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The Austin real estate market continues to thrive!  The former Backyard venue in Bee Caves is about to be transformed into a mixed use development sure to be loved by all!  With new home developments popping up all over the Bee Caves area, this new commercial and retail space is going to cater to the needs of many!  Find out all the details by clicking here!

And if you're thinking you might want to explore the new home developments in Bee Caves, first make sure you check out my unbeatable, "buy one sell one FREE" program!  

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Tommy Hollahan with Home Source Mortgage is one of my trusted referrals!  I have complete confidence in his ability to take great care of my clients and their mortgage needs!  The latest from Tommy's desk....the Feds aren't sure what they think about the recent data showing that inflation has declined that last few months.  Find out more from his newsletter, Mortgage Time.  

And when you're ready to buy and/or sell real estate in the Austin METRO area, don't forget you can save thousands in Realtor commissions by taking advantage of my "buy one sell on FREE" program!  

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It should come as no surprise that Austin's housing market continues to be strong.  The Austin Board of Realtors recent press release is an excellent article!  My perspective from the field...for homes priced under $350,000 we are still often seeing multiple offers, in many areas. The luxury market is softening a bit and our inventory is increasing some.  Even though our market remains strong, and indications are it will continue to be strong, if you are selling a home, it is still imperative you take the steps to properly prepare your home for market and price it correctly in order to get the most for your home in the shortest amount of time.  If you fail to properly prepare your home, you will generate lower offers.  If you price your home too high, it…
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Before beginning the home search, it is important to determine how much you can actually afford to spend on a home in Austin, TX. Just because your lender approves you for a loan, doesn’t mean it is a good fit. While there are online calculator tools to determine how much you can afford – they aren’t always an accurate representation of your personal financial situation. If you can’t trust these online calculator tools, how do you determine how much house you can actually afford? Let’s walk through the details together:

Financial Rules May Not Apply to Your Personal Situation 

Have you ever heard the sage advice, "your mortgage payment shouldn't take up more than 35 percent of your monthly income?" What is your monthly income? If you aren't sure

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Summer has hit the Austin area – and this summer looks to be a real scorcher. If you want to enjoy your summer outside, lakes and pools are the perfect options to cool off in the scorching heat! Living in the Southwest Austin area for several years, we have the knowledge and experience to point you in the right direction. Here are some of the most popular Austin swimming holes, plus the best neighborhood pools and splash pads in the Southwest Austin area:


Popular Austin Swimming Holes

Deep Eddy Pool

The Deep Eddy Pool is the oldest and most historic swimming pool in Texas featuring a bathhouse built during the Depression era by the Works Progress Administration. The site, located on the Colorado River, was originally used as a swimming hole,

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Remodeling your kitchen can be one of the best investments you can make…if done right!  You will not only increase the enjoyment of your home, but increase your home value as well...if done right!  Don’t be afraid to get the advice of a good interior design expert!  I highly recommend Robin Bond with Robin Bond Interiors for design.  I recommend both Ethan Hyams with Hyams Home Building and Brent Helton with Helton Remodeling Services as contractors. Both do excellent work!  The kitchen is one area of the home that sees the most wear and tear. All the water, heat, and food spills add up quickly so it’s important to focus on quality and lasting appeal when you’re choosing materials for a kitchen remodel. Here are a few things you should avoid: 


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As a real estate professional, having a good mortgage professional to refer my clients to is of utmost importance.  There are only a few mortgage professionals I trust to take exceptional care of my clients and offer highly competitive rates and lower fees.  Tommy Hollahan is one that I refer often!  If you are thinking of purchasing a home in the near future, you should be paying attention to rates.  Tommy provides a great information piece that outlines the current rate, it's movement and why the rate improved or not, based on economic data.  Click here to see all the current information on mortgage rates!  And don't forget that if you're buying and selling a home in the Austin metro area, I have an unbeatable "buy one, sell one FREE" program that will…
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Every year, on Memorial Day, we take the time to remember the men and women who have died in America's armed forces. Whether you choose to spend the day with family, at a concert or floating down the river, keep in mind that this day off, from work or school, is dedicated to remembering the brave men and women who died serving our country.

What events are going on around the Austin area? Take a look: 

Poolside Cookout at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa

May 27-28 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with Pool Cabana Menu

Pool Cabana Menu: cheeseburger, Coach Royal, hot dog, kid's burger sliders, cookies, brownies, and chips.

