homes: New Private Schools in South Austin for 2013 - 08/02/13 03:06 AM
You don't have to live in Eanes Independent School District to get a good foundation for your children's education. We have several great schools in Austin that are expanding. Here is an update about the new locations for some of Austins private schools.
The Khabele School is now opening a new elementary school location at 9607 Brodie Lane. This four acre site was a former daycare that is under construction to add capacity and more school rooms and administrative space. This location will serve kindergarten through fifth grade. There will be six dedicated classrooms, two community rooms and a children's garden. The … (2 comments)

homes: Everyone needs a home. Nature is no exception. Househunting is a spring event. - 02/07/12 02:52 AM
Today as I sipped my morning coffee on the back deck I heard lots of singing birds. Now this is not strange as I have several bird feeders and bird houses in my half acre yard. For five years I have had a family of Wrens that set up housekeeping on the backside of my temperature gage on the pack porch. What I did not expect was to be able to watch a pair of Carolina Wrens house hunting. One of the birdhouses that has been in my yard for ten years was under scrutiny. One of the Wrens was perched on the … (4 comments)

homes: The most expensive homes for sale in Austin Texas in January 2012? - 02/05/12 05:33 AM
Austin Texas has a lot to offer a home buyer. Our luxury home market has been exploding over the last ten years. There are more luxury homes for sale in Austin than ever before. Enclosed you will find details on the six most expensive homes in Travis county Lake Travis that are for sale now. You will find the number of "days on the market" before selling varies quite a bit but the average is 341Active Days and 789 Cumulative days on the market. So you can easily see it takes much longer to sell a super luxury home. All of these … (2 comments)

homes: Whats happening with Austin roads in 2012. Toll roads increase and Mopac is slated to get express lanes in 2012. - 02/02/12 03:51 AM
Living in Austin is a challenge getting around because so many people have moved here over the last 10-20 years and our roads are not handling the increased usage very well. So we have several road projects in the works for 2012. Many of these projects are slated to be completed this year, which will add more miles to our local roads since 2007 when the first toll roads were completed.
The Y at Oak Hill- This does not appear to be a Toll road yet, and this project has begun the preliminary work for the eventual expansion from two lanes … (0 comments)

homes: South Austin is growing! New homes and dining and shopping in south Austin 2012. - 02/02/12 03:13 AM
As a south Austin residential Realtor, I live in the car dashing from one showing to the next. So I have the opportunity to see the latest and greatest additions to our community. I want to share some of the most recent changes in our local Austin landscape.
Now Open:  The Hollows at Slaughter Creek- Pulte Homes has just revealed they have 211 lots and are building new homes with 1273-1980 square feet. This community is on West Slaughter Lane, in between Manchaca Road and South 1st Street.
Kerbey Lane Cafe - After 25 years at 2700 S. Lamar they have moved a few … (0 comments)

homes: HOMEBUYERS 101-Why does the Listing Price Per Square foot matter? Why is it not the same as the Sold PPSF? Which number is more important? - 01/23/12 05:37 AM
As a Realtor I see homes every day, and the listing prices don't really register with me the way the price per square foot does. Sadly many home buyers don't know the difference. So I want to help home buyers be more informed. I always say "An educated buyer is an easy buyer to work with." So here are the basics about square foot prices.
Lets look at two homes in neighborhood X. We will assume they were built within a few years of each other and have similar level of finish out and similar sized lots. Both homes are priced at $300K, … (2 comments)

homes: Market stats for homes in Austin zip code 78759 in January 2012: Northwest Hills, Great Hills, Westover Hills, Twin Mesa, Enclave at Balcones Forest, and Spicewood Forest. - 01/06/12 03:48 AM
The 78759 zip code includes these wonderful neighborhoods: Northwest Hills, Great Hills, Westover Hills, Twin Mesa, Enclave at Balcones Forest, and Spicewood Forest. This market report is for homes sold between October to December 2011. These homes typically have at least three bedrooms two bathrooms, two car garage and approximately 2787SF. The neighborhood schools are: Hill Elementary, Murchison Middle School and Anderson High School. Most were built between 1967-1986 on slightly larger lots of a quarter acre to just over a third of an acre. Due to the topography of the hills some of these homes have lovely hill country or city … (0 comments)

