April 2018 Austin Market Report

With increases nearly across the board, Austin's real estate market is starting to heat up for the busy spring selling season. Most counties in Central Texas saw an increase in single-family home sales, with the Austin-Round Rock area up 4% to 2,611 homes sold while the median home price rose 4% to $316,000. Despite the continuous rise in prices, pending sales for April increased by 14%. The month of April also yielded an increase in total dollar sales volume to $1.1 billion. The home inventory level for the Austin area saw a slight decrease with 2.4 months of inventory available. Check out the newest numbers from the Austin Board of REALTORS® for April:

April 2018 Austin Area Market Statistics

  • 2,611 single-family homes were sold this April -

Find a Home Near Top Schools in Austin!

There are many factors that go into the decision about where to live. For some people, especially families with young children or children on the way, a good school district is at the top of the list. To help with the process, we've put together an Austin School Districts Guide, which covers things like location, market snapshots, and overviews of the districts. See below for an even more specific list of top schools in the Austin area in 2018 (schools that rank academically over an 89 in Student Achievement as assessed by the State of Texas Asssesment Readiness):

AUSTIN ISD - As the largest ISD in the area with over 100 campuses and 80,000 students, it's no surprise that there are several top schools in this district. The Austin ISD encompasses a

Austin Summer Camp Guide 2018

The end of the school year is just around the corner! Parents, if you're looking for something fun to keep your kids busy this summer, check out our list of summer camps happening all across the Austin area. Whether your child loves sports, learning, art, music, or adventure, there's a camp for every interest, and some have a little something for everyone! We've even included a few overnight camps as well as camps for children with special needs on our list.

Get ideas of where to send your kids to camp this summer with our Austin Summer Camp Guide:

Camp Name Location / Description Ages / Grade Level
Type
Outdoor/Adventure Camps      
Austin Dog Alliance 1321 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park / Campers learn

Things to Do in Austin in May

Photo courtesy of Todd Dwyer on Flickr. CC BY-SA 2.0

May in Austin is a month filled with festivals and fun! Start the month off sampling delicious Mexican food from over 50 vendors at Taste of Mexico, or support young entrepreneurs by purchasing lemonade on Lemonade Day. The biannual Pecan Street Festival is back to host local artists downtown, and local favorite tradition Blues on the Green starts off strong on May 23. Make the most of May and check out everything happening this month!

Event Date Location / Time
Website
Taste of Mexico May 2 Brazos Hall / Wednesday from 6 - 9 pm mexic-artemuseumevents.org
First Thursday SoCo May 3 South Congress Avenue in Austin / Thursday, most businesses open

Easy Landscaping Projects to Spruce Up Your Yard

Sometimes you get sick of looking at the same yard everyday and feel like you need a refresh, but it can be hard to jump in when it looks so daunting. Fortunately, there are many simple ways to change up your landscaping that can even be accomplished in a single day. See below for our tips on easy projects to update your landscaping.

Azalea bushes

Create a focal point. A large garden or excessive landscaping can be overwhelming at first glance. By creating a display that purposefully stands out and draws the viewer's eye, you can ensure that they're focusing on what you want them to, even if there are a lot of pieces. Bright, flowering bushes or lovely perennials are a great way to grab attention in what might be a sea of grass and evergreens.

Make a

March 2018 Austin Market Report

Though some numbers are down from last year, Austin is still seeing a rise in activity in the real estate market. Most counties in Central Texas saw an increase in single-family home sales, with the Austin-Round Rock area up 11% to 2,714 homes sold while the median home price rose 4% to $305,000. Despite the continuous rise in prices, pending sales for March increased by 7%. The month of March also yielded an increase in total dollar sales volume to $1.1 billion. The home inventory level for the Austin area saw a slight decrease with 2.2 months of inventory available. Check out the newest numbers from the Austin Board of REALTORS® for March:

March 2018 Austin Area Market Statistics

  • 2,714 single-family homes were sold this March - 11% more

New Development Coming to Southeast Austin

Southeast Austin will see big changes at the intersection of East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley Street in the next few years. Los Angeles-based investment firm, Nimes Capital, has plans to rezone a 97 acre site currently occupied by The Ballpark East apartment complex into what they call an "urban village," a large area that will be used for housing, workplaces, and retail space. Currently in the rezoning process, Nimes Capital estimates that construction will not begin before 2020, and won't see completion until much later than that; their proposal, yet to be approved by the Austin City Council, plans on building the development in five phases over 25 years.

Nicknamed "Project Catalyst," preliminary plans include 4,709 apartments, 600

Austin is the #1 Best Place to Live

Last year, Austin, TX kicked Denver, CO out of the #1 spot on the U.S. News and World Report's list of Best Places to Live in the U.S. - and this year it maintained its title! The list ranks the 125 largest cities in the U.S. based on the job market, quality of life, value, desirability, and net migration. These factors are graded on a 10 point scale and then averaged to get their final score. Austin came in at a whopping 7.7 overall, with its highest number being in net migration - a surprise to no one. Each day, over 150 people move to the Austin area, and the population growth isn't expected to slow down anytime soon.

Austin also ranked high on the desirability scale at 8.9. The U.S. News and World Report contributes this to the city's lively

How to Protest Your Tax Appraisal

When it comes to saving money on property taxes, making sure your home is appraised correctly by the taxing authority is one of the most important things you can do. If you feel the appraisal value on your home is too high, you have the right as a homeowner to protest the value. The deadline for filing a protest in Travis County, Williamson County, and Hays County is May 15th, so take some time to read this post and decide whether to take action.

What Can You Protest?

There are several reasons you may choose to protest your home’s value. Here are a few of the most common:

  • Excessive Value - You believe the value the appraisal district has placed on your home is too high.
  • Incorrect Square Footage - You believe the square footage the