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

Things to Do in Austin in January

The holiday season may be coming to an end, but Austin is as lively as ever! Start the year off jumping into chilly Barton Springs Pool for the Polar Bear Splash, and enjoy a week of free music and art during Austin's Free Week. Grab a friend and ice skate on the Whole Foods rooftop until January 15th, and round off the month at the Texas Roller Derby. Here's to a great 2019!

Event Date Location / Time
Website
Polar Bear Splash January 1 Barton Springs Pool / Tuesday austintexas.gov
Free Week 2019 January 1 - 7 Venues, Dates, and Times Vary acl-radio.com
Scholz New Years Day Sugar Bowl January 1 Scholz Garten / Tuesday from 12 - 6 pm scholzgarten.com
Ice Skating on the Whole

Top 10 Coffee Shops in Austin

With the weather cooling down, there's no better time to enjoy a warm cup of coffee in Austin! Whether you like it black or enjoy a creamy pumpkin spice latte, there's something for everyone in the numerous coffee shops around the city. From hip Bennu to classic Jo's Coffee, we've put together a list of Austin's best coffee shops - check it out below!

Bennu Coffee -  Open 24/7, Bennu is a trendy cafe serving locally sourced coffee and food, and offering free Wi-Fi and a cozy atmosphere. If you find yourself at one of their locations in East or Central Austin, make sure to try one of their signature gourmet mochas!

Brew & Brew -  This central Austin brewery combines coffee and beer all in one spot, with 39 rotating beers and ciders on tap and a full

November 2018 Austin Market Report

According to the November 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report, Austin's 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 1% to 2,201 homes sold while the median home price rose 2% to $301,000. Despite the continuous rise in prices, pending sales for November increased by 3%. The month of November also yielded an increase in total dollar sales volume to $839 million. The home inventory level for the Austin area saw a slight increase with 2.7 months of inventory available. Check out the newest numbers from the Austin Board of REALTORS® for November:

November 2018 Austin Area Market Statistics

  • 2,201 single-family homes were sold

Apple is Opening a New Austin Campus!
Photo courtesy of Apple.

You've probably heard the news by now - tech giant Apple made an announcement on December 13th that it will be investing $1 billion to add another campus in North Austin, along with expanding job opportunities all across the US (Apple.com). This is Apple's third Austin location, and set to be built on 133 acres less than a mile from its neighboring Northwest location. Construction is expected to last 30 - 36 months (Austin Business Journal).

On December 18th, Williamson County officials voted on and approved a "taxpayer-funded incentive package for Apple," which will require Apple to invest $400 million in the site over 15 years and hire 4,000 new workers by the site's 12th anniversary, and in return the company will

Platinum Top 50 Winners 2019

Back in October, we wrote about five of our top agents and their nomination as Semi-Finalists for the Platinum Top 50 Award. We’re excited to announce that our agents Damon Brown, Jackie Horton, and Robie Dodson won the Platinum Top 50 Award for 2018 - 2019! This award is one of the most prestigious that a real estate agent can earn throughout their career, so it is a huge accomplishment. Out of thousands of applicants, only 150 Semi-Finalists were selected, with 50 winners ultimately chosen from this elite group. Damon, Jackie, and Robie, along with other agents in the Austin area, were honored at the Platinum Top 50 Awards Ceremony on December 14th.

The Platinum Top 50 Award recognizes the achievements of agents based on their performance in not

Things to Do New Year's Eve in Austin 2019

There's no better place to celebrate the new year than the Austin area, and we've put together this list of fun, family-friendly events that all ages can enjoy! The youngest in the family can watch balloons drop at "Noon Years Eve" parties at the Thinkery and The Hive. All ages can countdown to midnight with bowling and golfing fun at Mel's Lone Star Lanes and Topgolf. For midnight fireworks, head to the Austin Convention Center for Austin's New Year or check out the Lost Pines Resort celebration in Bastrop. Here's to a great 2019!

Austin's New Year - Ring in the new year with music, art, and food at Auditorium Shores! From 3 - 10 pm, the whole family can enjoy local live music and grab a bite to eat from food trucks while counting down to 2019.

Things to Do in Austin in December
Photo courtesy of Earl McGehee on Flickr. CC BY 2.0

The holiday season is in full swing this month in Austin! There are tons of places to shop local for gifts around the city, including the Blue Genie Art Bazaar, The Austin Flea, and the Cherrywood Art Fair. Catch a festive show at Zach Theatre for a viewing of A Christmas Carol, or the Nutcracker at The Long Center. Finally, wrap up December on the 31st at Auditorium Shores for Austin's New Year. For even more fun events, check out our blog on the best places to see Christmas lights in Austin

Event Date Location / Time
Website
Blue Genie Art Bazaar Now - December 24 Blue Genie Art Bazaar / Dates and Times Vary bluegenieartbazaar.com
A Christmas Carol