homes: Where do you find the best value/least expensive home in Barton Hills/Zilker area of Austin Texas? - 01/05/12 06:52 AM
Many people in Austin Texas want to live in Barton Hills or Zilker neighborhood. But what many people don't realize is this "area" is really comprised of several small subdivisions built over about a sixty year period. Some of the subdivisions are: Barton Hills, Horseshoe Bend, South Lund, Stenger Addition, Payne Loyd, the West End Addition, Glencliff, Barton Heights, Wallingwood, Hill HP and Zilker Skyline, just to name a few. This area is part of the famous 78704 zip code. To many its also known as the "hip zip" in Austin. Its called that because of the number of cool places like Alamo … (0 comments)

homes: Buying homes in Tarrytown, whats the right price for this neighborhood in Austin? - 12/29/11 05:49 AM
Austin is home to many desirable neighborhoods, some are close in and others are considered to be in the "burbs". There is something for everyone in Austin. Tarrytown is one of the more desirable and older neighborhoods that is only about 5-10 minutes to downtown. It is possible to bike or walk to many amenities and cafes or restaurants from Tarrytown. There is an abundance of great dining establishments like: Jeffrey's, Wink, Tambaleo, Food Food, Fabi & Rosi, Mozart's, Able's on the Lake, and of course Maudie's. The Lions Municipal Golf Course has been a longtime draw for many of the residents. The … (0 comments)

homes: The Best Value in Steiner Ranch. How do you find it and how do you buy it? - 12/29/11 04:32 AM
I have had a few calls over the holidays with people asking about homes in Steiner Ranch. For those that don't live in Austin yet, Steiner Ranch is a beautiful newer neighborhood. There are homes built from 1995-2011. These homes typically have over 3000 square feet, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two or three living rooms. There are several builders working in this neighborhood: Meritage, Monterrey Homes, Drees Custom Homes, Highland Homes,and Taylor Morrison.  The prices range from $225K-$939K with the average price being about $450K. The real question has been "Should I buy an existing home or go to the … (0 comments)

homes: Holiday Safety Tips that make sense all year! - 12/22/11 11:16 AM
I love the holidays because there are twinkling lights everywhere and people are a little nicer to one another than the rest of the year (if you avoid crowded mall parking lots!)  Here are a few household tips to help keep your pets and home safe over the holidays.

All the decorations and lights mean lots of extension cords and overworked electrical outlets. So make sure to replace your extension cords every few years. An easy way to know how old the cord is to place a band of duct tape around one end and write the purchase date on it … (5 comments)

homes: Tax Tips at the end of the year can add up and save you money! - 12/22/11 10:26 AM
Take advantage of smart year-end financial moves that can help reduce your income tax liability when you file next spring. Here are a few tips from my CPA.

1. Donate to qualified charities and organizations You can generally deduct contributions of up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income to qualified charities and organizations if they’re made before December 31. Consider:
Donate stock. You can generally deduct the fair market value of donated stock. 2. Contribute to your 401(k)Before the end of the year add pre-tax money to your 401(k) to reduce your taxable income.
3. Sell losing stock … (0 comments)

homes: Marelli Classic Car Driving Tour in Austin 2011-Hill Country Triumph Club - 12/16/11 06:09 AM
Last year at this time, we had great fun and made some great new friends at the Bastrop Veterans Day Car Show.  A truly huge event with 400+ cars, a military fly-over and other activities saluting our Vets, and much more.  We pre-registered for this year’s event since we had such a great time last year.  Soon we discovered a conflict in our calendar.  The Bastrop Veterans Day Car Show happened at the same time the Austin Lucas/Marelli Driving Tour was happening.  Hmmm, another car show, or DRIVING??  We chose the tour, and boy are we glad we … (0 comments)

