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Savills Names Austin as Top Tech City in the World for 2017

Savills names Austin as 2017's Top Tech City in the WorldAustin takes the top spot in the newly-released report of Savill's top tech cities in the world. The research program came up with the final list top 22 cities with the goal to understand the "many diverse drivers that make up good cities for the tech industry."

Five Criteria, 22 Cities

The research program used five criteria with over a hundred metrics to define what a top tech city is. These criteria are:

  • Tech environment – Does...

Austin Named as One of Top Ten U.S. Cities for New College Graduates

Austin third in list of top cities for new college graduatesLate spring brings way more than just May flowers, crawfish season, pollen season, and the hallowed calling in sick on warm Mondays season. It also brings hordes of college grads—newly minted, freshly attired, all eagerly searching for cool gigs and great places to begin their life journey in earnest.

Pop culture may make it seem that every last one of the nation’s 1.9 million new graduates is designing web pages and apps in a huge loft or trendy co-working space in the middle of a coastal major metropolis. And there are a few grains of truth in this— about 1 in every 10 millennials does, in fact, live in New York, Boston, Washington, DC,...

Hot New Listing! 2815 Allison Dr

Southeast Austin Home for Sale in 2815 Allison Dr

Amazing southeast Austin residence with plentiful features, upgrades and beautiful backyard pool! Features include wood floors, recessed lighting, cozy fireplace, open floor plan, large kitchen open to family room. Spacious rooms with new features and plentiful storage, lovely master suite with walk-in shower. Gorgeous covered porch overlooks backyard pool and lush greenery. Nearby local shops, schools and mins to downtown! MUST-SEE!

Southeast Austin Home for Sale in 2815 Allison Dr Southeast Austin Home for Sale in 2815 Allison Dr...

Hot New Listing! 2130 Jester Farms

Round Rock Home for Sale 2130 Jester Farms

Cute Round Rock residence with plentiful upgrades! Best features include lovely front porch, brand new paint throughout, beautiful wood laminate flooring, and cozy fireplace! Open floor plan kitchen and living room. Master suite bath with walk-in shower, new light fixtures and massive walk-in closet. Open deck overlooks spacious backyard with gorgeous mature trees and plentiful yard space. Conveniently located nearby Jester Farms park and local schools! Must-see!

Round Rock Home for Sale 2130 Jester Farms Round Rock Home for Sale 2130 Jester Farms...

Austin is the Best Place in Texas to Start a Business-- Wallethub

Austin is Best City in Texas and Ranked 8th Nationally for those who want to start a businessTexas has seen its fair share of successful business startups in the last decade, and both investors and entrepreneurs just can't help but fall in love with Texas' business-friendly culture and policies. But did you know which cities in Texas are best for startups?

A recent ranking by Wallethub came up with this year's list of best cities for starting a business out of 150 of the U.S.' largest cities. Using the metrics of business costs, access to resources, and overall business environment,...

HOT New Listing! 9301 Bavaria Ln

Southwest Austin Home for Sale 9301 Bavaria Ln

Beautiful updated home with grand entry to formal living space with cozy fireplace and high, vaulted ceilings. Best features include spacious rooms, ample natural lighting, stainless steel appliances in kitchen which opens to formal living room. Two downstairs flex spaces for formal dining or easy convert into office. Spacious master suite with luxe bath. Gorgeous backyard, perfect for entertaining. Wonderful family-friendly community!

Southwest Austin Home for Sale 9301 Bavaria Ln Southwest Austin Home for Sale 9301 Bavaria Ln...

Austin Makes it to List of Top Cities for Job Seekers; Best in Work-Life Balance and High Salaries

Austin Best City for Job SeekersA newly published national list has named Austin as the 4th best city to be in for job seekers. Thanks to Austin's healthy job market, many career opportunities await millennials and other professionals in search of a career boost in their respective industries. Whether you are in the technology, hospitality, or sales industries, Austin's got something exciting waiting for you!

