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  • Cedar Park 512.616.4000
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  • Northwest 512.346.3550
  • Round Rock 512.255.5050
  • Southwest 512.448.4111

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Austin Makes Top 10 bike-friendly metro areas in the U.S.

It's a trend that is sweeping the globe: bike-able highways and cycling infrastructures are being introduced to major metro areas like London, Oslo, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam. These European cities are known for being bike-friendly, even bike-enthusiast communities and are furthering their environmentally-friendly passion by considering bike-based cargo delivery systems.

The U.S. has always been a bit behind on this trend, with four million miles of roadway but less than 200 miles of protected bike lanes. But there is great news on the horizon! 43 out of the nation's 70 largest cities are seeing an increase in cycling with numerous plans to encourage cycling.

Austin: Lakeside Lanes And Rider Friendly Policy-Makers

Austin has recently been

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10 tips for staging your home in austin

Spring is here and in the world of real estate, that can mean one thing—home selling season! With the motivation to start those renovation projects sitting on your 'To-Do' list, like decluttering your home or cleaning up your landscaping, spring is the ideal time for homeowners to finally put their home on the market.

This is often easier said than done. Whether you've decided to work with a real estate agent or want to try your hand at selling privately, staging your home makes a huge impact; staged homes sell two to three times faster and up to six percent more than unstaged homes! The goal is to invite interested buyers to envision themselves living in your home by highlighting the most attractive areas while distracting from those that may be a

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Austin has been making the rounds in the media these days, featured on multiple top 10 lists throughout the nation. Most recently, Austin was awarded the title of being the number one major metro area in the U.S. to invest in real estate. Real estate investors have been keeping their eyes on Austin for quite some time, and they like what they've been seeing. From the city's diverse economy, growing population, highly educated labor force, minimal affects from the global financial crisis, and Austin's undeniable 'hip' factor, it's no wonder Austin's real estate market has become the talk of the country. 

Read on to discover why Austin is the top real estate investment market in the U.S.!

Thriving Culture And Population

The secret is out:

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One thing first-time homebuyers in Austin and Greater Austin have no shortage of is choice. This region is rich with options and buyers can often find themselves asking a series of questions:

"Should I buy a detached house or a condo?"
"Should I buy in a master-planned community or a regular subdivision?
"How important is an HOA?
"Should I go for a traditional or contemporary style home?

But by far, one of the most significant questions we hear from first-time buyer clients is "should I buy a new construction or a resale home?" Austin and the communities that surround it are rich with beautiful brand-new developments created by a variety of prestigious builders. You'll often hear Austinites touting the endless advantages of new construction living.

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Graphic on choosing a family neighborhood

There's always a lot to think about when you're considering moving to a new neighborhood, whether you're relocating within your city or to a new one. The search is tough enough when you're just looking for yourself or yourself and a partner, but if you're planning on having children sometime in the near future, things get taken to a whole new level. Suddenly you have to worry about more than affordability and proximity to the nearest brunch spot. You have to worry about more than just you! Years of planning will be taken into consideration and you might find yourself more discerning and more nervous about choosing the right home.

But worry not. Finding the right home to start a family in is just a matter of thinking big-picture. Consider the items

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Whether you own a resale or new construction Austin home, there almost certainly are extra steps you can take to make your residence even more eco-friendly than it already is. While the path to a "green house" might be longer for those with older homes — many newly built Austin-area homes were built with green initiatives in mind — almost everyone can benefit from embracing eco living. That being said, figuring out how to start doing so can sometimes be a little overwhelming or intimidating. That's why we've put together this handy checklist for you; so, whether you want to fully reinvent your home for maximum efficiency and minimum impact, or just make a few small changes, you know your options.

Think About Your Water Usage

There are plenty of

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Discover Four Seasons Residences

One of Austin's most desirable and luxurious downtown condo complexes, the Four Seasons Residences, represents the perfect combination of the hotel chain's signature sophistication and the comfort and privacy of homeownership. Situated just moments from the shores of Lady Bird Lake, this sparkling beacon of luxury living offers quality in every aspect. Its grand entrance is shaded from the street by a thick canopy of lush trees, giving it a nice sense of privacy and a garden-like setting. Completed in 2010, it offers an assortment of classic condominium options. Although they range in size from less than 1,000 square feet to more than 2,200 square feet, all homes at the Four Seasons are beautifully finished with

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Austin College Grad Banner

 

College grad with question marksIt's no secret that Austin is popular among young professionals. The rich local culture, amazing property options, and thriving economy all contribute to a city that is ultra-appealing to a crowd that's not quite willing to continue a whirlwind student life but not quite ready to settle in the suburbs — or in the Texas Hill Country. The growing appeal among this crowd is clear to see; in fact, the number of college graduates aged 25 to 34 living in Austin increased by 44 percent between 2000 and 2012.

Since Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, we usually don't have to do much convincing for those who are considering settling here. That being said, if you're a) a recent local college grad who's considering leaving

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Banner -- Austin's Best Tacos

Tacos are at the heart and soul of Austin's cuisine scene, and despite their essentiality, we've never focused exclusively on tacos in one of our food posts! Maybe it's because there's a wealth of rich information out there already — but you can never talk too much about tacos in ATX.

One of the great things about dining in Austin is the variety in atmospheres — from street food to gourmet meals in a luxury hotel, there's something to fit every occasion. We've tried to capture that variety in this post, so that you have some ideas of which spot to choose based on how you're feeling and what you're up to. Of course, we'd love your local input as well, so if you think we've missed a venue that needs to be mentioned, share it with us in the comments