Katz’s Closed

The near year brings about many changes – some good, some bad. Unfortunately for Austinites and deli-enthusiasts such as myself, the phrase “Katz’s Never Kloses” no longer rings true. After 32 years of service, Marc Katz has officially closed the doors after having “had enough.” The often outspoken owner says it’s not the last we’ll […]

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Larger classroom sizes to help budget, hurt kids

Well it’s no surprise to anyone that the state budget is on the agenda again. But this time, lawmakers are considering making adjustments in education – an area many agree that still needs improvement. But the proposed change – eliminating the current cap of 22 students per class in elementary schools – if anything could […]

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Parking meters: long nights and Saturdays at stake

If you’re a news-junky like myself, you’ve probably heard all the hubbub about the proposed parking meter change here in Austin. Meters downtown could run all the way until midnight – ouch! As they stand now, you’re only required to drop in a coin between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm, and on […]

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Pros and Cons of Owning an Austin Condo

Are you trying to decide between purchasing a condo or a home in the Downtown or Central Austin area? If so, it is important to explore the pros and cons of owning a condo in order to determine if condo ownership is right for you. Con:  Personalization Abilities are Limited One potential downside to living […]

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Real Estate 101: Five Potential Foreclosure Pitfalls

There is no doubt about it – purchasing a foreclosure can be a great way to save a whole lot of money on a home. Furthermore, contrary to popular belief, many homes that are in foreclosure are still in excellent shape. Nonetheless, there can be a few pitfalls along the way when purchasing a foreclosure. […]

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University of Texas Demonstrates Why it is Ranked the 49th Best School in the Country

Austin residents have long taken price in the fact that the city offers numerous educational opportunities to its residents. The fact that the University of Texas was recently ranked as the 45th best school in the country by U.S. News & World Report, however, gives residents even more reason to celebrate the educational opportunities that […]

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The Most Economical Green Home Improvements

Making green home improvements isn’t just a way to selflessly give back to the environment and lessen your carbon footprint. It’s also a great way to save some money in the process. The problem with many green home improvements is that they’re just cost prohibitive. Some improvements require a serious investment of cash, and while […]

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Austin Real Estate Market Enjoys Positive Trends

According to the Austin Board of Realtors, home sales were down a bit when comparing them to one year ago last month, but the demand for Austin homes remained stable despite the fact that the first time homebuyer tax credit came to an end in April. Furthermore, the Multiple Listing Service reports that, although home […]

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Austin Commercial Real Estate Market Showing Signs of Recovery

According to the latest report from Oxford Commercial, the commercial real estate market in Austin is considered to be more stable and more promising than other commercial real estate markets around the country. In fact, while industrial vacancy rates continue to be a concern, the latest quarterly reports seem to indicate that the retail and […]

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Austin Takes Top Rankings For Young Professionals

According to Austin Biz Journals, Austin was ranked the 10th best city for young professionals in the entire country. In order to be included on the list, Forbes only considered those cities with a population of more than 1 million. Factors such as average wage, unemployment rate, public company presence and affordability were all taken […]

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