Best Work-Life Balance and High Salaries

Austin received the highest marks in the aspect of high salaries and perfect work-life balance compared to other top contenders in the list. In fact, Austin...

Home Maintenance Tasks for May

Home Maintenance Tasks for MayWe've been fantasizing about it for months, and finally warmer weather has arrived. We know: You just want to fire up the grill and start working on your tan—we do, too! But before you can kick back in your hammock (or in your pool on your giant patriotic bald eagle float, if that's your thing), there are a few tasks you’ll need to tackle.

And you can bet they're all outside.

“The old adage ‘April showers bring...

HOT New Listing! 1305 Cimarron Cv

Home for sale in Leander TX 1305 Cimarron Cv

Gorgeous 1-story brick family home on private, over-sized cul-de-sac lot with massive backyard. Around the corner from a quaint neighborhood pool; best features are welcoming family room with high ceilings, plentiful storage w easy access to attic, spacious rooms, new paint work, updated carpet and fixtures throughout, & ample natural lighting. Beautiful enclosed porch overlooks large, well-shaded yard perfect for entertaining, kids or pets. Great location!

Home for sale in Leander TX 1305 Cimarron Cv Home for sale in Leander TX 1305 Cimarron Cv...

Small Home Loans and Where to Find Them

Small Home Loans and Where to Find ThemYou might think searching for a small home loan is easy. Maybe you're buying a foreclosure, or other bona fide bargain—or saved enough to make a larger-than-average down payment. So, all you need is just $30,000 or $40,000 to close this deal. Lenders will love you, right?

Well, not necessarily. Problem is, lenders are often reluctant to give out small home loans. Here's why, and what you can do if you need just a little cash infusion to seal the deal.

How small is too small?

By "small," the exact amount where lenders get leery depends...

How to Buy a Home Today: Modern Rules that Can Make or Break Your Offer

How to Buy a Home Today First Time Home Buyers GuideThe rules on how to buy a house have changed, folks—so if you're serious about becoming a proud homeowner in the near future, you'll want to read this first!

So what's changed the most in the traditional home-buying process? For starters, prospective buyers should brace themselves for steep prices and stiff competition. Data on realtor.com® show that the nationwide median home price has pushed above $250,000 for the first time ever, 8% higher than a year ago. Plus, total inventory remains much lower than it was a year ago, falling well short of buyer demand. The result? Despite ...

Top Performing Public High Schools in Austin

Top Performing Public High Schools in Austin 2017Based on an article released by the Austin Business Journal last April 24, 2017, the top 10 high schools in the Austin area on the U.S. News list and their state/national ranking are:

  1. Liberal Arts and Science Academy— Austin ISD (No. 5 statewide/No. 27 nationally)
  2. KIPP Austin Collegiate— KIPP Austin Public Schools Inc. (No. 23/No. 116)
  3. Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders— Austin ISD (No. 24/No. 117)
  4. Westlake High School— Eanes ISD (No. 42/No. 245)
  5. Vandegrift High...

Several Austin-based Companies Make it to List of Best Workplaces in Texas for 2017

Best Places to Work in Austin 2017

Austin is known to be the hub of tech companies in the region, and with the area's low unemployment rate, organizations often find it challenging to recruit and retain the best professionals in the area. Thus, it is common knowledge among Austin-based companies that, in order to hire and keep the best, they should be able to offer the best job perks and a positive office culture that would make employees WANT to stay.

All the same, five tech companies in Austin did just that and succeeded in making it to Fortune's new list of businesses in Texas with the highest levels of employee satisfaction. Fortune magazine's "50 Best Workplaces...

