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Austin Ranks #6 of WalletHub’s 2017 Best Big Cities to Live In

Big cities continue to get bigger – and fast! According to the United States Census Bureau, large urban centers are growing at nearly twice the rate recorded during the opening decade of the 21st century.  Big cities bring opportunity, economic growth and attract those looking to advance their professional careers. WalletHub used five key dimensions to determine their findings. 

 The 5 key dimensions

1) Affordability

2) Economy

3) Education & Health

4) Quality of Life

5) Safety...

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New Statistics Prove Home Staging Pays Off When Selling a Property

Home staging gains traction among real estate agents as a secret weapon in the selling process, with 62 percent of Realtors® saying they believe home staging helps decrease the amount of time a property stays on the market according to the 2017 Profile of Home Staging from the National Association of Realtors. 

More than Decluttering

The NAR survey found that 93-percent of agents recommend that sellers declutter their home before putting it on the market, which all home stagers would agree is a crucial step in the process, but there is more to home staging than just decluttering. Preparing a home for sale means staying on top of cleaning and decluttering tasks. Plus, seeing what updates...

The Cain Team Welcomes New Client Care Specialist: JT Arocha

The Cain Team is dedicated to serving our clients to the very best of our abilities, therefore, we hire the best! We are proud to announce our newest Client Care Specialist: JT Arocha!

Born in Miami, Florida, JT spent a majority of his childhood traveling the country due to his parents' line of work. This exposure to different cultures and places allowed JT to develop a unique and keen understanding of people and how to connect with them. After visiting the Hill Country in 1997, JT made a vow to himself that he would live there when he was "grown up". Fast forward 20 years later and his commitment to live in the Hill Country of Austin, TX has come true.

JT relocated to Austin from Fort Bragg, North Carolina after serving 6 years in the United States Army as an Airborne Infantryman....

The Cain Team Welcomes New Client Care Specialist

The Cain Team is proud to introduce the newest member of its powerhouse real estate team: Please welcome Travis Guebert!

Born and raised the great city of Austin, Travis has had the rare opportunity to watch Austin grow over the years into the city it has become. A true Austinite, Travis attended the University of Texas where he started his career in the sports industry working for UT's athletic program. After graduating, he planted his roots in Austin while working at a local startup company. Quickly excelling in the company Travis realized his natural ability for sales. This gift combined with his servants heart lead him to Real Estate.

Clients are quickly impressed by his vast knowledge, drive, and motivating spirit. This triple threat allows Travis to provide his clients with a customer service experience that is simply like no other. Newly married, Travis enjoys spending...

The ‘Flintstone House’ has finally found a Buyer after Two Years on the Market

The ‘Flintstone House’ was first put on the market in September 2015 for $4.2 million. The house was listed by San Francisco Realtor Just Meuschke of Alain Pinel Realtors. Located in Hillsborough California, an upscale suburb in the area, the home has been updated to a “sale pending” status. The property is in one of the wealthiest communities in America, right off of Highway 280. According to Trulia, the median sales price for homes in Hillsborough is about $4.37 million.

With a kitchen designed by architect Eugene Tsui, the house is enriched with lighted niches and appliance enclosures, glass countertops encased with diagonal metal spines, swinging wood cut out doors, drawers, and cabinets. The door was created by famed Burning Man artist, Dan Das Mann, and the living room was built with a sunk-in conversation pit with circular seating. The home overlooks the Crystal Springs Reservoir.

Check out some photos of the unique home courtesy...

Austin Welcomes New Nonstop Flight to London

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is adding new nonstop flights to London provided by Norwegian Airlines. Flights will begin next spring, with a three-day-a-week, year round schedule every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. March 27, 2018, will be the kick off

March 27, 2018, will be the first international flight for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, an aircraft that offers passengers spacious searing with seatback entertainment throughout its economy cabin. In addition, Norwegian Airlines also offers more legroom and complimentary meal service...

What Is Cain Cares?

