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Renting an apartment for the first time

Renting an apartment for the first time can be a landmark moment in your life. However, without proper planning, you might find yourself under a lot of stress during the process. But not to worry, you don’t have to start uninformed! We’re here to let you know the basics with this handy first apartment checklist.

The Approval Process

First things first: If you’re renting an apartment for the first time, you’ll need to get approved for it. There are several things that a landlord or property manager will look for.

  • Income: In most instances, your monthly income will need to total 2.5 or 3 times the rent amount. Be ready to provide pay stubs or other documents proving compensation from your employer.
  • Credit: Apartment complexes will want to
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Let’s say you’re ready to live the good life in Austin, but for one reason or another, you’re not looking to buy property of your own. You’re in luck - Austin has no shortage of apartments that will put you in the height of luxury! Whether you want to be right in the beating heart of downtown or you’re looking for some distance from the hustle and bustle, here are ten luxury apartments in Austin that really stand out.

Ashton Austin

Ashton Austin

101 Colorado Street - Rent starting at $2,731/month

As far as downtown Austin apartments go, Ashton is hard to beat. Located in the vibrant 2nd Street District, you’ll never be far from amazing dining and nightlife options. In the mood to catch a movie? Good news - you’re just a five-minute walk away from Violet

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home improvements before listing for sale

If you are in the market to sell your home there are some easy fixes and updated you can administer to get the most out of your investment. Through a few weekends work you can increase the value of your home before it hits the market. Use this guide to help you find some easy wins where you can increase the value of your home.

Update Faucets and Shower Fixtures

Popcorn ceiling was a common addition to homes constructed throughout the 70's and 80's intended to keep noise vibrations down in a room. This sound deadening texture material can contain asbestos making it important to remove before putting a home up on the market. If your ceiling texture does not contain asbestos it may not be worth your while to remove, however housing trends show that

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pennybacker bridge at night

As we enter into 2018, it's important to refresh on some seasonal trends we will see in the real estate market this year. By using some reports and trends from the National Association of Realtors we can go into this year understanding how the market will react. Use this guide to help you pick the best time to sell your Austin home in 2018.

Picking The Best Time To Sell

It's important to first understand that selling a home should work with your timeline. If you are moving within Austin or one of the surrounding Travis County communities you can better adjust when you put your home on the market. However, if you are moving to a different city that is either a difficult commute or in a different state, you should sell your home to best fit around

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pennybacker bridge at night

For the past few years, Austin has been the fastest growing city in the US. From massive job growth to a thriving housing market, Austin has been topping the charts in almost all categories, so it's no wonder people and companies have been moving to Austin.

You may be wondering why exactly so many people of all ages and backgrounds are relocating to Austin. We’ve put together some reasons why our city has been attracting transplants and tourists lately. Take a look at the list below for just a few reasons why Austin, Texas is quickly becoming America’s new favorite city.

Low Cost of Living Compared to Other Cities

Your income will stretch farther in Austin compared to other similar cities. You'll pay less for transportation, utilities,

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House in Fall

If you're noticing fewer 'For Sale' signs now that summer is over, that's because fall is starting and school is in session. But fall can be a great time for home buyers and sellers for a lot of reasons. It may not be the busiest season for realtors and home sellers, but it definitely can be one of the best for finding the perfect property for you or your family. Here's a list of reasons why fall is a great time to house hunt or sell a property.

 

1. The Holidays Are Right Around the Corner

The pre-holiday window is a great time to catch buyers before the chaos of the holidays fully hit. Most people want to move into a home and settle down before they have to host Thanksgiving or decorate for Christmas, so the urgency to close quickly is

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Bullock Texas State History Museum Lone Star Plaza

Austin is known for its food, its fashion, and fun events that are happening year round. Whether it's a good sale at a local boutique or a fun happy hour at a new restaurant, there are plenty of sources to get your information. And a lot of them are locals on Instagram! We've put together a list of some great local food, fashion, and Austin celebrities to follow on Instagram.

Austin Food Instagrams

@EatingATX

Run by the sister duo Morgan and Lindsey Vandygriff, this Instagram account is full of fun pictures of Austin's best food stops. From food trucks to ice cream shops, the Vandygriff sisters show off why Austin is known as one of the best foodie cities in the nation. Follow them to learn more about some of Austin's best places to grab a

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pre build property in austin texas

Buying a pre build home is a great way to save a lot of money on a property. This can often result in great savings for the buyer as development looks for early investors into their project. While most of those who commit to early buying are investors and realtors, it’s essential to consider this as an option for those who wish to get their dream home for less.

Our agent Callie Gordon has some great tips to follow if you are interested in learning more about how to get started. Visit Austin Insider for more information.

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university of texas at austin campus

A new school year is almost upon us and hundreds of new students are getting ready to go back to school in a matter of weeks. While many might be eager to jump into class as soon as possible and begin learning, most new students who come from out of the city are excited to explore the new and exciting things that Austin has to offer. Thankfully, Austin is a city packed with exciting events and delicious food, most of which are conveniently located near campus for students to enjoy.

Many of our favorite activities are free and are sure to become quick favorites for those who are new to the area. Here are but a few of the many activities that new students can do while in Austin that are surprisingly close to the University of Texas campus. 

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