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December 2012

There are 18 blog entries for December 2012.

Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics December 2012

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 1:55pm. 1,648 Views

Austin christmas downtownThe Austin housing market is finishing remarkably strong for 2012! Low inventory mixed with momentum for Austin’s desirability is driving up prices and demand for existing homes for sale and lease. As a result, year-to-date we have seen a 16.84% increase in homes sold, along with a 5.44% increase in sold prices and a 25.71% decrease in days on the market. November 2012 was strong with a 15.66% increase in homes sold and a 10.09% increase in median sold prices compared to November 2011. Inventory continues to stay very low, with a 30.86% decrease compared to this time last year. Additionally, interest rates have decreased to an average of 3.34% for a 30 year conventional loan today with 0.7 fees/points down per freddiemac.com. The Austin unemployment rate

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Flying at ABIA? What to Pack, Where to Park, and Other Essential Travel Tips

Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 9:19am. 28,331 Views

Austin Bergstrom travelThe Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has enjoyed a record 32 consecutive months of passenger growth. What does this mean for 2012-2013 holiday travelers leaving or arriving in Austin, Texas? Be prepared! These helpful ABIA travel tips will help you get to your destination on time by knowing what to pack in your carry-on, what to wear, where to park or be dropped off, how to proceed quickly through security, where to eat in the terminal, and much more!

1. WHAT TO PACK

  • Remember the 3-1-1 rule: Any carry-on liquids must be in 3.4 ounce (100ml) bottles or smaller; all bottles must fit in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; and only 1 bag of bottles per traveler.
  • Larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, and breast milk are

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Austin real estate market shows biggest sales volume increase in three years

Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 9:03am. 2,326 Views

austin real estate statisticsIn October 2012, the Austin real estate market witnessed the biggest year-over-year increase in the volume of single-family home sales since November 2009, according to the Multiple Listing Service report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Homes sales in Westlake and other Austin neighborhoods are increasing steadily. According to the report, 1,960 single-family homes were sold in the Austin area in October 2012, which is 37 percent more than October 2011, and the total dollar volume of single-family properties sold was $543,466,840 or 51 percent higher than the same month last year.

“This is a significant increase in sales volume, even for the Austin market, which has seen 17 straight months of increasing sales,” explained Leonard Guerrero,

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December Events: Schedule Family-Friendly Holiday Fun with Austin Public Library!

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 10:36pm. 1,985 Views

austin public library holiday eventsLooking for kid-friendly, fun things to do this winter in Austin, Texas? Celebrate the holidays with your family at the Austin Public Library! A plethora of exciting, multi-cultural holiday events and activities are listed on the complete schedule below. All programs and events at APL are FREE and open to the public!

Winterfest

  • Saturday, December 8th from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Yarborough Branch 2200 Hancock Dr. | 512-974-8820
  • (Nearby for families with homes in Tarrytown, West Austin, and Great Hills)

Join us for a puppet show, music, entertainment, crafts, socializing, a holiday book sale and more!

Holiday Open House

  • Saturday, December 8th from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
  • Hampton Branch at Oak Hill | 5125 Convict Hill Rd. | 512-974-9900
  • (Nearby

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Austin, Help Brown Santa Provide Gifts to Children this Christmas!

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 1:25pm. 2,787 Views

brown santa needs donations austinAustinites: Brown Santa desperately needs your help! The Travis County Sheriff’s Office Brown Santa Program is hoping to help over 2,000 families this Christmas season, yet its toy bins and food shelves stand dangerously empty.

What’s the situation? This holiday season, cash donations to the organization have been at their lowest ever, while applicant families needing gifts have been at the highest. Not only this, but Brown Santa has been receiving dozens of overflow applications from Austin’s Blue Santa and Christmas Bureau Programs.

