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New Listing  - 1625 Enfield - Listed at $625,000

Super house with refinished original hardwood floors. Recent remodel of master bathroom- walk in glass shower with bench! Great period details like built in cabinets and knotty pine study. Awesome neighborhood with parks, splash pads, grocery, coffee shops and restaurants near by. Call or Email for extra details and pictures.

Martha Small – 512-587-0308 – Martha@MarthaSmallHomes.com – MarthaSmallHomes.com

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Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival presented by the Paramount Theatre brings to Austin, TX some of the funniest, wittiest and oddest world-class comics from around the globe. This marathon of side-splitting nights throughout the city is slated to bring over 100 comedians doing everything from stand-up and sketch to improv and musical comedy. National headliners, up-and-comers and local Austin-based comedians ensure that there are options for every type of comedy fan; die-hards to those just looking for a fun night.

Wednesday Schdule below:

5:00pm – 7:00pm | Moontower Lounge at the SFA Bar & Terrace

Schedule Banner Session 1

7:00pm | Paramount Theatre | DEMETRI MARTIN
Demetri Martin, Levi McDonald

7:15pm | The Velv Comedy Lounge | TRIFECTA
Jackie Kashian, Dan Naturman, Nick Thune, Host: Brendan K. O’Grady

7:15pm | The Parish | FOUR EYES
Andy Kindler, Mike Lawrence, Nick Mullen, Sara Schaefer, James Adomian,
Ari Shaffir, Rory Scovel, Host: Kerri Lendo


7:30pm | The Parish Underground | SHE-BANG
Erin Foley, Jen Kober, Cameron Esposito, Maggie Maye, Ashley Barnhill
Arden Myrin, Laura Kightlinger Host: Sean Patton


7:30pm | Stateside at the Paramount | PAJAMA MEN


8:00pm | Cap City | TRIFECTA
Kurt Braunohler, Brent Morin, Beth Stelling, Host: Chris Tellez


8:00pm | The New Movement | OPPOSITES + AC LEROK

Schedule Banner Session 2


9:15pm | The Parish | BLUE MOON
Dom Irrera, Brent Weinbach, Brad Williams, Kurt Metzger, Bridget Everett,
Godfrey, Jen Kober, Host: Bobby Slayton

9:30pm | Paramount Theatre | HANNIBAL BURESS
Hannibal Buress, Dan Soder

9:30pm | The Velv Comedy Lounge | COMEDY JACKPOT
Billy D. Washington, Paul Varghese, Greg Warren, Noel Wells,
Lucas Molandes, Laura Kightlinger, Chris Cubas, Host: Bob Khosravi


9:30pm | The New Movement | TNM TALKS


10:00pm | The Parish Underground | AUSTIN TOWERS!
Matt Bearden, Mike MacRae, John Ramsey, Mac Blake, Brian Gaar,
Kat Ramzinski, Host: Doug Mellard


10:00pm | Stateside at the Paramount | ALWAYS BE CLOSIN’ WITH RORY SCOVEL
Rory Scovel, Justin Willman, Sara Schaefer, Host: Kerry Awn

 

See the complete schdule here

For Tickets and extra info visit the main home page here

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My dear friend, Maggie Moore, in Fort Worth posted this blog (credit to Greg Nino out of Houston) and I laughed until I cried.  SO SO TRUE!  Take a minute to read this “Open Letter to Anyone Wanting to Get Their Real Estate License” and humor me a bit.  xo 

CLICK HERE TO READ or see info below: 

This post by Greg Nino, real estate agent at Re/Max Compass in Houston, was originally published on ActiveRain.

Several times a year I am approached by people who want to become a Realtor. Many of them think it’s a great way to supplement their income while they keep their day job. A lot of others are interested in a career change. I decided to type this blog post to save myself time. Each time I’m asked I’ll simply send the inquiring person a link back to this post. So, with that said, grab your favorite beverage and read below, because you’re about to get a heavy dosage of what it’s like to start a real estate career.

1. Passing the exam is easy. Creating a business with real income is a different story.

2. Now that you have your license, be prepared to lose friends and get your feelings hurt. Most, if not all, of your friends and family will avoid using you the first year or two that you’re licensed. Simply put, you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. Earn your battle scars. Even after you’ve gained experience, you’ll have friends and family who will not work with you because you’re a friend or because you are family. It happens every day to Realtors across the country.

3. If you don’t spend money, you won’t make money. You need to spend THOUSANDS of dollars to create a business. Most of what you are thinking is a cute and new idea has already been tried a thousand times. You will do what every new agent does: Spend money (A LOT OF IT) on the wrong things. Over and over again. There’s a famous saying in this business: “If you want to get rich in real estate, sell stuff to Realtors.”

4. You and your smartphone will become inseparable. You will have to get up from eating, watching a movie and sleeping to take calls, return emails and respond to text messages. Of course, you don’t have to do this, but you also don’t have to make any real money in this business. You’ll get out of it what you put into it. Ignoring a call could be a $20,000 mistake. Or more.

