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December 2011

There are 29 blog entries for December 2011.

Where to Spend New Year’s Eve in Austin

Saturday, December 31st, 2011 at 10:44am. 3,328 Views

New Year’s Eve is approaching, and Austin is throwing several celebrations around town, including for the kids!

The most famed event is Austin’s New Year (ANY) at Auditorium Shores in Central Austin. An annual event, ANY will be hosting Carolyn Wonderland as the headlining musical artist this year and will showcase many talented Austinites through art, films, and live music. ANY is an alcohol-free celebration that kids and adults from all over Austin can enjoy. Families won’t want to miss AYP’s exciting fireworks finale!

Willie Nelson and Friends will be playing the Moody Theater: Austin City Limits Live. Tickets are available online and through the box office. The Alamo Drafthouse Downtown at the Ritz will be hosting "Sing-Alongs: New Year’s

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Client Testimonial for Southwest Austin Home Purchase

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 4:27pm. 1,423 Views

Southwest Austin

From Brock Brunner:

As a first-time home buyer in Austin, starting the process of looking for a home was scary to say the least. I wanted to work with a REALTOR® who was both professional and deeply knowledgeable of Texas real estate. Soon after beginning my venture into the home search, I met Brian Talley. I had filled in my contact information on his website, and he responded quickly.

From the beginning, he listened to exactly what I wanted and made a continuous effort to show me what I requested. Brian helped me narrow down my search through his wonderful and interactive website which allowed me to view homes in specific areas, saving precious time.

Once I

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Client Testimonial for Southeast Austin Home Purchase

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 4:19pm. 1,463 Views

Southeast Austin

From Charles and Jan Ryan:

We connected with Brian in December of 2008 when we first considered relocating to the Austin area from Massachusetts. While searching the internet for homes we found the Regent Property Group website and registered to view properties. Brian Talley quickly followed-up and began helping us by first getting our search setup directly in the MLS rather than our continuing to use the helpful but less robust public websites. At this stage we were only beginning to look at homes and didn't know for sure whether we would make the move.

Over the course of the next year, 353 days to be exact, Brian showed us a handful of homes at a time when we visited over

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Client Testimonial for Round Rock Home Purchase

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 4:09pm. 1,356 Views

Round Rock

From Gregg Goff:

The entire home searching experience with Brian and his team was exceptional. Brian is very professional, experienced, and above all patient.Even aft er the sale the follow-up was really an unexpected plus!

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Client Testimonial for West Austin Home Purchase

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 4:00pm. 1,385 Views

West Austin

From Marat and Ophelia Chafigoulline:

We had the privilege of working with Brian in the Spring of 2010. My husband and I were moving back to Austin from Moscow, Russia, starting a new job, and having a baby all within the span of a few months! Additionally, we were eager to take advantage of the first-time home buyer credit that was expiring within 8 weeks of our relocation. It was tall order with many complicating factors, but Brian delivered with flying colors!

He was proactive to set up our MLS link while we were still overseas, and as soon as we arrived in the US, we were able to hit the ground running. Brian bent over backwards to make sure we could see as many houses as we could in a limited

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Client Testimonial for Northwest Austin Home Sale

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 3:53pm. 1,297 Views

Northwest Austin

From Chris and Jill Rutland:

When we decided to sell our home in the Mesa Park subdivision near the Arboretum in north/northwest Austin, we contacted Brian Talley of Regent Property Group because we knew he was trustworthy, professional, and good at selling homes. Our home was built in the 70's with 1 story and a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom floor plan. While we were fortunate to have purchased the home in 2001 before the real estate boom and subsequent recession, we had done little to update the house since that time.

After first conducting a comparable market analysis, Brian noticed that there was a huge disparity between the sale prices of homes selling in the neighborhood without updates compared

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Client Testimonial for Southwest Austin Home Sale

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 3:42pm. 1,229 Views

Southwest Austin

From Brannan and Monica Johnson:

We met with Brian Talley of Regent Property Group LLC about selling our home in the Ridge at Lantana subdivision in southwest Austin. To save some on commission, we decided to sell our home using a discount REALTOR® rather than working with Brian. We are very detail oriented people so we took the time to create very detailed and professional marketing materials and had our home in tip-top shape for the sale. However, our home did not sell over the next several months and eventually we contacted Brian Talley to list our home for sale because we knew he has an aggressive sales strategy and is very knowledgeable of the market and pricing. Despite the depressed real

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Client Testimonial for Dripping Springs Purchase, beyond Southwest Austin

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 3:25pm. 1,284 Views

Dripping Springs, beyond Southwest Austin

From Andrew and Jennifer Valencia:

We would like to take a few minutes and write about our experience with Brian Talley and the Regent Property team. We contacted Brian when we began a home search in the Austin area. Brian and his team were not only very prompt in contacting us. They were very responsive to our needs, accommodating to our schedule, and always very professional from the day we met all the way through closing on our new house. We would recommend Brian and his team to anyone looking for a top notch agent in the Austin area.

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Iconic Congress Lights Absent This Holiday Season

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 4:05pm. 1,793 Views

For the second year in a row, no festive lights will decorate historic Congress Avenue over the holiday season. Austin Energy had given the Downtown Austin Alliance $145,000 for a new LED lighting system, but it only lasted two years - 2008 and 2009. The DAA decided not to string luxurious lights after last year's attempt at a light show didn’t work out. According to the DAA, there was malfunctioning with the project, and they have been trying to figure out the best way to hang the lights over Congress Avenue since. 

The holiday light display requires manpower from Austin Energy in order to be strung within a short time-frame: a seven-day window between the Chuy’s Annual Parade and the Capitol tree lighting. DAA is working with Austin Energy to find a

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Art From the Streets – Austin’s Homeless Get Their Chance To Shine

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 at 3:29pm. 2,139 Views

Art From the Streets is a nonprofit organization that was established in the early 1990’s to help the poor and homeless of Austin gain a better sense of community and to give participants a creative outlet. Every December, Art From The Streets organizes the “Show and Sale” for the work of homeless artists in Austin communities who have participated in the weekly art seminars at the ARCH. They feature a variety of acrylic and oil paintings, pastel and chalk drawings, photography, and much more. All the original artwork is on sale starting around $35 with all sales proceeds going directly to the participants. 

The nonprofit organization offers twice-weekly classes at the ARCH for the poor and homeless. At the end of every year, the “Show and

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