Here is a quick quote that sums up the issue of Lincoln Property building a Wal-Mart in the Northcross Mall property. I’ll be honest, I have tried to avoid this issue as much as possible. But I need to stay informed for my clients’ sake so I always scan over any articles about it. Anyway, I thought this quote was great as far as summarizing the whole problem. Regardless of what side of the fence you are on, this just goes to show the whole thing needs to be put behind us. Read the quote
Austin Energy worked with Samsung to reach the quality certification to help prevent the power outages that caused two of Samsung’s plants to go powerless in 2006. Austin Energy is the first in the country to obtain this certification.
I found these useful little items the other day. They are called Tiger Tacos and they help keep box flaps out of the way when packing/unpacking. They are a very simple idea, but I am surprised I have never seen anything like it before. I thought it might also be a useful gift for my clients.
Austin has been named one of the top 25 travel destinations by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The list was voted on by travelers. Austin was in the top five for several sub-categories, including:
- happy hour
- environmental awareness
- public parks
- attractive people
- vintage shopping
- wild weekend
Sounds like Austin has it all covered.
This is mainly for other Realtors. I just want let everyone know how terrible the phone service is for TREC. It is terrible because it is non-existent. Every time I call I get a busy signal. In this day and age, it is hard to even find a busy signal anymore. But not at TREC. You are not put on hold so that you can wait until someone is available. There is no voicemail. It is absolutely ridiculous. You basically have to take your chances and try over and over again throughout the day or, in my case, a week. Luckily, the TREC office is in Austin, so I can go down there to get something done. I don’t know what agents from other cities do. TREC, please step in the next millennium.
UPDATE 2009.08.26: I had to call TREC today and actually got put on hold and then someone picked up in less than a minute. Now if only they made the website a bit more useful, I wouldn’t need to call them.
CNN has an article about Austin in its America’s Favorite Cities section. It is a brief article that touches on all the great things about Austin. Great to see Austin getting more national recognition.
I ran across this article earlier today. It talks about a great idea for
enhancing your business cards and getting your clients to help pass them out for you.
According to an article in Forbes Magazine, Williamson County ISD is one of the top ten school districts in the country. Here are the stats:
Per Pupil Spending: $7,163
College Entrance Exam Score: 1,066
College Entrance Exam Participation Rate: 72.40%
Graduation Rate: 88.80%
According to Housing Predictor, Austin is going to be the #5 appreciating market in the country. What I like about this chart is that San Antonio is also on the list at #25. It is only a matter of time before Austin and San Antonio grow together along the I-35 corridor. They will eventually become a metroplex much like Dallas and Fort Worth. This means all the real estate in between has a great outlook. Yet another reason to buy in the Austin area. Also of note is that 8 of the 25 markets are in Texas. That means almost a third of the list resides right here in Texas
The 2007 Market Report from TAMU’s Real Estate Center has been released. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Austin is the top growing metro area in Texas for the last decade with a 41.% increase
- Austin’s projected population for 2010 is 1,563,179
- 94.6% occupancy rate for multifamily properties in 2006
- median price for homes in 2006 was $172,000