4 New-Home Upgrades to Do Now

For new-home buyers, they have some tough decisions to make: Which extra features are worth the extra money and which ones aren’t? Some upgrades buyers can easily put off without breaking the bank. But for others, buyers may be wise to get them done right away.® recently featured an article on some of the easiest upgrades to add to a new home now that could save time, money, and headaches later on. Among the upgrades to do now:

The Domain Keeps Growing!

The Domain juggernaut just keeps trucking as a whole slate of new stores and locations are preparing to open for the holidays or in early 2016. Some of the stores include:

• The Brass Tap – will open in 2016 with 75 to 80 craft beers on tap.
• Mystery Room – will open during the holidays, a strategy-based room escape game challenges participants to unlock the door to their mystery room within 45 minutes.
• Catone Italian Clothing – an imported women’s clothing selling Italian clothes will open during the holidays.

10 Best Cities for Real Estate Investors

10 Best Cities for Real Estate InvestorsNeed some guidelines for making choices for real estate investment? Well, help has arrived. BiggerPockets just released its Real Estate Investment Market Index indicating the hottest markets to get the most out of your money.

Temporary ban kicks in for Type-II short-term rentals....

As of Monday, short-term rental licenses for Type II rental homes will not be issued, at least for the moment.

The City of Austin is implementing the temporary ban for homes where the owner does not live in the house.

Austin Unemployment Rate Continues To Beat State And Nation!

Austin’s unemployment rate has now stayed under 4% for 12 months, as rates stay in the low three percent range. The latest official numbers show Austin holding at 3.3% unemployment (down from 3.8% in the same month last year).

Texas’ rate during the same October-to-October timeframe ticked up to 4.4% from the prior year’s 4.2%, while the national average runs around 5%.

Home Ownership Rate Finally Increases

Home Ownership Rate Finally IncreasesThe nation's home ownership rate posted its first increase – albeit a slight one – after seven quarterly declines. But the real news is demographic: The biggest gain between July and September was among those under 35 years old. According to the Commerce Department, that's the first time this group has seen an increase in more than a decade.

Holiday Fun For The Whole Family!

There are a million things to do in Central Texas during the holiday season … well, close to a million.

Whether you’re looking for Holiday Shopping, Parades, Lights, Cultural events, Holiday Cheer or maybe Fun Run’s there are oodles of choices.

A couple of Austin Traditions for you to mark on your calendars … Zilker Tree Lighting is on Nov 29 at 6:00 p.m. and the Austin Trail of Lights from Dec 8 to Dec 22, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Austin Home Sales up 5 Months In A Row; Heading For Another Record Year

Austin home sales were up 2% over October 2014 sales, making it 5 months in a row that Austin sales have increased year-over-year and heading towards another record year, according to the MLS report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS.

Median and Average sales prices were up 5% and 7% respectively, while monthly housing inventory decreased fractionally to 2.6 months.

Here are the October 2015 Stats …
 2,378 – Single-family homes sold, two percent more than October 2014.
 $252,790 – Median price for single-family homes, five percent more than October 2014.

3 Ways to Renovate a Home for Millennials

The millennial generation is primed and ready to step into home ownership. First-time buyers accounted for 29 percent of sales in September, according to the National Association of REALTORS® latest housing report. Echoing this, a new report from the Commerce Department found that the home ownership rate for those under age 35 increased to 35.8 percent in the third quarter of 2015, representing the largest gain for that population since the second quarter of 2004.

Austin tops list as best place for a startup....

The secret's out: Austin is the startup capital of the future, at least according to Small Business Trends.

The Ohio-based online publication for small business owners ranks Austin No. 1 out of seven U.S. cities tapped as the best places to launch a startup in 2016. Silicon Valley isn't ranked because its "expensive and over saturated," the report said.