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July 2016

There are 3 blog entries for July 2016.

How Good are the Schools? SAT Scores in the Austin Area

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 at 2:25pm. 780 Views

Westlake high school SATHow good are the schools? This is one of the most important questions homebuyers can face when choosing a neighborhood to call home. As it turns out, there are a variety of central Texas schools and districts that show solid SAT scores, a good indicator of the school’s overall academic level.

The Austin Business Journal reported average SAT scores at public high schools based on the Texas Education Agency's Texas Academic Performance Reports and found that Austin Independent School District, Round Rock Independent School District, Eanes Independent School District, Leander Independent School District, and Lake Travis Independent School District all have schools in the top ten.

Here are the top 15 schools for SAT scores in the Austin area:   

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Austin Housing Market on Pace for Record-Breaking Year

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 at 2:27pm. 872 Views

home interior austinThe Austin home real estate market remains scorching hot and is on pace to surpass the record-breaking numbers of 2015, according to the Austin Board of REALTORS® June 2016 and Mid-Year 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report.

“The Austin-Round Rock housing market is on track to outpace 2015 market levels, which was a record-breaking year for home sales,” said ABOR President Aaron Farmer. “Despite the ongoing housing shortage and affordability challenges impacting our region, population growth and housing demand continue to drive home sales upward.”

For the month of June 2016, home sales in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area increased 8.5 percent compared to June 2015, to 3,219 sales. Median price increased 8.2 percent to $295,500.

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Condominium Sales Up in Texas, as Lifestyle and Expense Come into Play

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 1:06pm. 934 Views

Austin condosCondominium sales in Texas’ major metro areas increased during the first half of 2016, seeing demand over townhomes and single-family homes among young professionals and retirees, according to the Texas Association of REALTORS® Texas Condominium Mid-Year Sales Report.

The metros of Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio experienced increases in condo sales between January 2016 and May 2016 when compared to the same six-month period last year. Townhomes saw a slight decrease.

“Many young urban professionals and newly retired baby boomers are buying condos, as they provide an affordable alternative to single-family homes and townhomes,” said TAR Chairman Leslie Rouda Smith. “These Millennials and retirees don’t want the upkeep of a traditional,

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