homes: Tips for keeping your pets safe over the holiday season - 12/15/11 04:09 AM

homes: How do you keep and housebreak a puppy in a condo or townhouse, try the Potty Patch! - 12/14/11 06:01 AM
Many people living in condos or apartments have trouble housebreaking their puppies. It can be a challenge living with limited access to green space for your puppy to frequently go potty. I found an amazing new product that solves the problem and its called the Potty Patch. You can order it online for $39.95, as it is not sold in stores. It is endorsed by the American Kennel Club. This product allows your puppy to have a safe spot to go do their business in the house and not get in trouble. It also mimics real grass so your training them in a … (0 comments)

homes: Things to do around Texas during the holidays 2011 - 12/02/11 06:28 AM
Being a native Texan I have spent many a holiday doing something decidedly Texan. We have visited Christmas Tree Farms and cut our own trees, worn shorts on Christmas and gone to South Padre Island to surf and fish, and scooped every fragment of snow in our yard to make a teeny two foot high snowman in Houston. To help the new Texas transplants I have compiled a number of fun things to do in Texas over the holidays. So if you need some excitement in your life, try one of these events for some good family fun.
December 1, … (3 comments)

homes: Do you want to know where the best BBQ is in Texas? Well keep reading! - 12/02/11 06:15 AM
Texas is known for having some of the best BBQ, and the BBQ in Lockhart is considered to be some of the very best in Texas. In fact in 1999 Lockhart was named “The BBQ Capital of Texas”. For being such a tiny small town they have not one, but four famous BBQ joints. One of the most popular is Kreuz Market which has been in operation for multiple generations. It opened for business  at the turn of the last century in 1900. They are easily the most famous Lockhart BBQ place. They don’t give patrons utensils, there are butcher knives … (4 comments)

homes: Veterans Day Deals and Freebies for November 11, 2011 in Austin Texas - 11/10/11 08:03 AM
Everyone at Austin Home Girls Realty wishes a happy Veterans Day to all veterans who served and to all families of veterans. Veterans Day is the perfect day to honor our military veterans/heros and the people currently participating in military service.  This year Veteran’s Day is Friday, November 11th.
    McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants –Sunday Nov 13, 2011 McCormick & Schmick’s is celebrating their 13th annual Veteran’s Appreciation Event this Sunday, November 13th. They are offering a complimentary lunch or dinner entrée for all Veterans. You must be able to show proof of military service. Be sure to … (1 comments)

homes: 2011 to produce several amazing natural light shows in the sky: Leonids & Persids Meteor Showers! - 08/15/11 06:12 AM
 My love of astronomy began when I was just a little girl. My Mom would take us out sometimes before bed and we would gaze at the stars and make a wish if we saw a falling star. Occasionally we would head to Galveston beach and have a stargazing camp out! I would wonder how far away the stars were and how old they were. Did my great grandparents see the same stars I was looking at? I was like many children that age full of questions! Those are without a doubt some of my favorite childhood memories.
These night time light … (8 comments)

homes: Manchaca's interesting history, a quiet little town south of Austin Texas - 08/15/11 05:04 AM
Manchaca is a quiet little town just about 17 miles south of downtown Austin. You won't find much here except the "Railroad BBQ" joint and the post office. There are a couple of churches, and a man who carves tree stumps into Indians and a multitude of other things. The big claim to fame is the train passes through Manchaca on the way to Austin. It is also home to one of the most famous local arbortists who owns "Its about Thyme" Nursery, they have a great selection of native trees, shrubs and flowering plants. It is a small town community and … (0 comments)

Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty)

Betina Foreman

Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Austin, TX

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Address: 3009 South Lamar Blvd., #D109-375, Austin, TX, 78704

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