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Solar-Powered Property in 78723 Just Listed!

#HotNewListing!

Austin, TX 78723
Solar-powered home for sale

$349,997 | 1,531 Sq.Ft. | 3 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom 

Beautiful home in the Delwood neighborhood! 3 beds, 2 baths, 1,531 sqft. Save money on your electricity by choosing this solar-powered property. Surrounded by marvelous landscaping, this home backs into the greenbelt, bringing you closer to nature. It comes with a galley-style kitchen and...

Three Bedroom Round Rock Open House

Join us for an Open House this Saturday, November 18th from 1-4 p.m. This Round Rock home features 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. The master bedroom comes equipped with its own private ensuite sitting room and double vanities in the bathroom. The kitchen has marble/granite countertops, a center island, and opens to the family room. 

Come visit our team and get a better look at this amazing Round Rock home. 

2308 Friarcreek Loop
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Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway!

Happy Thanksgiving!! Want to celebrate the giving season with a FREE turkey from the Cain Team? Log into Cain Club to enter our Thanksgiving Turkey scratch-off! 

Three lucky winners will receive a 20 lb turkey to share with their loved ones this Thanksgiving. 

Signing up is easy! Click here to login or create your account and navigate to the rewards section to enter the scratch-off. The contest closes this Thursday, November 16th and winners will be announced Friday. 

While you're logged in be sure to check out all the other amazing prizes and rewards you can win by completing simple tasks and games within Cain Club.

Hurry over, time is running out!

Winners...

Hot New Listings! Check out these Gorgeous Homes Fresh on the Market!

4517 Eagle Feather Drive

$749,997 | 4,238 Sq.Ft. | 5 Beds | 4 Baths


Spacious two-story home in Travis Country with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 3 living rooms. The master leads to the backyard and contains a large jetted tub and a separate walk-in shower. The open floor plan allows for easy interactions between the kitchen, living area, and dining room. Bonus rooms have the ability to be turned into a game room or at-home office. The detached garage has the capacity for up to 3 cars.

 


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4 Reasons to Sell This Fall

For nearly a decade we have been selling our listings for more money and in less time than the area average.  Our homes have fewer days on market prior to selling due to our state-of-the-art V.I.S. Home Marketing Plan, which means they sell for more money every time. 

Selling in the holiday season may scare many homeowners, although, fall is, in fact, the prime time to get your house on the market. Check out these four reasons to sell this fall.

Find out more about the systems, experience, and technology we use to outperform other Realtors by scheduling a no-obligation...

University of Texas at Austin Claims the Most Advanced State-Run Earthquake Monitoring System

Scientific studies have established a strong link between a rash of earthquakes across Texas and new oil- and gas-related drilling techniques, and now the Lone Star State is equipped with one of the most cutting-edge methods in the country to measure and track seismic activity.

The University of Texas at Austin's state-funded earthquake monitoring system is called TexNet and is priced at about $4.7 million.  The system was formed in 2015 and uses 22 permanent monitoring stations and 40 portable monitoring stations to track the Texas tremors. 

The University recently unveiled a new online map -- using TexNet data -- that gives Texans accurate earthquake information and allows users to track quakes across the state in real...

Popular South Austin Coffee Shops to Check Out

Among other things, Austin is known for its coffee shops — but with a different coffee shop on every corner, it can be difficult to settle on a favorite. Luckily, with so many to choose from, you should have no trouble finding a good cup o’ joe. Here are six of our favorite coffee shops to try: 

Epoch
One of Austin’s best coffee shops is set to open a new location on 3900 Far West Boulevard this fall, serving delicious coffee drinks, hot alternatives like tea and chai, and iced and blended drinks. Epoch also has a limited food menu featuring pizza, sandwiches, and desserts. While this new location is coming soon, Epoch currently has two other shops in Austin; visit epochcoffee.com for...

