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April 2013

There are 15 blog entries for April 2013.

Austin, Texas Luxury Homes Report April 2013

Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 1:11pm. 2,504 Views

Austin luxury home realtorsThere are no mixed signals in the Austin luxury home market! Sales are up, prices are up, and all indications signify this upscale segment of Austin real estate is in store for a banner year, especially in popular areas such as shoreline Lake Austin properties and finely detailed estates in Westlake. 

Just between February and March, the luxury homes market saw a big increase in all segments. Thirty seven homes sold in March, compared to 20 in February – almost double. The high sold price was about $1 million more, and the square foot price for that property was a whopping $755, over $200 more than the high square foot price last month. Month to month, average sold price is up about $150k, and median sold price is up about $155k.

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Oak Wilt: How to Protect Austin Trees

Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 7:20am. 2,267 Views

oak wilt AustinThe fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum is responsible for Oak wilt, a devastating tree disease affecting live oaks and red oaks throughout Central Texas. Spread tree-to-tree by spore-carrying beetles above the ground, and through interconnected root systems beneath the ground, this contagious fungus is highly destructive and expensive to combat.

Left untreated, most live oaks defoliate and die over a 1- to 6-month period following initial appearance of Oak wilt symptoms. Red oaks do not survive Oak wilt, and usually die within 4 weeks. Are trees in the Village at Western Oaks more susceptible than those in Great Hills? Tree death is greatest in dense areas of susceptible trees, and risk is highest during spore-friendly times of high humidity, such as

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Austin Museums

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 3:58pm. 2,274 Views

Austin museums for kidsTexas has a rich history and is an integral part of the cultural history of the United States, and museums within the city feature exhibits and libraries that showcase that history. From the private papers of famous poets and presidents to Texas’ role in the space program, visitors can learn a lot from a visit to one of numerous museums located in the capital city.

Harry Ransom Center

Located on The University of Texas campus on Guadalupe Street, close to the Tarrytown neighborhood, The Harry Ransom Center serves as a museum, library, and archive. The center specializes in literary and cultural artifacts that further the study of humanities and the arts, housing over 36 million manuscripts, a million rare books, five million photographs, and more than

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Austin Art Museums

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 3:49pm. 2,300 Views

Austin art museums Laguna GloriaAustin may have a reputation as a music and technology hub, but it is also the cultural center of Texas, with an array of art museums and art programs open to the public. Fans of the arts also have the opportunity to host special events, such as cocktail parties and private weddings, at some museums, drawing upon their current exhibitions to enhance the ambience.

Austin Museum of Art

The Austin Museum of Art, located in downtown Austin, features innovative exhibitions, educational opportunities, and interpretive programs for audiences from all backgrounds to enjoy. First established in 1961 as the Laguna Gloria Art Museum at the estate of Clara Driscoll, the museum took up residence downtown in 1996. The museum features four to six major exhibitions a

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Market Update: Austin Homes Spend 26% Less Time on the Market in March, Sales up 16%

Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 4:44pm. 2,574 Views

Austin Texas real estate prices 2013Searching for an Austin home for sale? The volume of home sales this year is significantly outdistancing 2012, while time on the Austin market has decreased by an eye-popping 26%. According to the most recent Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, the median price for Austin-area homes increased to $220,000: a ten percent jump from the same month in 2012. Additionally, the market showed 2.6 months of inventory in March 2013: 1.8 months less than March 2012!

Austin-area homes, from Tarrytown to Barton Creek West, featured two percent fewer listings, 28 percent fewer active listings, and 18 percent more pending sales in March 2013 compared to last year. On average, homes spent 64 days on the market — a decrease of

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Eco-News: Downtown Austin's First GREEN Dental Practice

Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 7:31pm. 2,285 Views

austin green dentistMaking itself at home just south of downtown Austin’s Whole Foods Market, a small, locally-owned business offers a brand new avenue for going green that is leaving environmentalists with a beautiful smile.

The first eco-friendly dental practice ever to become gold-certified, SoLa Dental of Austin has achieved the Eco-Dentistry Association’s highest standards in waste reduction, energy and water conservation, and pollution prevention.

Established by dentist Tom Gent, this local business offers personalized dental care and modern, mercury-free dentistry. “We are a certified GreenDoc practice and have made every effort to ensure our office was built and operates with a minimal footprint,” explains Gent. “We are also one of the select few practices in

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Selling Your Austin Home – Eight Lawn Care Tips

Saturday, April 13th, 2013 at 7:18pm. 1,789 Views

austin lawn water saving According to the National Association of Realtors, “Curb appeal sells 49 percent of all homes” and can improve a home's value. Whether an Austin home is located in Shady Hollow or Rob Roy, one of the factors that can make or break a potential buyer’s first impression is the front yard, which is why lawn improvement tops the lists of home improvement investment projects that get the biggest “bang for your buck.” Here are eight great tips to increase a lawn’s curb appeal:

1. Mowing 101

Nothing says “neglected house” like an overgrown lawn. Most lawns are ready to be mowed when the grass reaches a height of 3 inches, although newly seeded areas or recently overseeded existing lawns should be mowed closer to 2 inches until the new grass is established.

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Austin Homes with Guest Houses for Sale

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 at 12:48pm. 23,493 Views

austin homes with guest housesGuest homes and separate guest quarters provide homeowners a range of options and the flexibility to maximize their homesteads for their particular needs. While many homes offer a guest room, it is less common to have this room or these quarters separate from the main house. Thankfully, the Austin area does offer a selection of homes and estates with guest quarters, and often these are within the luxury home segment. We've included the available homes below.

  • Why Consider a Guest House or Separate Guest Accommodations?

Parents or In-laws: Whether your parents or in-laws are transitioning to living with you permanently or whether they simply like to stay for extended visits, guest quarters provide them privacy and a sense of independence, while

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics April 2013

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 6:00pm. 2,865 Views

austin homes for sale 2013Are you searching for a home for sale in Austin? You’re not alone! The housing market is as active as it has been in years, and this flurry of activity has resulted in a dramatically lower amount of homes on the market.

“There is no more leisurely pace to finding a home in Austin,” said Regent Property Group Broker Brian Talley. “When buyers find the right home for their needs, they have to make an offer - that day.”

As of April 9, 2013, 1,504 homes were for sale in Austin, whereas there were 2,457 homes for sale exactly one year ago. That’s only about 61% of the inventory last year’s buyers had available!

Guess what this means for homebuyers?

Higher Prices in Austin

Looking at March 2013 to March 2012 comparisons, the average sold price is

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Austin Food & Wine Festivals

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 11:32am. 2,333 Views

Austin food wine festivalPeople can be united by food, and the attendance and scope of Texas food festivals makes that fact evident. Austin’s hill country has numerous vineyards creating world class wines, and Austin’s restaurants have chefs creating food-making headlines and dominating national television. Austin itself is full of people hungry for live music, good food, and a quality glass of wine, making the city a prime spot for a collection of food and wine festivals.

Austin Wine & Music Festival

Since debuting in 2007, the annual Austin Wine and Music Festival features more than 25 Texas wineries and local breweries, drawing a crowd of almost 7,000 attendees. Previously hosted at The Domain in northwest Austin, the event has recently shifted to a smaller, intimate

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