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November 2013

There are 7 blog entries for November 2013.

Stumped for Stocking Stuffers? Consider Austin Steam Train Gift Certificates!

Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 2:48pm. 2,718 Views

Austin steam train ridesIf you were hoping to take your family on the famous Austin Steam Train this weekend, you’re out of luck — tickets for the North Pole Flyer are long sold out. Good news? There are still a few tickets left for Nambe Winter Express, where Santa and Mrs. Claus read stories, sing carols, and give gifts to children, and tickets for 2014 rides also are available online. Hint: gift certificates never sell out!

“Our terrific volunteers work hard to make sure that the train ride is a memorable experience,” said Holly Doggett, who directs the Austin Steam Train Association 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization near Avery Ranch. “We do have something to offer passengers of all ages, so step on board and step back in time,” she enticed.

Austin Steam Train

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Buy a Christmas Tree and Help Area Youth: Austin Optimist Club Tree Lot Turns 60!

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 3:06pm. 2,991 Views

Austin Christmas trees When Austinites visit the Christmas tree lot at the corner of San Gabriel and North Lamar near the UT Campus, they invest in more than just a holiday tree. This tree lot is run by the Austin Optimist Club – a civic organization dedicated to serving the youth of the greater Austin area.

For almost 60 years, every nickel of the Optimist Club's tree sales proceeds have gone to Austin-area youth charities. (Scroll down to see a list of the youth organizations supported by the Austin Optimist Club, from Dell Children’s Medical Center to Blue Santa.)

The lot sells several types of trees: Noble Firs, Fraser Firs, Grand Firs, Natural Douglas Firs, and Scotch Pines. They come as small as two feet and as tall as ten feet. This year, the lot also will be selling

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Austin-area Home Sales and Prices See Nine Percent October Increases

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 2:14pm. 2,044 Views

austin real estate prices 2013All across Austin, homebuyers spent more this October than they would have spent last October purchasing homes. According to the Multiple Listing Service report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, home sales and prices each rose nine percent in October 2013.

According to the report, the median price for Austin-area homes, from Lakeway to Falcon Pointe, was $217,000, nine percent more than the previous October. Interestingly, home sales also were up nine percent from the same month last year, with 2,145 single-family homes sold.

Given the last year of steady sales volume and home price increases, many have begun to wonder if Austin is in a housing bubble,” said Cathy Coneway, President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®. “This is not the case.

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Prime Camping Season Begins at Texas State Parks

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 1:42pm. 1,868 Views

Texas parks campingIf the sound of a tent popping open or a crackling campfire on a crisp evening is music to your ears, ‘tis the season to head to a Texas park! November ushers in the prime camping season, which means it’s time to leave your cozy Southwest Austin home, pack up the loved ones, park somewhere other than in front of the TV, and enjoy making s’mores and memories while watching shooting stars dance across the sky.

Texas State Parks offer a variety of ways to camp overnight, from comfortable cabins and screened shelters to plain campsites for pitching a tent. Reservations fill up quickly during this popular season so don’t wait. Campers can book Texas State Park reservations by calling the Customer Service Center in Austin at (512) 389-8900, or by using the

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics November 2013

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 7:56pm. 24,436 Views

west austin homes falconheadWhat if you could put your home on the market and have it under contract in less than two weeks? That’s what’s happening every day in the sizzling Austin real estate market! Looking at the ten thousand plus homes that have sold so far this year, half of these houses were under contract within 11 days of the list date. This bears repeating: the median “days on the market” for Austin homes is only 11 days!

Gone, gone are the days of testing the waters and seeing what bites. Today it’s more a matter of how many offers, and at how much? From a sellers’ perspective, the tight market also is great because shorter listing periods mean showings occur over a narrower window of time – which, anyone who has been through the process knows, is much more convenient.

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Ballet Austin: Five Decades of Artistic Excellence in Dance and Education

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 5:32pm. 2,211 Views

Austin Nutcracker ballet At 501 West Third Street, Ballet Austin—an organization as dynamic and unique as the city itself—makes its urban, bustling home. Proclaimed by The New York Times as "a company with big ambitions," Ballet Austin will open its favored Nutcracker production December 7, running through December 23. Fans from homes in Lake Travis to homes in Travis Country will don their formalwear and head downtown to witness the characters and moments they love enhanced by spectacular new sets and costumes at the 51st annual production.

This year’s celebrity “Mother Ginger” Nutcracker performers include Texas Monthly Editor Jake Silverstein; Gilbert Tuhabonye, a distance runner, author, and motivational speaker; and Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach for the Texas

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Austin, Texas Realtors: Are You Ready for 2014 … and Beyond?

Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 11:03am. 1,723 Views

“If you are a real estate professional in Texas, I would suggest that you not take a vacation at all in 2014,” said Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University Chief Economist Dr. Mark Dotzour.

Austin realtors 2014

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