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June 28, 2019

Luxury Restaurants in Downtown Austin

Downtown Austin may be the city’s bustling hub of live music, Sixth Street nightlife, and more events than the locals know what to do with but believe it or not there are still many quiet restaurants in downtown Austin.

You will feel right at home in this cozy restaurant in Downtown Austin, despite the lively streets outside. Eddie V’s is a prime seafood restaurant complete wine bar and ideal location, perfectly situated in the heart of downtown on 5th Street. This innovative cuisine will satisfy your hearty appetite.

For a quiet conversation in a downtown Austin restaurant, Chez Nous is the ideal French bistro to visit. The authentic menu is coupled with an intimate atmosphere that will provide for luxury dining in peace and quiet. Enjoy this traditional bistro in a classically decorated venue that is reminiscent of old Paris. Sample the soup of the day, taste appetizers with a glass of wine, or sink your teeth into scrumptious entrees of sautéed and roasted delights.

For a premiere Pacific Asian dining experience complete with sushi, maki, and temaki then She’s Not Here is one the top restaurants in downtown Austin to consider when seeking a quiet place for dinner. Culinary genius is really the only way to delectable menus laid out here. Whether you’re looking for quiet restaurants in Downtown Austin to entertain clients, celebrate occasions with friends or you simply want to dine on the best of the best; She’s Not Here is the place to be.

Sophistication and luxury dining come together effortlessly in the Hotel Ella, formerly the Mansion at Judge’s Hill, located in Downtown Austin off Rio Grande. Indoor and outdoor seating is available or get comfortable in the lounge area. Make a weekend of it by reserving a luxury room or suite and enjoy the business services also available.

 

With so many choices for quiet restaurants in Downtown Austin, you’ll never have to leave the area. And if you’re in the market to buy or sell in Austin, we’d be happy to meet for cocktails at one of these fabulous places. Just give us a call.

Posted in Austin News
June 27, 2019

Tips to Beat the Texas Heat

In Texas, the weather changes at the drop of a cowboy hat (excuse the pun) but especially during the summer. With triple digit temperatures in the Lone Star State a person learns quickly how to avoid heat stroke and dehydration. You can't stop having fun just because it is hot outside. There's just too much to do. Here are a few tips for surviving the heat in Texas if you must be outside:

Drink Lots of Water. It's said you should drink 8 glasses of water per day but especially in the summer heat, when you sweat more, you may want to increase your intake. Don't overdo it though.

Carry an Umbrella. No longer used just for protecting you from the rain, a dark umbrella can also help you deflect those nasty sunrays. You will not be alone. Texans have learned to carry an umbrella with them to any outdoor sporting events, outdoor festival, or anywhere else the sun beams down on them.

Wear a Hat. Believe it or not this simple step can help you to avoid sunburn and headache. Whether it be a cowboy hat, a baseball hat, a sombrero, a fisher’s hat, whatever, wear one if you can. It’ll help alleviate the heat headache at the end of the day.

Use Sunscreen. If you are going to lounge by the pool all day, hiking in the great Austin outdoors, or simply sitting at the park, it is recommended that you use some sort of sunscreen on a daily basis in Texas. You'll find SPF protection in everything from sunscreen to make-up to lip balm these days.

Use the Ice Pack for More Than Lunch. Those nifty little square boxes you throw in the freezer the night before you pack your lunch can also be used to cool you down during your daily walk/run. By securing one against your lower back, you may (or may not) notice how much cooler it keeps you.

 

Enjoy Texas! Life doesn't end because it's getting hot outside, not in Texas anyway, just make sure you're making your life easier by using techniques that help you avoid the heat. Looking for a little A/C, come visit us at the office! We’ll have bottled water and up-to-date real estate listings too!