Poolside Cookout includes the above grill items, plus miniature golf tournaments, dive-in movies, live music and more.

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There are a lot of things to do before listing your home for sale in the Austin, TX, area. While some things are more obvious, deep cleaning the house, increasing its curb appeal, and minor repairs and upgrades; some issues may be less obvious and could turn off potential buyers. What issues scare off buyers? Here are nine issues that could cause a home sale to fall through:


Leaky or Old Roof
According to the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association, roof problems account for 39 percent of homeowner insurance claims. If your roof is reaching the end of its lifespan (20-25 years), consider having the shingles replaced. In general, potential buyers don't like to see that they might have to replace the roof, a big-ticket repair, a couple

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Maintaining your home and its systems and appliances helps them last longer and can save you expensive repairs and replacements.  A well maintained home holds its value better as well!  One big ticket item, if it needs replacing, is your HVAC system.  Something many homeowners forget to do on a regular basis is change their filters.  Some systems require the filter to be changed once a year and it resides in the main unit.  Others require the filters to be changed once a month and they are located in the walls or ceilings around the house.  Set up a reminder in your calendar to change your filters!  Why is it important?  Because when the filter is excessively dirty, the air can not easily pass through and your system has to work harder, resulting in

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Summer is fast approaching! Have you made any summer camp plans for your children? If not, here is a Southwest Austin and greater Austin area summer camp guide to help you find the perfect camp for your kiddos:


Southwest Austin Summer Camp Guide


Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp

  • First Baptist Church Oak Hill - 6907 Convict Hill Road, Austin
  • June 12-30 
  • Incoming grades 3-12
  • $475 per three-week session

Creative Brick Builders Camp

  • Rooster Springs Elementary School - 1001 Belterra Drive, Austin
  • June 19-Aug. 4
  • Grades K-7
  • $189 per week

Little Stars Camp

  • Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders - 2206 Prather Lane, Austin
  • June 12-15
  • Grades 3-8
  • $75 for four full days
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Spring has officially hit the Austin, Texas area. While Texas' version of spring is a little different than the rest of the country, it really is one of the most beautiful times in the Austin area. With the trees and flowers blooming, the warming temperatures, and summer on the horizon, NOW is the ideal time to refresh your home, while also completing some routine home maintenance projects. Take a look at our home maintenance tips to keep your home in excellent condition:


Monthly (or Quarterly) Home Maintenance

  • Clean the furnace to remove any dust build-up.
  • Check the water softener and replenish salt (if necessary).
  • Clean faucet aerators and showerheads to remove any mineral deposits
  • Inspect tub and sink drains for debris; unclog,
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In a hot real estate market is can be very tempting to "do-it-yourself" by listing your home as "for sale by owner." However, while the housing market may be hot and it may appear like your home will sell quickly without the services of a REALTOR®, there are several advantages and reasons to hire a real estate agent to assist you in the sale of your home. Let's take a look at five of these reasons:


Do you know what disclosures and paperwork are needed to close the sale of your home? It turns out, purchase agreements can run more than 10 pages, and one mistake could land you in a sticky situation. Utilizing a REALTOR® will keep you from running into any legal issues, while also making the process less stressful and time-consuming for

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Are you new to the Southwest Austin area or are you just looking for a fantastic restaurant recommendation in the area? We've got you covered! Here are our top nine, four-star restaurants in the Southwest Austin area:


Top 9 Southwest Austin Restaurants

Jack Allen’s Kitchen

  • 7720 TX-71, Austin, TX 78735 
  • (512) 852-8558 
  • Farm-to-fork restaurant featuring Southwestern comfort food. The Sunday brunch at Jack Allen’s Kitchen is a must-try, as is the Cucumber Jalapeno Rita. 

Hecho En Mexico

  • 6001 W William Cannon Drive, Suite 301, Austin, TX 78749 
  • (512) 301-0060 
  • Serving traditional Yucatan-style dishes, tapas and seafood, with quite the tequila
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Home Depot has their 2 cu. ft. bags of Earthgrow Mulch on sale for 4 bags for $10! Choose from brown, black or red mulch.  My favorite for rich and dramatic effect is black! 

Adding an inch or two of mulch to your flower beds will not only help to control weeds and conserve water, but it also will add dramatic curb appeal to your home! Before adding the mulch, pull any existing weeds, cut back any dead perennial stems or dead annuals, and add weed barrier cloth if needed.  

