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Community Spotlight Travis
Many people won’t know that the Travis Heights neighborhood of Austin, TX is also called South River City. That lesser-known name for the area is based on it’s location in relation to the waterway, but no matter what name you choose to assign to this neighborhood it really is one of the better ones in Austin when it comes to checking all the ‘quality of life boxes’ for prospective buyers weighing the possibility of buying Austin real estate.

For starters, this area is trendy with a capital T and then some. That identity is created by the types of young people who have moved in over the last decade and the fact that there is plenty in the way of establishments that cater to people who like to get out and enjoy themselves, especially along South Congress…
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Austin Homebuyers Checklist

The experience of purchasing a home is exciting. Moving often represents a fresh start. Especially if you haven’t lived in Austin before, you will want to start exploring the city and all it has to offer. Yet, moving isn’t simple, and this can also make purchasing a home a stressful experience. For most people, their home is their most valuable asset. They want to be sure that they are buying a home that will continue to appreciate over time. They will also want to make sure that the home they buy is not only beautiful, but the surrounding neighborhood is well suited to their lifestyle.

As you embark on your quest for Austin real estate, here are some helpful first steps for Austin homebuyers.

1. Determine Your Budget

Determining your home

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Austin Walkable Neighborhoods

As the price of gas continues to rise and the number of cars on the road continues to increase, a walkable lifestyle is becoming more and more important to buyers. Especially, when you work in a field where you are required to sit or stand most of the time, it is a refreshing change of pace to be able to walk home from work or walk to get your daily groceries.

Walking is a great way to get some gentle exercise. In a city like Austin where the weather tends to be mild throughout the year, walkability is key factor that many buyers are interested in when choosing a home. Being able to walk to work also means you can dodge the brunt of five o’ clock traffic or construction zone traffic.

If a walkable lifestyle is important to you, here are top five

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Moving to Texas Hill Country
Texas Hill Country is one of the state's most stunning regions and the most coveted ultimate destination for homebuyers far and wide. The mere mention of this famed region conjures the most pristine imagery of gently rolling hills, lush and shaded oak and juniper forests, hidden waterfalls, and river-carved landscapes. It's idyllic southwestern climate allows it to cultivate unique vegetation, from cacti to the iconic bluebonnet-cloaked meadows.

The plateau forms the classic and beloved topography that symbolizes the golden days of the wild west; at times, it can seem like anything is possible here. Today, the area retains its wild flavor, but possesses a modern elegance and sophistication that make it so appealing to homebuyers looking for the highest

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Spring Cleaning in Austin

Spring goes hand-in-hand with ideas of renewal and refreshment. In many locales, the longer hours of sunshine make spring the perfect time to rejuvenate the home from inside out. In Austin, we enjoy bright sunny days throughout the year, but summers can be blistering, making spring ideal for the work a deep clean and revamping of the home can entail. If you're planning to sell your home in the late spring or summer, spring cleaning can also go hand-in-hand with any light remodeling, staging, and upgrading of the exterior or curb appeal.

Still, the idea of investing the time and effort to complete an up-to-standard spring cleaning job can be daunting. Austinites are busy people and there is so much going on that spring cleaning might end up at the

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Downsizing your Austin home

Are you a recent retiree or empty-nester living in an Austin home that is simply too big for your personal needs? This is the case for many people as they start to age out of their family home and look for something a bit smaller, and more manageable. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with downsizing your Austin home, and, in fact, for many Austin residents, it’s a great way to feel rejuvenated and free in your golden years. 

Here’s everything you need to know about downsizing your Austin home:

Signs It's Time to Downsize 

As we grow up and enter the working world, the status quo is to aim for a big house with a big yard. When you’re raising a family, that’s not a problem, but as your kids move out, you may start to feel that your big home is a

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Movies in Austin
Austin is a cultural mecca known for being pleasantly weird and delightfully unexpected. Between the amazing arts and culture scene to the captivating nightlife and world-class food, Austin has it all. It’s no wonder, then, why there’s a huge film industry here. Combined with the tech sector, arts, culture, and its varied terrain and interesting landscape, Austin is often the perfect backdrop for movies and there are several films in particular that have been made famous thanks, in part, to being filmed in Austin. 

Here’s our top six famous movies filmed in Austin: 

1 - Dazed and Confused 

Arguably one of the most famous movies to be filmed in Austin, Dazed and Confused is a coming-of-age movie that follows the lives of teenagers in the 1970s.

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It's hard to focus on getting your education and studying all hours of the day and night, if you have the worry of where you are going to live. Some students live on campus and want to immerse themselves in the college or university lifestyle, while others want their home away from campus so they are not distracted by all the on-campus fun. For those looking for housing away from your schooling, we have given some thought to some of your options. Let's take a look at some of the places that you may be calling home during your days as a student:

Skyloft Austin Student Apartments

There's a lot of buzz around the Skyloft Austin high-rise that was developed exclusively for students. The idea is to have a tower that offers amazing views, plenty of

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Dell Inc. is located in Round Rock, Texas, which is just 20 miles north of Downtown Austin. Dell is the largest shipper of PC monitors in the world, the 3rd largest PC vendor in the world, and the 6th largest company in Texas with respect to total revenue. They are definitely a force to be reckoned with in the Tech sector! Dell has a major facility and headquarters in the fabulous city of Round Rock and with this large facility comes the need for housing for all of the thousands and thousands of employees that are proud to call this area of Austin home.

Round Rock has a population that is just over 100,000 people and is rapidly growing due to companies just like Dell setting up shop in the area. The question then becomes where all these hardworking

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When outsiders think about Texas, they often picture cowboy boots, ten-gallon hats, and good, old-fashioned country music. But in reality, it’s so much more than that. This is especially the case in Austin, which is often considered a mecca for everything hip and cool. With diverse neighborhoods, unique residents, and some of the best food in the country, there’s a lot that many people don’t know or get wrong about Austin. 

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Austin: 

1 - It was One of the First Places with a Thriving Food Truck Scene 

We all love food trucks these days, but Austin had one of the first food truck scenes starting in the early 90s. Today, there is almost 2,000 food trucks throughout the city. 

2 - It’s Home to Many

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