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  Austin best city for investing in 2015

Of the 105 largest U.S. metros, Forbes says Austin is the #1 Best Buy City with great job and population growth potential.

Just when you thought Austin’s housing market was becoming overvalued, Forbes recently rolled out their list of top cities to invest in housing for 2015 with Austin listed as the heavyweight champion. Not only is Austin forecasted to perform extremely well this year, 5 major Texas metro areas make up half of Forbes’ top 10 Best Buy Cites in 2015 Following Austin (No. 1), Texas cities with the best opportunities to buy include Houston (No. 3), Dallas (No. 5), San Antonio (No. 6) and Fort Worth (No. 10).

To create the list of best cities to invest in housing, Forbes teamed up with Local Market Monitor (LMM), a North

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Austin New Year Resolutions

10 New Year's Resolutions for Every Austinite

Living in Austin, you gain certain experiences similar to others living in the same town.

For instance, you might think that every Austinite has been to Barton Springs, but you'd be surprised at how many Austinites have managed to avoid the Springs over the years.

Well, this post is for such an Austinite - the ones who have been here for a while but may have missed out on the particularly "Austin-y" things that make up the collective experiences of tried and true Austin townies.

1. Run in the Cap 10K

Austin Cap 10K Race

The largest 10K race in Texas and one of the top 10 in the nation. The course weaves through downtown and parts of central Austin with live music and supporters along the way. Cross the finish

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Realty Austin Celebrates 10 Years of Doing What We Love!

2014 marked an important milestone for the Realty Austin team as we celebrated our 10th anniversary of doing what we love. Work hard. Play hard. Give back. From the early days of a simple living room operation, to present day with 5 successful market centers with 270 of the most talented and knowledgeable real estate agents in the industry, we look forward to what the future holds.

In honor of our 10 year anniversary, we take a look back to the beginning in 2004, and where we are today in 2014.

Realty Austin 10 Year Timeline

Work hard.

In the Beginning 2004-2009
Working from their home, Jonathan and Yvette Boatwright started Realty Austin as West Austin Realty in 2004. The husband-wife team never imagined 10 years

New Year's Eve Austin 2015

NYE in the ATX: Realty Austin’s Guide to the Best Places to Ring in the New Year

It’s no secret that Austinites like to do things differently. Whether you’re celebrating the excitement of a new year, or looking forward to leaving 2014 in the past, make sure you do it with style. With a variety of events to pick from, make this New Year’s Eve an unforgettable night you will never forget.

Casino Night at The Goodnight

Feeling lucky this New Year’s Eve? Play your odds at The Goodnight with doors opening at 9pm. Admission includes full bar, 1 raffle ticket to win a trip to Las Vegas, 5K in chips for casino games, unlimited bowling and table games, passed appetizers, and champagne toast at midnight.

Event Time: 10:00PM - 2:00AM

Studio 54 at

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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. See our complete list of Austin's neighborhoods 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

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


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