Dear Reilly Family,

We have exciting news to share with all of you about the future of REILLY, REALTORS®! Since 2006, we’ve been on a mission to empower you with great technology, marketing, and service to help you become the best agent you can be. During that time, we’ve been privileged to see so many of you become top producers, grow your business, and become leaders in your communities. Your success has helped fuel the growth of the Reilly family to 150 agents with $520 million in 2018 sales. As we charge into 2019, we remain steadfast in our mission to help our agents win.

In fact, we believe our agent-centric strategy is more important than ever before.

There are major shifts taking place in our industry. In just the last few years,

5 Tax Deductions to Take Advantage of When Selling Your Home

With the sale of a home often comes a profit, and the IRS requiring their piece of it. While you may not be eligible to take advantage of all the tax deductions available when selling your home, there are some steps you can take to increase your return. REILLY, REALTORS® is here to help make the home selling process as smooth as possible, and our Austin REALTORS® can answer any questions you might have along the way and help you achieve your goals.

Here are 5 tax deductions you can (and should!) use to your advantage:

1. Home improvements/repairs. If your home needs serious changes in order to sell, you can deduct those costs! The IRS requires repairs (like fixing a leaky roof, removing mold, replacing a smoke detector) to be completed within 90

Romantic Restaurants for Valentine's Day in Austin 2019

Love is in the air in Austin! Valentine's Day is less than 2 weeks away, and restaurants all over the area are offering special menus for the occasion. Check out our list below to find the perfect restaurant to celebrate with your Valentine. Most restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus and selections just for your romantic night out. You'll find several local favorites on our list, including Carillon, Jeffrey's, and TRIO. Reservations will go quickly, so be sure to secure yours right away!

Make a reservation for a romantic experience at one of these Austin area restaurants:

Restaurant Location / Sunday Hours
Website
Price
III Forks 111 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701 / 5 - 10 pm www.3forks.com $170 per couple

Things to Do in Austin in February

We're a month into the new year, and the fun isn't slowing down anytime soon in Austin! Get your fill of puppies at the 12th Annual Puppy Bowl on the 3rd, or visit the Dog-Friendly Market at Sour Duck Market on the 9th. Theaters all over the city are offering fun shows like Anastasia and Carnivalia!, and the Austin Oyster Festival wraps up the month with tons of fun and delectable eats. Don't forget about Valentine's Day on Thursday, 2/14 - check out a romantic restaurant or one of Austin's best chocolate shops for the occasion! How will you spend your February?

Event Date Location / Time
Website
Groundhog Day: Free Screening February 1 Community First! Village / Friday at 6:30 pm mlf.org
12th Annual Puppy

Top 10 Chocolate Shops in Austin

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time to get your sweetheart that special something - chocolate! All over Austin, specialty candy and chocolate shops are offering up tons of treats for all to enjoy. Visit the Domain to experience a pop-up sweet spot in Chocolaterie Tessa, enjoy a baked good at Edis Chocolates, and customize your own candy gift at Sugarfina. Chocolate heaven is just around the corner in Austin!

Check out our list of the top 10 candy shops in the Austin area:

Big Top Candy Shop - Boasting a fun circus theme, 400+ bulk candies, and specialty chocolates and fudge, Big Top Candy Shop is more than just a candy store - it's a whole experience! Visit their brick and mortar location on South Congress

Last week, REILLY, REALTORS® celebrated a successful 2018 and teed-off the new year with a party for all of our agents, staff, and their guests! The event was held at Austin's Top Golf location near the Domain for the fourth year in a row. With so many new people joining our team, it was great to have an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other better. Our team had a great time hitting golf balls at the driving range, enjoying a delicious meal, snapping pictures at the photo booth, and even hitting the dance floor! Take a look at some of the best snapshots from the party:

Tee Off 2019 Photo Collage
Tee Off 2019 Photo Collage
Tee Off 2019 Photo Collage
Tee Off 2019 Photo Collage
Tee Off 2019 Photo Collage
Tee Off 2019 Photo Collage

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended our 2019 Tee-Off event. Our agents and staff are what make REILLY,

December 2018 Austin Market Report

It was another record-breaking year for home sales in Austin! Though the market slowed down in December, numbers were up for 2018 overall. According to the latest numbers from the Austin Board of REALTORS®, most counties in Central Texas saw a decrease in single-family home sales, with the Austin-Round Rock area down 11% to 2,370 homes sold while the median home price decreased 1% to $305,000. Likely due to lower prices and greater demand, pending sales for December increased by 3%. The month of December also yielded an decrease in total dollar sales volume to $884 million. The home inventory level for the Austin area saw an increase this month with 2.3 months of inventory available, indicating a sellers' market according to the National Association

Real Estate Designations and What They Mean For You

Have you ever looked at a REALTOR®'s business card and seen the various titles they can hold? CNE, ABR, SRES - it can all be very confusing if you don't know what they mean. The real estate industry offers tons of continuing education for agents to expand their knowledge and expertise, allowing them to earn various certifications that show exactly what they can do for their clients. We've broken down some of the most common designations REALTORS® hold - and what they mean for you, the client!

Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR) - Agents with the ABR designation have taken classes to further understand the needs of buyers and how they can best help them find the home they're looking for. They have learned best practices to stay on top of home

How to File Your 2019 Homestead Exemption

If you bought a home in 2018, you should be getting ready to file your Texas Homestead Exemption! This exemption allows homeowners to reduce the taxes owed on their home by a percentage or dollar amount and is available to any homeowner who is a) living in their home as of January 1st, and b) is using the home as a primary residence (exceptions apply for those 65 years and older and those with disabilities - please see below). It's free to apply and the deadline is April 30th. The homestead exemption is a necessary step for anyone wanting to save money on their taxes - so how do you file?

COMPLETE THE APPLICATION


Your first step is completing the homestead exemption application for your county of residence. If you are over 65 or disabled, be