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Published by: Christine Pease January 8, 2019 Did you know there was a day dedicated to cutting your energy cost? Did you know that this day is celebrated nation wide? Why is this important? Just like most things, its all about the Benjamins.nbsp;When looking to save, re-insulate your home. This can save a homeowner tons of money and possibly pay for itself within a year. But not just that, its also about sustainability. Theres only one planet Earth and we must take care of her Reducing your carbon footprint can begin at home so take the steps now The average American consumes 6.8 metric tons of oil in carbon emissions each year, more than three times the average person in China. So if every American took the time and ener...

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Published by: Daisy Gregg What is the first thing you think of when selling your home? Price and profit. So next step is to call or walk into your local real estate brokerage (ahem, 512-483-6000, excuse me, sorry about) and sit down with an agent to look into what you could possibly sell your home for Now this agent would most likely do some research in your neighborhood and the property and compare your house to many others, to see what would be the most reasonable and best price to sell quickly. This process is called Comparative Market Analysis. Letrsquo;s delve into this process and why you really need a realtor to help you with this The most specific definition is from Investopedia: Comparative Market Analysis: A comp...

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nbsp; Published by: Christine Pease January 11, 2018 Behr has released their 2019 Color of the Year and its gorgeous Say Hello to Blueprint S470-5 This color is soothing, relaxing and yet exciting all at the same time Not only will Blueprint look incredible in every room, but step out of your comfort zone and try Blueprint on you ceilings, trim and even furniturenbsp; Take a look at how Blueprint dressed up these rooms to better fit in in 2019 Where do I even begin with this stunning kitchen The blueprint exhaust cover blends in so smoothly while the beehive back splash screams confident chef Blueprint under the island counter has a secret splash of optimismnbsp; The bathroom is usually a small space that can be ...

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Published by: Daisy Gregg We are all independent and capable human beings but have you ever come across a situation where you think, hmm maybe I shouldnt be doing this? As with a lot of home fixes you dont always do it yourself. Paint? Sure, why not. Electrical? Yeah, call an electrician. So why try to sell or purchase a house on your own? Hire someone that can help you. (Like us: 512-483-6000, you know what I am here for). Sadly, I did not write this one. So thank Austin Title for this amazing article 1. They have loads of expertise Want to check the MLS for a 4B/2B with an EIK and a W/D? Real estate has its own language, full of acronyms and semi-arcane jargon, and your Realtor is trained to speak that language fluently....

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Published by: Christine Pease Ice Skating On The Plaza at Whole Foods | Now through 1/21 nbsp; At the Whole Foods on North Lamar, take the family out for an afternoon on the ice rink and then head inside for some cider and live musicnbsp; nbsp; Frontera Fest | 1/15 - 2/16 Hyde Park Theatre presents a five-week, fringe theatre featuring 800+ national and local artist. nbsp; 3M Half Marathon | January 20th Downtown Austin will be flooded with more than 7,000 runners for the 3M Half Marathon This is one of the fastest 13.1 mile course in the country, finishing near the State Capitol. Register and/or find more information here. nbsp; Martin Luther King March and Festival | January 21 nbsp; Starting...

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Published by: Daisy Gregg It is that time of year where you want to start anew and feel motivated to get things accomplished. So I compiled a list to help you These are 9 ideas but you dont have to achieve all of them at once. Start with a couple, make them a habit and then add a few more. Good lucknbsp; Get one new lead each week. This isnrsquo;t an unattainable goal. Go to a networking event and exchange business cards. Immediately put them in your database. You already achieved your goal. Start replying to comments on your posts and grab those peoples information. Goal achieved again. Post once a week on Social Media. This should already be a planned exercise, but if you havenrsquo;t been doing this, the New Y...

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nbsp; Published by: Christine Pease December 21, 2018 I dont even know where to begin with this beauty Custom design to capture the beauty and breezes of the San Gabriel River and nestled in the gated community of River Place Estates in Georgetown, Texas. This home is just absolutely stunning andnbsp;isnbsp;luxury living at its finest. Featuring five bedrooms, five full and two half baths, two master suites with sitting rooms and fireplaces. Two living and eating areas. Library with private office, separate craft room and gourmet kitchen. Over 6000 sq. ft. of the finest of fine living. Feels more like a Five Star Resort versus a private home. Lets dive in and start with the entrance Open these custom designed doors ...

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Published by: Daisy Gregg nbsp; Okay, be honest with me, you were out last night buying gifts? I knew it But itrsquo;s okay, so was I The holidays creep up on all of us so quickly. I still donrsquo;t have the planning down to start buying in September. So, I put together this list of quick desserts to at least take one thing off your to-do list. And FYI they are all basically chocolate basedhellip; Sorry not sorry Enjoy Peppermint Bark- Simple and Easy thanks to Delish This quick dessert is mixing and pouring into a pan and refrigerating. The article says you can make a batch in 10 minutes I will not claim that but it could happen Reindeer Brownies- this will make the kids want to help, cutting down on your work time A...

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Who can forget deviled eggs with a Holidaynbsp;twist?nbsp; CLASSIC DEVILED EGGS RECIPE WITH A HOLIDAY TWIST INGREDIENTS 6nbsp;hard-boilednbsp;eggs, cooled and peeled 3nbsp;tablespoons mayonnaise 1/4nbsp;teaspoon ground mustard 1/8nbsp;teaspoon salt 1/8nbsp;teaspoon pepper Red food coloring Green food coloring Water PREPARATION Cut eggs in half lengthwise and scoop out the yolks into a bowl Stir in mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper Put 5 drops of red food coloring into a bowl of water and 5 green into another bowl of water. Place the egg whites into the colored water and allow to sit in the water until the eggs are the shade you like Pat the colored eggs dry Fill the egg whites with the egg m...

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After all the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas, Moms it is time to relax Settle into your Christmas Day with a Christmas Mimosanbsp; CHRISTMAS MORNING MIMOSAS yield:nbsp;SERVES 6nbsp; total time:nbsp;15 MINUTES INGREDIENTS: 1 (750mL) bottle champagne 3/4 cup cranberry, blood orange or pomegranate juice (your preference) rosemary springs, for garnish sugared cranberries for garnish sugared cranberries 4nbsp;ounces fresh cranberries 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup water DIRECTIONS: Add an ounce or so of juice to the bottom of a champagne flute. Fill it up with champagne, garnish with rosemary and sugared cranberries, and serve sugared cranberries Add 1 cup of the sugar ...

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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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