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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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Austin’s re-sale housing market continues to grow at a robust pace based on the latest data released Thursday by the Austin Board of Realtors.

Some 3,082 homes sold in August, 30 percent more than a year ago and more than double of what was sold in August 2010 — while median home prices also increased.

Still, it was slightly less than how many sold in July, which posted 3,135 sales.

Here are some other highlights of the August report:

• The median price of a single family home was $224,000, 6 percent more than August 2012.

• Single family homes remained on the market an average of 43 days, 19 days fewer than last year.

• There were 6,075 single family home listings on the market, 16 percent less than last year.

• There were 2,399 pending sales of single family homes, 9 percent more than last year.

• There were 2.8 months of inventory available, 1.2 months less than last year.

• The total volume of homes sold was $883.1 million, 36 percent more than last year.

• 361 townhouses and condos were sold in August, 32 percent more than last year.

• The median price of a townhouse or condo was $193,700, 14 percent more than last year.

• Townhouses and condos remained on the market an average 40 days, 37 percent less than last year.

• There were 2,149 properties leased in August, 10 percent more than last year.

• The median price of a leased property was $1,400 a month, 4 percent more than last year.

Orginal Article by: Jan Buchhloz

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Though the weather hasn’t caught up…it is fall y’all. Stumbled across this list of fun things to do in central Texas this fall – check a few off the list.

We may not have hit the cooler temperatures that traditionally come with fall, but that shouldn’t stop you from all of the fun things there are to do here in Austin!!

Here are 25 Things to Do in Central Texas this Fall (2013)

Austin Museum Day – September 22 – The Austin Museum Partnership hosts a day of free admission to over 40 participating institutions. Check out the details here.

Barton Hills Farm – Saturdays & Sundays September 28 – November 10 We went last year to this amazing farm and enjoyed racing through the HUGE corn maze, playing lawn games, and listening to live music.

Take a Train Ride – Weekends – From the miniature ones on the Cedar Rock Railroad, Zilker Zephyr, Austin Zoo, or ride the real thing with the Austin Steam Train Association.

Les Miserables at ZACH Theatre – September 25 – November 3 – Yes, the movie was good, but not as good as seeing & hearing Do You Hear the People Sing? live. Click here for tickets.

Breakfast at the Movies – Saturdays & Sundays – Flix Brewhouse up in Round Rock offers a breakfast menu for the first few movies of the day – what a fun way to start – PJs, Pancakes, and a fun flick!

Old Pecan Street Festival – September 28 & 29 – Head on out to the largest arts & crafts festival in Central Texas. Free admission, festival includes vendors, music, food, & fun.

Spend an evening out in Walburg – Weekends – Have some schnitzel with your Spaten by celebrating Oktoberfest at Walburg’s gorgeous Biergarten. They have some pretty great music too.

Sound & Cinema at the Long Center – October 2 – The last Sound & Cinema of the season is going to be totally tubular with an 80’s party featuring Top Gun Sing & Quote-along.

Round Rock Chalk Walk – October 4 & 5 – The streets of downtown Round Rock are turned into an Italian street painting festival where everyone is encouraged to create a chalk drawing for free. Other activities, live music and food are offered at this annual event as well.

Sweetberry Farm – Daily except Wednesdays – One of our favorite Central Texas Farms, Sweetberry features pumpkins, corn mazes, farm animals, rides, flower-picking, and more.

Oktoberfest in Fredricksburg – October 4 – 6 – Chicken Dance down Main Street at Oktoberfest – Tons of family activities and lots of great food.

Boo at the Zoo – October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26 – The Austin Zoo’s annual fundraiser features a unique way to see the animals – at night. They also have a haunted train ride that is way fun!

“Superheroes” with the Austin Symphony – October 18 – What could be better than iconic pop music from your favorite superhero film & tv shows?? Hearing it live!

Lake Travis Zipline Adventures – Daily – Fall is the perfect time to enjoy Texas’ longest zip lines over the beautiful Lake Travis. The hike is scenic (and at times hard), but the hosts are funny and the views are amazing. Click here to learn more.

Texas Book Festival – October 26 & 27 A FREE family fun event featuring literary sessions, book signings, music, crafts, and more on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.

New Braunfels’ WurstFest – November 1 – 10 – Enjoy the best sausage in Texas at this year’s WurstFest in New Braunfels, TX Fun for all ages!

Race at K1 Speed – Daily – Getting ready for Formula One in November? Test your ability to race at K1 Speed, Austin’s premier indoor karting experience.

