Austin

Articles that we've written that are especially relevant to the Austin, TX area.

Happy New Year! It’s now time for new homeowners to prepare to file their Homestead Exemption. If you bought a home in Texas in 2017, you have until April 30th to file for a residential Homestead Exemption. We have provided you with 6 Tips on how to file your 2017 Homestead Exemption, see below. 

  1. What is a Homestead Exemption?  An exemption from property taxes that homeowners can claim. 
  2. What does the Homestead Exemption do?  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.
  3. What type of property qualifies for this exemption?  Your
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AUSTIN, Texas – Dec. 14, 2017 – Single-family home sales declined in the city of Austin but increased across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) for the second month in a row, according to the November 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­® commented, “Due to rapid population growth throughout Central Texas, Austin continues to have one of the highest demands for housing in the nation. Homes sales are the strongest where price points are the lowest and where development options are available, such as parts of Williamson and Hays counties. We are seeing some slowing home price appreciation and housing inventory

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AUSTIN, Texas – Nov. 14, 2017 – Single-family home sales increased across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in October, but declined in the city of Austin, according to the October 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­® commented, “The Austin-Round Rock housing market continues to slightly outperform last year’s home sales activity, keeping 2017 on-pace for another record year for home sales. At the same time, low housing inventory levels along with constrained housing development activity throughout the city of Austin are preventing home sales growth at the city level.”

Single-family home sales in the

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Single-family home sales declined across most of the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in September, while inventory levels continued to increase, according to the September 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. 

>Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­® commented, “Despite last month’s dip in home sales activity, it’s important to remember that we’re comparing our current figures to the record-breaking housing market activity in 2016 and it’s not necessarily indicative of a downturn.”

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the National Association of REALTORS®, agreed: “Austin has had one of the fastest job growth rates in

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It’s no secret that rents are going up around the Austin area, with one bedroom apartments often renting for over $1,000 a month. Particularly in the more desirable neighborhoods near Downtown or South Austin. With over 2,056,405 residents, Austin continues to grow as an average of 159 people flock here per day.

Austin’s healthy job market, booming economy, and plethora of activities make it the perfect place to settle down – if you can afford it. Planning to live in a neighborhood that is not only desirable but falls within budget can be tricky. Rents can vary widely, depending on where you look, depending on amenities and area of town.

Our friends at EverythingAustinApartments.com accessed rental data that displayed the median rent for a one-bedroom

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Austin area housing market statistics May 2017

Single-family home sales volume experienced strong gains across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in May, while home sales dollar volume topped $1.2 billion and set an all-time high for sales dollar volume, according to the May 2017 Central Texas Housing Market Report released recently by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­®, commented, “Housing is the backbone of our region’s economy and the heart of our communities. Housing demand continues to be at an all-time high in and around Austin, indicated by steady growth in home sales and prices, listing activity and housing inventory. The concurrent gains in listing activity and inventory, in particular, are a positive

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mowing the lawn

Texas Summers can get downright miserable, upwards of 100 degrees and humid. It’s not uncommon to see lawns suffering in the dead of summer, especially during times of drought. While we’ve been pretty lucky with the amount of rain received lately, it’s never a bad idea to begin preparing your lawn early for the harsh summer ahead. We caught up with lawn care expert Jake Hill from LawnStarter Lawn Care, who shared his tips and best practices for keeping a healthy lawn all year round. 

 

Summer lawn care begins in the spring. Jake advises that about once every other year, homeowners should aerate their lawn to alleviate soil compaction and thus allow their lawn to breathe. “Just like a person – grass needs air, food, and water to survive (and the

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home improvements that add property value

When preparing to sell your home, or simply trying to give it a facelift, it’s common to wonder what updates will provide the most return on investment. Which improvements or additions will add to your home's property value and equity? After all, if you’re going to put in the money to improve your home, you will want to know that your efforts could provide a return in the long run.

It’s smart to be thinking about the future equity of your home, and these are questions our agents here at HomeCity get asked a lot. There is no one, go to upgrade that will work in every situation and with every budget. However, here are some of our top suggestions – straight from the experts themselves!

Upgrade the kitchen and bathrooms. Remodeling the kitchen and

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Written By: Katie Bassett

 homeowners association fees

Gated communities with sparkling swimming pools and band new gym equipment. Walking trails, playscapes, and community events. Amenities like these are desired by many and found in condominiums, townhomes or planned developments across the country. While services vary based on where you live, one thing will be forever present if you are looking for a community home – a homeowner association (HOA) fee. A monthly or annual payment in return for the upkeep of a property, the HOA fee might cover some of the finer things in life like an exotic landscaping, a clean pool or a new gym.

Conflicting opinions run rampant regarding HOA fees, but trends over the past decade indicate a steady incline, which is alarming to everyone

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how to make new mommy friends

Written By: Jen Glatz, Realtor®

Moving to a new area can be both overwhelming and intimidating. Throw in a kid…or four…and to some, the task might seem daunting.  If you’re a mom or dad who works outside the home, then you’re in an environment conducive to meeting like-minded people. However, it’s a whole different ballgame if you’re a work-from-home parent or stay-at-home parent. Outside of a work environment where you’re organically socializing with individuals who share a common interest, kids can be the best way to make new friends. Children are naturally friendly, curious creatures.  So, hitch your wagon to your child’s personality and get ready to meet some new friends!

That seems simple enough, and reading it might feel a little

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