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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 restaurant, 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 website!

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

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


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

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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

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Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival
February 6-9, 2014

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Austin Energy Regional Science Festival
February 19-22, 2014

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February 21-23, 2014

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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…

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


Hanging Christmas lights can be a daunting task for some. Fortunately, Realty Austin has a guide to help you get through this holiday season. 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 the neighbor of the year, or just another Clark Griswold? You decide.

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

Formula One U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, TX Original image by

The 2013 Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix is about to embark on it's 2nd year in the states at Austin's Circuit of the Americas track. Races, concerts, entertainment and other events will be held at the COTA track and other venues around Austin from November 14th to the 17th. Realty Austin has all the information you need to have the full experience.

The innaugural event was held in November 2012 and attracted fans, enthusiasts and newcomers from around the world. The races recieved the second-highest Grand Prix race attendance of 117,429 people with a total of 265,000 fans that visited the track over the entire weekend for races, events and entertainment. Each Formula One race is broadcast to more than 30


SXSW in Austin, TXOn any given weekend in Austin it is likely to find people gathering to celebrate anything from Eeyore the donkey's birthday to local bats to cultural celebrations of many sorts.
Festivals of all kinds are a huge part of Austin's eclectic culture, which is why we know it is important to keep you updated with information about Austin’s top festivals that are coming up!



Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg

October 4-6

Austin City Limits Festival

October 4-6 & 11-13

Austin Film Festival

October 24-31

Texas Book Festival

October 26 & 27


November 1-10

Fun Fun Fun Fest

November 8-10

Formula One Austin Fan Fest

November 14-17