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Austin is known for its plethora of activities, but you may not realize how many festivals occur in our city. There are so many, in fact, that you could attend a festival every week for the entire year! To help you navigate the madness, we’ve made a definitive list of every Austin festival ranging from music, to art, to cultural, to foodie. There are so many options, and a music festival for just about everyone! 

                                          

1. Carnaval Brasileiro (February) – Austin’s one night Carnival celebration is one of the biggest Brazilian carnival celebrations outside of Brazil! Participants don their best carnival garb (feathers, sequins, corsets, showgirl attire) and dance the night away to samba, drum beats, and other

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We are mid-way through the third quarter of 2014 and school is almost back in session. In the real estate market, low supply and tight credit standards are hurting the markets recovery, and prices continue to rise in many areas of the DFW area. Affordability remains high, though, thanks to continuously lower interest rates. 

The North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS) recently released their latest housing market statistics which show DFW selling 9,286 single family homes this July. This is 7.3% less than July 2013. DFW-area monthly housing inventory dropped to 3.6 months supply in July 2014, a decrease of 13% from the year prior. We are sill well below six months of inventory, which is considered a balanced market.  

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We are mid-way through the third quarter of 2014 and school is almost back in session. Our real estate market is still strong, but for the first time this year we sold less homes than the same month last year. Keep in mind, though, that July 2013 had the highest sales volume in the history of Austin… some tough numbers to compete with!  

The Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR) recently released their latest housing market statistics which show Austin selling 2,944 single-family homes this July. This is 3% less than July 2013. Austin-area monthly housing inventory rose to three months in July 2014, an increase of 0.2 months from the year prior and the first annual increase in inventory levels since May 2011! However, we are sill well below six months of

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Upcoming Dallas/Fort Worth Events

Design District Market

The Design District Market features local artists, jewelry designers, photographers, vintage shops, and more! Taking place on Saturday, August 23rd, this free indoor/outdoor market showcases some of the best shops around the DFW area. Local food trucks will also be on sight to purchase eclectic food and drinks. Local musicians provide chill summer tunes throughout the day. Guests can also cool off from the Texas summer heat in the Progressive Waste Solutions customized “Dumpster Pool.”

This event is held indoor and outdoors, so you can choose to enjoy the weather or escape the heat! Come out and support the Design District’s community of local businesses, artists, and artisans! For more

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Upcoming events in Austin, TX!

 

Dane's Body Shop presents F'nGive Benefit for Explore Austin

Dane's Body Shop is hosting donation based bootcamp that benefits the youth leadership, mentoring and adventure non-profit Explore Austin at Barton Springs park on Saturday, August 16th. The Fusion 'n Go (F'nGo) is an outdoor workout program that caters to South Austin, and the F'nGive is a free workout session taking place on the south lawn of Barton Springs. Donations of $10 and up will grant you access to the class, as well as admission into Barton Springs. Choose a workout at 8:15 am or 9:10 am — or both if you're up for a challenge. Bring the family out for some active fun in the sun! For more details, visit their website.

 

2014 Classic

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It’s July in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and our weather matches our real estate market… HOT! July marks the middle of the year for 2014, and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems (NTREIS) has released their market statistics. Let’s take a look at what’s taken place over the first six months of this year:

DFW-area home sales decreased 2.3% year over year to 45,848 homes sold. Statistics show activity is picking up in the upper price tiers, while the lower price tiers are slower. This is probably due to the lack of access to mortgage capital in the lower price ranges. The average number of days homes spent on the market was 55, which is 11.1 days fewer than the first half of 2013. The median price for single-family homes rose 6.8% year

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It’s July in Austin and our weather matches our real estate market… HOT! July marks the middle of the year for 2014, and the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR) has released their market statistics. Let’s take a look at what has taken place over the first six months of this year.

Austin-area home sales increased 3% year over year to 13,426 homes sold. We are currently on pace to exceed 2013’s all-time high in sales volume! The average number of days on the market was 47, which is seven days fewer than the first half of 2013. The median price for single-family homes rose 7% year over year to around $239,900. Additionally, the average home price increased 6% to $308,298. Over four billion dollars ($4,139,209,987) worth of single-family properties sold in

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HomeCity Real Estate sent a team of volunteers to the Austin Animal Center on July 24th 2014. The Austin Animal Center, the largest municipal animal shelter in Central Texas, provides care to over 20,000 animals annually. Focused on placing all adoptable pets in “forever homes” through adoptions, foster care or reuse partner groups, this facility helps to nurture and rehabilitate abandoned dogs, cats, and other animals. In fact, the Austin Animal Center accepts most stray and owned animals regardless of age, health, species or breed.

After attending a short orientation, the team of volunteers began choosing large dogs to walk, pet, and play with. The facilities are equipped with private caged play areas, grassy, shaded leash-walking areas, and small

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Dallas/Fort Worth Upcoming Events!

Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour

Cirque du Soleil will present Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour on Friday, July 25th and Saturday, July 26th at the American Airlines Center. Featuring 49 international dancers, musicians, and acrobats, it is presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson's music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil's unparalleled creativity. 

Aimed at lifelong Michael Jackson fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations. Tickets range between

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Austin Upcoming Events

“When Austin Got Weird” Exhibit opens

Take a trip down Austin’s memory lane at the Bob Bullock Museum with the “When Austin Got Weird” exhibit. Although it was not officially trademarked until 2000, people have been proudly identifying with our cities slogan for quite some time. Using music poster art that captures the spirit of the counterculture movement of the 1960s and ’70s, the exhibit explores the poster artist and music venues that defined Austin’s cultural scene between 1967 and 1980. The exhibit opens Friday, July 11 and is on view through September 14th. For more information, visit their website.

  

18th annual Austin Chamber Music Festival

The Austin Chamber Music Festival is a celebration of

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