The Cain Team takes pride in serving our clients and community to the absolute best of our abilities and have taken the steps to heighten that level of service by forming Cain Cares

What is Cain Cares?

Cain Cares is a non-profit organization, founded in 2016, by Ricky and KodiKay Cain.  As owners of a successful real estate company, The Cain Team at Keller Williams Realty, Ricky and KodiKay wanted a way to assist their past clients, their direct family members and the community in times of severe need.  This passion for wanting to give back and help those they've served led to the formation of Cain Cares.

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Austin's Stature as a Top Technology Hub is Reinforced in a New National Research Report

Austin's stature as a top technology hub is reinforced in a new national research report ranking it #7 among the top 25 U.S. tech cities. The top 25 tech cities were determined by analyzing the concentration of factors such as talent, capital, and growth opportunity – key ingredients that comprise a tech stew.

Some of the major categories (as defined by Moody’s Analytics) include:

  • Computer systems design and related services
  • Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing
  • Computer...

Austin-based Windshield Repair Company Offers Free Repairs When Broken To Save Distressed Dogs

The Texas heat is going up and so are the numbers of animals left in vehicles unattended. Jeremy Driscoll, the owner of JRD Windshield Repair, decided to use his skills to make a difference by offering free car window replacement and installation to anyone who breaks a vehicle’s window to save an animal in distress.

 

The state Good Samaritan law protects anyone who breaks a car window to save a child, but Texas does not protect against those attempting to save animals. Driscoll decided to take a stand as well as make a point that furry family members are important too. Way to go Jeremy!

JRD is located at 2105 S. Congress Ave., Building 2, Austin, and is open Mon- Fri 9 a.m....

Check Out The New Backyard Trend Sweeping the South!

Need a cost efficient yet stylish way to beat the heat this summer? More and more homeowners are catching on to this new innovative solution. While it is much more than just filling a tub with water, it is pretty simple. Tractor Supply gives an easy-to-follow Stock Tank Pool DIY guideline!

  • Job one is obviously selecting the site for your stock tank pool. You’ll need to prepare the area by creating a solid, level base. You could use compacted sand, or even crushed granite. But, it’s very important to ensure that it’s a smooth surface, free of any rocks or sharp edges. The same is true whether you plan to use the stock tank for an above-ground pool, or want to dig out enough...

Hot New Listing! 4605 Foster Ranch Rd

Stunning Travis Country estate privately situated on greenbelt lot and only steps to Regents! Spacious home features open floor plan, over-sized bedrooms, remodeled island kitchen, hardwood floors, plentiful storage, surround sound, soaring ceilings and much more. The "park-like" backyard is your very own private retreat featuring an outdoor kitchen, a paved patio and breathtaking views of the greenbelt. Only minutes to downtown Austin, great schools and situated next to the Barton Creek Greenbelt!

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The Cain Team Welcomes New Inside Sales Associate

The Cain Team's continuous growth and mission to provide world-class home buying and home selling services to our clients comes hand-in-hand with adding to our great team! We are proud to announce the newest member of its powerhouse real estate team, Cait Moravits!

Born & raised in Corpus Christi, Cait was raised on all things Texas A&M. Cait graduated Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, and while studying in College Station, she had the opportunity to work for a real estate call center where she found her love for the industry. Cait has also has had the opportunity to volunteer on a number of...

Ted Cruz to Hold Healthcare Discussion in Austin

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is headed to Austin Thursday evening to talk to veterans as part of his statewide tour to discuss his version of the proposed Senate health care plan. Sen. Cruz was invited by the Concerned Veterans for America to conduct a town hall-style meeting that will focus on issues faced by veterans.

Sen. Cruz aims to repeal the Affordable Care Act but offering an amendment to the Better Care Reconciliation Act. However, Cruz wants to keep the provision allowing those who purchase insurance on the open market to be given access to the plan of their choice.  

