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November 2012

There are 18 blog entries for November 2012.

Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics November 2012

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 2:21pm. 3,219 Views

It has been a great year for the Austin housing market! We have experienced an 11.7% increase in holake austin waterfront homemes sold, along with a 6.9% increase in sold prices and a 21% decrease in days on the market.

October 2012 was strong with a 33.4% increase in homes sold and a 14.3% increase in median sold prices. Inventory continues to stay very low, with a 27.4% decrease compared to this time last year. Amazingly, interest rates have decreased to an average of 3.40% for a 30 year conventional loan today with 0.7 fees/points down per freddiemac.com. The Austin unemployment rate (Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos) reduced slightly from 5.9% in August 2012 to 5.3% in September 2012, which is a healthy unemployment rate.

With low inventory, low interest rates, and a low

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Client Testimonial for South Austin Sale of Austin’s First Historically-Designated and 5-Star Energy Rated Home

Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 10:39am. 1,794 Views

South Austin, in the 78704 zip code

historical 5 star energy rated home sale AustinFrom Sarah and Marc Nathan:

“My husband and I were anxious to complete the sale of our house before he was transferred overseas.  We were also concerned because our target list price was one of the highest on a dollars-per-square-foot basis for our neighborhood.  After our wonderful experience with Brian and Regent Property Group when purchasing our house three years ago, we never considered using another agent when we were ready to sell. Brian helped us to prepare the house and come up with a pricing and listing strategy.  He also worked to advertise our house to get the word out through a variety of channels prior to listing. When we finally listed the house, we had very high traffic from day one.  We ended up

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Dec. 1st: Holiday Sing-Along on Capitol Steps and Downtown Austin Stroll

Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 8:46am. 2,149 Views

Downtown Austin tree lighting and carolsOn December 1st, celebrate the season at the ninth-annual holiday sing-along, tree-lighting, and downtown Austin stroll, led by John Aielli of KUT radio!

This FREE, unforgettable family-friendly event begins at 6:00 p.m. with community caroling on the steps of the state capitol, followed by the lighting of the capitol holiday tree. Afterward, participants stroll down the tree-lit and decorated Congress Avenue and enjoy music, shopping, live music, a holiday farmers market, and more!

Janis K. enjoyed last year’s event. “With the tree safely lit and sing-alonging successfully completed, it was time for strolling,” she said. “The street was filled with bicyclists from the Austin Bike Zoo, plus jugglers, hula hoopers, and stilt walkers.” As the crowd

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Dec. 12-24: Enjoy Holiday Shopping at the 37th Annual Armadillo Bazaar!

Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 8:25am. 1,998 Views

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar 2012Love Austin music, art, and giving imaginative, one-of-a-kind gifts? Many a home, from Barton Creek to Tarrytown, holds a beloved piece of art that came as a gift from the Armadillo Bazaar. This holiday season, head down to the Palmer Events Center in Central Austin for the annual Armadillo Christmas Bazaar—Austin’s hub for holiday shopping, live music, food and fun!  

The 2012 show runs December 12th through Christmas Eve, 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily at the Palmer Events Center. An art fair and trade show rolled into one, it has long been a best-loved scene for holiday shopping, Austin-style!  

Over the course of 12 days, 160 artisans will be selling their latest works of original art while thirty-plus live musical acts perform. The 2012 Armadillo

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November Gardening Tips from Southwest Austin’s Natural Gardener

Sunday, November 11th, 2012 at 11:23am. 6,296 Views

southwest austin natural gardenerNow that Fall weather has breezed into Austin, Texas, it’s time to start preparing your garden for Winter! Enjoy these useful gardening tips for November, complements of Southwest Austin’s home for gardening, the Natural Gardener …

Gardening To Do List for November

  • The average first frost date in our area is November 15.

- Plant vegetable seeds. EARLY NOVEMBER: Mustard, Radish, Spinach.

- Plant vegetable plants. Lettuce, Mustard and other Greens, Peas, Spinach.

