Monthly Archives: August 2014

Tasty Treats for your Labor Day Weekend!

Happy Labor Day from the Mallett Integrity Team! This year, we’ve rounded up some tasty recipes to help you make the most of your Labor Day celebration. Whether you’re planning a relaxing day with family & friends, or hosting a large get together, here are a few great recipes that are sure please!

Tasty Treats for Your Labor Day Weekend!


If you’re like us, no Labor Day celebration is complete without a GREAT hamburger! We saw this recipe for Old-Fashioned Burger Stand Burgers and Fries over at and got hungry just looking at it – YUM!

Tasty Treats for Your Labor Day Weekend!


Next, check out this tasty and patriotic side dish from! Who could resist this pretty (and tasty!) salsa with a stack of homemade tortilla chips!?

Tasty Treats for Your Labor Day Weekend


Oh…and did we mention dessert? I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Whether you’re making your own homemade ice cream, or picking up your favorite brand at the store, we loved these dipped cones to make dessert a little extra special. 

Tasty treats for your Labor Day Weekend!

From Julia’s Room For Dessert

Or…if cones aren’t your thing, check out this great way to serve ice cream to your guests in individual mason jars. Oh…and did you notice they used a bird bath filled with ice to chill? No ice chest…no problem!

So…now that you have your party menu planned you can think about more important things…like taking your family to the pool, or that long nap on Monday afternoon! No matter how you choose to celebrate, we wish you and yours a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!


TerraScena - Dripping Springs TX - A Resource Conscious Community

TerraScena vs. the Average Home

Our team is SO excited about TerraScena, Dripping Springs first resource conscious community! As we’ve started talking with people about this new development, we’ve been hearing A LOT of questions. 

What is the vision for TerraScena?

What does a green home look like? 

What is this I’m hearing about rainwater collection systems as the only source of water? 

What are the restrictions? 

These area all great questions, and ones we’re happy to answer! The answers to many of these questions can actually be found on the TerraScena website, but, because the idea of a Resource Conscious community is a new one for our area, we want to provide you with as much information as possible, especially if you’re considering purchasing a homesite.  As with anything new, a good understanding of all the information is key. 

TerraScena - Dripping Springs first Resource Conscious Community

Plans for the front elevation of one of our homes in progress!

Some of the main questions we get are, “How is TerraScena different from other communities or homes in the area?” or “What sort of features make this community “green” or resource conscious?” To that end, we wanted to provide you with a Comparison between homes and TerraScena and Average homes so you can see the difference for yourself!

TerraScena vs. Average HomesOne of the great features of TerraScena and how this project is being developed, is that builders who want to build in this community must to be approved by the developer and meet these high quality & resource conscious building standards. 

Modern Living Room - TerraScena, Dripping Springs, TX

Living room plans for one of the homes in progress

We know your home is probably one of your biggest investments, which is why we are excited to work with TerraScena to offer Dripping Springs homeowners a chance to own a high quality home while minimizing impact on the environment. Owning a home that conserves energy and water usage can also add up to BIG savings on utilities down the road. 


Want to know more? Contact us, or see it for yourself! TerraScena is located just North of Dripping Springs on Ranch Road 12. Click here for directions. 

Austin Area Home Sales Dip for First time in Three Years

Austin Area Real Estate Market Statistics - July 2014 Although Austin area home sales dipped for the first time in three years, the Austin area monthly housing inventory rose to 3.0 months in July 2014, an increase of 0.2 months from the year prior and the first annual increase in inventory levels since May 2011. This was driven by an increase in available listings, as active listings jumped 12 percent year-over-year to 6,859 listings and new listings rose eight percent during the same time frame to 3,788 listings. However, Austin area housing inventory is still well below six months, which the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites as a balanced market. 

In addition, Austin area home prices continued to climb with median price increasing nine percent year-over-year to $250,000 and average price rising seven percent to $318,854 in July 2014.

July 2014 Statistics

    • 2,944 – Single-family homes sold, three percent less than July 2013.
    • $250,000 – Median price for single-family homes, nine percent more than July 2013.
    • $318,854 – Average price for single-family homes, seven percent more than July 2013.
    • 39 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, two days fewer than July 2013.
    • 3,788 – New single-family home listings on the market, eight percent more than July 2013.
    • 6,859 – Active single-family home listings on the market, 12 percent more than July 2013.
    • 2,660 – Pending sales for single-family homes, four percent less than July 2013.
    • 3.0 – Months of inventory* of single-family homes, 0.2 months more than July 2013.
  • $938,706,176 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, four percent more than July 2013.

Thinking about buying a home or listing your property? As specialists in the Dripping Springs and SW Austin area, we’d love to talk with you about your options in this market. Contact us today!

Dripping Springs Trail System Coming Soon!

The Dripping Springs Trails Plan Advisory Committee is working on a plan for a world-class trail system to connect Dripping Springs and surrounding areas. With the assistance of a National Park Service grant, the Dripping Springs Trails Plan Advisory Committee is envisioning trail system that will connect a network of routes across the city and the ETJ (extraterritorial jurisdiction) that will allow residents and visitors to run, bike, walk, and hike in and around Dripping Springs. The trails will potentially feature a variety of trails from paved, to multi-use, to hiking trails and will take advantage of opportunities to reach other local trails like the Violet Crown Trail in SW Austin.

The committee’s upmost priority is a Dripping Springs Trail system that will be welcoming and safe for users of all ages, abilities, and levels of mobility. To that end, the committee is currently looking for feedback about the system. If this is something that interests you, please take a few minutes to provide your input here and feel free to share the link with anyone you think may be interested.

More information on the Dripping Springs Trails System will be available soon at 

Steve Mallett, broker/owner of the Mallett Integrity Team, is very involved in this project and is currently serving on the Dripping Springs Trails committee. Our team is excited about and looking forward to seeing this great, community improvement come to the city of Dripping Springs!

Dripping Springs Trail System Coming Soon!