The annual magazine rankings are out and Austin has faired quite well again. For the last five or six years, it seems like the bevy of business and personal magazines that do these rankings have been pretty hot on Austin.  Who can argue with them? Austin is a great place to live.

BEST PLACES TO LIVE - Kiplinger.com

1. Nashville, TN
2. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
3. Albuquerque, NM
4. Atlanta, GA
5. Austin, TX

BEST BIG CITIES - CNN.Money.com

1. Colorado Springs, CO
2. Austin, TX

SMARTEST CITIES - Austin Business Journal

1. Seattle, WA
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Austin, TX

What is the MLS?
The MLS, or officially the Multiple Listing Service, is an agreement among cooperating REALTORS® to share their agency’s listing information for the benefit of their clients. REALTORS® do this using a professionally run database of information about homes for sale within the area that their Board serves. For instance, Austin and surrounding area properties are served by the MLS system managed by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Because the MLS system is run by a local REALTOR® organization with permissions and rules regarding its use, the accuracy of information in an MLS system is far greater than a open community database could ever achieve. Funds to maintain the MLS system come from REALTORS® in the form of dues paid throughout the year.

The latest MLS report from the Austin Board of REALTORS indicates that the Austin real estate market continued to grow at a record pace in Nov 2006. Single family home sales increased six percent from one year ago, a record for the period. The median price for single family homes in the Austin area was $175,000, a 3% increase from last November. The $454,953,216 these sales contributed to the local economy reflects a 12% increase from last year. Current active listings increased by 3%, while new listings decreased by 3%.

This is what is known as a Seller’s Market. Plain and simple, seller’s are in better position to sell their home today than almost any other time in Austin’s history.  You may have heard that the nation is experiencing a housing slow

Thank you for using www.AustinHomeListings.com. This site was built to simplify and empower your Austin home search. How do we do that? Let me explain.

1. Your Search Simplified - We spent a lot of time (and money) designing a nice, clean layout with serious thought as to how a user would interact with the site.  We talked to friends and asked them what home search sites they have used in the past and what they wanted in a new site. For example, many people told us that they already know what neighborhood they want to live in, but there was no online tool to find homes for sale for their desired subdivision. For those users, we built the Quick Search with pre-defined queries for homes in over seventy Austin neighborhoods. We are adding neighborhoods to