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December 2014

There are 4 blog entries for December 2014.

Regent Founder Brian Talley Named Platinum Top 50 Finalist

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 at 12:09pm. 1,098 Views

Brian Talley Regent Property GroupRegent Property Group Broker Brian Talley has earned a spot among Austin real estate elite yet again, this time as a finalist in the 2015 Platinum Top 50 awards. The Platinum Top 50 awards recognize residential REALTORS® for overall success – for outstanding achievements in sales, education, industry participation, and civic leadership.

The announcement was made at about the same time as a separate release of the Austin Business Journal Book of Lists, where Talley is listed as the 21st residential real estate agent in Austin based on sales.

“I'm honored and excited to be a Platinum Top 50 finalist this year. I couldn't do it without the loyal support from my friends, customers, family, and my wife Erika,” said Talley. “Thank you all for your loyalty

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Start Your New Year with a Texas State Park Hike

Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 1:19pm. 6,020 Views

texas state parks new year hikeGet started on your New Year’s resolution to adopt a healthier lifestyle by heading outdoors to hit the trails January 1, 2015 at one of dozens of Texas state parks hosting “First Day Hikes.” Jan. 1 marks the fourth consecutive year Texas state parks are participating in the First Day Hikes initiative, which is part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes and is coordinated by the National Association of State Park Directors. Earlier this year, New Year’s Day events attracted more than 1,500 people, covering almost 6,000 trail miles in 59 Texas state parks.

At least 67 Texas state parks have scheduled over 100 First Day events to kick off this New Year. With moderate weather in many locations and ample opportunities to hike – and paddle – state parks,

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics December 2014

Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 4:52pm. 1,355 Views

Austin real estate statistics 2014Austin Real Estate Breaks More Records

In November 2014, Austin home sales and median price reached the highest amounts ever for that month, according to a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Single-family home sales reached a November high of 1,934 homes sold, an increase of six percent over 2013, and median price reached a November high of $245,000, an increase of 11 percent over November 2013.

The total dollar volume of single-family properties sold in November was $601,903,348, an increase of 12 percent compared to November 2013.

Inventory Continues to Increase Slightly

Austin-area housing inventory rose .1 months compared to last November, to reach a 2.4 month supply. New listings were up five

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Starting January 1, 2015: No Handheld Cell Phone While Driving in Austin

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 at 2:13pm. 4,448 Views

cell phone ban austinStarting with the New Year, Austin will become a hands-free city, with the implementation of a new ordinance that disallows handheld cell phone and portable electronic usage while driving a motor vehicle or while riding a bicycle.

The Austin City Council adopted the ordinance, adding to previous restrictions that forbade texting while driving or while operating a bicycle, commonly known as the “texting-while-driving” ban.

Fines will be up to $500 for the citable offense, and the City maintains the ordinance will “increase safety by decreasing distracted driving in Austin.” While in a media release the City defined distracted driving as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving,” the ordinance

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