- Plant herb plants. Cilantro, Dill, Fennel, Parsley and all perennial herbs such as Chives and Oregano.

- Plant strawberries.

- Plant annual flower/ornamental seeds. Sweet Alyssum, Calendula, Centaurea, Coreopsis, Delphinium, Larkspur, Linaria, Nemesia, Poppy, Snapdragon, Sweet

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Google Partners with Austin Chamber of Commerce to Offer Free Websites for Texas Businesses

Sunday, November 11th, 2012 at 9:57am. 2,173 Views

google austin businessNo matter the size of a business, being online in today’s America is as vital as having a phone. Yet, many small businesses still shy away from crossing the great technological divide.

“We know the lack of online exposure is hurting our company, but building a website takes time and resources we just don’t have,” remarked nursery-owner Terry Rodriguez from her home in Shady Hollow.

But, this past month, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce announced it will partner with Google to help local businesses like Terry’s step into the new millennium. The program, called “Texas Get your Business Online”, will give businesses the tools and resources to establish a website, find new customers, and grow.

“The perception that getting online is complex,

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HID Global Selects Austin for New Operations Center, Will Add 276 Jobs

Saturday, November 10th, 2012 at 4:40pm. 3,078 Views

HID global jobs in AustinHID Global announced it will combine manufacturing and distribution operations in North America to create a new, Genuine HID Operations Center based in Austin, Texas. The company is a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, products, and services, and its current Austin location is close to the homes of Avery Ranch.

“Austin is an ideal location for investing in the construction of our new state-of-the-art facility, thanks to its business-friendly climate,” Rodney Glass, HID Global senior vice president of Global Quality and Operations, said. "The greater Austin area represents a robust resource base of people and services that will provide an excellent platform for scaling our operations to support the future growth of our business."


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Game On: Austin Public Library Hosts Mario Kart Family Tournament

Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 7:55pm. 17,444 Views

Austin Mario Kart tournamentThis winter, the Austin Pubic Library has something the whole family will love —a Mario Kart Family Gaming Tournament!

Starting in mid-November and lasting through mid-January, libraries across Austin will be holding Mario Kart competitions, mostly on weekend afternoons. The events are free and open to the public. Rated E for Everyone by ESRB, adults and kids alike are welcome to compete. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to witness your children begging to go to the library on a Saturday!

For more information, call 512-974-7400 or visit library.austintexas.gov. See dates and locations below!

The REALTORS® at Regent Property Group support family-friendly events and the Austin Public Library. They also help home buyers stay on top of the latest in

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Prop 1 Vote Clears Way for UT Austin Medical School

Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 4:52pm. 2,245 Views

UT medical schoolAustin voters in the Central Health district approved Proposition 1, which will raise revenue allowing the University of Texas at Austin to establish a medical school, a site for a new teaching hospital, and other projects aimed at expanding services to indigent patients.

Proponents of the measure heralded a need for additional health care services and resources in the Austin area. Opponents cited an unnecessary increase in already relatively high property taxes and pointed to other medical institutions created without property tax dollars.

  • Austin homeowners: Approval means the countywide health care tax will rise 63 percent, from 7.89 cents to 12.9 cents per $100 of assessed value, boosting average property tax bills by $107.40 to $276.79 in 2014.

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Does Buffett Buy Mean Good News for Real Estate Investing?

Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 2:29pm. 2,658 Views

austin real estate investingWarren Buffett's company Berkshire Hathaway is acquiring Prudential's real estate agent network from Brookfield Asset Management and launching a new brokerage brand for those agents. Berkshire and Brookfield will start Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and begin switching agents to the new firm in 2013.

According to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Warren Buffett's purchase of Prudential shows he believes real estate is on the road to recovery. Real Estate Center Chief Economist and Director of Research Dr. Mark Dotzour says in his latest blog entry, “When Wall Street-caliber investors start to move into residential brokerage, it is a clear sign that a recovery in the business is in the making.”

He said, “Warren Buffett knows what he is

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