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Pros and Cons of Buying a New Home


Austin is a great community for countless reasons. Each year, hundreds of people are drawn to the area by the booming job market, the strong economy, the dynamic nightlife, and the many things to do.

As more and more people move to Austin, developers are rising to the challenge and are building new housing communities. Depending on your needs, it is possible to invest in a stylish, urban condo or an expansive, suburban family home. But is living in a new home for everyone? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of buying a new home in Austin.


Energy Efficiency

Over the past fifty years, there have been some major developments in home building technology that contribute to more energy efficient homes. New homes take

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The Austin Relocation Guide: 2018

Are you considering making the move to Austin? Take a look at our relocation checklist.

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Living in Austin

Austin is a fun city to call home, and there are plenty of reasons for people to want to live there. Because of the numerous live music performances in the area, it has earned itself the title the “Live Music Capital of America.” In addition to a great live music scene, residents of Austin can delight in recreation on the water by Lady Bird Lake, a fantastic selection of local restaurants, and annual festivals.

Working in Austin

As the 11th largest city in America, Austin is full of opportunities for the working professional. Each year, more start-ups and established companies open offices in Austin, providing

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Austin is one place where you can guarantee that there will be plenty of exciting events going on every season throughout the year. With an abundance of year-round sunshine, a thriving music and art scene, cutting-edge cuisine and beverages, and some of the most beautiful indoor and outdoor venues in the country, our vibrant city is ripe for a rich calendar of events.

Fall in Austin is no exception, with a range of amazing festivities and activities for all ages. We doubt you'll ever be bored with downtown Austin, East Austin, and the Hill Country at your doorstep, but if you need some fresh ideas and inspiration of how to spend your autumn days in Austin, we can definitely help.

Here are 5 upcoming events you won't want to miss this fall of 2018!

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The capital of Texas, Austin is a city of opportunity and natural beauty. It’s known for its incredible arts and culture, as well as its historical museums and fascinating history. Established in the early 1800s as the state’s capital, it’s gone through immense amounts of growth throughout the years. One thing that has remained the same, though, is the fact that Austin is an amazing place for growing families. There are some neighborhoods, in particular, that stand out above all the rest in terms of local schools, essential amenities, and shopping.


The number one neighborhood for growing families, Allandale is located in North Central Austin. It's surrounded by big box stores and shopping centers, many of which are within 10 minutes or

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Zilker Austin Texas
Austin could very well lay claim to being the most reinvented city in all of Texas over recent years, and there’s a whole host of reasons for that. It’s always been a more culturally vibrant city in comparison to others in the State, and the very successful development of the city’s high-tech sector has gone a long way in bringing in many new young professionals. Most who are bright and for the most part in just the right age bracket to make life in Austin much more ‘happening’ than it was in decades previous.

Along with this boom has come an uptick in demand for Austin real estate, not surprisingly, and while that’s a city-wide trend we really think there’s great value in homes in Zilker in Austin and the appeal of them is furthered by the fact that

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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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