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As any experienced homeowner knows your Christmas lights display is an extension of your character, a public statement to those who live near you and the lucky few who pass by. So when that time of year rolls around, you've got a decision to make: do you want to be neighbor of year, or just another Clark Griswold? You decide.

Infographic for Realty Austin's Don't Be a Clark Griswold

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Photo of Green Building Austin, Solar Panels Photo by BoulderHomeSource.com

Amid some of the blowback from green living enthusiasts over the projected environmental impact of last weekend's F1 race, we thought it would be a good idea to touch upon green practices within the Austin real estate community. As our population continues to grow, so does the need for progressive residential and commercial building options.  It is important to understand our global environmental impact when building new homes and offices, especially in an era of new growth.  Green building is a practice that aims to be environmentally conscious and resource efficient while also keeping up with population and economic growth.  This overall philosophy is followed throughout the entire building process,

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Formula 1 - Circuit of the Americas

Formula 1 is finally here! For the last year we’ve been hearing about F1 construction, Circuit of the Americas, and all the ups and downs that the commission has dealt with in getting COTA up and running. Well, now it’s here and Austin will go down on the map as the only city in the U.S. with a purpose-built Formula 1 Racing track. With nearly 100,000 out-of-towners descending upon Austin for race day, we’re here to give you a cut and dry guide on what belongs in your F1 Survival Kit to help get you through Austin’s inaugural F1 weekend.

November 16 – 18 is going to be packed with race activities. Friday through Saturday will feature several races and practice sessions before the United States Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. For those

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Austin Storage Sheds

You’re probably here reading Realty Austin's blog because you’re considering either moving to Austin or moving to another neighborhood from within Austin. Either way, there’s a good chance you’re going to need to rent a self-storage unit at some point during your move—after all, one in ten people moving do. While the internet has blessed us with new tools that make finding the best storage deals in Austin a snap, it’s best to know some specifics before you begin your search. So what do you need to know about the storage industry in Austin?

To begin with, prices on storage in Austin are on average higher than any other city in Texas (though a few of Dallas’s suburbs are even more expensive), including Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

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Climate Controlled Storage in Austin

Whether you’re in the process of a move, remodeling, staging your home, or cutting down on clutter, when you’re looking for a storage unit there are two primary concerns: how to best keep your belongings safe, and how to do that while making the most efficient use of your money. One of the most common amenities in demand at storage facilities is climate control—indeed; many facilities even include it in their name. There’s really no question whether or not climate control will keep your belongings safer—the question is whether or not climate control is necessary or important enough to justify the extra cost in comparison to normal storage units.

The answer depends on two things: what you intend to store and the climate where you

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Tips for Hiring Movers

Getting the prices and rates right when moving is crucial to a financially bearable relocation. Moving expenses vary depending on whether your move is local or out of state, what kinds of furniture you’re moving and the speed at which you want it done. Each move has specific details that are important to consider when relocating. They influence the quality and cost of your move.

What is the Cost of Moving?

Before getting down to establishing the expenses you need to consider if you are going to do a self-move or if you will hire a professional moving company for a full move. If you decide for a do-it-yourself move, you will most likely hire two men and a truck. The going rates on average are about $90 to $120 per hour. Hiring the moving

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ACL Fest in Austin, TXDo you love activities, local food, and kid-friendly fun? Austin has numerous fun festivals for all three! With so much to do, it can be overwhelming sorting through the best things to do in town. Luckily, Realty Austin, your top source for Austin activities and real estate, has the scoop on Austin’s top festivals.

Republic of Texas Biker Rally

June 7–10

Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K

June 23

Bastille Day Festival

July 14

Ice Cream Festival

August 4

Austin Fashion Week

August 10–18

Bat Fest

August 25

Austin Chronicle's Hot Sauce Fest

August26

Italian Festival

August 26

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

August 28 – September 3

Fantastic Fest

September

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Marathons in Austin, TX Image by BleacherReport.net

Austin, TX is one of the fittest cities in the country, and lives up to its reputation by hosting numerous fun runs and marathons throughout the year. Always in support of a great cause, these marathons in Austin are a great way to get exercise and have fun with all of the wonderful people of Austin. Whether you like to be dressed to the “T” in a funny costume, get covered in “magical color dust”, or support local charities or fundraisers, Austin has the right fun run for participants of all ages, size, shapes and species (dogs can participate in some, too!)

Here is the list that Realty Austin has compiled for you with the dates of each fun run in Austin:

Keep Austin Weird 5K

June

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Downtown Austin Farmers Market

Farmers markets occur almost every day somewhere in the Austin area, full of the freshest fruits, vegetables and homemade foods from local growers. Other delicious foods are available for purchase such as meats, cheeses, baked goods, artisan wares and crafts. However, Austin Farmers Markets aren't only for food. Most Farmers Markets in Austin provide entertainment such as live music and activites for kids. Many Austin Farmers Markets also allow dogs to join you on your shopping trip. Unlike going to a grocery store, Austin Farmers Market trips can be fun for everyone in the family!

There are almost thirty Austin-area Farmers Markets waiting for you to dig into their finest produce and homemade goodies. Here is a list of the farmers'

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Back to School in Austin, TX Original Image from RachaelRay.com

As summer comes to an end we must prepare for the upcoming fall, which is why we have brought you a complete list of academic calendars and supply lists for every school district in the greater Austin area. And don't forget that August 17th-19th is Sales Tax Free Weekend in Texas! The tax exemption applies to clothing, footwear, backpacks and school supplies that are under $100 (per item, not in total) which can save you around $8 for every $100 spent. We hope you all had a good summer and that you enjoy getting back to school in Austin!

Is your child new to school or are you new to the Austin area and not sure which district you are in? Click here to find out.

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