Hot New Listing! 5400 Painted Shield Dr

Travis Country Home for Sale 5400 Painted Shield Dr

Cozy estate on safe, quiet street with fantastic yard! New roof and fence! Plentiful touch-ups completed including paint work. Enjoy ample natural light, open floor plan, gorgeous high ceilings & beautiful fireplace. Spacious master suite. French doors open to large yard and patio, gorgeous landscaping, mature trees, plentiful shade, & room for pets or entertaining. Nearby community amenities, award-winning schools & minutes to downtown Austin! One-of-a-kind residence!

Travis Country Home for Sale 5400 Painted Shield Dr...

Hot New Listing! 1206 Applegate Dr

North Austin Home for Sale 1206 Applegate Dr

Incredible cute residence in beautiful neighborhood with massive backyard! Best features include spacious rooms, unique interior design features, amazing open sun room overlooking gorgeous yard, & ample natural lighting from plentiful windows! Lovely master suite with direct access to yard. Two patios overlook sprawling green yard with mature trees, professional landscaping and over-sized storage shed. Plenty of room for pets or entertaining! A must-see, one-of-a-kind residence.

North Austin Home for Sale 1206 Applegate Dr North Austin Home for Sale 1206 Applegate Dr...

Hot New Listing! 281 Drystone Trl

Home for sale in Liberty Hill TX 281 Drystone Trl

Clean, cute and well-maintained family home in convenient location. Excellent floor plan! Kitchen features stainless steel appliances and opens to living room. Spacious bedrooms and lovely baths; updated fixtures. Back-yard deck perfect for entertaining and playing in private backyard including children's playground, sand box and picnic table. Must-see in person!

Home for sale in Liberty Hill TX 281 Drystone Trl Home for sale in Liberty Hill TX 281 Drystone Trl...

You are Invited to Our Open House at 480 Sad Willow Pass in Driftwood TX

Please come and join us as we host an open house at one of our hottest listings to date: 480 Sad Willow Pass at Driftwood, TX. The open house will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

About the Home

The property is a gorgeous two-story custom quality home on prime street in Phase 2 of this fantastic community. Great opportunity for an updated property ready-to-go vs. waiting for new-build! Amazing floor plan, spacious bedrooms, floor-length sliding doors to outside, large kitchen, over-sized 3-car garage, built-in home entertainment, surround sound and security systems! Covered open deck and built-in BBQ with opportunity for customization for any lifestyle.

Home for Sale in Driftwood Texas 480 Sad Willow Pass

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Even Ivanka Trump Gets into Parking Feuds: Learn to Win this All-Too-Common Word Battle Here

How to Solve Parking Disputes with NeighborsEven the daughter of the nation's president encounters problems with neighborhood parking! A recent article published by Realtor.com narrates how Ivanka Trump has caused tensions among neighbors in the high-end suburb of Kalorama which she shares with fellow VIPs former President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Reports indicate the neighbors' dissatisfaction about how security detail for the presidential daughter has cordoned off sections of the sidewalk (forcing pedestrians to dangerously walk on the street) and...

How to Save Money on Taxes in 2018

How to Save Money on Taxes in 2018Tax talk can be pretty draining, especially since you haven't recovered much from the last deadline rush YET. But did you know that prepping up for the next one as early as now can help you save thousands of dollars before April 2018 arrives? Homeowners should make use of these tax breaks NOW to avoid paying too much (and to avoid that much-hated procrastination habit that ALWAYS makes you do things at the last minute!)

1. Set up your home office

If you're working on a La-Z-Boy in the living room, it might be time to clear out the guest room and assemble that Ikea desk. That way, you can take the ...

Real Estate Council of Austin Hires McCombs School of Business Exec as its New CEO

Dianne Bangle New CEO of Real Estate Council of Austin ABJThe Real Estate Council of Austin has hired an executive with the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas to lead the professional membership organization into the future. In hiring its first CEO from outside real estate circles, RECA said it wanted a fresh vision to lead the organization.

Who is she?

Their new CEO, Dianne Bangle, is the former executive director of development of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds degrees in law and sociology, and has served in several middle and upper-management positions in various companies and organizations. 

About RECA

According to their...