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SECOND pat on the back of the week! Thank you Stephanie and Adam, I really am honored you chose me!

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Today between 5-7pm the Great food truck race Show is stopping by Star Bar<
, Rattle Inn and Ranch 616 to tape for the Food Network. As if it isn't crowded enough down there – but great press and exposure for Austin. Valentina's – better stock extra brisket tacos today!

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As the great Mark Twain once wrote, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Thank you to my amazing clients, Caroline and Mark, for this gem: 
 
“We recently bought a home here in Austin and used Martha Small Homes and Horizon Bank to complete the deal. From start to finish, the level of professionalism, attention to detail and comfort level we had as a family was phenomenal. 
Buying a house is a stressful thing, but Chris (Mortgage consultant) solved problems quickly and efficiently and gave solutions without causing any panic on our end. 
Martha and her staff where there to guide us along the way in the right moments. She was on call when we needed her, attended meetings and inspections and she continued to help us after we closed on our new home.

I would recommend Martha Small Homes and Horizon Bank to anyone who wants to buy a house in the Austin area.”

 
 

 

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710 Meriden A Front House, Martha Small Homes, Real Estate Austin Martha Small710 A Meriden- Martha Small Non MLS Listing

710 A Meriden – $549,000

  • Exceptional location in Deep Eddy only minutes to Downtown Austin and Zilker Park
  • 2BR, 2.5BA, 2LIV + 1DIN with covered porches
  • Open floor plan built by Eix & Blackwell in 2006
  • Tall ceilings, abundant windows and modern finishes
  • Many rooms pre wired for stereo and tv
  • Seasonal downtown views  from master and master deck
  • Entrance to one car garage off Hearn
  • HOA with next door unit only – very low costs
  • Casis, O Henry and S.F. Austin High Schools

Please contact me for showings and more information

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

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It’s not an accident that three of the five fastest growing cities are in Texas. It’s more like destiny.

They say the Lone Star State has four seasons: drought, flood, blizzard and twister. This summer 97% of the state was in a persistent drought; in 2011 the Dallas-Fort Worth area experienced 40 straight days in July and August of temperatures of 100° or higher. The state’s social services are thin. Welfare benefits are skimpy. Roughly a quarter of residents have no health insurance. Many of its schools are less than stellar. Property-crime rates are high. Rates of murder and other violent crimes are hardly sterling either. So why are more Americans moving to Texas than to any other state? Texas is America’s fastest-growing large state, with three of the top five fastest-growing cities in the country: Austin, Dallas and Houston. In 2012 alone, total migration to Texas from the other 49 states in the Union was 106,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Since 2000, 1 million more people have moved to Texas from other states than have left.

As an economist and a libertarian, I have become convinced that whether they know it or not, these migrants are being pushed (and pulled) by the major economic forces that are reshaping the American economy as a whole: the hollowing out of the middle class, the increased costs of living in the U.S.’s established population centers and the resulting search by many Americans for a radically cheaper way to live and do business.

To a lot of Americans, Texas feels like the future. And I would argue that more than any other state, Texas looks like the future as well — offering us a glimpse of what’s to come for the country at large in the decades ahead. America is experiencing ever greater economic inequality and the thinning of its middle class; Texas is already one of our most unequal states. America’s safety net is fraying under the weight of ballooning Social Security and Medicare costs; Texas’ safety net was built frayed. Americans are seeking out a cheaper cost of living and a less regulated climate in which to do business; Texas has that in spades. And did we mention there’s no state income tax?

There’s a bumper sticker sometimes seen around the state that proclaims, I WASN’T BORN IN TEXAS, BUT I GOT HERE AS FAST AS I COULD. As the U.S. heads toward Texas, literally and metaphorically, it’s worth understanding why we’re headed there — both to see the pitfalls ahead and to catch a glimpse of the opportunities that await us if we make the journey in an intelligent fashion.

Orginal article by: Tyler Cowen with Time Magazine

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October brings in the Halloween season and for Central Texas, that means Haunted Houses. Austin has a variety of Haunted Houses – some of them we know well, others not so much. Below is an up to date list of all the haunted houses in and around Austin for you to enjoy.

