Travis County Ranks as Texas 12th Healthiest County in the U.S.A.

Austin Texas ISD Sees Increases in Graduates, College Readiness

College and Career Statistics
            There was a 2% increase from 2009-10 to 2010-11 in AISD

Austin Texas is the Place to Stop and Live

           Jobs typically are the top reason people move. Twenty-somethings traditionally have the highest rates of mobility, and college graduates typically are more willing to move out of state for jobs because they tend to compete for them in national markets, Frey said. With its high-tech industry and universities, its good economic health compared with other places, and its reputation as a vibrant hot spot for young people, the Austin metro area scores well with job seekers and young adults.
           In a January report on the Austin office market, Oxford Commercial said that Austin has the eighth-most educated workforce in the country, and that employers benefit from the area

Is Your Austin Texas Tax Appraisal a Fair Assesment?


Why is tax-assessed value different than market value?                                
The tax-assessed value is what your county believes your home or condo is worth. The county attempts to set their values at market value. However, they do not evaluate comparables, nor do they perform an individual market analysis on every home. The county simply values your home according to the area, not the house, meaning the value may be too high or too low, depending on the size, location, amenities and condition of the specific home.

How do you determine your market value?
You can: contact your Realtor who can provide you with market information, collect information from neighbors who have recently purchased their homes, or a contract company who specializes in assisting with tax assessor valuation protests.

Should you appeal your property valuation?

If the market value on your home is lower than your tax-assessed value, then you should appeal.


When should you receive your property valuation and how long do you have to appeal?
The County Appraisal Districts began mailing property valuations sometime after April 15th. Most homeowners should have received their valuation on or before May 1st. Homeowners have until May 31st, or 30 days from the date they receive their valuation (whichever is later), to appeal.

How to appeal your property taxes?

If you believe your property valuation is higher than the current market value, you should appeal your taxes. When people don

Austin Launches New EasyPark Device

3.8% Title Insurance Rate Increase as of May 1st 2013

Eeyore’s Birthday BASH

    There are refreshments of a wide variety for sale, and proceeds go to local Austin non profits. Austin’s thriving music scene has a high degree of social awareness, as does the community at large, and this type of wholesome, family, art oriented fun, can be found all year round, all over the capitol of the Lone Star State.

    The living is easy, and we celebrate Eeyore’s birthday, right here in Austin, Texas.

Find out how you can get a Real Estate Broker commission rebate from Rebate On Texas


Three Easy Things You As an Austin Texas Home Owner Can Do to Make Your Home Sell Faster

An attractive fence can add appeal.
A good quality fence can benefit the looks of the outside of a home. In places where high privacy fences are the norm, they are all too often neglected and gradually become silent ugly. Making them attractive by fixing up broken-down boards is a good choice. In places where a small decorative fence is used for looks instead of for functional security or privacy, the same is true and it is more feasible to use nice looking materials such as a low fence with decorative ironwork, rails, or stones. You could get synthetic materials which cost less but are no less impressive as a decorative touch. you will need to decide what kind of fence would look most attractive, but in general lower is better. Another way of getting a good fenced look is by using hedges which would look as impressive, if not more.

Present a clean and tidy appearance.
If you could not do anything else for whatever reason on the outside, the minimum is to simply clean up in both the front and back. Pay attention to the driveway asphalt, gutters, and downspouts. These seem to become invisible to you after you have lived in a home for awhile. Cleanliness has a great effect on the value of a home.Going a little beyond these tips, you should clean the siding and outside woodwork, fix any problems with the windows, tighten and polish the doorknobs and maybe even the window latches. It is important before selling a home that you ensure everything looks new and inviting. Your attention to these basic details will pay off in both time and the final sale price.

Austin Texas and Surrounding Areas Monthly Calendar of Events for April 2013

 April 4/6-7 . 10 am – 5 pm F

Zilker Garden Festival
Free admission with paid admission to Zilker
Botanical Garden.
Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin

April 4/11-13*

Texas Burlesque Festival
Three-day hoedown and showdown celebrating
the raucous revival of burlesque.
Marchesa Events Center, Austin

April 4/13. 9 am – 11 am

Keep Austin Beautiful Clean Sweep
Citywide cleanup that takes place all over Austin,
followed by an awesome volunteer party and
environmental fair at Fiesta Gardens

April 4/13. 8:30 am

6th Annual Family Fun Ride & Bike Rodeo
Join us for a Bike Rodeo for the children in addition
to a helmet and bike safety presentation.
Gregg-Clarke Park

April 4/13-14. 10 am – 5 pm

Austin Cactus & Succulent Society Spring Show & Sale
Plants from around the world, vendors from Texas,
New Mexico, and Oklahoma, handcrafted pottery by
Austin artists, silent auction and hourly plant raffles.
Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin

April 4/13-14. 10 am – 6 pm

57th Annual Art City Austin
Enjoy great art for the entire family in one of

Get Home Improvements Done The Right Way


Those are signs that you should walk away. Sometimes these con artists will also try to get you to borrow from a company that they recommend. At the extreme, a home loan scam could leave you homeless.

There are a few key steps that you should take to avoid being taken advantage of. Interview your prospective contractors thoroughly. The FTC suggests that you ask about the length of time they have been doing business, their license details, and insurance. Check with the permit office to find out what you need to know about applicable permit laws. You might even be able to get a tip from someone in the office.

Another important tip is asking for references. Not only should you collect a list, but you should check. Ask the people about the quality of the job and service.

Payment terms must be clear before the job begins. In some jurisdictions there are limits on how much higher the actual cost of a project is allowed to be from the contract estimated cost. Check into the laws where your work will be done.

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