Posted in Austin
May 13, 2019

Essential Austin Ice Cream Shops to Indulge in a Sweet Treat

No matter how you churn it, ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to indulge in during a HOT Texas summer! Where are the essential ice cream shops in Austin? We’ve got the details on everything from gelato to boozy ice cream:

 

Holla Mode | Food truck serving roll up ice cream with fun Thai flavors (mango, sticky rice, Thai coffee, etc.)

1800 Barton Springs Rd.

 

Amy’s Ice Creams | A longtime Austin staple with more than 350 premium flavors

Multiple locations around Austin

 

Lick Honest Ice Creams | Authentic Austin creamery churning out quirky flavors from natural ingredients

2032 S. Lamar Blvd.

 

Teo Espresso, Gelato & Bella Vita | Artisanal Italian coffeehouse and gelato bar

1206 W. 38th Street

 

Sweet Ritual | Everything vegan at this mural-clad ice cream shop

4500 Duval Street

 

Gemelli | A mod gelateria serving unique flavors, coffee and Italian cocktails

1009 E. 6th Street

 

Prohibition Creamery | Eastside hangout offering a boozy spin to the cold treat

1407 E. 7th Street

 

Spun Ice Cream | Liquid nitrogen ice cream shop that uses local milk, cream and seasonal ingredients

1912 E. 7th Street

 

Dolce Neve | Seasonal flavors sourced from local fruit, nuts and dairy in a cozy South First atmosphere

1713 S. First Street

 

Cow Tipping Creamery | Creative soft-serve sundaes, shakes and floats

4715 S. Lamar Blvd.

 

Cold Cookie Company | Creamy ice cream sandwiched between freshly-baked cookies

2512 Rio Grande Street

 

 

While this list is not comprehensive; it is an excellent start to an ice cream foodie tour of Austin!

 

Do you have any questions about the greater Austin-area? We are here to be your guide. Contact us today!

 

Posted in Austin
May 9, 2019

How to Incorporate Eco-Friendly Fixtures into Your Home

In recent years, homes and homeowners have become more environmentally conscious. Are you wondering how you can incorporate this trend? As it turns out; it is pretty easy to reduce your carbon footprint. Simply incorporate a few eco-friendly fixtures into your home. Here’s what you should know:

 

  • Water
    • Look for a WaterSense label on your faucets, toilets, showerheads and bathtubs. This label indicates the device has met the strict restrictions certified by an independent testing facility for better conservation and lower water costs. 
  • Lighting 
    • Reduce the cost of lighting your home in the following ways: 
      • Add a dimmer switch to lower the output level of the bulb. The lower the output level, the lower consumption and energy bill.
      • Add a timer that turns your lights off at a specified time of the day or consider motion-sensor lights to turn on when you enter the room and off shortly after you leave.
      • Change out your bulbs to an energy-efficient option: CFLs and LEDs. Also, look for the Energy Star symbol on the bulbs.
  • Heating and Cooling
    • The cost of heating and cooling a home accounts for the majority of an electric bill – especially during the scorching HOT Texas summers. To cut down on the cost, install a smart thermostat. These devices can learn your habits and help save you money. 
    • Another way to reduce the cost of heating and cooling is to insulate your windows and doors. You don’t want hot air entering and cold air escaping!
    • Serving your air conditioner regularly – each season – can ensure it is at peak performance.
  • Water Heater
    • Switch over to a tankless water heater, a device that heats water as you need it, and save an average of $100 per year. 

 

Do you have any questions about any of these fixtures? Give our team a call. We would be honored to help you make your home more eco-friendly.