Hot New Listing: Gorgeous 4 Bedroom Steiner Ranch Home

Luxury home front

13221 Coleto Creek Trail

$749,997 | 4,363 Sq.Ft. | 4 Beds |4 Baths

Welcome to Steiner Ranch's ultimate luxury retreat, this gorgeous home sits in a highly desirable gated community. It offers a large covered patio with deck areas that provide ample space to enjoy the amazing hill country and lake views. Master bedroom on the main floor, office, game room, formal dining room, over-sized bedrooms, welcoming foyer and amazing dwellings are just some of the few things this home has to offer. Gorgeous gourmet kitchen with HUGE island, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. A plethora of nearby community amenities and award-winning schools, undoubtedly this fantastic estate will be top of mind for all that have...

Halloween Safety Tips

BOO!

The spookiest day of the year has finally come and we are so excited to see all those costumes! Halloween is such a fun time for the whole family, and here at the Cain Team, we want to be sure your family celebrates safely. Courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics, we have included a list of tips and tricks to having a safe yet spooktacular Halloween! 

ALL DRESSED UP:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should...

Austin Ranks #24 on List of Hottest Zip Codes

Austins most recent accolade comes from Realtor.com analysis of over 32,000 ZIP codes. This analysis is based on factors such as the time it takes properties to sell and how frequently homes are viewed in each ZIP code. The top 10 markets in this list are seeing homes sell in an average of 21 days -- 50 days faster than the rest of the country. The homes in these markets are also being viewed almost four times more than homes in other areas of the country. 

The trend in these hot housing markets has a lot to do with the appeal to millennials preferences. In today's market, the standouts are relatively affordable, large shares of older millennials, high millennial ownership rates, and high salaries. These ZIP codes tend to be suburb areas with local 'it' factors such as hiking trails, great restaurants, and nightlife. The largest group of millennials are turning...

Want to Know What your Home is Worth?

Here at the Cain Team, we know you have tons of questions just waiting to be answered. Want to see how homes within a five-mile radius of your home are selling? How do the actual selling prices compare to listing prices in your area? We've got answers! 

Get set up on our ...

Austin's New Central Library Grand Opening Scheduled for this Weekend

The City of Austin welcomes the new Austin Central Library as a place of consequence. With a build that greatly resembles Austin City Hall, the library is said to absorb the environment and takes its guests to unheralded heights.  

The floor surfaces in the 198,000-square-foot, multi-angled structure are made of cut mesquite blocks. This material is so hard that it once was popularly used to pave the streets of San Antonio.  The vast windows and interior surfaces transmit huge volumes of natural light, while perforated metal sunscreens, sometimes rendered as screen porches, sometimes as literary quotations punched through the metal, protect the airy six floors of the library from heat and glare.

The new Library is completed with a rooftop garden that will soon be accompanied by a coffee bar. By design, the library...

Austin ISD's Plan to Boost Campus Ratings

Austin ISD puts forth plans to boost performance at four campuses that received negative ratings under the Texas Education Agency's accountability system. These plans were approved 8-0-1 at Monday nights board of trustees meeting. 

Campuses that are rated "improvement required" in 2017 must participate in the Texas Accountability Intervention System. This system includes an in-depth data analysis and a comprehensive needs assessment to determine areas in need of improvement. The four campuses that have drafted plans for improvement are Govalle Elementary as well as Burnet, Martin and Mendez middle schools.

Templated plans are provided to the district by the Texas Education Agency. Throughout the year, campuses work to reach certain benchmarks. Progress is monitored by the district as well as an agency representative, Superintendent Paul Cruz explained....

Winter Weather Preparations to Get a Head Start On

It always seems that the first night of colder weather, something goes wrong with the fireplace that worked seamlessly the winter before! Follow these quick-and-easy winter preparation to do right NOW! You never know, a cheap prevention could save you big bucks later in the season.

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Buy a protector for your outdoor faucet: A little-frozen water damage can cost you up to $15,000, yet is so easy to prevent. The simplest thing to do is to remove your garden hose from your outdoor faucet and drain it. Then add a faucet protector to keep cold air from getting into your pipes.

