Monthly Archives: November 2013

2013 Holiday Event Guide for Austin and the Hill Country

Your 2013 Holiday event guide is here! Celebrate the holidays all throughout November and December and don’t miss a single event with this guide to Central Texas Holiday Events. From music, to lights, to unique festivities, we’ve got you covered! Start with Santa’s Grand arrival at the Hill Country Galleria on Thurs. Nov 21st, Light the Holiday Tree at Zilker Park on Dec. 1st, go ice skating on the plaza at Whole Foods on Lamar, or check out the Holiday Wine trail in the Texas Hill Country. Then, don’t forget to check out all the music and dance performances around town including, Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker” and the Trans Siberian Orchestra! If Christmas lights are more your thing, we’ve got plenty of places in Austin and the Hill Country for you to see some of the best displays.

Whatever you decide to do, this guide to holiday events will make sure you don’t miss a thing! So, gather the whole family together, grab your friends and head out to enjoy these local holiday events by clicking HERE or on the picture below. (PDF reader required to view – download Adobe Reader here)

2013 Holiday Events in Austin and the Texas Hill Country

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Twisted X Brewing Company - Dripping Springs TX

Twisted X Grand Opening Party!

Twisted X Brewing Company is opening soon! To celebrate, Twisted X is throwing a Grand Opening Party with food, vendors, live music, entertainment and, of course, great handcrafted beer!

If you’ve driven down Hwy 150 lately, you may have noticed the 9,000 square-foot brewery going up just outside of Dripping Springs. Texas-founded Twisted X Brewing Co. has sold beer from a Cedar Park location since May 2011. Now, after two years of planning and building, the microbrewery has moved its headquarters to this great space in the Hill Country town of Dripping Springs.

The brewery, known for its handcrafted Mexican brews dubbed Tex Mex Beer, will host a grand-opening party next weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 at the new location. On the entertainment list: live music (including a mariachi band), a juggler, magician, and balloon and caricature artists. Partygoers can also explore the new space, which includes a larger brewing system and a 2,000-square-foot tasting room and bar.

Also onsite will be food trucks from Salt Lick, Phil’s Ice House and Amy’s Ice Cream, plus other vendors. Tickets cost $25 and include a backpack, two beer tokens, a stadium cup and T-shirt. Guests must be 21 to purchase tickets, but youth 18 and younger are welcome with adult supervision. Tip: Bring lawn chairs.

Contact: texmexbeer.com

Source: dallasnews.com

8003 Siringo Pass in Legend Oaks

JUST LISTED in Legend Oaks! 8003 Siringo Pass, Austin TX

Don’t miss this great, Legend Oaks home!

8003 Siringo Pass is a nice single story home with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1702 sqft, a recently remodeled kitchen & new exterior paint. Listed at $272,000.

Legend Oaks is a great, Southwest Austin community located just off US Hwy 290 at the intersection of Convict Hill Rd & Escarpment Blvd and includes over 350 homes. Some of the community amenities in Legend Oaks include a recreation center with swimming pool & cabana, covered play ground, tennis court, and a neighborhood park with picnic tables and BBQ grills. Legend Oaks is served by Austin ISD, and is only about 15 minutes from downtown Austin and the University of Texas.

Legend Oaks is in a great location with easy access to US Hwy 290 and Mopac Blvd making for an easy commute to major employers and downtown Austin. Legend Oaks is also close to Escarpment Villagewhich offers a variety of shopping and dining, a professional services. Legend Oaks is also only minutes from the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave and Barton Creek Square Mall.

With all that Legend Oaks has to offer, you may want to make this community your home! Contact Steve today to see 8003 Siringo Pass – its sure to sell fast! Want to see more homes for sale in Legend Oaks? Click here! 

Thinking about selling your Legend Oaks home? Our team of local professionals would love to help you! Contact us today, or learn more about our listing/marketing process and what we offer our clients.

Benefits of Buying a Home with Cash

How Buying a Home with Cash benefits Buyers & Sellers

Buying a home with cash has lots of benefits for both buyers and sellers, and can make the home buying process easier & less stressful for all parties involved. Sellers benefit from smoother closings, and avoid the stress of a buyer being denied a loan at the last minute. On the other hand, buyers benefit by paying less long-term for their home (no loan = no interest!) and gaining full, immediate equity in their home.

According to the National Association of Realtors about 30 percent of residential sales are cash transactions.

Still not convinced? Realtor.com has compiled a list of advantages to buying a home with cash that we’ve listed here, and some tips on how you can save in order to afford to pay in cash:

  • Sellers are likely to favor buyers who can pay in cash.
  • The home price may be reduced for those who pay in full up front.
  • All-cash purchases streamline the home-buying process: No loans means less paperwork and no delays for mortgage approval.
  • Cash buyers can save money on closing costs, bank appraisals, mortgage applications and fees, title insurance, and so on.
  • Cash purchases eliminate the risk of loan denial.
  • Cash buyers pay much less for their homes in the long run: No loans means no interest.
  • Cash buyers never have to worry about losing their homes because they can’t afford to repay their mortgage loans.
  • Cash buyers gain full, immediate equity in their home.

Financially and emotionally, paying with cash benefits the home buyer.

