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Austin Patios Restaurants Guide

Take advantage of the beautiful Austin springtime weather and enjoy the patios at some of our local restaurants. See picture with the list.

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Happy New Years everyone! See below the list of areas to recycle your Christmas Trees.

Every year we work with the City of Austin to keep Christmas Trees out of the landfill or illegally dumped. Check out these resources to help out!

These sites are locations where the trees can be dropped off and then they will be mulched.

  • Travis County Transfer Station- 18649 FM 1431 Jonestown, TX 78645
  • 6013 Blue Bluff Rd. Austin TX 78724
  • Del Valle Softball Complex – Behind the Southwest Rural Center (24hrs) 3614 FM 973, Del Valle, TX 78617
  • RM 620 Low Water Crossing – Before Mansfield Dam, beneath the RM 620 bridge (24hrs)
  • 2201 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746 (only on the following days)
    • Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
    • Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014
    • Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
    • Sunday, Jan.12, 2014

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

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A friend sent this to me and I am LOVING this list….even if I am not a man or a New Yorker, it is a great list to work off of…

 

 

We’ve all seen and perhaps grown tired of guides and lists that are rife with tedious clichés and full of humdrum regurgitated meme wisdom.

For that very reason, @GSElevator — in collaboration with John Carney (@Carney) of CNBC.com — presents a fresh, and hopefully thoughtful, look at what it means to be a man today.

Stop talking about where you went to college.

Always carry cash. Keep some in your front pocket.

Rebel from business casual. Burn your khakis and wear a suit or jeans.

It’s okay to trade the possibility of your 80s and 90s for more guaranteed fun in your 20s and 30s.

The best public restrooms are in hotels: The St. Regis in New York, Claridge’s in London, The Fullerton in Singapore, to name a few.

Never stay out after midnight three nights in a row … unless something really good comes up on the third night.

You will regret your tattoos.

Never date an ex of your friend.

Join Twitter; become your own curator of information.

If riding the bus doesn’t incentivize you to improve your station in life, nothing will.

Time is too short to do your own laundry.

When the bartender asks, you should already know what you want to drink.

If you perspire, wear a damn undershirt.

You don’t have to like baseball, but you should understand the concept of what a pitcher’s ERA means. Approach life similarly.

When people don’t invite you to a party, you really shouldn’t go.
 And sometimes even when you are invited, you shouldn’t go.

People are tired of you being the funny, drunk guy.

When in doubt, always kiss the girl.

Tip more than you should.

You probably use your cell phone too often and at the wrong moments.

Buy expensive sunglasses. Superficial? Yes, but so are the women judging you. And it tells these women you appreciate nice things and are responsible enough not to lose them.

If you want a nice umbrella, bring a sh*tty one to church.

Do 50 push-ups, sit-ups, and dips before you shower each morning.

Eat brunch with friends at least every other weekend. Leave Rusty and Junior at home.

Be a regular at more than one bar.

Act like you’ve been there before. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the end zone at the Super Bowl or on a private plane.

A glass of wine or two with lunch will not ruin your day.

It’s better if old men cut your hair. Ask for Sammy at the Mandarin Oriental Barbershop in Hong Kong. He can share his experiences of the Japanese occupation, or just give you a copy of Playboy.

Learn how to fly-fish.

No selfies. Aspire to experience photo-worthy moments in the company of a beautiful woman.

Own a handcrafted shotgun. It’s a beautiful thing.

There’s always another level. Just be content knowing that you are still better off than most who have ever lived.

You can get away with a lot more if you’re the one buying the drinks.

Ask for a salad instead of fries.

Don’t split a check.

Pretty women who are unaccompanied want you to talk to them.

Cobblers will save your shoes. So will shoe trees.

When a bartender buys you a round, tip double.

The cliché is that having money is about not wasting time. But in reality, money is about facilitating spontaneity.

Be spontaneous.

Find a Times New Roman in the streets and a Wingdings in the sheets. She exists.

Piercings are liabilities in fights.

Do not use an electric razor.

Desserts are for women. Order one and pretend you don’t mind that she’s eating yours.

Buy a tuxedo before you are thirty. Stay that size.

One girlfriend at a time is probably enough.

#StopItWithTheHastags

Your ties should be rolled and placed in a sectioned tie drawer.

Throw parties. 
But have someone else clean up the next day.

You may only request one song from the DJ.

Measure yourself only against your previous self.

Take more pictures. With a camera.

Place-dropping is worse than name-dropping.

When you admire the work of artists or writers, tell them. 
And spend money to acquire their work.

Your clothes do not match. They go together.

Yes, of course you have to buy her dinner.

Staying angry is a waste of energy.

Revenge can be a good way of getting over anger.

If she expects the person you are 20% of the time, 100% of the time, then she doesn’t want you.

Always bring a bottle of something to the party.

Avoid that “last” whiskey. You’ve probably had enough.

Don’t use the word “closure” or ever expect it in real life. There may still be a mortally wounded Russian mobster roaming the woods of south Jersey, but we’ll never know.

If you are wittier than you are handsome, avoid loud clubs.

Drink outdoors.
 And during the day.
 And sometimes by yourself.

Date women outside your social set. You’ll be surprised.

If it’s got velvet ropes and lines, walk away unless you know someone.

You cannot have a love affair with whiskey because whiskey will never love you back.