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Add insulation to prevent ice dams: Icicles are a clear sign that you’ve got an ice dam, which is exactly what it sounds like: a buildup of ice on your gutter or roof that prevents melting snow and ice from...

Austin's Hottest Brunch Destinations

Brunch seems to be the go-to weekend activity for Austinites and thanks to Eater Austin, we've got a list of the 10 hottest New Brunch destinations for the month of October! 

Whether you are enjoying a day out with the family, or need a pick-me-up after a night out, brunch is the perfect answer! Check out the Eater Austin's brunch heatmap.

1. Le Politique

A French take on brunch, filled with pastries, eggs, and crepes. Enjoy this spot on the weekends only from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

110 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
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Three Bedroom Round Rock Home Open House!

Join us for a Round Rock Open House this Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 1-4 PM

About the Home

One story Round Rock charmer! This home is situated in an established neighborhood. It offers high ceilings, an amazing fireplace, and built-ins. It features a large fenced in backyard, gorgeous trees, and a relaxing covered back patio. Foundation work was done in 2009 including a transferable lifetime warranty. Priced below county value!

804 Fieldstone Place

$169,997 | 1,591 Sq.Ft. | 3 Beds | 2 Baths

For more information on this charming Round Rock home, click here.

Front of 804 Fieldstone Pl...

Austin Voted Best City in the U.S For Dog Lovers

It's no secret that Austin is a little bit weird, but it is also no secret that Austin is a city for man's best friend! Around 54 million American households have at least one dog, compared to 43 million households that have at least one cat, according to the Humane Society of the United States. The Cain Team Austin Accolades

realtor.com took the 150 largest metros and then analyzed a wide variety of pet data. They only included one metro per state, for geographic diversity.

Criteria included:

  • Percentage of single-family homes on realtor.com with dog-related home features (i.e., doggie doors)...

Top 10 Pumpkin Patches Around Austin

Fall is here! Bring on the pumpkins! Wondering where to take the kids to a pick out the most awesome pumpkin and to snap some sweet fall family photos? Do512 Family has compiled a list of the Top 10 Pumpkin Patches in the Austin area, check it out!

#1 Barton Hill Farms

Every weekend from September 23 – November 5, 2017, this farm in Bastrop will hold a Fall Festival & Corn Maze where the kids can get lost in a 5-acre corn maze, play in a frontier fort or climb on the giant shipwrecked sandbox. They also have giant jumping pillows and barrel train rides for the kids. Enjoy live music, farm animals, and of course, pumpkins, too. Concessions are also sold onsite.

Hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 8 pm. & Sundays from 10 a.m....

Costly Remodeling Missteps that New Homeowners Make

After the negotiations are over, the keys are in your hand, and the excitement sets in...and then the nervousness starts to take over. You have all the freedom, YOU hold the reigns, now what do you do with them? When starting the remodeling and process of getting your dream home in the works, make sure not to be too eager and make one of these common new homeowner mistakes.

1. Going with the Lowest Bid

Double-check that all bids include the same project scope — sometimes one is cheaper because it doesn’t include all the actual costs and details of the project. The contractor may lack the experience to know of additional steps and costs. 

2.  Submitting Small Business Claims

Submitting a claim or two, especially in a relatively short period, can trigger an increase in your premium. Save your insurance for something catastrophic! You...

Family Friendly Activities for October

The holiday season is upon us and we've got you covered with family friendly activites the whole crew will enjoy. Be sure to check back each month to learn more about what is going on in your community! Grab those kiddos and explore these fun events!

Boo at the Zoo

Every Friday and Saturday in October
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Get ready for a howling good time at the annual Boo at the Zoo where kids can show off their Halloween costumes while strolling through the Austin Zoo during evening hours. The Zoo will be illuminated and decorated for Halloween, and you can ride the haunted train and explore a haunted house, too. Tickets are $17.50 per person and include a train pass...