If you are considering selling your home this spring, this is one of the smartest, and most cost effective, things you can do to boost the appeal of your home!  For more ideas on how to boost your home value and appeal, give me a call or send me an email.  I'm

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Craft breweries are emerging all around the United States. According to the Brewers Association, craft beer sales grew 12.8 percent in 2015, and make up 12.2 percent of all beer sales in the United States. However, while the craft beer scene is growing nationwide, it hasn’t grown at the same rate in every U.S. city. But, lucky for us, Austin has a fantastic craft brewery scene!

So, what’s the scoop on Austin’s craft brewery scene? The craft beer trend has completely taken over the Austin area, with new locations opening every year all around the city. Exploring is the fun part – so, we’ve put together a list of Austin craft breweries, organized by location. These aren’t all the craft breweries in the Austin area, but it’s a great starting point for

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Is a spring sale on your 2017 to-do list? If it is, did you know that preparing your home for the market can make a tremendous difference? It's true; a little preparation can go a long way! Preparing your home may increase its value and reduce its time on the market. How should you get your home ready for the market? Here are a couple of tips to prepare your home for a spring sale:


  • Keep your landscaping well-manicured and grass cut 
  • Remove all yard clutter and unnecessary items 
  • Apply fresh stain or paint to wooden fences and decks 
  • Paint the front door and add pops of color using seasonal plants in pots
  • Sweep, power wash, and add a new mat to the front porch 
  • Weed and add fresh mulch to garden beds 
  • Add
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Wow!  What great weather we're having!

Improving your landscape is one of the best things you can do to increase the value of your home!  Buyers make a decision often within the very fist few seconds of seeing your home.  A beautiful garden and yard goes a very long way in impressing them from the very beginning.

While it's a little too early to plant new plants, it's the perfect time to prune your existing evergreen plants and your perennials. Common plants in Austin, Texas that need pruning include Knockout Roses, Fortnight Lilies, Salvia Greggi, Mexican Petunias, Mexican Bush Sage, and many others.  


Trim back all the dead wood of your perennials, such as Mexican Bush Sage, all the way to the ground.  Evergreen plants, such as Knockout

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BRRRR!  It's gonna get cold in the Austin area!  The forecast calls for lows of 23 both tonight and tomorrow night!

Remember the "P's" - PETS, PIPES, PLANTS.  

If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for your pets.  Preferably, bring them inside, or at a minimum, provide adequate shelter and plenty of blankets.

Your pipes will likely freeze in this bitter cold weather if you don't take action.  According to my plumber, the best thing to do is uncover your outdoor faucets and just turn them on with a flow the size of your finger or a pencil.  Make sure the flow holds after turning on.  Make sure you've disconnected any hose.  Drip your indoor faucets and open the cabinets beneath them to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.  If

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Downtown Austin is one of the most vibrant areas to live in the city. It has attracted many young professionals over the years, and with good reason. The area has seen more demand in recent years than before, primarily as a result of new development, significant renovations, and exceptional revitalization. Buying a home here has become a popular option for many, mainly in part due to the appeal of living, working, and relaxing all int he same area.

Downtown Austin Condo | Image Provided by ACTRIS

What Does Downtown Austin Have to Offer?

With home values growing faster in Austin than in the surrounding suburban areas, it is clear that this is where people want to be. The area has a median listing price of around $678,000 with the price per

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Are you thinking about buying a home in Austin? If so, you are not alone. There has been a significant number of sales in homes over the last year, including in the last few months, in this area. Austin has plenty to offer including an impressive lifestyle, outstanding amenities, and a wide range of home styles. Home sales are growing at a surprising level. In fact, the median price of single-family homes has jumped by 7.5 percent over the last 12 months. 

Barton Creek, Austin, TX Home for Sale | Image Provided by ACTRIS

What Does This Home Sale Increase Mean for Austin?

Seeing the number of homes sold in Austin during the fall months grow instead of fall is surprising. It is typical to see home sales drop in the fall months. So what is

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Investors looking for a trendy and beautiful place to call home in the Austin area may want to take a closer look at the North Loop region. This area was once in lower demand, and certainly not on the radar as one of the more prominent, desirable communities in the region. Today, this is a popular community, and a definite place to look for a home when buying in Austin.

