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How to recycle in austin

Do your part to help our Earth and learn how to properly recycle.

Since the BP oil spill in April 2010, America's environmental impact on the world has been on the chopping block. While you can't directly extract oil from the Gulf of Mexico, you can do your part to limit your carbon footprint by recycling. And if you're going to help, wouldn't you rather do it right and not counter-act your efforts?

Most Americans aren't recycling correctly and it's costing them time and more taxes to not learn how.

A few years ago, the City of Austin established a one-bin recycle system which keeps all recycable material together versus sorting it into separate glass-only or plastic-only bins. The new system has made it easier for Austinites, freeing them of

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Where to Trick or Treat in Austin TX

For families with little kids, one of the biggest decisions around Halloween time is finding the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. People often think the wealthier the neighborhood, the bigger the candy bag, but finding the best places to trick-or-treat is about more than just neighborhoods with high property values. Safety, distance between homes, and the number of families with kids should also be considered. In our list of Austin's best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, neighborhoods are ranked based on their home values as well as other criteria including walk score, crime rate, and population density.  Here are our top picks for Austin neighborhoods to trick-or-treat in. Happy Halloween

Best Neighborhoods In Austin for

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Austin Texas top 10 breweries

In Austin, TX, we may not be quite as famous for our craft beers as, say, Portland, but that hardly means we’re without our own local beer artisans. In fact, there are more than 25 craft breweries in and around the Austin area. Choosing the 10 best breweries was not easy. From the venerable Live Oak brewery to the fresh-faced Hops & Grain, Austin produces a superlative selection of unique local beer.

Here are the top 10 local craft breweries close to Austin, along with their flagship beers:

Map of Austin's Top 10 Craft Breweries

Austin's Top 10 Craft Breweries For a map of the Top 10 Craft Breweries in Austin, visit our Craft Brewery Pinterest board!


Hops & Grain

Hops & Grain - Austin's Top 10 Craft Breweries The top beer here is a pale lager called Zoe. Hops & Grain recommends pairing it “with life”…

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Buying Power and the Cost of Waiting - Realty Austin - Austin, TX

Many homebuyers assume that rising mortgage rates cause lower home prices, when in fact there is no direct relationship between home prices and interest rates, according to the VP of Applied Economic and Housing Research for Fannie Mae. Increasing rates are a sign that the economy is doing well and incomes are rising. As a result, people can afford more and take out larger mortgages.

Realty Austin is here to clear up some confusion and help you understand the facts about rising rates. After all, owning is 35% cheaper than renting.

Myth: Interest rates don’t affect purchasing power

Fact: Interest rates are projected to increase to 5% in Q4 of 2015.*

The lower your interest rate, the higher your purchasing power. Your purchasing power

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Austin's Best Happy Hours - Realty Austin

Happy hours are a favorite past-time of many in this beautiful and eventful city, which is why we have compiled a list of the best happy hour spots throughout Austin. From themed happy hours to enjoying a nice breeze on the patio of a renowned restuarant, you can experience happy hour at its finest at the following happy hour hot spots in Austin, TX. For daily specials, visit each happy hour spot's wesbite!

Map of Austin's Best Happy Hour Patios

Best Happy Hour Patios in Austin,TX For a map of all of the best happy hours, visit our Happy Hour Pinterest board!

 

219 West | 219 W 6th St. | Downtown Austin, 78701
Located on West 6th, this hot spot is known for their eccentric cocktails and happy hour menu.
 

 

Abel's On The Lake | 3825 Lake

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Summer Camps in Austin Texas

Looking for Austin Summer camps for kids? Use our comprehensive guide to kids Summer camps in Central Texas to find the perfect ones for the kiddos in your family. Don't let the kids stay in all Summer, get them outdoors for some fun in the sun. From art to sports, music to dance, there's something for everyone this Summer. If you know of a great Summer camp for kids that's not on the list, leave a comment and we'll add it to the next edition.

 

Best Summer Camps in Austin

ART

Abrakadoodle Art Camps
Numerous Locations in Austin
Call for more info
(512) 380-7555


The Thinkery Spring & Summer Camps

The Thinkery

1830 Simmond Ave, 78723
(512) 472-2499


Creative Side Teen Jewelry Workshop
Creative

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Austin Baseball Guide - Realty Austin

We hope you had a great Opening Day, Austin!

Some of Texas' best baseball leagues and clubs are gearing for a great season at baseball diamonds all over the Austin area.

Whether you are a rookie to Austin or seasoned veteran, check out our ultimate fan guide to America's favorite pastime sport. From little leagues to the big leagues, Austin has a team just right for you this baseball season!

Minor League

Round Rock Express

College

University of Texas Longhorns Baseball
Concordia University
St. Edwards University

Little League

Western Hills Little League
Northwest Little League
South Austin Little League
Balcones Little League
Del Valle Little League
Delwood Northeast Optimist
Greater East Austin
Montopolis Little League
Bastrop

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ACL Fest in Austin, TX

It's obvious that Austinites enjoy live music, even if the conditions are less than ideal. Rain, dust and heat can't stop us from enjoying what we love most: contributing to the growth of the music industry and our economy. We are so thankful that the City of Austin understands this and continues to promote live music festivals.

February Festivals in Austin

Carnaval Brasileiro
February 1, 2014

Carnaval Brasileiro - Austin Festival Guide 2014 - Realty Austin Photo via AustinDaze.com

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Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival
February 6-9, 2014

Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival - Austin Festival Guide 2014 - Realty Austin Photo via Austin360.com

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Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
February 19-22, 2014

Video via ScienceFest.org

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Jugglefest
February 21-23, 2014

Jugglefest - Austin Festival Guide 2014 - Realty Austin Photo via juggling.place.org

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Bacon and Beer

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Real Estate Radio Austin

Ex-music professional and Realty Austin agent, Fred Meyers, shared his insight on Austin real estate with Real Estate Radio Austin’s Steakley and Stubbs Show.

After his career as a Record Executive at Warner Brothers Records in Detroit, Fred moved down South and got his Real Estate License. Realtors are “problem solvers,” Fred says. “Our world is about making [the home buying] process smooth, easy and enjoyable by using our expertise in value and strategy.”

Proud to be a Realty Austin agent and head of The Fred Meyers Team, Fred says that he wanted to simplify his business and focus on helping people buy, sell and invest in real estate in Austin. How did he go about that? By Making the Move to Realty Austin. “They’re very local [and] giving…

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Valentine's Day 2014 Events - Austin, TX

Love is in the air and it is time to make plans for you and your special someone for Valentine's Day 2014! It's hard to have the outlook that this day is simply a Hallmark holiday when you see what fun and unique ways Austinites will celebrate V Day 2014. But we know there are still some out there looking to celebrate in other ways - talking to you, cupid haters! Make it a night to remember and keep it local with Austin restaurants that are having great deals. Don't wait until last minute to make your plans or else you might just need the bottom list after all!

Valentine's Day 2014

Arro
Arro will be offering a special three course menu for $45.
Downtown Austin
Reserve Now
 
Chez Zee
Celebrate on the 14th