HomeCity Real Estate Blog

What is the Tiny House Movement? 

Some say that in this day and age humans in the western world live too extravagantly. Our culture oozes excess from our (on average) 2,600 square foot homes to the large amount of unnecessary items furnishing them. People involved in the tiny house movement aim to minimize their environmental footprint, bills, or simply want the freedom to travel more frequently. 

The typical tiny home is between 100 and 400 square feet and enables simpler living in a smaller, more efficient space. They come in all shapes and sizes: some on trailers to quickly relocate, some static, some antique, some modern, and many more. There are tiny homes built out of nothing more than spare building materials and some with luxury features

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Each year, thousands of techies gather for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) where companies unveil their latest technology at the world's largest annual consumer technology conference. The conference features over 3,500 exhibitors showing off their state of the art products to over 150,000 attendees. Gadgets range from health-focused products to wearable tech (think Fit Bit or Apple Watch), to drones, 3D printers, and virtual reality sets.

Smart home compatibility was a focal point of this year’s conference, as more than 150 exhibitors debuted their impressive home integration technology. There were larger than life smart TVs, kitchen equipment, security devices, housekeeping technology, and energy saving and monitoring devices; but here are a

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Austin is growing, and many people searching for more affordable housing are looking to the outskirts when purchasing their homes. We all know that South Austin, East Central Austin, and West Austin are hot spots when it comes to selling time, but where did we actually sell the most homes in last year? You might be surprised.

We pulled sales stats from our 60+ real estate agent’s home sales to find out where they were selling the most homes. North of Austin housed the hottest spots by far, with Cedar Park, Leander, Pflugerville and Round Rock zip codes topping the list. Some of these areas offer lower housing prices, while others are higher price points, but offer more “bang for your buck”. Highly rated school districts, proximity to shopping and

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There are only a couple more months of cold, if that, and bright sunny days are on the horizon. If you’ve been considering sprucing up your outdoor area, now is the time to start planning! In our neck of the woods, spring weather can be unpredictable, so having a warm chimenea to sit by or a grill ready to fire up are key backyard essentials. We gathered some quick ways to add some flare and freshen up your backyard patio during springtime.

1. Spruce up your patio with bright, tropical colors in the form of pillows, cushions, and accessories. Keep prints modern (think stripes and florals) to evoke a sophisticated, yet festive feel.

2. Make an umbrella statement. An umbrella is to a patio what a rug is to a living room: a key piece that unifies

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The deadly tornadoes that whipped through the DFW area in late December destroyed everything in their path. Many homes were destroyed, property was damaged, people were injured, and some lives were lost. In the wake of this tragedy, many DFW residents are showing their support by donating and volunteering to those in need.

The cities surrounding the affected areas created clearing houses for volunteers and residents. So many people in the area donated items that the town of Garland tweeted it couldn’t accept any more donations at its three school drop off locations! Volunteers passed out the donations, which included clothing, blankets, bottled water, toiletries, towels, and other items last week. Additionally, many businesses, both national and local

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There is an overwhelmingly positive forecast for the Dallas/Fort Worth real estate market in 2016, supported by an impressive job market, which seems only to be getting better. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the DFW area sits at around 4%, which is down from a recession high of 8.7% in 2009. This is also more than a full percentage lower than the current national unemployment rate.

The area's healthy job market and stable economy make it one of the top real estate markets to watch in 2016. “The DFW market has been a great destination for relocation over the last few years,” says Sterling Mack, a top-producing agent at HomeCity Real Estate. “Texas has done an excellent job of attracting businesses due to

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Austin continues to appear in articles naming the top real estate markets in the US. From earning third on Fortune’s list of best places to move, and being named among Forbes Best Buy Cities to Urbanland calling Austin and DFW the Top Cities for 2016, Austin is a hot ticket in the real estate world. What makes Austin’s market so appealing is its ever-growing job market, its hip, fresh culture, and the fact that compared to many top cities in the US, our real estate market is still relatively affordable. 

“Austin has an amazingly diverse culture, and it’s like living on an island in the center of Texas,” says Vanessa Nunez, top-producing Realtor at HomeCity Real Estate. “The dichotomy of its personality allows for its creative yet entrepreneurial

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It’s that time of year again! Time for new homeowners to file for their homestead exemption! If you bought a home in Texas in 2015, you have until April 30th to file for a residential homestead exemption. A homestead exemption refers to exemptions from property tax that homeowners can claim. Homestead exemptions remove part of your home’s value from taxation, so they lower your taxes. For example, if your home is appraised at $35,000, and you qualify for a $15,000 exemption, you will pay taxes on the home as if it was worth only $20,000.

As a homeowner, you may apply for a homestead exemption on your principal residence ONLY. This means the home's owner must live at the home as of January 1st of the tax year, and be an individual (not a corporation or

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It’s that time of year again! Time for new homeowners to file for their homestead exemption! If you bought a home in Texas in 2015, you have until April 30th to file for a residential homestead exemption. A homestead exemption refers to exemptions from property tax that homeowners can claim. Homestead exemptions remove part of your home’s value from taxation, so they lower your taxes. For example, if your home is appraised at $35,000, and you qualify for a $15,000 exemption, you will pay taxes on the home as if it was worth only $20,000.

As a homeowner, you may apply for a homestead exemption on your principal residence ONLY. This means the home's owner must live at the home as of January 1st of the tax year, and be an individual (not a corporation or

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From all the hottest parties in downtown Austin to Gatsby and Casino themed celebrations in North Austin - our guide to ringing in 2016 Austin style, has you covered!

Light Up The Night + Stop The Clock at The W Hotel

Of the many events happening at the W hotel on NYE, the second floor of the hotel will host the Light up the Night party, complete with open bar and midnight breakfast food for $150. Or check out the all night dance party at Studio 512. Read up on all the W parties happening on New Year’s Eve HERE. 

 

New Year’s Eve Arial Spectacular at The Austin Music Hall

Celebrate 2016 at Austin’s hottest and sexiest New Year’s Eve show and party! This unforgettable night will include a dizzying eighteen act Aerial Spectacular, ten

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