Touch-A-Truck – November 2 – Bring the kids to see and “touch” over 30 different vehicles including fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances. This annual event is held at Gorgeous Mille and benefits the Austin Children’s Shelter.

Austin Celtic Festival – November 2 & 3- Join this 18th annual festival for food, dance, sports, music and more!

Austin Insect Rodeo – November 9 – The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum hosts an insect rodeo – yep, just like it sounds. And don’t forget, on the first Saturday of each month, they have FREE admission between 2-6 p.m.

iFly Austin – Daily – There is no better time to learn how to fly….feel the sensation of jumping out of an airplane, without the fear of jumping out of an airplane. Serious fun – here’s my experience.

Austin Chocolate Festival – November 16 & 17 – A festival completely dedicated to chocolate? Say no more! This event helps raise awareness & money for Multiple Sclerosis and Breast Cancer and features competitions and vendors.

Homeslices’s Carnival O’ Pizza – November 16 – In honor of Homeslice’s birthday, this carnival is full of games, pizza-dough slinging contests, pizza eating contests, and lots of fun – all benefitting the Austin Bat Cave (a free writing program for kids).

Thundercloud Sub’s Turkey Trot – November 28 – Benefitting the Caritas of Austin, what better way to burn off that turkey and spend time with family than a fun run?? Click here to register.

Enjoy Austin in the Fall! – Daily – Now that the weather has cooled down a bit, take advantage of all the great outdoor fun we have – Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
•Climb to the top of Mt. Bonnell
•Enjoy a day at Zilker Park- Austin Nature & Science Center, ride the Zilker Zephyer, canoe around Town Lake
•Take a leisurely walk around the grounds of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
•Learn how to Geocache
•Do a Hill Country day trip out to Inks Lake State Park or Enchanted Rock
•Go back in time with an afternoon spent at Pioneer Farms
•Or go wayyyy back to the Prehistoric times at Dinosaur Park

Happy Fall Y’all!

Original article by Rebecca Darling
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Chances are you spend a good amount of time in your family room, so why are so many of its components out of date? It’s totally understandable if you’ve been allocating your remodelling funds for other key areas of your home, but now it’s time to focus on your main living space. You may not be able to afford to redo the space from top to bottom, but that’s OK. We share some of the most important elements to focus your attention on.

 

The walls

Believe it or not, a fresh coat of paint can do a lot for a room, especially if the space feels dull or flat. It doesn’t even have to be a particularly bold or striking colour — just something that makes the room you spend so much time living in feel more alive. For an extra-fun vibe, consider painting or wallpapering one wall in a cool, bright hue and leaving the remaining walls neutral. Benjamin Moore has a huge variety of colours to choose from, and its website offers some great tools to help you decide which one will work best in your space.

The floors

No matter how much you cover the floor of your family room with rugs and furniture, it will never disappear completely, so you might as well like it. If you have an old-looking carpet or scuffed-up hardwood, it’s time for a change. Re-carpeting or re-flooring can be pricey, so shop around at a few dealers to find one you’re comfortable with. Ask for samples and swatches to test out in your living room, and don’t settle until you come across one you love.

Television stand

These days we spend a fair amount of time in the family room, looking at the TV. So the last thing you want is for it to be sitting on a table or inside a cabinet that looks worn down or as though it’s from the ’70s. Look for a piece that truly fits in with the rest of your decor. If your living room is filled with antiques, go for a classic wooden look. Or if you like a more modern feel, track down a TV stand with clean lines and a glossy hue.

The couch

A worn-down or out-of-date couch can really detract from a space. If you feel yours isn’t doing anything to add to the look and feel of the room, consider investing in an update. The important thing is to look for a sofa that has an element of “timelessness” to it. Couches are expensive, so it is often best to buy a piece you love and know will fit in with your space for years to come. If you can’t afford to purchase a brand new sofa, consider a slipcover and some inspiring throw pillows to spruce things up. Ikea has dozens of fun pillows to choose from, so you’re sure to find several that fit in perfectly with your look.

Artwork

The easiest and most budget-friendly way to update your family room is through the decorations and artwork you incorporate. It’s easy to get used to looking at blank walls or random paintings, but having such a scattered or uninspiring space isn’t as much fun as having a warm sitting room to come home to. So liven it up! If you can’t figure out how a piece of art fits with the room, maybe it doesn’t belong there and it’s time to try something new. Have fun with it!

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