Platinum Top 50 Semi-Finalists 2017

At REILLY, REALTORS®, our team of over 120 agents brings unique talents, experiences, and achievements to our brokerage. We are excited to announce that our agents Jackie Horton, Ellen Outlaw, and Amy Whitston were nominated as Semi-Finalists for the Platinum Top 50 Award! This award is one of the most prestigious an Austin REALTOR® can earn, so it is a huge achievement for any agent to be named a Winner, Finalist or Semi-Finalist during their career. Thousands of agents apply every year, and only 150 are selected as Winners and Finalists. You can see the full list of Semi-Finalists on the website for the Platinum Top 50 Award.

The Platinum Top 50 Award originated in San Antonio in 1999 and extended to the Austin area in 2011. This annual award

Cyber Security: Protect Your Real Estate Funds

Unfortunately, today's world is rife with cyber crimes, and you could become a victim if you're not careful. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an annual campaign to emphasize the importance of staying safe online. Our lives are so entwined with the Internet, it's almost impossible not to be involved online in some way. The key is making sure to follow simple steps to protect yourself, and act quickly in the event that a cyber crime does occur.

In the real estate industry, cyber security is especially important as agents and clients are often dealing with large amounts of money. There are sophisticated cyber scams involving criminals acquiring sensitive personal and financial information, which they use to divert funds related to

Things to Do in Austin in October

It's finally October and everyone already has Halloween on the mind, but there's plenty to do in the meantime! Oktoberfest is back in multiple places, and the long-awaited two weekend-long ACL Music Festival kicks off Friday, October 6th in Zilker Park. Catch the cult classic Hocus Pocus at Community First! Village or other frightfully fun films at the Austin Film Festival. At the end of the month, take a walk along the Bastrop Trick or Treat Trail, or treat yourself to a fireworks show presented by Planet K. There's something for everyone this month - you're sure to have a ghoulishly good time!

Here are some fun events happening in the Austin area this October:

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Oktoberfest October 2 -

Top Austin Active Adult Neighborhoods

A trend that has been emerging in recent years is the creation of "active-adult communities." These age-restricted, typically 55+, neighborhoods encourage participation and activity while providing homes that don't require lots of upkeep and maintenance. Residents of these communities are free to relax and live life to the very fullest.

Many question the legality of these types of neighborhoods - after all, the Fair Housing Act protects sellers and landlords from discriminating against potential home buyers and renters. However, did you know that age is not a protected class? Instead, the law prevents discrimination based on familial status. The Housing for Old Persons Act of 1995 (HOPA) circumvents this by providing exemptions to the familial

July 2017 Austin Market Report

August was an exciting month for Austin real estate! According to the latest numbers from the Austin Board of REALTORS®, the Austin area market saw increases across the board. Especially in the Austin-Round Rock area, single family home sales increased 1% to 2,994 homes sold and the median home price also rose 4% to $300,000. Despite the continuous rise in prices, pending sales for August increased by 8%. The month of August also yielded a 6% increase in total dollar sales volume to $1.13 billion. The home inventory level for the Austin area saw a increase this month with 3.1 months of inventory available. Check out the newest numbers from the Austin Board of REALTORS® for August:

August 2017 Austin Area Market Statistics

  • 2,994 single-family

Heroes for Harvey

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas with a destructive force that no one expected, REILLY, REALTORS® agents immediately began to organize a fundraiser for those in need. Amy Whitston and Ellen Outlaw, along with local singer-songwriter John Lockhart, put together a Crowdrise to raise donations to benefit the American Red Cross. By contributing, donators were supplied t-shirts, tank tops, sponsorships, and access to the fundraising event featuring live music, happy hour specials, raffles, and more.

This huge event was a major success - Heroes for Harvey surpassed its original goal, raising a whopping $17,635 to go directly to Hurricane Harvey relief. We're proud of our agents and all of their support to victims during this difficult time.


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Home Renovations That Boost Resale Value

There's no doubt that buying a house is an investment. While some people buy a home with plans to live there forever, many end up reselling their homes later. Did you know there are improvements you can make to increase the worth of your home in the event that you do decide to sell? Check out our ideas below.

Create more living space. A common consensus, according to Consumer Reports, is that buyers are looking for more space in their home. This doesn't necessarily have to mean an addition - knocking down a non-structural wall can make your home feel more open and attract more buyers, ultimately increasing the value of your home. 

Make your home more "green." Green living has been rising in popularity in recent years, and it's obvious why; the

5 Tips for Relocating

Whether it's down the street or across the country, relocating is never easy. You may be moving for a job or a lifestyle change - but either way, we would love to assist you!

If your relocation is job-related, your company may have offered you a relocation package. In most circumstances, in order to take advantage of the offer (which may cover your moving expenses and other perks) you must work with your firm's relocation company. Your relocation coordinator will refer you to an approved real estate agent, but know that you are entitled to work with any agent you choose. REILLY, REALTORS® and our agents are already approved by most relocation companies and we are happy to do the legwork to get approved by yours if needed. Our goal is to assist you