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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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Published by: Daisy Gregg Best Renovations to Add Value to your Home What do you think when you hear ldquo;these are the points of interest that will sell your home?rdquo; I immediately think kitchens and bathrooms. But making sure you add value to your home can really go beyond just rooms. And you really do not have to spend a pretty penny to recoup some of your investment. Letrsquo;s talk about the 6 easiest ways to add value to your home. Counters and Cabinets I did mention bathrooms and kitchens. But you do not have to do a full or extreme remodel to add value. Upgrade or paint the cabinets with new hardware to give it a new look that is on trend at the moment. Most would go with white or gray as those are the...

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April is time for Termites, Tax Protests, Homestead amp; HVACs: Chuck Farrrsquo;snbsp; April 2019 ldquo;Talking Real Estaterdquo; eNewsletter Hello again to all of you home owners, prospective buyers, and real-estate moguls. Before you check the all-new-and-improved ldquo;Talking Real Estaterdquo; monthly enewsletter, Spring is here and has its own home maintenance checklist in Central Texas, especially for existing property owners. Here are a few items to consider during April: nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Consider having your property inspected for termites if you have not done so in a year or two; perhaps set up an annual plan with a pest control pro. March and April are the annual termite swarming season. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;...

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Published by: Christine Pease April 5, 2019 The act of volunteering is not a new idea. During the colonial days, people banded together to survive the new world. Communities came together to help others plant crops, build homes and fight disease. In 1736, Benjamin Franklin organized the first volunteer firehouse. Paving the way for todayrsquo;s norm and even today, 70 of the nationrsquo;s firefighters are volunteers. nbsp;As time went by and our nation expanded during the 19th century, people became more aware of the disadvantaged. Out of this awareness came the YMCA, American Red Cross and United Way. During the Civil War, women established Ladies Aid Society, which provided supplies to soldiers and care for the sick an...

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04/12/2019-04/13/2019 Travis County Expo Centernbsp; The Lone-star RoundUp is a massive outdoor car show and live music festival. If you are a fan of vintage hot-rods and custom cars this is where you need to be. Held in the Travis County Expo Center, The Lonestar RoundUp is truly a one of a kind experience featuring cars, history, art, culture and music.nbsp; Link:nbsp; ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 04/12/2019-04/14/2019 Circuit of The Americas MOTO-GP Austin, the pinnacle of all motorcycle World Championships, joins the...

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When I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has Asian markets available every corner of the city, I had no trouble finding the Asian food and stores I wanted. When I moved to Austin, TX, in 2004, I worried about if there were any Asian Markets or good restaurants. I was over the moon to find out that there was one small Asian market (Hong Kong Super Market) located on 8557 Research Blvd, Ste 130 Austin, TX 78758. And since then many other amazing Asian stores have come to our amazing Austin area. This market is still in business and provides most Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese products that I use. My favorite part of this market is the fresh tropical fruit that is always available, which includes lychee, Thairsquo;s bananas,...

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Published by: Christine Pease March 25, 2019 Two word to describe this beautiful home: ABSOLUTE STUNNERnbsp;nbsp;Crisp, clean, modern lines create a wide and luxurious living space with views for days. This contemporary masterpiece is complete with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 4,562 square feet and sits beautifully on 1.31 acres. In addition, there is a study/flex room, dedicated media room and game room with full wet bar. Multiple decks with hill country views, 3. car garage and is the complete picture of modern luxury. Welcome home Walk through double entry doors into a light, bright and airy space with custom architectural details. Great room features a 26 foot, custom asymmetrical barrel ceiling, built-in wall mount and el...

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Published by: Christine Pease March 22, 2019 I think its safe to say that April kicks off the Festival season here in Austin, Texas Every single weekend there is something to do. Whether it be a music event or a tour around the city, these events surely wont disappoint April is also National Volunteer Month If youre looking for a way to give back to your community, click here April 4th - 7th | Austin International Poetry Festival | Various Locations April 7th | Capitol 10K | Congress Avenue to Auditorium Shores April 11th - 4th | Old Settlers Music Festival | Tilmon, Texas April 12th - 13th | Lonestar Round Up | Travis County Expo Center April 12th - 14th | Art City Austin Festival | Palmer Event Center April 12t...

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Published by: Daisy Gregg nbsp; You have spent the last few months searching for the perfect home and debating and just being plain stressed out. Well you are now officially a homeowner But now what do you do?? So I poached a great article from Austin Title to help you figure it out nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Pest-proof Your New Home. If you have access to your new place a day or so before the moving van is scheduled to arrive, take that time to get a few things done around the new homestead. You could set off a bug bomb or have the exterminator come and spray. Even if you dont see any bugs, its likely theyre there, and you dont want to have to share your new digs with pests. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Turn on...

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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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