Austin Tops Another List – #1 City For the Next Decade

Once again, Austin finds itself atop another top ten list.  This time it is Yahoo Real Estate’s 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade.  Austin grabbed the top spot based on it being a city of ideas and also its great opportunities for small businesses.  Along with it’s fun atmosphere and growth potential, Austin edged out Seattle. …


What Can Real Estate Agents Learn From Vogelkop Bowerbirds

You’re probably wondering what a Vogelkop Bowerbird is.  I had never heard of them either until I saw them on Life, the latest Discovery Channel series.  In this particular episode, they profile these Bowerbirds.  The Bowerbirds win their mate by decorating their nest in different styles.  Each bird uses different ‘knick-knacks’ from around the forest …


Careful if Using Google Voice and Skype Together

I recently got a SkypeIn number.  I also have a Google Voice(GV) number.  I thought this would be the perfect marriage.  When I am working at my computer I can just have Skype up and running and any calls to my GV number would ring my Skype number.  Then I could answer the call without ever …


Google Voice and Skype

I recently got a SkypeIn number.  I also have a Google Voice(GV) number.  I thought this would be the perfect marriage.  When I am working at my computer I can just have Skype up and running and any calls to my GV number would ring my Skype number.  Then I could answer the call without …


What does “Call First – Go” mean to you?

I have talked to other agents about this and was just trying to get a consensus.  And on the same note, technically isn’t that what the CBS code is used for.  Do any agents use CBS codes for other agents instead of just for Inspectors and other service people. [ free consultation viagra | can …


Rails respond_to issues when using IE

I was experiencing a bug in IE7 where my Rails app would return js when I was asking for html and vice-versa.  It worked fine in other browsers but just not IE.  It seems a few other people were having this issue long ago but I could not find any recent info or a complete …


Austin Listed For Its Great City Water

Austin made yet another top ten list when it appeared at #7 in the list of cities with the best water.  I have always heard people talk about Austin’s water quality but never really knew where it stood overall.  It is just another reason Austin is such a great place to live. [ how much …


Successful Internet Marketing Campaign

I recently had a listing for a client down on the Texas Coast.  The property was a very niche resort property that catered to hunters/fishers.  It was an empty home lot and the developer still had lots of their own to sell.  So, with the current market and the uniqueness of the property, I knew …


Many New Laws Taking Effect September 1st

There are many new laws taking effect September 1st.  Many of them will effect you, especially if you have children.  Here are a few of the highlights: All passengers of a vehicle are required to wear a seat belt, even if in the backseat. Any child younger than 8 years of age must be in …


Mystery solved – blue satellite-looking structures at Mueller to “turn-on” tomorrow

Have you ever wondered about those blue, flower-shaped structures that resemble satellite dishes along I-35?  Well, those structures near the Mueller development are Austin’s largest public art project called SunFlowers – An Electric Garden. The so-called “sunflowers” capture solar energy during the day to provide light at night. They also rely on light sensors to determine …