House of Torment

The House of Torment has been operating in Austin for a long time. If you haven’t been to it before, you probably know someone who has. Currently, the House of Torment has three separate haunted houses in one massive location up at the Highland Mall. Their shows include Slaughterhouse: The Harvest offers you a country style scare, Blackthorne District gives an asylum twist full of experiments gone wrong, and Cursed: Ancients Emerge, which unearths the guardians of the Realm of Torment. You can check out all of the attractions information on their site. The HOT is open every day in October from 7:30 – 11:00 with hours extended on Friday and Saturday.

 

Scare for a Cure

The Scare for a Cure is an organization that utilizes a volunteer staff to organize haunted events and a unique interactive adventure of terror in Manor, TX. The shows include the Little Red Riding Hood-themed Fairy Tale Nightmare, the old west-themed Murder at Ghost Town, and cemetery-themed, Boneyard. Their main attraction is called Quest Night, an interactive medieval adventure where participants get to battle giant spiders and zombie warriors. They only allow groups for this event. Tickets are available for all shows every weekend in October leading up to Halloween and profits from their shows are donated to local cancer related charities and organizations. Visit their site for specific details.

 

Night Terrors

Night Terrors is “the realism haunted house that will shock you to the core”, according to their website. On their Facebook page, Night Terrors urges customers not to confuse them with that “Highland Mall Disney show”, House of Torment. Those are big words. Reviews online suggest that Night Terrors has the stuff to back it up, but you’ll have to see for yourself. Located off of 183 just north of McNeil Drive, Night Terrors isn’t too far from the House of Torment. Their assortment of scenes and scares features two spooky clowns, Lunatik & Gzmo (pictured below). Night Terrors is open every weekend in October from 7 – 11pm with tickets ranging from $20 to $34. Visit their website for more information.

 

Austin Ghost Tours

You’ve probably seen the Austin Ghost Tours trolley car rolling up and down 6th Street and wondered what ghost stories Austin has to its name. Based on classic ghost stories about Austin and recent investigations into the paranormal, the Austin Ghost Tours is the real deal, taking visitors on several walking tours as well as the trolley adventure. You can visit haunted sites like the Capitol Building, the Warehouse District, and the Driskill Hotel. Prices for different tours can vary so please visit the site for more details.

Pioneer Farms

The majority of the year, Pioneer Farms is a living history park used as an educational tool for children. But during Halloween, they open up the haunted trails of Sprinkle Corner Village, where families and kids search for hidden magical symbols left behind by the Ancient Brotherhood of the Golden Light to prevent the Powers of Darkness from ripping open a gateway “that would permit evil to gain foothold in the mortal world” during the harvest season. Quite the narrative! The Quest of the Haunted Trails is only open four nights this year: October 18-19 and October 25-26 from 7-10pm. Admission is $12 per person. Visit their website for more information.

If you’re looking for a more independent Halloween experience, below is a list of the five most haunted places in Austin as listed by Fiona Broome, one of Austin’s most prolific chroniclers and writer of Austin ghosts and hauntings. They’re not full of scares (depending on how you feel about 6th Street), but they might be fun spots to enjoy a cool October night.

• The Driskill Hotel • Buffalo Billiards • The Spaghetti Warehouse • Texas Capitol Building • Oakwood Cemetery and Oakwood Annex Cemetery on Navasota St.

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Austin is used to being named to nationwide lists as a great city to live. A Forbes columnist has placed Austin among the 10 up-and-coming global cities as the best incubators for entrepreneurs.

“The capital of Texas has been buzzing for a few years now … Big events like South by Southwest and the Film + Interactive Festival have fueled creativity and start-up activity,” the article by Patrick Hull said in its praise of Austin.

Austin is among three U.S. cities mentioned as new global entrepreneur hotspots, including Richmond, Va., and Raleigh/Durham, N.C.

As for the other entrepreneur engineds, Forbes mentions two cities are in South America, two in the Far East and two others, surprisingly, in former East Bloc countries: Moscow and Kiev, Ukraine. Sydney, Australia rounds out the list.

The University of Texas at Austin recently made a list of the best schools for entrepreneurs.

In an exclusive article for subscribers, Austin Business Journal recently published a report on how a number of business incubators are becoming the engine for entrepreneurial growth in the region. Not a subscriber? Follow this link to sign up for four free issues of ABJ.

Orginal Article By: Greg Barr with Austin Bussiness Journal

 

Compliments of: Martha Small | Austin Portfolio Real Estate | 512.587.0308

 

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