The biggest change comes from the move of the Mueller Airport. When the airport moved in 1999, growth and development began to take place. Now that that airport is no longer present, the area has grown to be more important in terms of residential value and amenities offered. In fact, price values are on their way up, and the area continues to be coveted by local investors.


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It is easy to see the charm and character that Rosedale has to offer to those who are looking to buy a home here. Rosedale is a moderately sized community in Austin. It is home to some of the oldest homes in the area, but offers a unique combination of renovated and upscale real estate as well. It is a trendy area for a variety of reasons. If you are thinking about buying a home in Rosedale, it helps to get to know it a bit better, and really understand what this area has to offer.

Rosedale, Austin Home for Sale

Home in Rosedale, Austin TX | Image Provided by ACTRIS

Get to Know Life in Rosedale

A cozy, comfortable, and welcoming community, Rosedale is the type of neighborhood you may have longed to grow up in. It is home to a number of interesting properties, including a

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We have heard that Austin is a fantastic place to buy a home to raise a family in, to retire in, or even as a second home. Yet, for many people, this is also the ideal community for you to buy an investment property in for various reasons. Many people in Austin are seeing the value of homes rise. And, they are seeing the demand for quality housing in this market. Could this be an opportunity for you to gain access to a fantastic investment opportunity? There are several things to consider.

Austin, TX Rentals Are on the Way Up

There are many reasons it is happening including rising home values and limited inventory. One thing is for sure, though, apartment renting is on the way up. In fact, according to some reports, including a report from

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When it comes to buying a home in Texas, you have numerous hot markets to select from in most cases. In the last few years, the Dallas-Fort Worth area has become one of the most sought after areas. It has had a lot of improvement in home values and sales. However, Austin is quickly taking its place as one of the best areas to buy a home. Why is Austin ranked higher on the list of top real estate communities in the United States? The reasons are numerous.

Upgraded Home in Austin, TX | Image Provided by ACTRIS

The Reports Say...

According to a report entitled, “Emerging Trends in Real Estate,” developed annually by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Austin is now more valuable of an investment than Dallas. This study

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Did you know fall and winter are the best times to plant and transplant trees?  It's true!  And, did you know well placed, healthy trees can add significant value to your home?  It's true!  The shade from trees can also help reduce your energy bills in the summer months.  

My favorite trees for the Austin area are Live Oaks.  While they do shed their leaves some in the spring, they don't lose them completely like other trees do in the fall.  Make sure you plant your trees away from power lines and plan ahead for their growth pattern.  You don't want to have an issue with their roots and your foundation, driveway or sidewalks.  And you don't want their limbs growing into the roof line of your home.  

For help identifying what type of trees will work

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Is now the time to buy a home in Austin? For many people, Austin is a town that has everything to offer. It has a strong school system, outstanding access to entertainment, beautiful home choices, and plenty of other reasons to buy a home here. Nevertheless, it often comes down to price when individuals consider whether or not this area is the ideal choice for their needs. Austin’s real estate market is growing in value, but there is a great deal of interest from individuals looking to buy here. Could now be the perfect time for you to buy a home in Austin?

Custom Villa in Seven Oaks Austin TX

Custom Villa in Seven Oaks, Austin TX | Image Provided by ACTRIS

Austin Real Estate Market | A Look at the Figures

Austin is a large real estate market. The homes in this region vary

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Austin has a great deal going for it. It has a strong economy. There are plenty of fantastic amenities here. And, it is full of interesting and even a few weird features. But, if you are thinking about buying a home in Austin, you’ll also want to check out the individual neighborhood you plan to buy into and determine what type of outdoor features and amenities it has to offer to you. One of the most commonly sought after amenities for home buyers is the access to local parks and playgrounds. Luckily, Austin has a lot to offer today’s home buyer.

Barton Springs Pool, Downtown Austin

Where Are the Best Parks in Austin?

Most of the larger neighborhoods in Austin have a neighborhood park or two. These tend to be smaller, but they are often

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If you've ever been the victim of a home invasion or burglary, you know how devastating it can be!  It appears the most likely deterrents for burglars and thieves are: a big dog that barks, signs someone might be home (car in driveway, radio or tv on) and an alarm system that is actually activated.  Hint: they don't work much if they don't go off!  Our family now has a huge dog that not only has a big bark, but a big bite as well.  We also use an alarm system, have locks on the gates to our back yard and use some of the other hints recommended in this piece from  Stay safe!
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When it comes to finding the ideal place to call home in Austin, today's homebuyer has more options and opportunity than ever before. Home shoppers will find a wide range of amenities in the area, giving them the freedom to live in the heart of the city, or in a suburb, and still enjoy all that the area has to offer. Austin is also growing in terms of population, and new home construction is happening in various areas. The good schools and outstanding parks are further reason to buy a home here. Additionally, based on recent market trends, now is the time to buy in Austin.