Feigning unpretentiousness is worse than being pretentious. Cut it out with the vintage Polo and that ’83 Wagoneer in Nantucket.

The New Yorker is not high-brow. Neither is The Economist.

If you believe in evolution, you should know something about how it works.

No-one cares if you are offended, so stop it.

Never take an ex back. She tried to do better and is settling with you.

Eating out alone can be magnificent. Find a place where you can sit at the bar.

Read more. It allows you to borrow someone else’s brain, and will make you more interesting at a dinner party – provided that you don’t initiate conversation with, “So, who are you reading …”

Ignore the boos. They usually come from the cheap seats.

Hookers aren’t cool, and remember, the free ones are a lot more expensive.

Don’t ever say, “it is what it is.”

Start a wine collection for your kids when they are born. Add a few cases every year without telling them. It’ll make a phenomenal gift in twenty years.

Don’t gamble if losing $100 is going to piss you off.

Remember, “rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.”

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

 

 

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Use the scanner on your phone to download my mobile friendly user App.  Add the agent code once downloaded. Agent Code: KW2NPLHXO

Features of my new app:

  • The ability to search for homes based on criteria or by custom drawing on an interactive map;
  • GPS localized data displays homes in a given area that match the consumer’s price range;
  • The ability to easily swipe through galleries of photos to decide whether a home fits one’s needs and then add it to saved searches for convenient reference on the app or via the agent’s website, where the saved searches are synced;
  • The ability to save notes on properties for future reference; and
  • Faster communication via call, text or email.

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

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Do you have a Home Warranty?

A home warranty contract is insurance that protects the working appliances and systems in the home. It provides protection through repairs or replacement of a home’s major systems should an item break down due to normal wear and tear, regardless of that item’s age. A warranty provides assurance that homeowners won’t be shocked with large or expensive bills to repair or replace protected items.

Home warranties can be purchased for all types of homes-condominiums, townhomes, manufactured and mobile homes, duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes.

Statistics show that covered homeowners will use their warranty about 1 to 1.5 times a year. And, according to research conducted and provided by The National Home Warranty Association, eight out of 10 people prefer having a home warranty.

Contracts are usually for one year, and homeowners may pay the fee annually, quarterly or monthly, plus a flat fee of $35-$50 for any repair or total replacement that can’t be repaired. Some plans require an inspection before coverage, others do not. Plans offer basic coverage for certain items, and will cover other items for extra premiums. Some items are always excluded. Prices and coverages vary so it is important to study the contract and see exactly what is covered and excluded in each contract.

Home warranty contracts also appeal to home sellers cause they can help the home sell faster by providing a competitive edge over other homes on the market. Homes with warranties often sell for a higher price because when the buyer has confidence in a home it discourages downward price bargaining. Home warranty contracts also offer the seller after-sale liability protection because after the seller has moved out, the buyer will call the warranty program, not the seller, if the house develops a mechanical or systems problem.

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Contact me for a list of home warranty providers.

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

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It’s not just the temp that’s hot in Austin…

the Austin Real Estate market is sizzling!

AUSTIN — Thursday we’ll get the latest look at Austin’s housing market when the Austin Board of Realtors releasing the latest housing figures.

April saw the most home sales since 2004. Summer usually brings a spike in sales, so we wanted to show you hottest selling neighborhoods in Austin.

Location, location, location — that’s often what sells a home and it’s more so than ever right now in Austin.

“We have people knocking on the doors asking if we want to sell,” said Tamara Finley.

Just down the street from Finley is a prime example. A three bedroom home on Tortuga Trail near 2222 with a backyard pool and a view of Lake Austin sold within 24 hours for more than a million dollars.

“It moved very quickly,” said Real Estate Agent Eric Copper.

Copper works for Keller Williams, the largest real estate company in Austin.

“Most of the homes I’ve sold this year have been multiple offer situations,” said Copper.

KVUE wanted to know the fastest selling areas around Austin. Copper said these are the top four:

  • Downtown Austin where median prices have increased 14 percent in the last year to $370,000 dollars.
  • Central Austin just north of West Campus — median prices are about the same — up 15 percent to $360,000.
  • West Austin near MoPac which includes Tarrytown, Pemberton Heights and Clarksville — median prices rose 16 percent to $640,000.
  • Prices jumped the most in East Austin between MLK and Riverside – 17 percent — yet they’re still among the most affordable with the median at $205,000.

“East Austin’s doing very well,” said Copper. “It had the highest increase in median sales price from April of last year to this year.”

However the real estate market isn’t all rosy including areas around Lake Travis. Low lake levels, distance from the city and bigger properties have been a tough sell. However, with that comes opportunity.

“Particularly people interested in purchasing lakefront property or properties surrounding the water, I think now is the time to buy,” said Copper.

Even those people living in the fastest selling neighborhoods see the good and bad of this booming housing market.

“That’s good for selling if not you’re paying taxes,” said Finley.

Interest rates remain relatively low, and so is Austin’s inventory. The latest figures show if no new homes went on the market, we’d run out in less than three months.

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

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Please mark your calendars for Gallery Night at the  Austin Portfolio Real Estate office on Thursday,  May 23rd from
4:00 -7:00 PM here at our office!  You will have the opportunity to enjoy new art
installations around the office while mingling with everyone over cocktails and
hors d’oeuvres.

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