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January 2014

There are 6 blog entries for January 2014.

Touring Austin? Get Quackin’ with Austin Duck Adventures!

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 1:45pm. 1,919 Views

Austin city tours For over 15 years, Austin Duck Adventures has offered visitors and Austinites of all ages a fun, part-land, part-water, narrated tour of Austin history, music, and culture. Its famous duck-decorated Hydra-Terra buses pick tourists up downtown at the Austin Visitor Center, bejewel them with functional duck-call necklaces, and parade them on varying routes that include sites such as the Capitol Building, Tom Mueller Dam, and The Driskill Hotel.

Halfway through the tour, Duck Adventures drives past the homes of historic Tarrytown and down the ramp at Walsh Boat Landing, splashing into Lake Austin. For about 15 minutes, the bus tour becomes a boat tour!

Paul Mahler first conceived the idea after experiencing a duck tour in Boston. “It was such a fun way

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Making a New Home in Austin? You’re Not Alone.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 9:42am. 1,507 Views

austin condos homes for saleA word of advice to college grads, tech mavens, artists, entrepreneurs, and nature-lovers alike: snag your spot in Texas’ hippest city while you can. According  to the Austin Board of REALTORS®, 27,298 Austin-area single-family homes sold in Austin in 2013, which is 19 percent more than 2012, and Austin has reached historic lows with only two months of home inventory. In addition, “The apartment rental market surged with record rents and occupancies,” according to Shonda Novac from the Austin American-Statesman. New construction homes? They’re coming, but it may be a while, and they will trend toward the suburbs rather than city-central.

Needless to say, people want to live in Austin. Why? For starters, Austin offers career growth: new businesses

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ATX Business: Whole Foods Domain Enjoys Record-Breaking Grand Opening

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 5:35pm. 4,872 Views

whole foods domainWhole Foods Market officially has made itself at home in north Austin, with a choice location at the helm of the popular Domain shopping center. The new Whole Foods opened on January 15th, and by the end of opening night, store leaders were announcing “a record-breaking” day to several hundred cheering customers and team members via the store’s intercom.

“We are thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant community and are committed to offering a dynamic shopping and entertainment experience!” said Team Leader Lindsay Mucha. “Our team is dedicated to providing extraordinary customer service and we look forward to getting to know our new neighbors.”

The day’s festivities began at 7:30 a.m. with a bread-breaking ceremony and remarks by Mucha and the

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ATX: Jeff Foxworthy’s RedFest Hits Circuit of the Americas May 2014

Monday, January 20th, 2014 at 2:51pm. 2,578 Views

Redfest AustinAustin's Circuit of The Americas will host comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s RedFest 2014 this May: a three-day festival revolving around “redneck”-themed comedy, reality TV stars, and outdoor activities from archery to tractor rides. “To make RedFest really rock, we had to find the coolest place in America to serve as our host city, and right now Austin is the place to be," said Foxworthy. Fondly called a Blue Collar Comedian, he will perform throughout the festival, in addition to reality TV superstar Larry the Cable Guy and Rodney Carrington. Duck Dynasty’s Phil and Alan also will grace the stage with a Sunday sermon.

“I know what y’all are thinking; that I’m calling this party RedFest because of the tie in with all the redneck jokes I have made over the

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics January 2014

Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 4:08pm. 1,463 Views

greenshores austin homes lake We knew this was coming, didn’t we? Austin just broke its record of number of homes sold in a year, with 2013 closing out at 27,298 homes sold. (Too bad the cedar count is trending almost as high!) The number of homes sold eclipses the pre-recession previous record of 26,958 sales, set in 2006. We think it’s safe to say Austin real estate has not only recovered, it has rebounded, thanks to a strong economy and a brilliant quality of life.

Are you one of those frenzied buyers in the market for a home? You know, the ones who rush to new listings the morning they appear in the MLS? Actual numbers back that level of competition up, as the Austin Board of Realtors® revealed available houses also are at a historic low, down to only two months of inventory.

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Austin Wins Cities of Service Award

Monday, January 13th, 2014 at 3:18pm. 1,835 Views

Austin homes Lake downtownAustin will receive its share of $1 million from Cities of Service for its volunteer-based programs to spruce up parts of town and enhance environmental protection. The funds will aid volunteers with four goals:

  • remove harmful invasive plants from 300 acres of public land
  • revitalize 40 city blocks by removing 800 pounds of litter
  • create community gardens
  • clear vacant lots

The Watershed Protection Department, the Mayor’s Office, City of Austin departments focused on land management, and local non-profits will work together and benefit from the award, which Austin won along with 22 other U.S. cities, for its historic ability to leverage volunteers.

“These grant funds will support the creation of volunteer guidelines and tracking protocols,

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