All Blog Entries by Brad Pauly

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Many people often wonder how we hire such outstanding real estate agents at Pauly Presley Realty, and often ask whether we hire for personality, experience, or IQ. While it’s true that some realtors are charismatic characters with beyond-basic bonafides and incredible aptitudes, we believe that what sets the best apart from the rest is who they are and what they consistently do. 

In fact, finding a top real estate agent in Austin isn’t particularly tricky if you know what to look for. And, in this informative post, we’re prepared to show you how. Follow along as we explain the qualities, skills, and attributes of the top real estate agents in Austin, so that you know what to look for when it comes to choosing an agent to help secure your next…

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one the best neighborhoods in austin for families

Moving to a new city is challenging. Moving to a new city with a family in tow even more so. Not only do you have to find the perfect home to live in, but the perfect place for you and your family to call home. Suddenly, things like ‘neighborhood safety’ and ‘school quality’ can compete with traditional factors like ‘number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the purchase price, and even the lot size. This will add more options to an already complex decision, forcing you to take into account dozens of factors when it comes to finding a new home.

That’s why we wrote this post—a well-researched guide to some of the best neighborhoods for families in Austin–to take the guesswork out of finding a family-friendly home in the Austin area.

Below, you’ll find a…

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Don’t miss the recent Redfin article we were featured in:
“How to Be More Environmentally Friendly at Home”

It’s becoming increasingly crucial for homeowners to do their part in fighting climate change. However, most people struggle to make a meaningful change because they simply don’t know where to begin.

You may be wondering how you can be more environmentally friendly at home. While a lot of factors are out of our control, simple changes at home can decrease greenhouse gas emissions and reduce your carbon footprint. Redfin asked us, along with other experts from Tampa, FL to Sacramento, CA to share how homeowners can be more environmentally friendly at home. Check out what we had to say!

How to Be More Environmentally Friendly at Home

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the downtown austin skyline - something to keep in mind when buying a house in austin


Thinking about buying a house in Austin? Whether you’re relocating due to employment, following a romantic partner, escaping frigid winters, or are retiring (or simply want to buy–not rent–an Austin home) there are dozens of good reasons to consider buying a home in Austin. Of course, that’s no excuse not to explore your options, do your research, and to know what you should consider before you do.

With that in mind, here are a few things to consider before buying a house in Austin:

The Austin Housing Market is Booming

It’s true: Austin’s housing market is booming and few would disagree that buying a house in Austin isn’t a smart move. With an average annual appreciation rate of 7.28% (and a 20%+ appreciation rate for the past 2-3 years),…

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Majority of homes sold between $250,000-$500,000 in November, indicating accessibility in housing market

AUSTIN, TX — According to the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) November Central Texas Housing Report, closed listings dipped 4.9% to 3,215 across the Austin-Round Rock MSA in November. This occurred even as the housing market remains on track for a record-breaking year, with closed listings are outpacing 2020 by 3.1% last month. 

In November, 53% of the 3,215 closed listings —1,694 homes —sold between $250,000 and $500,000, today’s typical price range for first-time and first-time move-up homebuyers. This data indicates that despite a fastpaced market and record-low inventory, opportunity still exists to find the right home. 

“We have all seen…

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AUSTIN, Texas – According to the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) October 2021 Central Texas Housing Report, the Austin-Round Rock MSA housing market remains on track for a record breaking year, even as the market continues its calming trend. Home sales across the MSA decreased 12.1% to 3,250 closings compared to October 2020 as the median sales price grew 24.7% year over year to $455,000 setting a record for the month of October.

“We are beginning to see a glimpse into what buyers and sellers can expect in our housing market moving forward,” Susan Horton, 2021 ABoR president, said. “More new listings are hitting the market, a trend that we have seen continuously for the past eight months, and when coupled with fewer closings across the MSA,…

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aerial view of riverside apartments in riverside austin

The East Riverside neighborhood of Austin has seen an abundance of new inhabitants and growth in recent years, and it’s easy to see why. New attractions and amenities in the area, paired with its excellent proximity to downtown Austin, have made it a popular place of residence for both new tenants and long-time locals alike. And with many new developments on the horizon, East Riverside is only getting bigger, and better.

In this post, discover what makes this part of Austin such a great place to live and read up on some of the most anticipated developments that Riverside has to offer.

What Makes Apartments on Riverside So Great

It’s clear why so many people want to live on Riverside. With no shortage of dining destinations and entertainment…

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Addressing affordability and increasing inventory a top priority for region.

AUSTIN, Texas – According to the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) September 2021 Central Texas Housing Report, the Austin-Round Rock MSA housing market is continuing its calming trend. Home sales decreased 5.1% compared to September 2020 as the median sales price of $450,000 set a record for the month of September across the MSA. To meet the continued demand, due in large part to economic activity and job growth across the region, addressing housing affordability and increasing available inventory should continue to be a top priority for the region.

“The Austin housing market remains strong and competitive,” Susan Horton, 2021 ABoR president, said. “However, more homes are…

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Are you age 55+ who likes to stay active, social, or engaged? Are you looking for your next home in central Texas? Austin is home to multiple senior living apartments that offer extraordinary amenities made for active and independent adults. From luxury condos to fine dining, to community events and more, Austin’s many active retirement communities come packed with activities and conveniences, and people—just like you—to enjoy them with.

Read through our top picks for the best 55+ apartments below, and consider calling a member of our team to help you find the perfect one for you.

Affinity Living Communities’ Senior Living Apartments

Affinity Adult Living Communities aren’t your average retirement communities. With a variety of…

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Sales activity reflects typical seasonality, price gains maintained.

AUSTIN, Texas – According to the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) August 2021 Central Texas Housing Report, home sales decreased 4.6% compared to August 2020. The data indicates the market is calming as typical seasonality has returned in terms of number of closings, even as median sales prices maintained the gains made over the course of 2021. Despite setting a record for the month of August with a median sales price of $470,000 across the MSA, prices are no longer increasing at a significant rate month to month.

“The region’s housing market is calming compared to the hectic pace experienced at the beginning of the year,” Susan Horton, 2021 ABoR President, said. “While it wouldn’t…

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