Posted in homeowners
April 16, 2019

25 Ways to Refresh Your Home for Spring

The warmer weather of spring has arrived in the Austin-area. A new season brings the opportunity to refresh your home. How can you bring the season inside? These tips will have your home bright and inviting in no time:

 

 

1.     First, declutter!

2.     Store away winter accessories: heavy blankets, dark pillows, etc.

3.     Clean interior windows, mirrors and light fixtures

4.     Dust baseboards, ceiling fans, furniture, etc.

5.     Steam clean carpets, polish hardwoods and sweep/mop tile floors

6.     Deep clean the grout: flooring, bathroom, etc.

7.     Add some fresh flowers

8.     Bring the scent of the season inside by incorporating spring-scented candles or wall plug-ins

9.     Update your bedding to a lighter comforter

10.  Update your throw pillows to bright colors of the season: yellow, pink, green, etc.

11.  Brighten the home by opening the curtains - consider switching your heavier curtains for sheer panels

12.  Rearrange the living room for a fresh look

13.  Add floral accents: throw pillows, a wallpaper accent wall, garden wall art, etc.

14.  Add a basket/bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter – lemons, apples, bananas, etc.

15.  Install a new showerhead

16.  Swap in a new bath mat

17.  Repaint your baseboards

18.  Decorate with living plants – it is said indoor plans can improve people’s moods

19.  Upgrade to a smart thermostat – the upgrade can save you some money over the warm summer months

20.  Hang a wreath on the front door

21.  Set out a new welcome mat

22.  Repaint your front door

23.  Add some window boxes and plant spring flowers

24.  Refresh your patio furniture with a fresh coat of outdoor paint

25.  Brighten up your outdoor living space with some new lighting: lanterns, string lights, etc.

 

Are you refreshing your home for a spring sale? We can help with that, too. Contact us for details on how to stage your home to sell.

Posted in homeowners
April 15, 2019

Mother’s Day in Austin: Show Your Mom How Much She Means to You!

“A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.”

 

 

Is there someone in your life that embodies just that? Take the time this Mother’s Day to show your appreciation to that special person in your life. These Austin-area events will make Mother’s Day memorable for everyone:

 

Mother’s Day at The Capitol

Sunday, May 12 | 7 to 8 p.m.

Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Avenue

 

Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet

Sunday, May 12 | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Russian House, 307 E 5th Street

 

Giselle

May 10-12

The Long Center

 

Mother’s Day Tea Cup Planting Party

Sunday, May 12 | 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Succulent Native, 5501 N Lamar

 

Mother’s Day Austin Flea at the ABGB

Sunday, May 12 | 12 to 6 p.m.

The ABGB, 1305 W Oltorf Street

 

Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 12 | 7 to 10 p.m.

Craft Pride, 61 Rainey Street

 

Mother’s Day Special – DIY Perfume with Tea & Biscuits

Sunday, May 12 | 3 to 5 p.m.

CRAFT, 4620 East Cesar Chavez

 

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Sunday, May 12 | Seatings at 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Driskill Lobby

 

Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 12

The Hills Seatings at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Flintrock Falls Seatings at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Hills of Lakeway Country Club, 26 Club Estates Parkway, Austin

 

Keep in mind; this list is not comprehensive.

 

Or, instead of heading out-and-about, consider spoiling your mom with a home-cooked meal. Here is a great resource full of recipes perfect for the occasion.

 

Do you have any questions about the Austin-area? Are you or someone you know thinking about selling this spring? We are here to help! Give us a call today.     

Posted in Austin
March 20, 2019

Know Before You Go! Mortgage Prep & Home Affordability

Many people fall in love with a new home, only to find out they will not be able to afford it. Here are a few quick tips to make sure this doesn’t happen to you!

PREPARE!

  1. Order your complete credit file from annualcreditreport.com. Once per 12 months, you can obtain a FREE report from all three credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, Trans Union). If there are any errors, correct them.

  2. Check your FICO credit score using a service such as Credit Karma. Sometimes your credit card company or bank may provide this free service as well.

  3. Gather documents your lender will need: documentation of income/employment, two years of IRS tax returns if self-employed, bank statements, 401(k) funds, and other assets.

  4. Make a list of current household expenses that are recurring such as car payments, health insurance, cell phone bills, etc.

HOW MUCH HOME CAN I AFFORD?
There is no simple, magic formula to determine how much home you can afford.

