get volatile under certain circumstances. In 2008 we went through the housing crash, which was devastating for many people. But in the last few years it has steadily risen and sta...

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Published by: Christine Pease May 10, 2019 nbsp; Alright yrsquo;all Letrsquo;s talk BBQ I feel like BBQ is one of those meals that you either love or hate and as a Texas girl I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT Good BBQ that is Everyone has their own take on whatrsquo;s good and whatrsquo;s not so I took a poll and came up with a list of Austinrsquo;s best BBQ Whether your go to is a chopped beef sandwich, fall of the bone ribs, sausage, or my personal favorite, brisket, there is something for everyone to enjoy If your mouth isnrsquo;t watering at this point, clearly BBQ isnrsquo;t for you In Texas, be sure to grab a loaf of bread, pickles and onions Oh, and donrsquo;t forget the best parthellip;..the BBQ Sauce nbsp; The 1st choice f...

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Published by: Daisy Gregg nbsp; One of our lives constant struggles is to live well in this world. One of the ways to live well, especially in Austin is to get a great job Austin can be compared to California in its cost of living, which means it is higher than other places in Texas. However, Austin is considered one of the new tech cities in the United States. It is home to power houses such as Facebook, Samsung, Dell, and Google to name a few. We are a hub for engineers, scientists and techies from all over the world. And we are going to grow even more with new tycoons such as Apple and Amazon placing major offices in our city Now this means a lot of to Austinites. For the traffic, may be worse but for our economy and our b...

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nbsp; 05/04/2019nbsp; Lake Travis Waterloo Adventures. A floating water park and challenge course that is a true evolution in water play Aside from the floating water park and obstacle course they have a access to a beautifully landscaped private resort-style beach, and a boar ride to and from Adventure Island. Lake Travis Waterloo Adventure also allows guests to spend the day swimming, playing beach games and exploring additional water attractions (i.e. a 14-foot climbing water tower, 25-foot trampoline, and a45 minutes on the Floating Challenge Course.nbsp; Link:nbsp; -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

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nbsp; 3106 Riva Ridge, Austin, TX 78746 Status: Sold List Price: $939,900 Beds 4 Baths 4 Living 2 Garage Spaces 2 3,080 Sqft School District: Eanes ISD ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 809 Canyon Creek Drivenbsp; Status: Soldnbsp; List Price: $820,000 Beds 3 Baths 2 Living 2 Garage Spaces 2 2,670 Sqft School District: Eanes ISDnbsp; ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Published by: Christine Pease April 26, 2019 This is downtown living at its finest This south facing condo is located on the third floor of Barton Place right off Barton Springs Road and is a jump, skip and a hop from Zilker Park. I cant express enough that this condo literally feels like your very own birdhouse, nestled among the treetops This darling home is complete with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and boasts 9 feet ceilings. The coveted kitchen features Bosch appliances and Thermador 72 bottle wine fridge The master suite was recently upgraded with maple hard wood floors. Thenbsp;closets also feature custom maple wood built-ins and shelving. But where do you park? This condo comes with a premium over-sized parking spot, storage ...

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Published by: Daisy Gregg Similar to any other certification or schooling, once you are done, you have to head out into the real world and decide how you want to use the knowledge you have just gained. Many certifications are made specifically for certain careers. If you are reading this, you have succeeded in achieving your Real Estate License or yoursquo;re deciding if you want to make it your career. So now that the whole world of real estate is open to you, you have to decide what area you want to go into. Generally there are two area of real estate: Commercial and Residential. Then tiers of residential, for example, residential can include luxury. I wanted to come on here and give some information on pros and cons of each...

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Published by: Daisy Gregg nbsp; Hello I hope you had a fantastic weekend and mid-week We are back again with another Phone Duty Success story Yay So real quick explanation, many brokers have a system called ldquo;Phone Duty.rdquo; This system allows for individual agents to gain leads from any phone calls coming into the main brokerrsquo;s hub. Each brokerage, generally has a main office number, which is on signs, advertisements, and online. This number is usually the most called for information unless they are trying a specific agent. And reception is legally not allowed to answer questions about property because many times they are not licensed and we want the realtors to have leads not the staff Now that you know a little ab...

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Published by: Christine Pease April 12, 2019 Brainstorming for the new Austin Central library began in 2009 by project leaders - Branda Branch, then-Austin Public Library Director; John Gillum, APLs facilities process manager; and architectural firms Lake|Flato of Austin/San Antonio and Shepley Bulfinch of Boston. Both architectural firms felt the new library couldnt just be a 6-story building of dead quiet with people reading silently. The new Austin Central Library is intended to be the library of the future. Yes, there are books In fact, the new Austin Library which is a solid 198,000 square feet, houses all 300,000 books from the John Henry Faulk Central Library on Guadalupe and even has room for another 300K on top of that...

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It's no secret that Austin is among the most desirable cities in America. The diverse culture, balanced economy, and booming job market has led to a hot real estate market, with many new residents looking for a new home in the trendiest neighborhoods.

Of course, this high housing demand has led to the discovery—or in the case of some long-time Austin residents, the re-discovery—of many wonderful local communities. These up-and-coming Austin communities have become increasingly popular for a range of reasons, such as the quality of homes, parks, and shops, as well as proximity to the cities top amenities, affordability, and general attractiveness of the community in general.

Here are a few neighborhoods in Austin that we feel are trending in the right direction:

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It should go without saying that buying a home is a huge step in anyone's life and it requires plenty of planning. The problem is that many first-time buyers don't know how to make sure they're ready when it comes time to buy, which could mean that you're missing out on amazing homes. This is particularly important in the hot Austin real estate market, where most homes don't stay on the market long and sellers won't wait for buyers who don't have all their ducks in a row.

But even though preparing to buy a home may seem a bit daunting to inexperienced buyers, having a clearly defined list of thing you need to do before buying your first Austin home will make things much easier. That's why we've outlined five steps that will help you be ready to snap up a gorgeous home in one of your desired Austin neighborhoods.

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As we talked about last time, interest rates have gone up a bit. So what does that mean for the buyer? Should you wait? Well, since rates are predicted to continue to go up, the answer is no, you should not wait. As this article points out, yes, the record low rates are gone, for now at least. Who knows what the future will hold. Most economist are saying that the next five years will see an increase in rates. So certainly waiting is only going to make your house more expensive. Sure, you could wait for the rates lower than 4% to come back. But you may be waiting a long time. The odds point to us getting back to 6-8% in the next few years, long, long before we get back to the sub 4% rates again. So, don't let a small jump in rates now sc...

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the five most expensive austin homes currently on the market

There's no question about it. Austin is booming. Aside from being consistently voted among the most livable cities in the entire country, the Austin real estate market is also on fire!

It shouldn't be a surprise either. Austin enjoys a temperate climate, a great jobs market and a justified reputation for being one of the liveliest cities in Texas! Whether it's live music that you love, a world-class, gourmet culinary scene or the city's laid-back culture that's drawn you. Austin is where it's at.

Many of the below properties may be out of the reach for the average resident, but its fun to see how the other half lives. Prepared to be amazed - let's check out 5 of the most expensive Austin homes, currently on the market!

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