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While Texas is notorious for being warm throughout the year, nothing can compare to the sweltering, humid summers of Austin. Each day is packed full of humidity and sun, and with the temperatures getting warmer each year it's no surprise to see triple digits slowly start to become the norm. As a result, Austinites have long looked for creative ways to stay refreshed and cool.

From visiting the many bodies of water in this amazing city, to spending some time indoors with a frozen treat, there are endless ways to stay in comfort. Some don't even require any money so they're perfect for those who are looking to save some money! Here are some of the best things to do in Austin to cool off and enjoy the summer sun without braving the intense sun rays.

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smart home

A home is a worthy investment that gives you not only a place to live, but also a place for your family to grow and for you to celebrate your milestones in life. Why not improve it as much as you can by using the latest in technology?

Smart home devices have recently become a must-have addition for homeowners who are looking to improve their lives. Thankfully, that is possible now more than ever as a result of a variety of companies who have come up with imaginative ways to improve our lives by using our voice or our smartphones. There are few reasons why you shouldn't already have a smart home system thanks to the multitude of benefits that they provide to homeowners.

Here are but a few of the many devices available on the market and some of

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young couple buying first home

As the spring buying season begins, several millennial first time home buyers are setting their sights on finding the dream home that's right for them. Austin is the perfect place for this, with a bustling city packed full of opportunities for those who are looking to begin their career. Surprisingly, they are not alone. Young professionals have grown rapidly to become the biggest home buyers in the US.

Millennials are a force to be reckoned with

According to The Washington Post, most millennials have rated their own financial situation as fairly good to very good. This figure is a substantial increase compared to three years ago. Millennials today are also the largest group of home buyers according to Ellie Mae. This comes as a direct contrast

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cars driving across south congress bridge

In our bustling city, parking your car can be difficult. Whether you're concerned about the parking laws in your neighborhood, or want to know how best to tackle parking downtown during busy hours, we hope this guide helps you park like a true-blue Austin resident. And hopefully, you'll avoid tickets or costly towing incidents while you're at it.

  • Austin Attraction Parking
  • Neighborhood Parking
  • Downtown Parking
  • Overnight Parking Guide

How to Park for Some of Austin's Best Attractions

If you're visiting: Park Here Or Here Or Here
South Congress Bridge to see the bats Austin American-Statesman lot Radisson Parking Garage Cesar Chavez street
6th Street downtown Bank of America parking garage
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SXSW 2016Image Credit: quintanomedia

South by Southwest (SXSW) is happening again in Austin, TX. For people new to the area, it's an exciting time where amazing music, celebrities, parties, and a variety of fun activities descend on the city. For longtime residents of Austin, it can be a dreadful time. Bringing in over 400,000 attendees for different events annually makes navigating the Austin highways and downtown area difficult.

That's why the Pauly Presley Realty team has put together this foolproof survival guide for Austin, TX residents and visitors to help y'all navigate Austin during SXSW 2017. Be a champion and a survivor. And have fun!

Which Social Media Accounts to Follow During SXSW

If you're going to do SXSW, you have to do it right. You

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Selling a house is pretty normal business: you take photos of every room, set a price, and you're set. However, you often find a gem among the many beautiful scenery photos. Gems that make you question "Why are you trying to sell that house with that photo?" as you browse the multiple photos showing off the beautiful landscape.

Terrible real estate photos, funny MLS photos, or whatever you want to call them, they're impressive works of art that defy explanation. From a random person in the frame to a pet casually walking by the camera, they've delighted and appalled real estate agents for years. Here are some of our favorite funny real estate photos from across the web:

Congratulations to Mrs. Pink Teddy Bear and Mr. Panda on their new home

worst mls photos teddy bear and panda on bed

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chocolate dipped strawberries and rose petals on table

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. We're sure lots of you already have your dinner plans squared away, but if you've got a sweet tooth after your romantic meal, check out our list of the best places to get some lovely dessert for you and your Valentine.

Big Top Candy Shop

1706 South Congress Avenue
Open 11am - 7pm on Valentine's Day 2017

Big Top has perhaps one of the greatest selections of classic candy in Austin. Plus, they also feature a fully stocked soda bar and milkshake menu to satisfy even the largest of sweet cravings. Just a short (uphill) walk from the famous "I love you so much" painted on the side of Jo's Coffee, it's a great place to take your sweetheart for some sweet treats. According to Big Top's Facebook page,

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5 Fitness Centers in Austin to Help Start Your New Year Workout Plan

Now that its 2017, you might be adopting the motto "New Year, New Me" and working out a plan to hit the gym more often. If you live in Austin, you're in luck: Austin ranked #15.5 (tied with Raleigh, NC) in 2016 for being one of the fittest cities in the U.S., partly due to all of the fitness centers and gym options available.

There's plenty of indoor and outdoor places you can go to get a workout in if you live in Austin. Here's a list of a few of our favorites we've compiled to help with your New Year's motivation.

Go Rock Climbing at Austin Bouldering Project

Looking for an indoor rock-climbing gym in Austin? Austin Bouldering

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Trail of Lights at Zilker ParkImage Source: FreeFuninAustin.com

Even though we live in Texas, we do still (sort of) have a winter. With the temperature cooling off, a lot of Austinites are looking for fun winter activities for when the weather outside is frightful. Luckily there is a lot to do! Here's some of our favorite hot spots to hang out when it gets cold in Austin:

Grab a Bowl of Soup to Warm Up

Austin has plenty of places to grab a hot bowl of soup to warm you up. There's Ramen Tatsu-Ya, which offers Japanese soul food in the form of ramen. The No. 1 Tonkotsu Original comes with creamy pork broth, noodles on the side, pork belly, and an ajitama (a marinated boiled egg). It's definitely worth trying.

There's also Gourmands Neighborhood Pub, where you can order

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greetings from austin mural on building

It can be easy to forget how many quirky, lovable spots there are in the great city of Austin. If you're looking to immerse yourself in some great Austin-local businesses with a charm all their own, we hope you'll consider these great mainstays.

1. Violet Crown Cinema

When people think of movie watching in Austin, they think of the Alamo Drafthouse or the Paramount. However, this gem is a much quieter, much more sophisticated alternative to those other Austin staples.

Located in the 2nd Street District downtown, the Violet Crown's film selection might not be as widely varied as at the Drafthouse, but the quality of the films on offer is guaranteed. The Violet Crown leans more towards arthouse fare. It's not uncommon to see catalog titles such

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