The old standard was 2.5x your annual income. If true and you made $100,000, you could afford a $250,000 home.

Today, some experts suggest that you can afford a mortgage payment as high as 28% of your gross income. If true and you made $100,000, you could afford a $450,000 home.

Most lenders will take your information and use automated underwriting models that factor in credit scores, debt-to-income ratios, and many other factors.

CONNECT WITH A TRUSTED LENDER
The best way to truly know before you go? Get PRE-APPROVED by one of your Realtor’s preferred lenders.

Realtors work with lenders all the time as they are an integral part of the home buying process. Your Realtor has a unique, professional insight into what makes a lender a professional they would entrust with their clients.

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Ready to take that next step? Connect with us today and we will connect you to our preferred lenders. Together, we will help you prepare for home shopping and finding your new home!

Meet Resident Realty

Since we opened our doors in 2002, the goal has been to provide the best value to each and every one of Resident Realty's clients and customers. Value can be measured in many different ways but ultimately, it comes down to five pillars: Expertise, Work Ethic, Service, Cost, and Results. By always striving to offer the best value in the Austin market, Resident Realty and its Brokers and Realtors have been awarded multiple Austin Business Journal and Texas Monthly Five Star Professional Awards in the past decade.

 

Contact Resident Realty today for your Austin area real estate needs.
(512) 899-8309 | austininfo@residentrealty.com

Posted in Austin, Buyers, homeowners
March 8, 2019

Kid-friendly Staycations in Austin

Austin-Spring-Break-Summer-Staycation

 

Check out our top four picks for Spring Break or Summer Staycations in the Austin area! The first three are hotel/resort options and the fourth is a rustic, outdoor adventure.

 

  1. Lakeway Resort and Spa: Kid-friendly amenities include sailing, boating, fishing and water activities, a Kids Zone recreation center, and a pool playground featuring with a water slide. If parents want a day off the resort offers day camps for the kids, an adult-only pool with a swim-up bar and a boutique spa. Get more information here!.
  2. Horseshoe Bay Resort: Kid-friendly amenities overlooking Lake LBJ include: golf courses, water sports, a dining yacht, pools, mini-arcade, tropical birds, giant lawn games, and a sandy beach area perfect for all ages. Adults can also enjoy golfing, a spa, and a dining yacht experience. Get more information here!.
  3. Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa: On 405 acres in Bastrop, kid-friendly amenities include a youth spa, horseback riding, archery, trap shooting, river recreation from kayaking to rafting, an onsite water park with a two-story water slide, beach area, lazy river, pools, hot tubs, waterfalls, and fountains. There are also day camps for kids and special events for the whole family like outdoor movies, crafts, scavenger hunts. Adults can enjoy championship golf, tennis, a fitness center, a world-class spa, For more information visit Get more information here!.
  4. Creekside Camp & Cabins: Five family-friendly cabins for rent on Hamilton Creek. Each cabin is themed and includes a fully stocked kitchenette. Kid-friendly amenities include canoes, paddle boats, creek swimming, fishing, a tree house, board games, books, and lots of nature to explore. All cabins have fire pits, BBQ grills, outdoor patio furniture, and porches. Get more information here!.

 

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Meet Resident Realty

Since we opened our doors in 2002, the goal has been to provide the best value to each and every one of Resident Realty's clients and customers. Value can be measured in many different ways but ultimately, it comes down to five pillars: Expertise, Work Ethic, Service, Cost, and Results. By always striving to offer the best value in the Austin market, Resident Realty and its Brokers and Realtors have been awarded multiple Austin Business Journal and Texas Monthly Five Star Professional Awards in the past decade.

Contact Resident Realty today for your Austin area real estate needs.
(512) 899-8309 | austininfo@residentrealty.com

Posted in Austin, Austin News
Feb. 25, 2019

Spring Break in Austin

Spring fun around the Austin-area is never far away. Do you have any plans for fun with your kids while they’re out of school for spring break?

