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Bring it on July! Fun things to do in the Austin Area!

m360realty 28/06/2016

Our partners at Gracy Title have complied an extensive calendar of things to do in the greater Austin area. Many options for fireworks for The 4th of July, opportunity to sit on Zilker Park’s beautiful lawn and listen to free music for Blues on the Green or support local artists at First Thursday on South Congress; there are so many fun things to do! Get out there and enjoy this great city! Maybe we’ll see you around…

July Calendar for the Greater Austin Area

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Austin Area Real Estate Statistics for May 2016

m360realty 23/06/2016

Median Home Sales Increase in Austin – May 2016

There has been a 10% increase of Home sales in the Austin area in May 2016 compared to May of last year. Williamson County homes had the highest sales increase of 19.5% because of the county’s highly rated school districts, access to major thoroughfares and proximity to major deployment hubs in Austin reported by the Austin Board of Realtors. 

According to the ABOR President, Aaron Farmer, housing demand continues to be an all-time-high in the Central Texas region, with properties priced under $500,000 selling rapidly.

A significant movement was seen on pending sales. Last May 2016, the Austin-area had 3,297 pending sales which is a 21.1% increase compared to May of last year. Active listings and Median price were also up at 5% and days on the market dropped to 40 days. Farmer added that strong gains in both pending sales and active listings both in Austin and regionally indicate a strong summer selling season could be ahead.

The median price in the Austin area jumped to 4.8% year-over-year to $288,085. In Williamson Count, the median price rose to 5.2% to $261,822 and within the Austin city limits, a 1.6% increase on the median price compared to last year.

Reported by ABOR, high home prices and low inventory levels continued to stifle home sales within Austin proper which causes more buyers to shop outside the city limits for affordable priced housing. Sales for single-family homes remained unchanged at 884 home sales.

May 2015 vs May 2016 – All Home Sales

2,909 – Single-family homes sold, 10% more than May 2015

$288,085 – Median price for single-family homes, 10% more than May 2015

$353,654 – Average price for single-family homes, 1.8% more than May 2015

40 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, 3 less than May 2015

3,795 – New single-family home listings on the market, 3% more than May 2015

5,725 – Active single-family home listings on the market, 5% more than May 2015

3,297 – Pending sales for single-family homes, 21% more than May 2015

Source:http://www.abor.com/statsmay16/

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Fireworks in the Austin Area

m360realty 17/06/2016

Start planning your 4th of July festivities now! Here are some great free Firework Shows around the Austin area.

Vic Mathias Shores – Austin, Texas 

The 40th Annual July 4th Concert starts at 8:30 pm. Relax and enjoy the patriotic sounds of the Austin Symphony Orchestra until the fireworks begin at 9:30pm.

Fisherman’s Park – Bastrop, Texas

The Bastrop Patriotic Festival begins at 4 pm on July 2nd. There will be food booths, activities and live music to enjoy until the grand finale performance of fireworks and the Austin Symphonic Band.

Hill Country Galleria – Bee Cave, Texas 

The Hill Country Galleria Independence Day Festival begins at 6:30 pm. Enjoy wonderful food, shopping, and live music while celebrating local artists and their work. Fireworks will start at 9:15 pm.

Buda City Park – Buda, Texas 

Red, White and Buda starts at 9 am with a children’s parade, featuring decorative floats, bicycles, and floats. The festivities continue into the night with live music and a fireworks show.

Cedar Park, Texas 

Cedar Park 4th of July Parade begins at 10 am, traveling down Discovery Blvd. to the Cedar Park Recreation Center. At 4 pm, the festivities move to Milburn Park for carnival games, live music, free watermelon and other activities, leading up to the fireworks show.

Dripping Springs Ranch Park – Dripping Springs, Texas

The Fire in the Sky 4th of July Celebration starts at 5 pm and will have food trucks and an optional dinner catered by Salt Lick BBQ for refreshments, a bounce house, a petting zoo and more to make for a fun evening, capped off by fireworks beginning around 9:15pm. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the North Hays County Fire & Rescue, as well as toward flood relief efforts.

San Gabriel Park – Georgetown, Texas

Sertoma Annual 4th of July Celebration is a day of fun activities for the whole family, including the Hometown Parade, games, arts and crafts, and petting zoo. The event will wrap up with a fireworks finale around 9:30 pm.

Plum Creek Golf Course – Kyle, Texas

The Kyle Independence Day Celebration begins at 6 pm in the Clubhouse with refreshments and live music and at 9:30 pm a view of the fireworks.

Bar K Recreational Park – Lago Vista, Texas

The Lago Vista 4th of July Celebration held on July 2nd starting at 10 am. The Community Patriotic Parade, Classic Car Show, and Firecracker 5K and 1 mile Fun Runs are just some of the activities to enjoy at this all-day celebration. Have a swim and listen to some live music along Lake Travis and then enjoy the firework display at Dark:30.

US 183A South between San Gabriel Pkwy & Hero Way – Leander, Texas

Liberty Fest held on July 3rd begins at 5 pm with great activities for everyone, including laser tag, sports games, an obstacle course, and musical performances by Kevin Fowler and the Warhorses. Fireworks start at 9:10 pm.

Lake Pflugerville – Pflugerville, Texas 

Pflugerville Pfirecracker Pfestival starts at 6 pm with two live music stages, good food, arts and crafts, and some kayaking. Fireworks begin at 9:10 pm.

Old Settlers Park – Round Rock, Texas

July Fourth Frontier Days Celebration begins at 10 am with the SERTOMA Round Rock Fourth of July Parade. After that, enjoy a festival with carnival rides, pig races, free watermelon, and much more. Fireworks begin after dark, followed by a movie in the park.

San Marcos Plaza Park – San Marcos, Texas

SummerFest will start 6 pm and feature live music starting with the Adam Johnson Band, followed by Wyzer playing a variety of musical genres. In addition to the food and activity booths will be the Children’s Patriotic Parade and Costume Contest. The event concludes with fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Murphy Park – Taylor, Texas

After some fun at the festival, which includes a tennis tournament, pick out a good spot and enjoy the lights in the sky at dark.

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Are you going to use a Realtor?

m360realty 13/06/2016

According to the National Association of Realtors, approximately 87% of buyers recently purchased their home through a real estate broker (up from 69% in 2001), 8% purchased directly from a builder or builder’s agent, and 5% directly from previous owners. In the case of sellers, approximately 89% of sellers used a real estate agent when selling their home. For-Sale-by-Owner (“FSBO”) sellers accounted for just 8% and such properties are typically sold to someone the seller knows.

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