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May 2017

Found 9 blog entries for May 2017.

AUSTIN, Texas – May 16, 2017 – Single-family home sales increased throughout the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in April, according to the April 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­® commented, “After a slow beginning to the year, increases in single-family home sales, homes on the market, and housing inventory across the region in April 2017 indicate that the Central Texas housing market is ramping up for a strong summer selling season.”

Single-family home sales in the Austin-Round Rock MSA increased 3.2 percent year-over-year in April 2017 to 2,640 home sales. In the city of Austin, single-family home

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Many Austin, Texas,residents know Hyde Park, Clarksville, East Austin and areas within the 78704 ZIP code have some of the most sought-after addresses in the city. But by cruising only these pricey, low-inventory communities, many homebuyers might miss out on the more affordable, off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods with potential that are just a couple streets down.

"These up-and-coming neighborhoods are changing and selling quickly; I would get in now," says Carrie Bills, owner and broker of Green Mango Real Estate. "You want to get the cheapest property in the best location, and you can't lose getting a good price in an inner city neighborhood."

We asked a few of Austin's top real estate agents, as listed by

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LU name sign

I have served many years on this committee of Land Use, Private Property Rights, and Environment at the National level for the REALTOR Association. It is fascinating work I have enjoyed. The name though seems to attract people for reasons that set up conflict. Is the name just three somewhat related topics grouped for one committee? Or should the name have a colon: Land Use: Private Property Rights and Environment. Many people get on this large nationwide committee to defend 'private property right' like they are threatened and the enemy is the environment of at least the people who want to speak for the environment. PPR and Environment are not opposites. Environment is one of the group of Public Rights like defense, transportation, justice. Some call

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Real Estate ownership has been an important milestone in the "American Dream" from the outset.  In Central Texas, many young people have avoided taking the leap because of the higher prices that our market has compared to the rest of the country.  However, many savvy young people have figured out how to make the dream of home ownership work for them while investing in their future at the same time.

Why are fewer young people buying?

Culturally, Millenials are getting married older, have a less stable job market, and are less prepared than the Baby Boomer generation before them.  When talking to many millennials about home ownership many will just reply "Why not just rent?" There is another group however that realizes that many of the rents in

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Whisper Valley is an environmentally-friendly, 2,000-acre master-planned development committed to sustainability, affordability and cutting-edge technology.  Situated by the new SH 130 toll road Whisper Valley is a new kind of community. This new mega development is set to have over 7,500 single family and multi-family homes and over two million square feet of commercial space. Boasting affordable housing options in the 100s - 300s and incredible energy efficient features this is the perfect place for anyone looking to buy their first home.  

Netzero Energy Efficient Features

The scale of this development is not the only thing that sets Whisper Valley apart. Every home will come pre-wired with Google Fiber 1 GB ultra-high speed internet, BOSCH

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Just in time for preservation month, the City of Bastrop Main Street Program will host an “Imagine the Possibilities Tour” in downtown to correspond with the recent, statewide launch of by the Texas Historical Commission—a software application designed to revolutionize how downtown programs connect potential investors to development opportunities in Texas’ historic downtowns. Bastrop’s event is one of a series of similar tours being held across the state during the month of May.

The tour will showcase available downtown properties as a way to engage potential investors, entrepreneurs, developers, residents and anyone else who has imagined themselves running a business, owning a building, or living downtown. Properties featured on the

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The famous Texas heat is finally upon us after several months of cloudy skies and rain.  Luckily there are tons of great places to take a dip while enjoying the natural beauty of Central Texas.  So grab your swimsuit and sunscreen and let's dive in.


Barton Springs Pool

  A local favorite, Barton Springs Pool is filled with spring water that is always a cool 68 degrees, even on the hottest days of the summer.  The pool features a large and lush grass seating area, shallow wading area, a beach and a diving board.   Admission: $8 for adults, $4 for Juniors (12-17), $2 for Children (1-11)   The pool is also closed most of Thursday for cleaning.   You can pay to park in Zilker park but we prefer using the free parking lot…
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March, according to the March 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Analyzing a growing disparity in market conditions among housing price classes, the report underscored the need for policies that create additional housing capacity to meet the market demand and a broader range of housing types throughout the region.

Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS® commented, “Growing disparities in housing market conditions at all levels of pricing represent an urgent and immediate need to fill the 'missing middle' in the region’s housing stock. The City of Austin’s CodeNEXT Zoning Comparison released earlier this week has given us a more tangible view of that need and confirmed

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As a property owner, one thing’s for certain: opening the mailbox in April or May, you can count on receiving a property tax notice from your county’s appraisal district.

This notice is issued to give you an estimate of property tax owed to the county by the end of the year for all property owned. While these property tax estimates seem to be creeping up---or sometimes drastically jumping up---for many property owners, they trigger the yearly consideration of, “Oh, what do we do now.”  That’s where a conversation with a Stanberry & Associates Real Estate agent comes in.

What Drives Property Tax Estimates

The yearly property tax estimate is determined by the county’s appraisal office based on two factors: the community’s property tax rate and

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