Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 at 4:03pm. 312 Views
Austin has been named the number eight city in the nation for women entrepreneurs by consumer finance company Nerd Wallet. The female-forward analysis of the United States’ 50 most populous cities was performed in honor of Women’s History Month and based on five areas: business-friendliness, presence of female entrepreneurs, earnings of female workers, education level, and economic state.
Female entrepreneurs now run more than 8.6 million businesses in the United States, generating more than $1.3 trillion in revenue, according to Nerd Wallet. Data from the National Association of Women Business Owners shows this number grew 59% between 1997 and 2013.
Austin is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and an abundance of startups, but how well do…
Monday, February 24th, 2014 at 2:03pm. 688 Views
When The Beauty Jar made itself at home in northwest Austin in the summer of 2013, it was CEO Brizy Tait’s second, and Austin’s only, vegan hair salon. Inspired by her grandfather, Tait had set out to create an affordable, eco-friendly, and vintage beauty apothecary with modern boudoir charm.
“Our trendsetting hair stylists give our clientele the hair design that they’ve always dreamed of, using natural, vegan, and conventional hair color lines free of parabens, sulfates, ammonia, and formaldehyde. Our lovely boutique has 100% natural products with organic ingredients.”
Tait was one of the first cosmetologists in Texas to receive training and become organic-certified in 2010 by organic color systems. Afterward, she founded her first vegan salon,…
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at 1:00pm. 338 Views
In 2013, Austin real estate soared, with substantially rising prices and decreasing inventory.
Guess what? 2014 looks to be much of the same. According to Gracy Title, Austin is expected to have a whopping 35.3% increase in population from 2010–2020, and Austin home prices are expected to appreciate by over 25% from now to 2018. Over 25%! What in your investment portfolio looks to provide that much of a return in only four years?
Whether you are a potential investor or a potential homeowner, buying homes in Austin is looking more and more attractive – especially while interest rates are still low. If you’d like to see the way Austin has progressed, we’ve created an infographic to demonstrate the changing makeup of Austin real estate prices, broken…
Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 1:13pm. 312 Views
In March of 2012, Apple committed to an investment of $282 million in a one million square foot new Americas Operations Center in Austin, promising to bring 3,635 jobs to the Texas state capital. Where is Apple’s new Austin home? The 10-year expansion project is well underway in northwest Austin near Parmer Lane and McNeil Road, with many of its future employees expected to look for homes of their own in the Milwood neighborhood just next door.
So far the Cupertino, California-based tech giant has spent over $27.8 million in facility design and construction, according to the Austin Business Journal (ABJ). Two of its buildings, totaling 290,000 square feet, have been granted temporary certificates of occupancy. The project stands in phase one of…
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 at 2:26pm. 588 Views
Below are specifics on Austin's amazing year of real estate gains, broken down by Austin MLS areas. Would you like even more? A Regent Property Group agent can help you discover numbers related to your own neighborhood and your home.
A special thanks to Gracy Title for compiling the original document!
2013 Median Price and Percent Change Compared to 2012
- 6 $330,000 0.0%
- LS $385,000 + 3.1%
- RN $429,000 + 3.2%
- 1A $409,000 + 5.3%
- UT $209,450 + 5.5%
- SWE $236,714 + 6.9%
- N $195,000 + 8.3%
- 7 $438,500 + 8.8%
- LW $300,000 + 10.1%
- NE $162,000 + 11.0%
- PF $173,950 + 11.6%
- NW $234,500 + 11.7%
- 10N $212,425 + 11.8%
- W $387,125 + 12.2%
- 4 $360,000 + 12.7%
- SWW $335,000 + 13.6%
- 1N $317,250 + 13.7%
Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 10:42am. 811 Views
Imagine seven Spicewood hilltops offering stunning views of the Pedernales River and, nestled in the valleys between, pristine Texas Hill Country preserve. Add access to Briarcliff Marina, a winery, two country clubs, and a 35-minute commute to Austin. Sound like seventh heaven?
Texas icon Willie Nelson thought so.
A brand new community, Tierra Vista is located on Nelson’s beautiful 688-acre Luck Ranch, and come April, four homebuilders will be ready to show Austin and Lakeway visitors what it’s like to live there.
The Home Builders Association of Greater Austin has chosen Willie Nelson's Tierra Vista as the site of the 59th Annual 2014 Parade of Homes™ this April, and the participating builders will be Jenkins Custom Homes, Lake Travis Builders,…
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 1:45pm. 304 Views
For over 15 years, Austin Duck Adventures has offered visitors and Austinites of all ages a fun, part-land, part-water, narrated tour of Austin history, music, and culture. Its famous duck-decorated Hydra-Terra buses pick tourists up downtown at the Austin Visitor Center, bejewel them with functional duck-call necklaces, and parade them on varying routes that include sites such as the Capitol Building, Tom Mueller Dam, and The Driskill Hotel.
Halfway through the tour, Duck Adventures drives past the homes of historic Tarrytown and down the ramp at Walsh Boat Landing, splashing into Lake Austin. For about 15 minutes, the bus tour becomes a boat tour!
Paul Mahler first conceived the idea after experiencing a duck tour in Boston. “It was such a fun way…
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 at 9:42am. 336 Views
A word of advice to college grads, tech mavens, artists, entrepreneurs, and nature-lovers alike: snag your spot in Texas’ hippest city while you can. According to the Austin Board of REALTORS®, 27,298 Austin-area single-family homes sold in Austin in 2013, which is 19 percent more than 2012, and Austin has reached historic lows with only two months of home inventory. In addition, “The apartment rental market surged with record rents and occupancies,” according to Shonda Novac from the Austin American-Statesman. New construction homes? They’re coming, but it may be a while, and they will trend toward the suburbs rather than city-central.
Needless to say, people want to live in Austin. Why? For starters, Austin offers career growth: new businesses…
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 5:35pm. 558 Views
Whole Foods Market officially has made itself at home in north Austin, with a choice location at the helm of the popular Domain shopping center. The new Whole Foods opened on January 15th, and by the end of opening night, store leaders were announcing “a record-breaking” day to several hundred cheering customers and team members via the store’s intercom.
“We are thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant community and are committed to offering a dynamic shopping and entertainment experience!” said Team Leader Lindsay Mucha. “Our team is dedicated to providing extraordinary customer service and we look forward to getting to know our new neighbors.”
The day’s festivities began at 7:30 a.m. with a bread-breaking ceremony and remarks by Mucha and the…
Monday, January 20th, 2014 at 2:51pm. 456 Views
Austin's Circuit of The Americas will host comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s RedFest 2014 this May: a three-day festival revolving around “redneck”-themed comedy, reality TV stars, and outdoor activities from archery to tractor rides. “To make RedFest really rock, we had to find the coolest place in America to serve as our host city, and right now Austin is the place to be," said Foxworthy. Fondly called a Blue Collar Comedian, he will perform throughout the festival, in addition to reality TV superstar Larry the Cable Guy and Rodney Carrington. Duck Dynasty’s Phil and Alan also will grace the stage with a Sunday sermon.
“I know what y’all are thinking; that I’m calling this party RedFest because of the tie in with all the redneck jokes I have made over the…