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Whether you want to eat, dance, or jam out to Willie Nelson (live!) Austin has your NYE covered. Don't want to pay cover? There's something for you! Want to watch fire hula hoopers and aerialists? Austin's got that too! Want to celebrate like it's 2001? Just you wait! Plus, we've got some spectacular family friendly events great for the kiddos (or those of us who like to hit the hay early - no shame!). Happy New Year!

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 1.  CAPITAL COUNTDOWN NYE PARTY WITH SILENT DISCO AT THE BELMONT - The Belmont

Ring in the New Year with more than 500 other party-goers at The Belmont. There will be a silent disco from 10pm to 2am featuring 3 live DJs, a photobooth to capture all of your best NYE moments, and a NYE countdown with party favors, 2

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As the end of the year moves in, we're seeing an increase year over year across all listings: New and pending listings increased slightly, while active listings jumped to a 12% increase this November. Homes sold this month increased by roughly 1% from November 2017, and median prices grew 2% year over year to $301,391. Continuing on this trend: sales dollar volume grew by 5.6%, monthly housing inventory increased by .2 months, and homes spent an average of three more days on the market year over year.

This increase across the board suggests demand is higher... and still growing! 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

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Austin has many spectacular events to offer this holiday season. The best part? Whether its 80 degrees or it's snowing, you're sure to find something fun to do this December. Set your dates soon! Some of these events require reservations and fill up quickly. 

 1.  Elgin Christmas Tree Farm | Nov 26 – Dec 22

Take the family out this year to hand pick your Christmas Tree at an actual Tree Farm. In addition to getting a tree, you can enjoy a scenic hayride, animals, crazy maze & playground.

2. Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail (various cities) | Dec 1 – Jan 1

10 different communities in the Hill Country wrap their downtown areas with beautiful Christmas lights all December. Some of our favorites include the Christmas

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Introducing 2718 Grand Oaks Loop. This home is for sale pre-market. Located in The Reserve at Twin Creeks, this home backs to the 10th fairway of the aware winning, Fred Couples designed, golf course that winds through the neighborhood.

The home is loaded with features and upgrades. Craftsman styling including a large wrap-around porch welcomes you into the home. A large driveway and three car garage provide ample parking and a great space or kids at play. The exterior is a blend of Texas limestone and stucco masonry. 

The inside of the home features a flexible floor plan with master down. Recent updates include beautiful hardwood floors, a well done master bathroom, custom built-ins and a fresh coat of neutral paint. With approximately 3500

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Sales volume increased year over year from 2,250 sales in October 2017 to 2,347 last month; a 4.3 percent increase.  An 8.8 percent increase led sales dollar volume to reach $901 Million last month. Higher demand combined with limited inventory led to a increase in median home price to $308,355. Active listings, pending contracts, and new listings increased year over year. Inventory increased 0.1 months resulting in 2.9 months of inventory last month. 

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 current market, just shoot us an email at israel@austinhouseco.com. You can also call our office at

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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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