Here’s a look at how you can enjoy spring break to the fullest with your family:

Spring break isn’t just for young kids. If you’re a college student visiting the Austin-area this spring break, consider enjoying some of these activities ideal for twenty-somethings: 

  • Dance the night away at one of Austin's favorite honky-tonks
  • Explore the city's nightlight at one of the hottest bar scenes in the city: Rainey Street, West Sixth, East Sixth, etc. 
  • Sip on a pint of craft beer at one of Austin's best craft beer spots. This Austin Beer Trail guide is here to help.

The “Live Music Capital of the World” comes alive during spring break. Experience the best of the city at these “Only in Austin” events and activities: 

  • Head to SXSW for the ultimate collaboration of creative innovators!
  • Spend the night at the Continental Club, revered for showcasing everything from rock and Latino singers to up-and-coming acts and famed locals.

Nothing is more Texas than the rodeo. Happening during spring break, March 16-30, this year’s rodeo features a great lineup:

  • March 16 - Prorodeo & Aaron Watson
  • March 17 - Prorodeo & La Adictiva
  • March 18 - Prorodeo & Flo Rida
  • March 19 - Prorodeo & Midland
  • March 20 - Prorodeo & Chris Janson
  • March 21 - Prorodeo & The Struts
  • March 22 - Prorodeo & Randy Rogers Band
  • March 23 - Prorodeo & Josh Turner
  • March 24 - Prorodeo & Ronnie Milsap
  • March 25 - Prorodeo & Walker Hayes
  • March 26 - Prorodeo & Martina McBride
  • March 27 - Prorodeo & The Jacksons
  • March 28 - Prorodeo Playoff & Dustin Lynch
  • March 29 - Prorodeo Playoff & Parker McCollum
  • March 30 - Prorodeo Finals & Kevin Fowler

Come for the bull riding, barrel racing and carnival rides and stay late for some live music. Rodeo Austin never disappoints.

Searching for additional fun around the Austin-area? We can help! Contact us today to learn more about this great city.

Posted in Austin
Feb. 20, 2019

Selling This Spring? Consider These 7 Tips to Get Your Home Ready

Spring is just a few weeks away and with it, real estate’s hottest season! Are you thinking about selling? If so, get ahead of the competition by taking some time to prepare. These tips are a great way to get your home ready for a spring sale: 

Let natural light flood the rooms 
Open the curtains and raise the blinds to brighten your home. 

Renovate what's outdated and think small 
Take a look around. Do your kitchen and bathrooms look outdated? If so, they should be updated before you sell. To keep the renovations inexpensive, simply update fixtures like bath faucets, towel racks and cabinet pulls in the bathroom and add new hardware and repaint the cabinets in the kitchen. It is important to keep in mind that the bathroom and kitchen are two of the most important rooms within the home. 

Paint with whites and neutrals 
Adding a fresh coat of paint is relatively inexpensive and can instantly transform the appearance of your home. To ensure the new paint job is appealing to all potential buyers, stick to neutral colors: white, beige, greige, gray, etc. 

Fix anything broken
While the buyers will request a home inspection, it is actually in your best interest to do it before you list your home. Why? You know what's wrong and you have the ability to fix broken items ahead of time. While you're fixing things, also make sure all the lightbulbs are working. 

Pay attention to odors
Smell can be a major factor in your home sale. Before listing, take the time to remove the smell of pets, tobacco, etc. from your home and have your carpet professionally cleaned. 

Deep clean 
Tackle some traditional spring cleaning: dust the blinds, wipe down the baseboards and doors, polish the floors, etc. 

Increase curb appeal
Add some potted flowers to the front porch, repaint the front door, add a wreath and door mat and more to increase your home’s curb appeal. After all, first impressions do matter! 

Are you thinking about selling this spring? Put our expertise and knowledge of the greater Austin-area to work for you! You’ll find we can deliver a quick, top-dollar sale. 

 

Posted in Sellers