 5. Be prepared to be second-guessed, doubted, questioned, accused and lied to repeatedly. Buyers and sellers have the propensity to lie just like you and the guy next to you at the grocery store. People have perceptions about lawyers, mechanics and police officers. They have them about us, too. Even after years of experience there will be clients who will second-guess your every move. This will never go away.

6. You will show thousands of houses. Showing a house isn’t just about unlocking a door. Sometimes you get rained on while showing. Sometimes the house says active on the market when it’s already under contract with another buyer. Sometimes you are late to the appointment because of traffic. Maybe your buyer will be late. The number of things that can go wrong are practically endless.

7. Almost nobody will respect your time. Almost everyone thinks you are overpaid.

8. Expect people to ask for kickbacks both legally and illegally. Buyers and sellers will often want to haggle with your commission.

9. You will pay taxes. A lot of taxes. Expect to pay for the gizmo you use to unlock doors. You will pay for this yearly along with dues to three different associations. You’ll pay for signs, lockboxes, tools, equipment, cameras, advertising for both you and your listings, leads, websites, and on and on and on.

10. You will pay for your own health and life insurance. There is no 401(k) matching in real estate. You are an independent contractor. In fact, YOU will pay to be at your local real estate office! The broker will take money from you. You will also pay for an office if you want one. Your phone is your cost. Your Internet is also your cost. So are your paper, pens and everything else imaginable. You’re running a small business. It’s ALL your costs. You’ll also pay for errors and omissions insurance. The list is really long. Yay!

11. You will get screwed in this business. It’s not for the naive, lighthearted, ignorant or thin-skinned. You will work your rear end off and sometimes not make a dime.

12. You will deal with a certain number of psychopaths each year.

13. You will meet criminals, convicts and felons, especially if you work in the leasing industry.

14. Strange men and women will ask you to meet them at houses RIGHT NOW.

15. You might get a gun pointed at you while showing a house or two. Sometimes rabid pit bulls will chase you down.

16. Expect to get towed at least once.

17. Eventually you’ll get in a wreck while showing. You better hope your clients aren’t with you. Is your auto insurance updated correctly?

18. There is no disability insurance. So, if you break a leg while playing softball, you’re screwed. It’s going to hurt your business.

19. You might get sued even when you aren’t at fault.

20. When you become successful, your competitors might file complaints on you because they are jealous. You won’t like this.

21. As you show houses you’ll be in questionable neighborhoods from time to time. You need to learn self-defense, and carry a gun or a can of mace. Everyone should be concerned about their safety.

22. Be prepared to leave a social event early to run and show a house or to get yelled at by one of your clients for something you did not do. It doesn’t matter, you are the chew toy sometimes.

23. It’s likely you’ll get audited by the IRS. You have too many write-offs and, once again, you make too much money.

24. Lawyers are annoyed by Realtors.

25. Expect to list homes and never sell them. No agent sells every home they list. You will waste time, money, energy and resources.

26. Your signs will be stolen, spray-painted and eventually played with by the local kids.

27. Your flier box will always be empty because kids, passersby and neighbors will take too many. Sometimes they’ll take all of them in one day. Then you’ll be chastised for not having fliers in the flier box.

28. Did I mention you’ll deal with at least two crazy people each year?

29. EACH real estate transaction you work means you are likely dealing with at least eight different people. You’re responsible for 15-20 things. Right now I am trying to close 11 contracts. I am a little stressed. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about my paperwork, my clients and my business.

30. You will become an unlicensed therapist, divorced lawyer and counselor. You aren’t allowed to give legal advice, and you shouldn’t. You aren’t a doctor, but everyone will unload their personal lives with you. You will sometimes live their life.

31. Your spouse will at times hate what you do for a living.

32. Your wife or husband will despise the fact that you are always on your phone.

33. When you’re sick, you still work. There’s no floating holidays.

34. While on vacation, you still work. You can get an agent to cover your business, but NOBODY will care for your business the way you do.

35. Sometimes when you make mistakes it costs people money. You can’t just apologize.

36. You have to have a nice car. You must wear nice clothes.

37. When you first get started everyone will know you don’t know what you’re talking about. It’s a fact. This sucks. But if you stick it out, you’ll be OK. Seventy-five percent of the new agents don’t make it.

38. You get to work with agents! Not all of them are put together correctly. A lot of your problems in this business will be because of the other agent. You will get upset, angry, pissed and offended. Egos are here, too.

39. Wait for it:  Friends, neighbors and family will ask you for real estate advice while they are involved in a real estate transaction YOU aren’t.

40. Other Realtors will give your client advice when they aren’t supposed to. Every buyer and every seller knows an agent somewhere.

41. Each market is different. Very different sometimes, but that won’t stop friends and family from influencing your client. Your client will become confused at times.

42. You have a better chance of meeting E.T. than you do working real estate part time and being successful. It takes time, effort and money to be a part-time Realtor. In fact, being a part-time agent can be even more difficult.

