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We know that this time of year is hectic. You cooked last year, and the year before that, and the year before that. (Or maybe not!) Either way, if you're needing a break this Thanksgiving from the pie pans and turkey basters, we've got you covered. Following is a list of restaurants serving up some delicious meals this Thanksgiving, so you don't have to! 

 1. Hyatt Lost Pines - Thanksgiving brunch

This wooded resort near Bastrop serves a Thanksgiving Day brunch in the Hill Country Ballroom from 11 am - 3 pm. A selection of breakfast fare, antipasta, seafood and all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes, plus selections for children and a full selection of desserts, including Pumpkinpalooza, more than a dozen goodies made with pumpkin. $68 adults,

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Year over year, sales volume decreased slightly (0.9 percent) to 2,368 sales last month. Median home prices increased by 4.2 percent since September of last year, resulting in a record-breaking $302,000 median price for the month of September. This all time high has also led to an increase in overall volume ($906 Million) last month. Both active listings and pending contracts in the Austin Metro increased this month, while new listings decreased. Inventory has not changed since last year, which may be a contributing factor to decreased sales volume.

All good news! Our agents are ready to help you market your home for sale in this competitive market, and can help you hunt down that perfect property as well.

If you have any questions about the

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Navigating the home selling process is not an easy one. While it may seem like Realtors simply stick a sign in the dirt and BOOM it's sold, that doesn't come close to the reality of selling a home. Below we've highlighted some research provided by the National Association of Realtors.

Struggling with Selling Your Own Home in Austin

Highlights and drawbacks of For Sale By Owner

  • Roughly 8% of home sales are For Sale By Owner (FSBO) listings
  • The Typical FSBO home sold for $190,000 compared to $249,000 for agent-assisted home sales
  • 35% of FSBO listings used a yard sign as their primary method of advertising
  • 28% of FSBO listings were not activity marketed
  • The most difficult task for FSBO sellers was GETTING THE RIGHT PRICE

On the flip-side, stats and surveys show not only

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We're pretty proud of our branding and technology and we utilize all the tools we have to make our listings shine above the rest. Take a look at this video provided by our Broker, Israel Gutierrez, that delves into some of the tools we use to maximize exposure of our listings and make sure they look their best when they are being advertised. 

Selling With Austin House Company from Austin House Company on Vimeo.

 If you have any questions about the current market or would like more analytical detail, just shoot us an email at israel@austinhouseco.com. You can also call our office at (512) 299-3809 or message us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Cimarron Hills in Georgetown Texas

We had the pleasure of getting an update on the housing market from Eldon Rude, Principal at 360 Real Estate Analytics. The seminar was very informative and these are some of the key points/takeaways.

Be careful with headlines

In a world of instant gratification, and knee-jerk reactions, it's easy to misconstrue headlines or maybe put too much importance on their meaning. For example, there are many headlines relating to an expected "downturn" in the real estate market in 2019. These expectations are sometimes based on small samples of information, and when you look at the big picture and take into account the significant amount of growth the country and the local Austin market have seen in recent years, wouldn't any slow down be considered a

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July 2018 Austin Real Estate Statistics

Stats show that the market was steady in July, which surprisingly can be a sluggish month. Most areas saw a slight decline in the number of sales (year over year), however, median home prices have continued to rise showing a 5% increase since July of last year making the median sales price in the Austin Metro in July $326,000. Both pending contracts and overall volume (1.4 Billion) were up significantly in July. Home inventory levels were down slightly to 2.9 months of inventory, which could be the reason for fewer homes selling. Low inventory levels were likely the reason for lower the lower number of units sales. 

Pending sales are up! That's really what tells the tale of the tape. Our agents are ready to help you market your home for sale in

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Beautiful Ranch Style Home in Austin, TX

We just listed this charming single story home located on a corner and in a cul-de-sac. Well maintained home with a great layout and fantastic lot. Mature landscaping in the front and back yard. Large tiered deck out back perfect for back yard BBQs. Mature oaks in back yard provide great shade and privacy. Interior features a formal dining room and large eat-in kitchen with center island. Open plan family room is cozy and is accented by a great corner fireplace. Large master suite with sitting area and large windows.

The home is just one of the components that makes this and amazing property. The surrounding established neighborhood of Woods of Brushy Creek is absolutely amazing. This neighborhood combines the availability of a community pool,

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The Domain Austin

If you live in Austin and haven't had a chance to visit the Domain you should really do yourself a favor and check it out. It's got a little something for just about everyone. Yes, there is some high-end shopping and spend restaurants, but you'll also find a really cool park on the new Northside of the Domain. You'll also find some really cool indoor/outdoor eateries like Culinary Dropout and Toulouse and let you enjoy our amazing Austin weather while you indulge in yummy food and libations.

Considering the constant buzz around you when you visit the Domain's Rock Rose area (Think uptown West 6th.), you would think the Domain was always an assured success. However, there were many that thought it would never succeed when the development was in it's

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Old Georgetown Cottage

Beautifully updated Craftsman Cottage just came available in the MLS today! The home is located in the Old Georgetown District in East Georgetown, just a few blocks away from Southwestern University and Georgetown Town Square. Low maintenance landscaping surrounds the home and the yard has recently been updated with a picturesque white picket fence. The interior is well apportioned with 3 bedrooms and 1 nicely updated bathroom. Care has been taken to maintain the historic qualities of the home when possible. For example. the original hardwood floors and trim work have remained intact. Updates like period-like tile in the bathroom help to maintain the home historic appeal.

Bedrooms in the home are large except or a small centrally located bedroom

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 Crunching the Numbers for Homestead Exemption Savings

Here's your friendly annual reminder from Austin House Company about your homestead exemption. If you want to take advantage of tax savings, you'll need to apply for a Homestead Exemption if you occupy the home you purchased last year as your primary residence. You can file fo the Homestead exemption between January 1st and April 30. We've listed some important information about the Homestead Exemption below.

Homestead Exemptions

There are different criteria that you need to meet in order to qualify for a Homestead Exemption. Click here to read about some of the details surrounding the Homestead Exemption process.

EXEMPTIONS OF 65+ & Those WITH DISABILITIES

There are some additional details relating to those over 65 or with disabilities

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