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Keeping up with 158 People a day - Realty Austin Image by I'm Spacial

Two years ago, Mark Sprague, an Austin-based economist and State Director of Information Capital at Independence Title Company stated that approximately 158 people (40 families) were moving to Austin each and every day. With Austin topping countless year-end real estate, economic, and lifestyle lists in late 2012 and early 2013 (Forbes’ fastest growing cities, 2013), that number is pushing ever closer to 200. 158 people a day - at least. That means each day, Austin's real estate industry needs to grow to support 40 additional family-sized houses, our roads need to be able to support 65 additional cars, and our economy needs to support 40 more households

Austin is the poster-child for a city in

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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

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Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) Laguna Gloria
3809 W 35th St, 78703
(512) 323-6380
Austin Children's Museum Summer Camps Austin Children's Museum
201 Colorado Street, 78701
(512) 472-2499
Creative Side Teen Jewelry Workshop Creative Side Studio

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Image of I Love You So Much outside of Jo's Coffee Shop on SoCo in Austin, TX

Didn't make reservations in time? Need last-minute Valentine's Day ideas? We can help you share Cupid's most famous day with these easy (and thoughtful) Valentine's Day activities in Austin. Any gesture can be a loving one as long as it's authentic to you and your significant other. Here are our favorite ways to share Valentine's Day with your SOS and avoid last-minute meltdowns.


Last-Minute Valentine's Day

Oasis Cantina Del Lago $99 couple
Enjoy dinner at the Sunset Capital of Texas! Reservations required (512) 266-2442
ACL-Live Presents Bob Schnieder Tickets still available
An evening with Bob Schneider and the Moonlight Orchestra featuring the Tosca Strings with Shakey Graves and Lex Land. Doors 6:30/Show

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Keep Storage Weird - Self Storage Deals Image by AUTHOR

For our movers and relocators out there, we regularly like to provide info and insight that will help expedite and smooth out the moving process. For starters, you can check out our comprehensive relocation section on our site. But if you're in need of more proprietary information, check back regularly to our blog for real estate updates, neighborhood tips, and the low-down on Austin culture. If you are moving, chances are you're going to need a storage unit.

Luckily, our friends over at Self Storage Deals, a great little company that helps folks find affordable storage units online, have all the information you could ever need to know - from how much space you'll need for your furniture, to how much you can expect

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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