Figure out how to pay in cash 
Buying your house with cash might seem like an impossible dream. Here are some tips to help you achieve it:

  • Set aside unexpected windfalls, such as work bonuses or inheritances.
  • Lock money in a long-term CD to earn interest.
  • Once you have accrued cash, look for a house you can afford without borrowing extra money.
  • Consider moving to a less populated area, further from a big city, where home prices are likely to be lower.
  • Avoid the temptation to waste money. Tell your friends and family about your goal of buying a home; they will help keep your spending on track.
176 Seep Rock Cv, Driftwood TX

COMING SOON! 176 Seep Rock Cv, Driftwood TX 78619

Check out this great Driftwood, TX listing before it goes on the market!

Take a sneak peek at this FANTASTIC Rim Rock home at 176 Seep Rock Cv in Driftwood TX before it hits the market! Built in 2008, this home offers 4236 square feet of living space, and is situated on approximately 2 acres in the Texas Hill Country. Listed at $519,900. It’s going to be listed on MLS soon, so be sure to Contact us or call 512-829-2062 if interested!

With panoramic, country views, modern amenities, and easy access to Austin, its no wonder Driftwood TX is a quickly growing Hill Country community! Located in the community of Rim Rock, you can enjoy the serenity of country living, while still enjoying easy access to Austin and the Texas Hill Country. The new and resale homes in Rim Rock range from 2,500 to almost 5,000 sq. ft. of living space.  Rim Rock is also only about 10 minutes from Dripping Springs, and in the highly rated Dripping Springs school district.

Interested in this home, or looking for a home in the Driftwood or Dripping Springs areas? Contact us or call Steve at 512-829-2062 today or click here to search homes for sale in Driftwood, Dripping Springs, or SW Austin.

 

Austin Economy Ranked No. 1 in the Country

Austin Economy Ranked No 1The Austin economy is the number one economy out of 102 cities measured by The Business Journals’ On Numbers monthly report.
·        Austin has been the strongest market of all the cities, occupying first place nine times in 15 months and never finishing lower than third.
·        Austin has added 67,800 private-sector jobs during the past five years, an increase of 11.0 percent. No other market has grown faster than 8 percent.
·        Austin scored an 83.9 out of 100 based on 18 economic factors
·        With an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent and five-year wages growth from October 2008 through October 2013 of nearly 15 percent, Austin had held first place for eight of the first 10 months in 2013. The city’s average weekly earnings per worker are now $919.12.
·        Austin is the only city in the nation with double-digit percentage job growth over the last five-year period, at just under 11 percent. By comparison, no other U.S. city has seen five-year job growth higher than 8 percent.
·        Dallas-Fort Worth is No. 2 in the country and Houston No. 4.

With all these encouraging numbers about the Austin economy, you may be thinking about moving to the Austin area. Or maybe you already love living here, but it’s time to move up, or downsize. Whatever your situation, our team of local real estate experts are here to help you in all your real estate decisions. Contact us today to see how we can help you!

2013 Formula 1 Racing Schedule – Circuit of the Americas Nov 15th, 16th

2013 Formula 1 Schedule
The 2013 Formula 1 Racing Schedule is here!
Tentative 2013 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ Racing Schedule
Friday, November 15th
•Formula One™ Practice Session One 9:00 am
•Formula One™ Practice Session Two 1:00 pm
Saturday, November 16th
•Formula One™ Practice Session Three 9:00 am
•Formula One™ Qualifying 12:00 pm
Sunday, November 17th
•2013 Formula 1™ United States Grand Prix, 1:00 pm
FREE SUNDAY POST-RACE CONCERT FEATURING PITBULL
Following the race, there will be a live performance by a worldwide music sensation: Pitbull
This concert is included with the price of admission and will be hosted onsite.
* Weekend passes are valid for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The listed start times are a guide only; the exact timetable is subject to change. Visit http://circuitoftheamericas.com/visit/race-day-schedule for updates
Track / Race Location:
Circuit of The Americas (COTA)
9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd, Austin, TX
The circuit, which is called Circuit of The Americas, is located about 15 miles (24 km) southeast of the Austin city center. The closest international airport is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, located about 9 miles (15 km) away.
Visit www.circuitoftheamericas.com/transportation to view a printable map to the COTA.
Helpful Resource Links:
The Official F-1TM Website
Circuit of the Americas
Circuit of the Americas Experiences
Hotel Accommodations
Vehicle Parking Options
All motorcycles, as well as any other motorized or electric
vehicle, will require a parking permit to park on-site at
the facility. Parking passes can be purchased here:
Private Transport Options
Taxi Cabs / Limousines / Charter Buses
Any chauffeured vehicle will be required to have proper
licensing in order to operate in greater Austin. Please contact
Marcy Cardona (administrative specialist) or call
(512) 974-1551 for the City’s requirements.

Transportation Options:

To access a parking lot map, visit www.circuitoftheamericas.com/visit/parking-maps

Race Course Printable Map
City of Austin Website:
ATX Grand Prix (Includes news about race weekend traffic and road closures)
Tickets and Event Packages:
Circuit of the Americas Official Website (Site includes an interactive seat map)