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Natural landscaping, aka xeriscaping or green gardening, is gaining traction among homeowners, especially in the southern states. What this means is that you use native plants to landscape your yard rather than imports. Things that grow native in Texas include live oak, Texas Mountain Laurel, Texas Sage, Retama, Red Yucca, and Texas Lantana, among many other species of plant. Most of these species even have beautiful flowers! We think utilizing your areas native plant life when planning the design of your lawn is not only smart but eco-conscious as well. Your landscape design choices can have a positive impact on the environment, fostering healthy ecosystems and enhancing biodiversity. Benefits for the environment aren’t the only good thing about native

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For the first time since July 2013, Austin home sales have surpassed 3,000 sales resulting in a five percent increase year-over-year to 3,051 sales during the month of June. Last month, we saw an increase in both prices and volume and surpassed one billion homes sold for the Austin market! This was an 8 percent increase from June 2014. The total dollar volume of homes sold so far for 2015 is $4,617,178,959, a 12 percent increase year-over-year.

The increasing number of home sales, combined with total dollar volume of home sales surpassing one billion for the first time, represents the outstanding equity that Austin home owners possess in their homes. The median home price for Austin homes increased 8% year-to-year to $272,250, the average home

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Marketing is an incredibly important aspect of a real estate professional’s career. Marketing in the real estate world can be tricky, but a good rule of thumb is to keep your techniques subtle. You want to stay top of mind with potential clients by providing useful information so that they will eventually want to do business with you. Focus on reminding your sphere of influence (SOI) that you are a human, relatable, and here to help them when they are ready. While there are many ways to achieve this, there are several marketing tips every real estate agent should know.

1. Use good social media etiquette. Social media is an incredibly valuable resource for real estate professionals, and if used correctly it can be one of the most powerful tools in one's

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It's hard to go anywhere in Austin without having 360 degree views of a multitude of landscapes. Check out our list of   top five picks for Austin dining spots with breathtaking views. 

1. The OASIS on Lake Travis

Beginning in 1982 as a small renovated ranch house turned restaurant, the OASIS today has grown to be one of the largest restaurants in the world and the biggest in Texas seating 2,500 people despite having been burned down in 2005. Most of the seating here is outdoor on the four story deck over-looking the recently filled Lake Travis. This massive restaurant is unique in the fact that each room has a different theme to satisfy everyone’s tastes and also features indoor and outdoor entertainment facilities and several banquet rooms for

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These days it’s more important than ever to go green in every aspect of your life, especially your home. After all, it is where you sleep, eat and raise your children (and fur babies)! Greening your home will not only create a safe, healthy environment for your loved ones, but also help you consume less energy and even cut down on bills.

If you aren’t familiar with green solutions it can feel overwhelming to begin. To help with this we’ve pulled together some simple ways to make your home green and healthy today!

1. Check the interior plumbing for leaks. Leaky toilets, faucets, and pipes waste more water than one might think. To save water, check all interior plumbing for leaks and patch them up immediately. Pay attention to any dripping noises you

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As the first half of 2015 comes to a close, the housing market continues to improve and further perform at record setting peaks that have been absent in recent years. Compared to last June, the housing affordability for June 2015 was down 4.9% to 148 which could have been due to the ever-increasing home prices for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The median home price for the area this month was up 11.8% to $218,000 which could be why the affordability index was down. 

During June 2015, new listings increased by 5.8% to 13,682, closed sales increased 0.2% to 10,259, and pending sales decreased 4.0% to 9,285. The average number of days a home spent on the market this month was reported at 71 days which is up 55.4% from last year at this time. These

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There are two ways to invest in real estate. One way is to buy shares in a real estate investment trust. Much like purchasing stocks or buying into a fund, you purchase shares of a portfolio of properties. This requires an understanding of how the real estate fund is designed and how its managers will likely extract value from  its holdings. The other is direct ownership. This means buying a property yourself, and either owner occupying, renting, or flipping. Here, we’re going to concentrate on the latter. Directly owning real estate can be one of the most rewarding investments a person can make. It can also be one of the most disastrous for the unprepared buyer. How do you know when you’re ready to invest in real estate? Consult the signs below.

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The Dallas-Fort Worth housing market continued to remain strong during the month of May 2015. Home prices continued to increase as we began the summer home buying season. Despite the increase in prices, the overall housing affordability for this region was down 4.5% at 154. These metrics contributed to an overall decrease in new listings, pending sales, and closed sales. The median home price in the DFW area was $212,354, up 13.3% from last year’s median home price for this time of year.

During May 2015, new listings decreased 3.5% to 13,234 listings, pending sales decreased 10.6% to 9,202, and closed sales decreased 4.9% to 9,232. The average number of days for homes on the market was reported at 72 days which is up 48.5% from last year’s report.

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Following the record setting month of April for single family home sales, sales in May decreased two percent to 2767 home sales in May as stated by the recently released report by the Austin Board of Realtors. Despite the decrease in home sales, home prices continue to set record highs for the area and are continuing to increase rapidly. Because of this, home prices in Austin are priced outside of an affordable range for many of our residents with only 25 percent priced under $200,000. According to the Austin Board of Realtors report, the median home price increased nine percent to $271,000 and the average home price increased seven percent to $348,000.   During May 2015, new listings decreased three percent to 3,865 listings, active listings…
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With an average of 150 people moving to the city every day and a booming economy, Austin Business Journal reported Austin as the fastest growing large city in America. Unfortunately, with this growth come the ever-increasing costs of living in popular areas of the city, forcing many Austinites to reside in small spaces as a sacrifice for location and convenience. If you are one of those small space dwellers, here are a few tips and tricks to maximize your space to create a cozy, comfortable home.

1. Storage is Key. The number one problem with small spaces is not having anywhere to put your things, which can result in a cluttered space that may become overwhelming. Consider purchasing multi-purpose furniture that can also be used for storage,

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