Austin Recognized for Fewest Days on Market

Austin is new to the top 10 list at just over half the national average of 102 days. With its fast growing economy, a cost of living that’s 15 percent below the national average, low crime rates, and healthy housing market, it’s no surprise that Austin, Texas is the fastest growing city in the U.S. 

If you are interested in buying a home in the Austin area and you want straightforward, intelligible information about the real estate market so you can achieve your goals, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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10 MSAs With Fewest Median Days on Market

March 2014

Denver, CO

25

Oakland, CA

27

San Jose, CA

31

San Francisco, CA

33

Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA

38

Boulder-Longmont, CO

42

Anchorage, AK

43

Stockton-Lodi, CA

48

San Diego, CA

51

Austin-San Marcos, TX

52

Source: “Realtor.com® Report: Higher Inventory a Welcome Sign for Spring Buyers,” realtor.com®(April 17, 2014)

Austin a Top City to Retire

We all know that Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World, attracting thousands of young visitors every year.  It’s also home to one of the largest universities in the country and boasts a very low unemployment rate.  But did you also know it’s a great place to retire?

CNN just put out an article ranking Austin the #5 city to retire due to its low state income tax (0%), amazing outdoor trails and parks, and top tier health care.

Full article here: http://money.cnn.com/gallery/retirement/2012/10/16/best-places-retire.moneymag/5.html

Food Trucks in Round Rock

Watch out, Austin.  Round Rock just approved its very own food trailer park.  12 vendors are all set up for the grand opening this coming weekend, October 6-7.  And since we’re in the small, but rapidly growing city of Round Rock, you know it’s done with careful planning and preparation with families and kids in mind.

Food trucks plus free movies every other Monday! Eat your heart out, Austin.

For the full article, click here.

I-35 Decongestion – Round Rock

Round Rock is a great city located right in between two other great cities – Austin and Georgetown.  That also means lots of commuters.  If you’ve noticed Round Rock traffic getting worse and worse, you’re not the only one.  Fortunately, Round Rock Transportation has plans to make major improvements over the next 18-24 months that will help traffic flow in Round Rock, whether you’re traveling to Austin or Georgetown.

It costs about $1M per ramp removal/addition. I sure hope it works.

Check out the full article here.

Austin, TX – Best Place to Live 2009

The city of Georgetown, Texas is a growing suburb of Austin and is a part of what makes this entire Hill Country such a desirable place to live. US News and World Report cited the warm climate and the great outdoors as one of the reasons why Austin is in the top 10 for 2009. Live music and the arts, as well as a strong technology center also has helped Austin remain diverse and unique among the big cities of America. Check out the full report below:

Best Places to Live 2009
U.S. News looked at areas with strong economies, low living costs, and plenty of fun things to do

By Luke Mullins
Posted June 8, 2009


If you’re a free spirit, music junkie, or barbecue lover—or if you simply have what it takes to “keep Austin weird”—Texas’s state capital is for you. Considered ground zero for live music, this city of 716,000 residents is home to legions of musicaustin-skylineians and nearly 200 performance venues. In addition, Austin hosts the always popular South by Southwest festival. Since its inception in 1987, the event has mushroomed from a local gathering to a 1,800-band, 80-stage extravaganza of music, filmmaking, and interactive activities featuring performers from all over the world. Austin is also a high-tech hub, with companies like Dell and IBM, which employ thousands of residents. The city’s warm climate offers plenty of sunshine, while the open green spaces don’t provide any excuse for staying indoors. Head over to Lions Municipal Golf Course for an inexpensive round. Wander through the 351-acre Zilker Metropolitan Park until you find Barton Springs Pool, a 3-acre water source fed by underground springs that keep its temperature around 68 degrees all year long. To escape the city, head for the nearby Hill Country. “It’s rolling hills cut with lots of little creeks and streams,” says Tom Beach, a sales clerk at Austin Canoe & Kayak. “It makes for a nice road trip.”

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