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October 2013

There are 7 blog entries for October 2013.

Austin History Center Celebrates Its 80th Birthday

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 at 2:47pm. 1,537 Views

Austin History CenterOne of Austin’s most beloved landmarks, the Austin History Center, turned 80 years old this year. To this day, it upholds its octogenarian mission to procure, preserve, and provide the historical records that make up Austin's unique story.

Designed by Hugo Kuehne to serve as the first library in Austin, AHC began construction in 1932, and the building remained Austin’s main library until the 1979 opening of the John Henry Faulk Central Library. One of its treasures is the Mayors' Room, which displays pictures of Austin mayors from 1839 to the present.

In 1983, public and private partnerships enabled renovations, and the building was deemed the Austin History Center. The Center serves to collect and preserve information about local governments,

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2013 Realty Round Up: Keynote Speakers Included Head of Google Fiber and Racing Pro Derek Daly

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 at 5:11pm. 2,164 Views

Google Fiber coming to Austin TexasThe Austin Board of REALTORS® 2013 Realty Round Up brought 150 exhibiting companies and 2,000 real estate professionals to Central Texas' largest real estate trade show. At this year's sold-out event, the head of Google Fiber Austin presented a highly-anticipated update on the implementation of “Fiberhoods” for Austin-area homes from Lost Creek to Shady Hollow.

While tight-lipped on the specific details of the Google Fiberhoods implementation, Mark Strama, a former member of the Texas House of Representatives who now heads up Google Fiber in Austin, confirmed the Gigabit Internet service will begin to roll out in mid-2014. Whether residents live in Northwest Austin homes or Southwest Austin, Strama instructed residents who want the service to drive

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Pumpkin Patches around Austin, Texas

Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 5:07pm. 2,007 Views

pumpkin picking Austin It’s not lovely colors and falling leaves that tell Austinites Halloween is on its way—our seasons change closer to Thanksgiving. Rather, it’s when Austin goes from double-digit temperatures to highs in the 80s, cool evening breezes, and crisp mornings that we know long-awaited October has arrived. This year, October brought record rain to boot! With Halloween around the corner, something other than cats and dogs is raining down around ATX: pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!

For many Austinites and their loved ones, visiting a pumpkin patch is an annual October tradition. Children and adults make silly memories as they search together for the perfect gourd, whether for the front porch or for homemade pumpkin pie.

Every Austin-area pumpkin patch is

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National Association of Realtors® Warns Congress: Default Could Severely Impact Housing

Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 3:30pm. 13,402 Views

Austin housing market, economyNational Association of Realtors® President Gary Thomas testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, cautioning that defaulting on federal debt could be disastrous for the U.S. economy and catastrophic for the housing recovery.

“A default would be devastating for homeowners whose largest asset would lose value and equity, for home buyers who would see dramatic increases in interest rates and tighter credit standards, and for entire communities that are still grappling from the impact of the financial meltdown,” voiced Thomas.

Just a 1% increase in mortgage rates, he warned, could price many middle-class Americans out of the housing market and lead to 450,000 fewer home sales. Take, for example, a buyer considering a

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics October 2013

Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 6:19pm. 1,312 Views

west austin homesAustin real estate has reached a new benchmark: over 1,000 more homes have sold this year than at the same point last year! Have you checked the listings in your neighborhood recently? Chances are, many of the homes are under contract, since they are averaging only about a month on the market this year. And, we bet you’ll see some surprisingly higher prices: Austin’s average sold price is around $375k, and the median sold price is up to $289k.

Much of this is due to the ever-increasing population in Austin, of course (Why, you ask?) but we’re also seeing many longtime homeowners take advantage of the tighter market to cash in on accumulated equity. Whether upgrading to a luxury home, downsizing to pay off debt, or simply moving to a neighborhood that

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ATX October 19th: 1st Annual Dia de Los Muertos Festival & Parade, Benefitting Easter Seals

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 1:48pm. 1,701 Views

austin dia de los muertosOn Saturday October 19, 2013, Easter Seals Central Texas will present its first annual Dia de los Muertos Festival from noon until 11 p.m. at Fiesta Gardens in beautiful downtown Austin, Texas. The festival, which will blend Austin’s vibrant live music landscape with dynamic Dia de los Muertos traditions, will feature a full-day cultural experience with performances, art, a costume contest, plus food and drinks.

Families can participate in the Los Muertos costume parade, enjoy face painting in traditional styles for all ages, view beautiful commemorative altars by local artists, and purchase memorabilia celebrating the spirit of the holiday. Children will enjoy the “Ni Zone”, offering safe entertainment and activities for kids of all ages and

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Austin Amateur and Professional Sports

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 at 1:18pm. 1,805 Views

Round Rock ExpressAustin may not host a professional sports team, but it provides plenty of chances to watch and play sports. The University of Texas houses Olympic athletes and championship teams, while local clubs allow Austinites of all ages and walks of life to experience team dynamics.

Amateur Sports

University of Texas

Dallas may have the Cowboys, but Austin has the Longhorns, and they play every sport from tennis to football, and spectators line the stands at every event. In the Big 12 Conference, University of Texas athletes have claimed more titles in men’s and women’s sports than any other school since the league began operating in 1996. The Longhorn football team has won four national championships and ranks second in NCAA all-time victories, and the

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