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Top 10 Haunted House for your Halloween Excitement!

House of Torment in AustinAustin's own House of Torment made Yahoo Travel's top 10 scariest haunted houses list. Yahoo and FANGORIA magazine officially unveiled their list of 2014's Scariest Haunted Houses and Attractions recently.

Why Mueller is flying high a decade into its development....

New residents to Austin might not even realize that one of the fastest growing areas i

Why Mueller is flying high a decade into its development....

New residents to Austin might not even realize that one of the fastest growing areas i

So What Did Austin’s Housing Market Look Like In September?

Austin’s single family home prices hit a record; Home sales were up 10% over last year; Single family median prices were up 8% to $240K and Average price was up 7% to $308.5K during the same period, according to the latest MLS report from ABOR. US median price is currently around $210K. When I started my career as a Realtor back in 2007, Austin’s median price was in the $160’s and the US median price was in the $220K’s.

Area-wide inventory is still very low at 2.8 months with several popular areas still well under 2 months!

Mortgage Rates Dip Below 4% Threshold

Mortgage Interest Rates Dip to Below 4%Borrowing costs sank to the lowest amounts in more than a year as the 30-year-fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.97 percent this week, Freddie Mac reports in its weekly mortgage market survey. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is at its lowest average since the week of June 20, 2013, when it averaged 3.93 percent.

Austin pie slingers named to list of nation's hottest pizzerias....

Two Austin pizzerias, Brick Oven and Roppolos Pizzeria, made Pizza Today's list of the

Austin's Unemployment Rate Drops 1%; Now 4.2%

Austin‘s unemployment rate has fallen a whole percentage point since this time last year, now down to 4.2%, which is also down from 4.6% last month, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Local employers added 8,400 jobs in September.

Texas as a whole is also down 1% from last year at this time, the State rate now 5.2%.

Texas also reached a labor milestone in September, with the state's civilian labor force population topping 13 million for the first time.

Behind the Texas Housing Boom

More Americans are heading to the Lone Star State, with Texas having the largest net gain of new residents than any other state in the latest Census and boasting some of the fastest-growing major cities. Texas saw a net gain of more than 387,000 residents in the latest Census for 2013. Austin has become the fastest-growing major city, too.

During the years of the housing boom, populations grew the fastest in high-priced markets such as New York and San Francisco. But now those population gains are heading to Texas and other heartland states, such as Oklahoma and Utah.

Feast for the eyes: AIA Home Tour on tap for Oct. 25-26....

One of the most anticipated home tours in Central Texas each year is sponsored by the

Economist Praises Austin's Market But Some Possible Growth Challenges Ahead

Research Economist Jim Gaines, speaking about the Austin housing market at the Austin Board of Realtors annual Realty Roundup event, said Austin is doing so well that it “is the easiest presentation I’ve ever made” However, he saw some future challenges for Austin for the rest of this decade and possibly future decades, including:

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