Volunteers at Brown Santa request the following items ASAP:

  • Cash donations
  • Non-perishable food items
  • New toys for ages 0-14, boys and girls
  • Puzzles, books, stuffed animals

Cash donations can be mailed to

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Hey South Austin: New Wheatsville Food Co-op to Open on South Lamar

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 11:43am. 2,530 Views

wheatsville south austinWheatsville Co-op, the only retail food cooperative operating in Texas, is set to join other Austin independents like Kerbey Lane, Amy’s Ice Cream, The Broken Spoke, Peoples RX, Mr. Natural, the Soup Peddler, and Birds Barbershop, to name a few, on South Lamar this Spring 2013.

Wheatsville Co-op recently announced the grand opening of a second store located just north of the intersection of Ben White and South Lamar, only minutes away for employees and customers commuting from homes in Southwest Austin.

“South Austinites have long wanted us to open a second store down here, and we’re delighted to bring the friendliest store to 78704,” says Dan Gillotte, Wheatsville’s General Manager. “Now our friends in the South can enjoy our local, organic and

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Save Money and a Life: Bring an Austin Shelter Pet Home For the Holidays!

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 11:02am. 1,969 Views

adopt pets in austinOn December 6th, the Austin Humane Society and the Austin Animal Center emBARKed on their “Home for the Holidays” winter adoption program. From now until January 7th, the program provides a PURRRfect opportunity for families to welcome a new pet while reducing animal homelessness.

“All of the shelters and rescue organizations in our area are full right now,” says Abigail Smith, Chief Animal Services Officer at the Austin Animal Center. “We have far too many wonderful pets that are homeless in our community, and we want to help them find forever families.”

Adoption fees are only $20 at both shelters, and fees are waived for all senior animals (5+ years). In addition, cats and kittens are 2-for-1! Potential adopters will go through the standard adoption

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December Gardening Tips from Southwest Austin’s Natural Gardener

Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 10:11am. 1,595 Views

austin winter gardenWhen real winter weather (finally!) breezes into Austin, Texas, how do good gardeners protect their plants from the frost? Don’t let freezing temperatures ruin tender plants and flowers. Enjoy these useful gardening tips for December, compliments of Southwest Austin’s home for gardening, the Natural Gardener…

Gardening To Do List for December

- To protect tender plants during freezes, use sheets, blankets, or specially-designed row cover. Construct a cold frame or a "hoop house." Mulch, mulch, mulch! Also, water well before a freeze (except for prickly pear cactus). Allow hardy perennials to freeze back, and do not prune them until early spring, if you can stand it. The dead structure of the plant helps to insulate and protect the living core of the

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Hula Hut and Mozart’s Host Christmas Lights Photo Contest!

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 4:18pm. 4,304 Views

mozarrt's austin christmas lightsGet your cameras ready, Austin photographers! Mozart’s Coffee Roasters and Hula Hut are hosting an “All About Texas Christmas Lights” Photo Contest. Submit your most memorable Christmas lights photo by December 18, 2012 for a chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes!

“Hula Hut and Mozart’s are favorite places for Austinites year-round, and their seasonal Christmas lights are a fun treat,” said Austin Home Search Expert Brian Talley. “I think it’s great they are promoting this contest. This theme reminds me of Christmastime in childhood: when everything seems possible, Santa Claus is real, and the world is perfect – all because of the magical twinkle of those colored lights.”

The Christmas lights photo contest is open to amateurs, professionals,

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SOLD! in Ridge at Lantana! 5704 Keli Ct - $425k

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 1:51pm. 1,137 Views

ridge at lantana homesSOLD!

Regent Property Group announces a home listing in popular Ridge at Lantana in Southwest Austin!

5704 Keli Ct, listed at $425k

MLS # 4612934

Take the Virtual Tour!

This beautifully maintained four bedroom, four bath, 2-car garage home is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. On almost a quarter acre in picturesque yet close in Ridge at Lantana, this home offers a spacious floor plan with rich hardwood floors flowing through much of the downstairs, including the home office, dining room, and living room. The master bedroom is located desirably on the first level, with all secondary bedrooms upstairs, along with an ample play or living area.

The large kitchen, overlooking an open living room, is the heart of the home

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