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Austin-Based Software Company Leads The Charge on Apple Watch Banking

If you’re going to be an early subscriber to the Apple Watch and plan on being an early adopter of Apple Watch/Apple Pay banking, chances are you’ll be using software from an Austin-based software company, Malauzai Software.

This Austin software company will be providing software to eight of the approximately 1 dozen banks that will initially provide the watch service. Not too much interactivity in the initial round, account balance and history transactions and a branch locator will be included, but Apple Pay functionality and the ability to pay by watch is on the drawing board.

Austin-Based Software Company Leads The Charge on Apple Watch Banking

If you’re going to be an early subscriber to the Apple Watch and plan on being an early adopter of Apple Watch/Apple Pay banking, chances are you’ll be using software from an Austin-based software company, Malauzai Software.

This Austin software company will be providing software to eight of the approximately 1 dozen banks that will initially provide the watch service. Not too much interactivity in the initial round, account balance and history transactions and a branch locator will be included, but Apple Pay functionality and the ability to pay by watch is on the drawing board.

What Has Homebuilders Worried?

A new survey by the National Association of Home Builders revealed that two-thirds of builders said their greatest concern for 2015 is the availability of labor. Building material prices was ranked closely behind as a top concern at about 67 percent as well, followed by 57 percent of builders who also said lot availability.

This stands in stark contrast to a few years ago. In 2011, only 13 percent of homebuilders surveyed said labor availability was a concern and only 21 percent were concerned about acquiring lots.

Forbes: Austin was a tech-job juggernaut over past 10 years....

Fueled by an explosion in high-tech job growth, Austin is the No.

Unemployment Rate In Austin Best Since 2007

Unemployment in the Austin area is now down to 3.3%, over 1% below where it stood in March 2014 and the best rates since 2007.

That number puts Austin in a tie for 3rd place in Texas along with Lubbock and College Station, and just behind Amarillo (3%) and Midland (2.9%), according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Texas, at 4.2%, is down to its lowest rate since July ’07 and well under the National rate of 5.5%.

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5 Spring Home Buying Strategies

The spring home-buying boom is underway, and this year buyers in some markets will face an increased amount of competition due to low housing inventory. In fact, the most recent existing-home sales report from the National Association of REALTORS® cautions that "Insufficient supply appears to be hampering prospective buyers in several areas of the country and is hiking prices."

Kitchen remodel can cook up savory resale attraction....

Homeowners choose to remodel their homes for a variety of reasons.

Austin Prepares For The Tallest Residential Tower West Of The Mississippi!

Austin prepares to receive the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi! Located at the corner of West and 3rd The Independent will be a new mixed-use luxury condominium … 58 stories, 685 feet tall, 950,000 sq ft, 370 condos and 13,500 square feet of retail space that will likely be priced between $300,000 and $3 million.

Amenities at The Independent will reportedly include a dog park, children's area, pool and spa, fitness center, yoga and barre studio, theater, conference rooms, guest suites, lounges and more.

Most Millennials Unaware of Closing Costs

Closing costs might come as a surprise to many buyers, especially young adults. Two-thirds of millennials – those between the ages of 18-34 – who plan to buy a home say they were unaware of closing costs, finds a new survey of more than 1,000 adults conducted by ClosingCorp, a provider of residential real estate closing cost data and technology for the mortgage and real estate industries.

HGTV's Smart House Comes To Austin - Check It Out!

Win this year’s HGTV Smart Home, located in Austin near Zilker Park! Yes, HGTV has come to Austin for its latest cool home built by Austin home-builder Scott Turner of Riverside Homes.

It’s a 2,300’ home house that will be awarded to the lucky winner in June. Of course, it also comes with a Mercedes and $100,000 that will help pay the property taxes for a few years! You can enter to win at HGTV.com between April 15 and June 2.

Some of the home’s smart features include:
• A “smart” front door lock that can be operated from a smart phone or tablet device