Things to Do in Austin in May 2017

Festivals and fun are lined up all throughout the Austin area this May! The biannual Pecan Street Festival takes over Sixth Street this month with tons of displays from local artisans and craftsmen. Shakespeare in the Park also kicks off in May with a month full of performances at the Zilker Hillside Theater. See the latest fashions by local and national designers during Austin Fashion Week. Kids can explore their creative side at the Maker Faire at the Austin Convention Center. Country music fans, don't miss your favorite artists performing at the iHeart Country Festival. There are so many fun things to do in the Austin area this month!

Check out what's happening in the Austin area this May:

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What You Need to Help Secure a Mortgage

Locking down a mortgage is one of the biggest steps toward your dreams of homeownership. There are many factors that influence your chances of securing a home loan at the best rate possible. Curious to know what you can do to put yourself in the best shape to qualify for a mortgage? Check out our tips on how to secure a mortgage for your home purchase.

Good Credit Score - Your credit score is an important factor in securing any loan since it tells lenders how likely you are to stay on track with your payments. The higher your score, the better your chance of securing a home loan with a low interest rate. If you’re not sure what your score is, check with your bank or credit card company. There are also plenty of third-party websites that offer the

March 2017 Austin Market Report

Austin area temperatures may be on the rise, but local home sales seem to be cooling off. According to the latest report from the Austin Board of REALTORS®, home sales in the Austin area dropped by 1% to 2,509 homes sold. Home prices continue to heat up for the third month in a row, posting a $295,767 median price compared to last March. Despite slow home sales this past month, Austin’s market is still bustling with activity. March saw double-digit increases for new and active listings on the market, as well as pending sales. The months of available home inventory in the Austin area also increased to 2.4 months but continues to hover well below the balanced level of 6.5 months. Check out the latest numbers from the Austin Board of REALTORS®:

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Austin Area Easter Egg Hunts 2017

Easter is just around the corner, and there are tons of celebrations happening across the Austin area. From Georgetown to Kyle, nearly every Austin area city has its own local Easter egg hunt for local children to enjoy. You'll find an enjoyable hunt for all ages and abilities, like the Bunny Bonanza for toddlers, Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt for school-age children, and Round Rock's Play for All Special Needs Easter Egg Hunt. Some of the hunts on our list also include fun activities like a movie in the park, crafts, and games, so plan on a fun-filled day!

Check out our list of exciting Easter activities in the Austin area:

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Metz Community Easter Egg Hunt April 8 Metz Recreation Center

Things to Do in Austin in April

Spring has arrived, and there's no better time to get out and explore all the fun Austin has to offer! April is packed with tons of festivals for every interest, including the Austin International Poetry Festival, Fusebox Festival, Moontower Comedy Festival, and the Austin Food and Wine Festival. Eeyore's Birthday Party, one of the city's longest-running spring festivals, is back this year to celebrate everything that makes Austin unique. Head down to Buda this month to catch the annual Weiner Dog Races. Test your endurance with your fellow Austinites in the Cap 10K and Austin 10/20 races. The Rosedale Ride and Max's Ride also offer a great opportunity to give back to the Austin community. There's so much to enjoy in the Austin area this April!

Five Tips to Refresh Your Home for Spring

With warmer weather and sunshine on the horizon, now is a great time to freshen up your home for spring. A little work and minor repairs can transform the look of your home and help it shine, especially if you’re planning to sell. Check out these tips to get your home ready for spring.

1. Tidy Up the Front Porch - Sweep away any debris and dirt away from your front door. Clear out cobwebs and replace worn out lightbulbs in your light fixtures. Clean up any outdoor furniture. If your front door looks a little worse for wear, consider a fresh coat of paint or even replacing the door with a brand new one made of steel or fiberglass.

2. Make Outdoor Repairs - Unpredictable winter weather can be harsh on your home. Inspect the exterior of your home

What Rising Interest Rates Mean for Home Buyers

When it comes to buying a home, one of the biggest concerns for buyers is their interest rate on mortgages. The Federal Reserve, or “The Fed,” recently announced its decision to raise the federal funds rate by 0.25% this month. So how does this move affect your mortgage? We’ll help you understand the Fed’s decision and what it means for potential home buyers.

When the Federal Reserve talks about raising interest rates, it is referring to the federal funds rate, which is the rate at which banks borrow money from each other. The federal funds rate, along with other economic factors, affect the interest rate of a bunch of products provided by banks, including short-term loans and mortgages. When the Fed raises the federal funds rate, it’s a sign that

February 2017 Austin Market Report

Months of Texas-sized growth in the Austin area came to a halt this February. According to the latest report from the Austin Board of REALTORS®, February posted a 1% growth in home sales with 1,829 homes sold. Home prices continue to rise in the Austin area with a 7% growth last month to a median price of $287,000. Despite the slowdown in sales, Austin homes spent just 61 days on the market on average, which is four days less than last February. New and active listings, as well as pending sales, also rose by 4%, 9%, and 3%, respectively. Home sales may have slowed down, but there is still plenty of activity happening on the Austin market. Check out the latest numbers from the Austin Board of REALTORS®:

February 2016 Austin Area Market Statistics