So why do agents do this?

You’ll have the amazing opportunity to reap what you sow. You can work when you want. No matter how bad your boss (client) is, you are working for them for only a certain period of time. You get new bosses all the time. You can make a real difference in a lot of people’s lives. You literally help shape dreams. YOU can be the difference in someone’s life as they look to sell and buy a home. And not all clients, buyers and sellers are bad. Most of them get it. It’s awesome when everything works out.

And sometimes the money is really good.

 

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New MindMixer Website Launched for Town Lake Metropolitan Park

This online public forum allows the community to share views, vision for the park.

Austin Parks Foundation, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) and Tur Partners invite you to join us in a new and exciting way to help imagine the future of Austin’s premier lakefront park, Town Lake Metropolitan Park. We have recently launched an online virtual public engagement forum via mindmixer.com that allows community members throughout Austin to share their experiences, views and ideas toward a long-term vision for this park.

This website is built upon discussions initiated during the first four visioning sessions held Fall 2013 and Winter 2014. All sessions are part of a larger initiative to collect community input that will inform the future vision of Town Lake Metropolitan Park. As directed by the City of Austin Resolution #20121011-081, Austin Parks Foundation is working in partnership with Tur Partners, LLC, a global advisory firm, to conduct a study that will provide recommendations for enhancing public access and enjoyment of Town Lake Metropolitan Park. The final report will be delivered in April 2014.

To join the online discussions, please visit townlakepark.mindmixer.com. For more information about Town Lake Metropolitan Park, visit the Austin Parks Foundation’s “Special Initiatives: Auditorium Shores” webpage, http://www.austinparks.org/auditorium-shores.html, or contact Josh Strickland: (312) 506-6950; jstrickland@turpartners.com.

 

Orginal Article Posted by City of Austin

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Austin Board of REALTORS® releases real estate statistics for February 2014

 

AUSTIN, Texas–March 20, 2014 – Austin-area home sales and home prices hit an all-time high in February, according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. In February 2014, 1,761 single-family homes were sold in the Austin area, which is nine percent more than one year prior, and the median price for Austin-area homes was $230,530, an 11 percent gain from February 2013.

Bill Evans, 2014 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, explained, “The Austin-area housing market continues to be strong and home buyers remain aggressive. Sales are increasing year-over-year and rising home starts have begun to offset Austin’s shrinking housing inventory. These factors taken together make it look like we will have a great real estate year in 2014.”

A recent report from Metrostudy showed that Austin-area home starts hit a six-year high in 2013 and are on pace to exceed 2013 levels this year, which could replenish Austin’s housing stock with much-needed new homes. In February 2014, inventory remained at a historically low level of 2.0 months, compared to 2.6 months of inventory in February 2013.

Austin-area homes also continued to sell at an accelerated rate, spending an average of 55 days on the market in February 2014 and 16 days fewer than in 2013. The market also featured one percent fewer new listings, eight percent fewer active listings and five percent fewer pending sales in February 2014 compared to the prior year.

As Austin-area inventory remained unchanged and new and active listings decreased, home prices continued to rise. Average price also saw a double-digit increase, increasing 12 percent from February 2013 to $293,746. The total dollar volume in February 2014 was $517,286,706, a 21 percent increase from February 2013.

Evans concluded, “Austin needs to be aggressive in the promotion of housing development policies that contribute to a consistent, healthy increase of housing stock for all members of our community. Home starts are strong and the outlook for Austin-area home sales continues to be positive, and we need to provide safe, affordable housing options quickly in order to keep up with Austin’s continuing demand.”

February 2014 Statistics

    • 1,761 – Single-family homes sold, nine percent more than February 2013.

 

    • $230,530 – Median price for single-family homes, 11 percent more than February 2013.

 

    • $293,746 – Average price for single-family homes, 12 percent more than February 2013.

 

    • 55 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, 16 days fewer than February 2013.

 

    • 2,544 – New single-family home listings on the market, one percent fewer than February 2013.

 

    • 4,724 – Active single-family home listings on the market, eight percent fewer than February 2013.

 

    • 2,118 – Pending sales for single-family homes, five percent fewer than February 2013.

 

    • 2.0 – Months of inventory* of single-family homes, 0.6 months less than February 2013.

 

  • $517,286,706 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, 21 percent more than February 2013.

The following sections describe trends in other sectors of the Austin real estate market.

Townhouses & Condominiums

The number of townhouses and condominiums (condos) purchased in the Austin area in February 2014 was 217, which is 26 percent more than February 2013. In the same time period, the median price for condos and townhomes was $207,000, which is 11 percent more than the same month of the prior year. When compared to February 2013, these properties spent 26 percent less time on the market at an average of 50 days.

Leasing

In February 2014, a total of 1,206 properties were leased in Austin, which is five percent more than February 2013. The median price for Austin-area leases was $1,400, which is six percent more than the same month of the prior year.

Orginal Article posted by the Austin Board of Realtors- ABOR

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