Austin, TX Skyline | Resident Realty Austin

You may know that Austin’s real estate market continues to see home prices on the rise. In fact, the overall region has a median home sale price of $275,250 as of October of

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To follow up on my blog a few weeks ago regarding water heaters, if you end up needing to replace yours, consider a tankless water heater.  Once a water heater tank leaks enough to actually extinguish the pilot light (if it's gas operated), you really can't repair the heater.  While waiting on our scheduled meeting with Texas Water Heaters to replace ours, this is exactly what happened.  The pilot light went out and we were without hot water for two days!  When I noticed the water not getting hot, I immediately went out and checked the heater in the garage closet.  It was leaking much more from the top of the heater and had rust running down the side.  To keep it from leaking more and possibly having the tank bottom out and creating a huge mess, I turned…
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Austin is a vibrant city with plenty to offer today’s home buyers. It is also one of the most competitive housing markets in the region. It is this type of competitiveness that concerns potential buyers who are considering purchasing a home in Austin. Can they find a deal? Will they be able to find a home they like, and that meets their needs in this type of seller’s market? For many people, the first step should be to discuss your goals and needs one-on-one with a local real estate expert to learn what your options are within this area. Chances are good that you will be able to find a home that fits all of your needs.

Austin’s home values are on the rise, and there is a good deal of demand for homes, especially in some areas of the community. This

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Fall's cooler weather is in the air finally!  Now's a perfect time to take care of a few things around the yard.  Better Homes and Gardens has a great fall check list!  Maintaining your landscape and yard not only provides great enjoyment to you and your family, but it's one of the best things you can do to improve the value of your home and property!  Happy fall!

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If you've been in Austin for long, or have been following the Austin real estate market, you know that our real estate market in Austin has been HOT, HOT, HOT.  Multiple offers above list price were the norm.  Some have commented that the Austin real estate market is experiencing a bubble.  But what really is a real estate "bubble"?  According to, a real estate, or housing bubble, is a "temporary condition caused by unjustified speculation in the housing market that leads to a rapid increase in real estate prices."  In Austin, the increase in property values has been caused by a true supply and demand situation.  Austin's High Tech industry and other employers were, and still are, bringing in 100 plus people a day to work in

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For today's home maintenance tip, I'll show you how to identify a water heater problem before it becomes a much bigger, and much more expensive problem.  Water heater tanks installed to current code should have a pan under them with a drain line to the exterior.  Water heaters can be found in the attic, garage, or possibly in an interior closet.  It's a good idea to know where your drain line is located.  On a regular basis you should walk the exterior of your home to note any issues, including making sure you don't have any water draining out of the water heater line.  If there's water draining out of the line, as shown in this video, that means your pan under the heater is full of water and your water heater is leaking.  The below picture is of the pan

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Austin, Texas real estate is growing in demand, and with good reason. The area is seeing a lot of growth and demand, yet it remains affordable. For many people, there is no better place to buy a dream home than in the downtown area, and for good reason. You will find a variety of options here, including some spacious, beautiful new locations with incredible views. When you work Todd Sherman of Resident Realty Austin, you’ll have access to all of the options you are looking for in the downtown area.

501 West Ave #2203, Austin, TX

What You’ll Find Downtown

Homes for sale in Downtown Austin range significantly in price and dwelling type. With that in mind, many are condos. Many are newly renovated and offer a wide range of modern features. This

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Privacy. It's not only essential for most to enjoy their back yards, but lack of it can be a huge resale problem when it comes time to sell your home. I always point out resale issues to my clients and offer solutions to them, if there are any. If we can't find a solution, I often advise my clients to walk away from the house, or buy it with eyes wide open knowing when it comes time to sell, some will object. Many privacy issues can be solved with a little landscaping. Keep in mind it takes time for the landscape to mature. It took about two years for this Star Jasmine to completely fill in the heavy gauge support. But now, we have complete privacy from neighbors on both sides of our home! Star Jasmine also blooms and smells wonderful in the spring! If

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Barton Creek is one of the most upscale communities located in Austin, Texas, and it has a lot to offer to those who are looking for a fantastic opportunity to call home. This high demand area is not easy to buy into though. There are several factors to consider when looking in Barton Creek, and working with a local expert will make it possible to find and purchase your Austin dream home at a reasonable price.

