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June 2013

There are 15 blog entries for June 2013.

Giving ‘em Something to Talk about … Why the Whole World is Moving to Texas

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 9:08am. 2,136 Views

Move to TexasAccording to The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University’s Tierra Grande magazine, Texas is the fastest growing state in the country by numbers and the fifth fastest growing by percentage.

Tierra Grande’s article, which discussed growth planning from a real estate perspective, stated that between 1940 and 2010, Texas averaged a 21.6 percent rate of growth per decade, compared with 13.3 percent for the country. This equated to an additional 14 million people in Texas in the four decades between 1970 and 2010, with an expectation of another 14 million people in the next two decades.

Those are pretty heady numbers. What caught our attention on top of that is how even our friends across the pond are talking about the reasons to move to Texas. BBC News

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Austin Again Dominates “On Numbers” Economic Ratings

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 at 6:10am. 1,410 Views

Austin economy best in nationAs a continued reflection of its economic prowess, Austin has topped the June 2013 On Numbers Economic Index list for the fifth month in a row. According to the Austin Business Journal, Austin’s score topped out at 86.46 points based on several important numbers: a five-year private-sector growth rate of 10.5%, an unemployment rate of 5.1%, a five-year earnings growth of 13.0%, and a one-year housing-price appreciation of 5.2%.

The report cited Austin’s addition of 64,600 private-sector jobs since 2008 as a major contributing factor, with that number almost three percent beyond the runner-up in that category: Houston with 7.8 percent.

Did You Know? According to U.S. Census numbers, Austin is now the 11th largest city in the nation!

While the report

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Austin Community Pools

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 1:31pm. 2,221 Views

natural pools Austin TexasCooling off in an Austin summer can be challenging, but, thankfully, a community pool is never far away. Low admission fees and well maintained properties make municipal pools an enticing summer getaway for Austinites in every neighborhood, and a mix of natural, spring-fed pools and traditional chlorinated pools means there's a place to swim for every person.

Deep Eddy Park

Deep Eddy Pool has a deep seat in the timeline of Austin's history, and today offers visitors a cooling swimming pool for recreation and laps, a toddler play area, an ADA accessible ramp to the nearby hike and bike trail, and a nearby dock on Town Lake for watching kayakers. The Deep Eddy Pool is manmade and holds the title of the oldest swimming pool in the state of Texas. The

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Luxury Real Estate Statistics for Austin, Texas: June 2013 Report

Monday, June 24th, 2013 at 4:33pm. 1,724 Views

high end properties in AustinAre you searching for a luxury home in Austin, Texas? You have about 350 chances to find the right one!

A quickened Austin real estate market across all price ranges has helped along the luxury property market, and many of these upscale homes are starting to show significantly more movement than in recent years past. Austin has seen over 200 of these properties sell this year alone, and recently increased prices are now showing signs of holding steady. Interest rates remain low for now -- but perhaps not much longer.

-- Does this mean it’s your time to invest in a luxury lifestyle in Austin?

Luxury Homes on the Market in Austin, Texas

As of June 24, 2013, there were 357 active Austin luxury properties – homes for sale over $1 million listed in the

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Swimming Holes near Austin, Texas

Friday, June 21st, 2013 at 4:29pm. 2,362 Views

hamilton pool austin swimming holesAustinites who wish to swim in natural waters surrounded by beautiful cypress trees and dripping ferns don't have to look far beyond the borders of Travis County. The governments of Austin and Travis County and private residents have worked to preserve several beautiful swimming grottos and shaded waterways, providing locals a refreshing reprieve from city life.

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool Preserve is an historic swimming hole and preserve in rural Travis County. A favorite summer swimming spot of Austin residents, the "pool" is located almost a mile upstream from the Pedernales River. The pool is formed by the waters of Hamilton Creek pouring out over limestone bluffs, creating a 50-foot waterfall. While the waterfall can slow to a trickle during dry

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Austin Energy Continues to Lead U.S. in Green Energy Sales

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 6:00pm. 1,601 Views

eco friendly austin homeProviding for homes listed in River Place to Westlake Hills, Austin Energy is the nation’s 8th largest community-owned electric utility, serving a population of nearly one million. And, according to 2012 rankings by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Austin Energy leads all public power utilities in the country when it comes to sales of renewable energy - and ranks 2nd with public and private utilities combined.

This is no first for Austin Energy. Since 2002, AE has led all U.S. utilities in renewable energy sales in the voluntary market and has routinely outperformed the other 850 utility-sponsored programs in the nation. In 2012, Austin Energy sold 744,443,000 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy through its

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Women.Design.Build: Empowering Austin Women

Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 12:20pm. 6,108 Views

austin women build class craftWhen Nicole Joslin and Christina Mirando put their hearts and minds together in 2009 to create an Austin community for do-it-yourself women and girls, all they had to start was a shared passion for DIY projects and power tools, plus an unquenchable desire to share it. With minimal existing opportunities for ATX women to pursue the trades of building and design in a collaborative and supportive environment, their challenge was clear.

Fast forward four years, and we find Women.Design.Build: a powerful, women-owned non-profit representing a thriving community of ATX women and girls on a mission to build friendships, skills, and confidence through design and construction activities. From West Austin home-improvement classes to workshops for young women

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Austin-Area Home Sales Hit Nine-Year High in 2013, Rising 32 Percent

Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 11:09am. 1,515 Views

austin real estate statisticsSearching for an Austin home? According to a Multiple Listing Service report released last month by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, April 2013 was the 23rd straight month of home sales volume increases — and also resulted in the most home sales in April since 2004. From Travis Country to Davenport Ranch, Austin home sales increased.

“On average, Austin-area homes are now selling in only six weeks,” said ABOR Chairman Cathy Coneway. “Buyers should think hard about the type of home, features, and amenities they’re looking for, and then be prepared to move quickly once they find a home that fits that description.”

In April 2013, 2,563 single-family homes were sold in the Austin area — 32 percent more than April 2012. On average, homes spent 50 days on the

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics June 2013

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 2:29pm. 1,412 Views

austin homes for saleHigher Prices, Lower Inventory

Austin continues to feel pressure on its real estate market, as home inventory and days on the market both have decreased 30% compared to this time last year. This has resulted in competition among home buyers, with homes in popular neighborhoods going under contract as soon as – if not before – they are listed.

This competition is helping along prices, which have been rising steadily. The median sold price for the year is $282,000 ($133.12 per square foot). The average list price stands at $827,205 ($220.83 per square foot,) and the median list price stands at $470,000 ($175 per square foot.)


Year to Year Statistics

Year to Date (January 1 to June 10, 2013) Sold Homes

  • Number of sold homes: 4,660
  • High sold

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Cool Off the Kids This Summer! 16 Austin Splash Pads, Plus Tips for Newbies

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 5:05pm. 8,915 Views

Austin splash parksWhat better way to cool off (and wear out) the kids than to visit one of Austin’s 16 splash pads?

No need to play lifeguard; just keep a lookout for the wet smiles and peals of laughter of your little cherubs, then sit back in your lawn chair, reading a magazine or cleaning the inbox on your beloved handheld device.

Below is a list of Austin’s best splash pads. But, before we set you off, here are five quick tips for a splashing good time!

Splash Pad Tips

  • What to Bring: Bring a big bag with healthy snacks, water bottles, towels, extra sunscreen, water shoes, swim diapers, plastic bags for wet swimsuits, wipes/napkins
  • Before You Get There: Save yourself from squirming, screaming kiddos hungering to play and apply everyone’s sunscreen before you

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