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September 2013

There are 10 blog entries for September 2013.

How Many Homes Does It Take ...?

Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 6:23pm. 1,610 Views

How many homes did you view before your latest purchase? It turns out the median for Texas and the United States is ten homes, with the U.S. average coming in at fifteen. Check out these stats below, as well as the median time it took to find a new home ...

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Bike & Running Trails in Austin

Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 2:38pm. 2,230 Views

Walnut Creek running trail AustinAustin abounds with biking and jogging trails, which helped its success in winning a ranking as America’s 10th fittest city by the Huffington Post last year and 7th best city for runners by Forbes.com. Trails include nature-enclosed areas and urban paths that cut through the city's downtown attractions. Below is a list of some of best hike and bike trails in the city:

Barton Creek Greenbelt

Located at 3753 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., the Barton Creek Greenbelt is Austin’s largest green space. Beginning at Zilker Park, the trail leads southwest through 7.25 miles of dense foliage.

Brushy Creek Trail

The Brushy Creek Trail is a gravel-paved trail located in the Avery Ranch area. Running parallel to Brushy Creek and offering 2.5 miles one-way, Brushy

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Bike & Running Shops in Austin

Monday, September 30th, 2013 at 2:32pm. 2,154 Views

austin bike storesAustin's trails aren't just for hikers; they are prime attractions for cyclists and joggers. Cyclists also can make liberal use of Austin's many bike lanes on streets for both commuter purposes and fitness. To get you going on any of these paths, local businesses specializing in cycling and running offer novice athletes and seasoned pros ample choices for outfitting their favorite mode of travel.

Bike Shops

Mellow Johnny’s

Located in the historic warehouse district in downtown Austin, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop offers customers a hub for cycling life. The store sells bikes for racers and commuters, and fixed gear “fixies” for fitness. It also offers services by professionals to keep your bike tuned; parts and gears for speed, function, and style;

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Texas Third in Nation for International Home Sales

Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at 5:01pm. 2,081 Views

international home buyers realtorsTexas tied Arizona for the third-largest proportion of international home sales in the United States between March 2012 and March 2013, according to the latest Texas International Homebuyers Report released by the Texas Association of REALTORS®.

The figures, based on data from the National Association of REALTORS® and the U.S. Census Bureaus, showed that of $82.5 billion in U.S. international sales volume, $6.13 billion (9%) originated from Texas.

“International home-buyers are drawn to Texas due to the robust economy, beautiful terrain, outdoor lifestyle, music, job opportunities, and the central geographic location in the U.S.,” said Regent Property Group’s Brian Talley, who has witnessed the trend firsthand and has worked with clients from around

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

Friday, September 27th, 2013 at 6:11pm. 1,707 Views

We hope you enjoy our latest luxury homes report! Regent Property Group is one of the few Austin brokerages with experience and expertise in Austin luxury homes, and we appreciate the opportunity to inform you about these trends!

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Austin Luxury Homes for Sale

As of September 26, 2013, there were 328 luxury homes listed for sale in the MLS.

Where are these homes? Right now, many of Austin’s most expensive homes for sale are in Barton Creek, Comanche Trail, Westlake, Rob Roy, Costa Bella, and Davenport Ranch.

  • High list price = $14.5 million (about $1,797 per square foot)
  • Average list price = about $2.37 million (about $410 per square foot)

Sold Homes August 2013

  • 45 homes sold
  • High sold price $3,650,000 ($669.25 per square foot)

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Austin, TX: Record Home Sales for August 2013, Market Doubles Since 2010

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 at 8:54pm. 1,665 Views

Austin listing realtorsAugust 2013 home sales broke Austin records, with the volume of sales doubling compared to 2010, according to the Austin Board of REALTORS® August housing report.

Over 3,000 single-family homes, from Lake Austin to Circle C, were sold in Austin last month. That’s a 30 percent increase over last year’s numbers, and twice the 2010 number sold. New listings increased by 16 percent, active listings decreased by 16 percent, and pending sales increased nearly ten percent over last August’s numbers.

“It’s not surprising,” said Cathy Coneway, 2013 President of the ABOR, “that the Austin-area housing market has doubled in size in only three years. As our city continues to grow at an accelerating pace, it’s vital that our community and business leaders work

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ATX Local Business Buzz: Ten Beehives atop Downtown Austin’s W Hotel?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 11:22am. 2,005 Views

W hotel Austin bee hivesTwenty years ago, a salamander that made its home in the spring-fed pools of Barton Creek was making ATX headlines. Next, Austin’s bat colonies took front and center. Now, it’s a million endangered honeybees hived in an apiary 38 stories high atop Austin’s esteemed W Hotel! What’s all the buzz about?

Millions of bee colonies around the world have fallen victim to the phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Often attributed to pesticides, industrial agriculture, and disease, CCD has received an increasing amount of media attention because honeybees are essential for 1/3 of the American diet. Bees pollinate 80% of all flowering crops, from almonds to oranges!

That’s why when the W Hotel partnered with a local non-profit, Central Texas Bee Rescue

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Austin Board of Realtors Has Eyes on a New Home: 4800 Spicewood Springs Dr.

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 4:44pm. 3,744 Views

Austin board of realtorsNine long years ago, the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR) sold its facility on Medical Parkway to finance the eventual construction of a new headquarters. Thus the ripple of excitement amongst its 9,000 Central Texas members September fourth when Chairman Cathy Coneway finally announced ABoR’s plans for a brand new 33,000-square-foot facility at 4800 Spicewood Springs Road.

The current lease is ending shortly. “It’s time to buy,” said Jay Gohil, Chair of the task force commissioned by the Board of Directors to explore options for the facility over the past year. “ABoR is in the business of advocating for property ownership, so it’s only natural that our association be a property owner, too!”

Chosen for its central Austin location, ABoR’s new home will

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics September 2013

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 2:35pm. 1,534 Views

austin home prices 2013The real estate market continues to tighten in Austin, Texas! We’ve reached a point where overall inventory is almost a whopping 20 percent less than last year, with more homes selling and selling faster – almost 33 percent faster, in fact. Anecdotal evidence points to homes going under contract within single-digit days in the most popular areas, and selling tactics encouraging potential buyers to offer over list price for the most desirable homes are becoming more common.

All this has resulted in continued upward pressure on prices. Once again, we see that magic ten percent increase mark we’ve been reporting for months now: median price is up 10.3 percent compared to last year. Have you checked the listings in your neighborhood? It might be time to see

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Austin City Limits Buzz: The Up and Downside of ACL 2013’s Double Line-Up

Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 2:02pm. 3,047 Views

ACL two weekendsRemember when Austin City Limits music festival, which makes its home in the 46 gorgeous acres of Downtown Austin’s Zilker Park, was 140 artists from across the globe performing on eight stages for three music-packed days? Live music aficionados of all ranks and ages could either make it, or they couldn’t, for one, two, or three days. With multiple world-famous acts often performing at the same time at opposite ends of ACL festival grounds, fans had to painfully select which to see.

This October, for the first time in its history, the 2013 Austin City Limits music festival will span two consecutive weekends. With double lineups of headliners, fans will have not one, but two chances to attend ACL, and two chances to see their favorites. Excited? Whoa,

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