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Are Austin Home Prices Heading Up or Down? We now have a phrase for the past couple of years: The Pandemic Housing Boom. People began working from home in droves. Interest rates were low. The construction supply chain had not yet been severely impacted. And now we have a housing bubble in Austin. Families wanted...
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Is the Capital City Still an Affordable Option? The rugged, pioneer spirit that settled Texas and treasures individual freedom dwells richly in the human spirit. The Homestead Act of 1862 offered 160-acre plots for claimants who would live there and make improvements by cultivating the land for a variety of uses. Suburbs grew out from...
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Predicting the Future of Mortgage Rates If we had a crystal ball with a reliability factor which could be trusted, we’d happily share the future of mortgage rates in the coming year. We don’t have that kind of glass magical orb, so here’s the lowdown of possibilities. Mortgage rates waft up and down for a...
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Austin Ranked as the #1 City for Dating in the U.S. Dating in Austin is akin to the porridge in The Three Bears. One was too hot, one was too cold, and then there was the one which was just right. Austin is not too big, where you can get lost in the shuffle of...
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An Alternative to Downtown Austin: The Domain Sung by Petula Clark in her 1964 hit song “Downtown”, the words evoke the allure of going downtown. As frontier towns like Austin, TX grew into cities, their centers offered gathering spots for supplies, meals, lodging, bars, socializing and seeing others and being seen. The same rugged pioneer...
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In the old days of just a few years ago, deadlines and dollars in the construction industry could be almost set in concrete and dependable. Today, not so. With multiple challenges having developed in recent months, Austin homebuilding deadlines and dollars must be viewed as hopeful and suggestive and somewhat fluid. Supply Chain Issues with...
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The bulk of the revenue stream to operate municipalities and their schools, law enforcement, infrastructure, emergency services, staffing and more comes from real estate property taxes. The task of assessing property value (especially your home value), assigning a tax rate and collecting the money falls to the counties in Texas. Since Austin stretches into three...
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Austin has become ‘the’ place to be over the past few years, making finding reasonably priced housing in Austin, and the surrounding areas, very much in demand. Living in Austin, Texas, is living large, if simply for being in Texas, where everything is reputed to be bigger than elsewhere. The state itself is huge, the...
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This land is your land and this land is my land
 From California to the New York island 
From the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters This land was made for you and me Penned by Woody Guthrie in 1940 and recorded by him in 1944, the song is iconic folk music about the...
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When someone talks about saving a few thousand dollars, it gets some attention. When it’s millions of dollars, people take note. And when the money is measured in billions, with a B, well, that’s press-worthy. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Inc., has been motivated to relocate the corporate headquarters from California to Austin, Texas, in...
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