“It’s kind of like when President Obama said if you like your healthcare plan you can keep it. “That’s what we’re actually trying to do here. Sen. Cruz is trying to give you access...

The Cain Team Hosts Annual Travis Country 4th of July Parade

The Cain Team celebrated this Independence Day at the Annual Travis Country 4th of July Parade.  It was a festive morning with streets lined of red, white and blue as the parade kicked off at 9 AM. The parade included yummy refreshments, patriotic tattoos, balloon art, Kona Ice snow cones, and a water balloon fight -- a very patriotic event enjoyed by all! A big thank you to the Austin Fire Department for leading the way in our festive parade!

The Cain Team may have sparked a friendly competition among the parade participants as they held a contest with great prizes on the line. The competition categories included:

  • Most Patriotic Girl
  • Most Patriotic Boy
  • Best Decorated Wagon/Stroller
  • Best Decorated Bike
  • Most Patriotic Family
  • Most Patriotic Pet 

Check out our video to see more of our festivities and the winners for each category!

The Cain Team Hosts 7th Annual Apple Pie Giveaway

Who doesn’t love a good apple pie to top off 4th of July celebrations? Today The Cain Team hosted the 7th Annual Apple Pie Giveaway -- an event we LOVE holding as we get to see some familiar faces as well as make new friendships within the community. Each of our clients were gifted a huge, yummy apple pie to celebrate this Independence Day! Nothing tastes better on the 4th of July like a piece of fresh apple pie!

Here are a few photos of our delicious giveaway!

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The Cain Team Welcomes New Account Manager

The Cain Team is proud to introduce the newest member of its powerhouse real estate team: Please welcome Ms. Kristen Ashley!

Kristen, originally from Houston, attended Texas A&M University where she received her Bachelors of Science degree. This Aggie said yes to adventure and decided to relocate to Austin, TX. When she isn't exceeding the expectations of The Cain Team clients, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, listening to Texas Country, cheering on her Aggies and exploring all that Austin has to offer.

Kristen seeks to serve clients throughout the listing and closing process by providing a jaw-dropping customer service experience based on her genuine desire to help...

Boost Your Home’s Value with These Tips and Tricks

Buying a home is likely the biggest investment you make in your lifetime. Whether you are looking to sell it or enjoy it for the long haul, it is important to take care of your investment. The upkeep of your home is what makes it truly your space, as well as making or breaking you in the selling process.  

The first thing people notice about your home is the exterior, therefore, having a strong “curb appeal’ is exceptionally important. In order to easily update and upkeep your home, here are a few tips and tricks to boost your home’s value!

 1.       Landscaping is key

In 2007, Homegain.com conducted a survey of 2,000 brokers indicating that well-planned...

Home Security Tips For The Summer

With the increase of the temperature, also comes an increase in the number of burglaries in the summer months. This makes home security especially important. Ooma, a smart home phone, and security company offer six tips for preventing break-ins.

 

Front door surveillance: 34% of break-ins happen through the front door of a home. Equipping your home with this device is a great way to not only have peace of mind but to ensure the safety of your home. Having a camera system at the front will allow you to check in on the activity at home, straight from your phone. Another security option Ooma recommends is investing in a two-way speaker that will give unwanted visitors the impression the owner is home.  

Secured windows:...

Austin Earns Spot #25 on List of Most Diverse Cities in America

Thanks to the rapid demographic diversification, America is undergoing an extreme makeover and soon you won’t even recognize her. Not only have the waves of immigration changed the face of the nation, this diversification also ushers in fresh perspectives, skills, and technologies to help the U.S. develop a strong adaptability to change. 

Economies that are open to embracing new ideas, generally fare better than those who are less willing to adhere to the new growth. Conversely, those relying on old ways and specialized industries tend to be more susceptible to the negative effects of market volatility.

WalletHub’s analysis tallied the scores across five major diversity categories for 501 of the largest cities in order to determine the most kaleidoscopic places in America. Within their research, they limited each...