New Neighborhoods in Austin

Being one of the fasted growing cities in the United States with an estimated growth rate of nearly 3% per year, it's no surprise that Austin's neighborhoods are growing each year as well. In 2017, our site hit the milestone of having over 2,200 neighborhood profiles - and we don't expect to stop adding to the list anytime soon. By 2020, Austin is expected to be home to nearly one million people, bringing housing demand to an all-time high in the city. To accommodate this, we're likely to see more new communities popping up in the area - and we'll be here to provide you with all the information you need to decide where in Austin is right for you.

This year, North Austin and the surrounding areas of Leander, Liberty Hill, and Cedar Park saw a lot of

5 Common Home Buying Mistakes

When it comes to buying a home, emotions tend to run high. There are a lot of factors to figure in, and it can be confusing and hard to keep track of everything without getting overwhelmed. REILLY, REALTORS® is here to help make the process as smooth as possible - our experienced team of agents is well-versed in the process of buying and selling homes, so they'll be able to answer any questions you might have and help you achieve your goals.

Here are the top 5 mistakes to avoid when buying a home:

1. Not preparing your financing. - Buying a home is a big financial deal! Before you jump into looking at homes, make sure you have a good understanding of your budget and financial situation. Getting pre-approved for a loan is a great way to show

Things to Do in Austin in December

It's almost time to pull out the advent calendars and start the countdown to Christmas! The holiday season in Austin is a beautiful and busy time. Have crafty fun at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center during their 10 Holly Days, and experience a unique Snow Day at Fisherman's Park. Create memories at the Austin Trail of Lights in Zilker Park, and listen to Christmas music in a new way at Tuba Christmas. There's a little something for everyone this year, and you're guaranteed to have a great time no matter how you celebrate. For additional events and the best places to see Christmas lights in Austin this year, check out our blog post here!

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

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Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Austin 2017

Every year around this time, people, businesses, and entire towns break out the holiday decorations and create stunning displays for all to enjoy. The Austin area is home to several annual traditions that draw visitors from all around to witness the incredible lights and experience an Austin-style Christmas. Watch the beautiful light shows at the Domain, participate in the Austin Trail of Lights in Zilker Park, or enjoy a cup of coffee while viewing Mozart's Christmas Lights at Mozart's Coffee - there are endless possibilities to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season here in Austin.

Here are some places hosting beautiful Christmas lights in Austin this year:

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Mozart's Christmas Lights

Austin Thanksgiving Restaurants 2017

Looking for somewhere to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family this year? Plenty of restaurants in Austin are offering up special meals and deals this Thursday, November 23. Enjoy an elegant Thanksgiving meal at The Carillon, or something more casual at local favorite Kerbey Lane Cafe. Try something new and different at The Melting Pot, or stick to tradition and head to Hyde Park Bar and Grill for dinner. Any way you choose, you're sure to find something delicious. Restaurants can fill up fast during the holidays, so be sure to call early and make a reservation. From everyone at REILLY, REALTORS®, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are some of our favorite restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in Austin:

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October 2017 Austin Market Report

According to the latest numbers from the Austin Board of REALTORS®, the Austin area market saw increases across the board. Most counties in Central Texas saw an increase in single-family home sales, with the Austin-Round Rock area up 2% to 2,292 homes sold while the median home price rose 4% to $386,000. Despite the continuous rise in prices, pending sales for October increased by 14%. The month of October also yielded an increase in total dollar sales volume to $846 million. The home inventory level for the Austin area saw an increase this month with 2.8 months of inventory available, indicating a sellers' market according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Check out the newest numbers from the Austin Board of REALTORS® for October:

Austin's Most Affordable Zip Codes 2017

Curious to know where some of Austin's most affordable neighborhoods are? Based on median sales information from Austin's Multiple Listing Service, we've put together a list of some of the most inexpensive places to live around Austin. Check out the most affordable zip codes for 2017 below, and click here to see all Austin zip codes.

1. 78617- This zip code is made up of the quiet, out-of-the-way neighborhoods of The Trails at Stoney Ridge and Lexington Parke. Home prices here average in the low $200s, and feature one and two story floor plans with plenty of options for expanding. This area may feel far out, but has easy accessibility via 71 and 183, just a short drive from Central Austin. Browse homes for sale in 78617.

2. 78719- Tucked away in rural

Where to Volunteer in Austin for Thanksgiving 2017

As we enter the holiday season, there's a common theme on everyone's minds: giving. Whether it's gifts, time, or service, now is the perfect time to come together to help those who really need it. There are plenty of opportunities to do so in Austin and the surrounding areas like Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Pflugerville - check out the list of volunteer events and opportunities below, and make sure to check your local food banks as well for Thanksgiving meal sorting and preparation. There are lots of ways to make someone's holiday one to remember!

Hands for Hope - From now until November 18, El Buen Samaritano is accepting donations and volunteers for their annual Hands for Hope Event. Each year, community volunteers provide more than 1,000

REILLY, REALTORS® Ranks 2nd Place in Statesman’s 2017 Top Workplaces Awards!

We are proud to announce REILLY, REALTORS® has been recognized by the Austin American-Statesman as the #2 Top Workplace in the greater Austin area for 2017 in the small business category. Since 2014, REILLY, REALTORS® has ranked in the top 3 for the Statesman's annual rankings of the Top Workplaces in Austin. Only 100 companies made the cut, based on responses from their employees.

"Shae and I are extremely grateful to our team for their positive responses and praise for working at REILLY, REALTORS®. We are humbled that our diverse group of 120 local real estate agents call REILLY home," said Michael Reilly, agency owner and broker. "We work hard to create a positive and rewarding environment to help our REALTORS® succeed."