8424 Calera Dr, Barton Creek, Austin

What Does Barton Creek Have to Offer?

Barton Creek has plenty to offer today’s more affluent buyer that wants a lot of space and yet desires to be close to all that Austin itself has to offer. The community is a short drive away from Austin itself. It sits on about 5.4 square miles of wooded, hilly

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Your home is your castle.  Not quite feeling it?  Maybe it's time to get some professional help.  It's a fact that good interior design, from paint, flooring, and fixture choices to window treatments and furniture, are huge contributors to your home's value.  But did you know that your home's interior design can actually affect your vitality, mood and productivity as well?  Whether building a new home, putting your own personal touches on a newly purchased home, or making some changes to your current home, Robin Bond Interiors of Austin will take your inspirations, wants and needs and create the castle you've been dreaming of!

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Austin-Round Rock home sales, prices rise in August 2016

Austin Board of REALTORS® releases August 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report


AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 15, 2016 – The Central Texas summer selling season ended on a strong note in August 2016, with annual gains in both single-family home sales and prices, according to the August 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Aaron Farmer, 2016 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­® said, “Austin, and now the Central Texas region at large, continues to be a magnet for jobs and new businesses across multiple industries. This continues to keep housing demand at an all-time high and inventory at near-record lows despite strong housing

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One of the easiest things you can do to add value to your home is landscape, landscape, landscape.  But have a plan!  A well thought out landscape plan will ensure your plants perform well for you and add years of beauty and value to your home.  If you need help, don't be afraid to ask!  One of my favorite places to shop for plants and get advice in Austin, TX is The Natural Gardener.  The below "before" picture shows an ugly and bare are in the front of my home.  The "after" video and picture below shows a huge difference after adding Mexican Bush Sage, a drought tolerant and native Texas plant.  I hope this inspires you to get out there and garden and add beauty and value to your home!

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A well maintained home will hold it's value better than one that is not maintained.  Regular home maintenance is key to maintaining your home value.  One of the most important appliances in your home to maintain regularly is your HVAC system! We recommend having your system professionally inspected and serviced twice a year, once in the fall for the furnace, and one in the spring for the AC. If you find yourself in an HVAC system emergency, Fox Service has 24/7 service typically available!

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Home sales volume declines in Central Texas for the second time in 2016, prices continue to rise

Austin Board of REALTORS® releases July 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report


AUSTIN, Texas – Aug. 18, 2016 – Single-family home sales volume declined in the Central Texas area for the second time in 2016, according to the July 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Across the Central Texas region, 4,230 single-family homes were sold in July 2016, a decrease of 3.1 percent compared to July 2015.

“When it comes to sales volume, we’ve grown very used to seeing year-over-year increases every single month, but it’s important to remember that 2015 had the strongest summer selling season in the

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Bigroot Geranium

One of the best ways to improve the value of your home and the amount of enjoyment you get from being in and around your home, is to improve your landscaping.  Even in Texas, there are often spots in your yard that have an abundance of shade.  Unfortunately, the options for plants that bloom well in the shade are limited.

However, one of the toughest plants that grows well in the shade is the Bigroot Geranium.  It also doesn't mind the Texas heat and is drought tolerant.  As a bonus, deer usually will leave this plant alone.  It puts on a big show in the spring with pink, purple or white flowers, and depending on the variety, some bloom in the fall.  When planting, take into account the fact that it can grow up to 2 feet tall.

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Austin-Round Rock home sales on pace to surpass 2015 record levels amidst affordability crisis

Austin Board of REALTORS® releases June 2016 & Mid-Year 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report


Click on any image above to view infographics for each area.

AUSTIN, Texas – July 15, 2016 – Single-family home sales and prices experienced strong gains throughout the Central Texas region in the first half of 2016, according to the June & Mid-Year 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Market Reports

“Despite the ongoing housing shortage and affordability challenges impacting our region, population growth and housing demand continue to drive home sales upward,” said Aaron Farmer, 2016

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