Austin Texas Real Estate Blog

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A blog all about Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Lakeway, and Pflugerville Real Estate.



The city of Austin has come a long way since its days as a buffalo-hunting ground for the Tonkawa and other Indian tribes. The 4,224 square miles now hold more than 1.5 million people. The city has one of the fastest growing populations in the country and the fastest growing income in the state....
The real estate world is full of mysterious jargon that only select few understand. Realtors often seem like they are speaking a language all their own, a fact that can make dealing with them and their clients intimidating, overwhelming and seemingly not worth a fight. But that kind of attitude c...
In 2007, everyone stopped building homes. For that matter, they stopped buying and selling homes, too. They weren't wanted; they weren't needed; and they certainly weren't in the budget. That wasn't the case, however, for commercial structures. Offices, malls, hotels and public institutions conti...
I CAN'T BELEIVE IT. I just got this in my email. I thought the forced green upgrades was out of characted for Austin, but I must be losing it. Now the city wants to force builders to build with certain specifications. Forget custom homes. Now the city is working on making all homes follow these g...
I posted a note about the potential point of sale green update ordinance in Austin a few days ago. Here's my thoughts on the issue now that I've had a few days to think about it. There’s no denying the importance of eco-conscious living. We have, after all, caused considerable damage to the envir...
Check out this excerpt from the New York Times. It's about a family in Austin that is bucking the growing trend of materialism and going to live simply. May 17, 2008 Chasing Utopia, Family Imagines No Possessions By RALPH BLUMENTHAL and RACHEL MOSTELLER AUSTIN, Tex. — Like many other young couple...
I have sold some multifamily properties in the Austin area and love apartments as investments for the most part. After all everyone needs a place to live and not everyone wants to be tied down with a house. When I saw this news clip come across my email I was pretty shocked given the apartment ou...
Last night around 12:20am a huge storm rolled over my house and through west austin - central austin - and out of town through east austin. I got some photos of the damage at my place. It was no fun, but at least no one was hurt. Joe 2+ inch piece of hail that I picked up from the garage. Neighbo...
I wanted to help get the word out about this so I'm posting the email I got from TREPAC. I already sent emails to the city council. I encourage all Austin homeowners and agents to do the same if you have not already. You can check out the site at In doing resea...
  Prospective buyers in the San Antonio area have access to a new condominium development that will begin construction in April of 2009. The Palmilla at Port Aransas will be a waterfront community, overlooking the Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. These luxury condos will feature floor p...

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