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March 2012

There are 13 blog entries for March 2012.

Whole Foods Nears Completion on Two New Austin Stores

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 5:12pm. 4,164 Views

whole foods new storesIf Whole Foods has seemed crowded in recent months, it’s not because of narrow aisles.  The Austin-based company reported record profits last month, and to try and keep up with Austin’s rapid growth and health conscious citizens, Whole Foods is hard at work preparing two new stores for Austinites to buy their organic groceries.

The Hill Country Galleria on Bee Caves Road close to the Barton Creek neighborhood will open its new Whole Foods on May 16th, and the Arbor Trails Whole Foods in Southwest Austin near Circle C is scheduled to open on June 19th.  The new stores will employ 150-200 people each, creating more new jobs in the city, and making traveling to nearby stores easier.

whole foods north austinLike all Whole Foods, the new stores will offer chef-prepared foods and

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Austin Ranks Second in the Nation for Real Estate Investments

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 5:55pm. 1,985 Views

Austin is one of the top five best real estate investment markets in the country, according to the National Association of Realtors. Realtor.com ranked Austin the second best investment market in the United States.

In addition, homes in Austin are selling at more than twice the national rate, with one of the highest potentials for price growth in the US.  Further, the median list price of a home, $229,500, is 12% higher than it was a year ago in Austin, meaning that the market is on a clear upswing. Austin neighborhoods with homes in the median range include Belterra, Falcon Pointe, and Lost Creek.

It’s a good sign to potential home buyers when large companies begin investing in a local market, signaling that the economy is strong and growing.

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SOLD ON 7/16/2012! 23 Muirfield Greens Lane, Austin TX 78738 in the St Andrews subdivison in Lakeway

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 3:10pm. 1,782 Views

SOLD ON 7/16/2012! 23 Muirfield Greens Lane, Austin TX 78738 in the St Andrews subdivison in Lakeway.

Offered at $312,000

This charming, single story 3 bedroom, 3 full bathroom home was built in 1998 and is located in the Lakeway area, feeding into exemplary rated Lakeway Elementary. A beautifully landscaped yard with a private rear patio accented by water fountains complements the 2,290 square foot home. Numerous updates include granite countertops and custom cabinets in the kitchen, attractive under-cabinet lighting, an in-cabinet wine rack, a glass door pantry, and a recently updated stove with a convenient warming drawer.

The master bath, updated with new cabinetry, features tile flooring, a garden tub, separate shower, walk-in closet, and…

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Have a Heart: Attend the 15th Annual Heart Ball of Austin!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 3:21pm. 2,578 Views

have a heart ball austinWhy not enjoy an extravagant evening at the Hilton while supporting an extraordinary cause?

On April 28th, Austinites from Rob Roy to Riverplace will attend the 15th Annual Heart Ball in support of the American Heart Association. The evening will feature a silent auction, an elegant gourmet dinner, dancing, and live music by Martie Maguire and Emily Robinson of the Dixie Chicks!

austin hiltonThe annual Heart Ball of Austin celebrates the giving that equips the American Heart Association to conduct cardiovascular research and lead programs designed to both prevent heart disease and help survivors thrive.

Barry Burgdorf is the Chairman of the organization.

Barry Burgdorf Austin“Together we are changing the way the world thinks about health and life,” says Burgdorf. “Through

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Apple Announces Big News for Austin Job Market

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 at 6:19pm. 3,529 Views

austin apple campusAustin may be vying for the title, “Big Apple,” as Apple Inc. has announced plans to build a new $304 million campus in town, creating over 3,600 new jobs in addition to the existing 3,500 current positions. Apple Inc. has planned to increase their Texas workforce since they first opened shop with 1,000 employees in 2004. The new positions will expand the company’s capacity for customer support, sales, and accounting in the Southwest region.

“Being known as ‘Silicon Hills’ is fantastic for property owners because the influx of technology jobs can mean an increase in property values, especially with Austin luxury homes,” says Austin real estate broker Brian Talley.

The announcement came after the State of Texas offered Apple an investment of $21

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23 Austin ISD Schools Earn Exemplary Ratings

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 at 11:15am. 4,413 Views

Austin ISD school exemplaryThe Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees has recognized 23 campuses for achieving the state’s highest rating of Exemplary under the Texas State Accountability System. This rating from the Texas Education Agency is based on TAKS performance of students in grades 3-11, high school completion rates, and middle school dropout rates. Each of the schools that earned the Exemplary status also was recognized with TEA’s Gold Performance Acknowledgements, based on a variety of academic indicators.

South Austin schools made a great showing in the recognitions, with campuses such as the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Becker Elementary, Dawson Elementary, and Joslin Elementary recognized. Baranoff Elementary, that serves the Olympic

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics March 2012

Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 10:31am. 2,550 Views

The Austin housing market is officially on the upswing!  If you haven’t already heard from a friend or neighbor, the numbers speak for themselves.  There were 18% more homes sold and a 3.42% increase in sold prices per square foot when comparing February 2012 to February 2011.  There are 23% less homes for sale, a 29.17% increase in homes pending sale, a 28% decrease in homes withdrawn from the market, and it is taking 30.8% less time to sell a home.  Interest rates are ridiculously low averaging 3.88% for a 30 year conventional loan today with 0.8 fees/points down per freddiemac.com. The Austin unemployment rate (Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos) during January 2012 showed a slight increase from the previous month at 6.1% in December 2011 compared to 6.5% in

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Support Local and Global Nutrition Initiatives: Go Halfsies

Friday, March 9th, 2012 at 11:12am. 2,295 Views

halfsies, austin food, food charityThe founders of Halfsies want to help you take action in the fight against local and global hunger by eating less and giving more.

“Halfsies is a social initiative that connects the dots of 3 major food-related issues in our world today - oversized food portions, excessive food waste, and hunger - with one simple choice,” according to their company info, along with a mantra, “Eat less. Give more.”

The idea is simple: Restaurant-goers can choose the “Halfsies” option at participating restaurants to receive half of the meal portion while still paying the full price. Proceeds from the other half go to donations for local and global nutrition initiatives.

With a formal launch in Spring 2012, participating restaurants are expected in all parts of

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Northwest Austin Homes Seeing an Uptick in Sales

Friday, March 9th, 2012 at 9:13am. 10,576 Views

northwest austin homes for saleThe buyer’s market window in Austin may be slowly beginning to close, and opening a crack wider in favor of sellers, according to the Austin Board of Realtors, especially in Northwest Austin, where desirable neighborhoods like Barton Creek and Davenport Ranch are found.  “We are seeing a marked upswing in the sale of homes in Austin, with special attention for Northwest Austin, where many major employers are located,” said Austin realtor Brian Talley.

The sale of single-family homes in Northwest Austin was up 13% from last year, compared with a 1.7% increase nationwide, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. The price of a home in Northwest Austin is averaging at the affordable price point of $250,000, but finding one could become

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Austin’s Media Keep the City Informed and Amused

Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 11:10am. 2,947 Views

In a city as large as Austin, it can be hard to keep up with everything going on locally, as well as nationally. Local newspapers and magazines help highlight not only world events, but all the happenings and noteworthy movement around town.  Whether profiling local businesses, an upcoming music festival, updating the public about changes to the transit system, studying up on Austin real estate, or interviewing philanthropists, news in Austin is always up to date and no further away than a street corner or a computer.      

Austin American-Statesman

The Austin American-Statesman is the major daily newspaper circulating Austin. The articles focus on issues affecting mainly Austin and the Central Texas region, but also prints content from the

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