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As residents of Austin, TX, we know that the city has its quirks and nuances in different areas, making it a beautiful patchwork of different neighborhoods. Each neighborhood brings a special set of benefits to its residents and depending on your lifestyle needs, you might prefer one neighborhood over another. That being the case, we know that deciding on the neighborhood you want to live in can be a daunting task, specifically if you are an out-of-towner who’s not very familiar with the nuances of a city. This is why our Austin real estate agents and apartment locators help residents make informed decisions on where to rent a home or apartment.  

In the spirit of informing our fellow Austinite, we want to address a popular question that we get a…

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home insurance concept, house models on lifeboats with coins representing home insurance policiesBuying a house in Texas or any part of the country is a huge, but necessary investment. Purchasing a home is one thing, and protecting it is another. You need to invest in home insurance to protect your house from unforeseeable risks.

Simple house insurance policies usually protect your home and property against destruction and damages from specific events such as extreme weather, fires, and hurricanes.

Without proper home insurance for your Austin home, you will have to rebuild or repair your home if it is damaged or destroyed.

When buying a house, you must understand that not all house insurance policies are the same. There is a variety of homeowners insurance created to cater to different types of property.

For example, there are insurance…

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2020 has been a record year for real estate around the country.

Amidst the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic and economic shutdowns, low-interest rates and a low housing supply contributed to this record-setting year.

Are you wondering what the Austin real estate market will look like in 2021? Are you shopping around for Austin real estate agent?

Let's take a look at everything you need to know about the future of Austin real estate agents.

Austin Home Sales and Prices Soard in 2020

2020 has been a big year for Austin real estate.

Over the past year or so, the median sale price within the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area increased by double digits. In October 2020, the median sales price of homes in this area reached an all-time…

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Have you checked out our Ultimate Guide to Apartment Hunting in Austin yet? In this guide, we break down the best process to go through when looking for your next Austin home. Whether you’re a longtime Austinite or an out-of-town transplant, this guide features up-to-date information on different neighborhoods, trends in the Austin rental market, and steps to follow to ensure you get the best apartment for your lifestyle. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Apartment Hunting in Austin o be informed on unit types, communities, amenities, and entertainment options you’ll have available to you when you choose your apartment. We'll show you the best ways to ... :

  • Know Where to Start ...
  • Narrow Your Search, and ...
  • Take Final Steps.

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For first time home buyers, the process can be quite overwhelming. One thing which you will have to think about is home inspections and home appraisals. These are often confused, but are not the same thing and yes, you do have to worry about both.

What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a thorough, objective examination of the home's physical structure and systems. The home inspection is primarily for you. The inspector will check everything from the roof to the plumbing to the electrics and provide you with a report that lists what problems they find with the home.

You can then use this list to decide whether to go ahead with the purchase, as leverage against the Seller for a price reduction, have Seller pay closing costs, and/or…

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Austin is a fantastic place to achieve higher learning. From our outstanding academic institutions to terrific weather for outdoor entertainment, it's no surprise that students flock here and the graduates stay. Austin has it all!

Let’s explore some top Austin colleges and show you all the features that make Austin an amazing place to live. With a booming job market, a relatively low cost of living, and endless choices in off-campus housing, it's no surprise that Austin area students often make their homes and begin their families here too. 

As always, if you've got questions about a specific neighborhood or an Austin real estate listing feel free to reach out to the real estate experts at Pauly Presley Realty right now. 

The Top Austin…

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Tiny home interior

The tiny house trend is sweeping the nation and making its mark in Austin. With land at a premium, some neighborhoods are making space for these smaller dwellings. While a tiny house's sticker price may be lower than some conventional homes, there are other issues to consider, including the resale value, lending options, and environmental impact. Many of the environmental benefits are real, but traditional homes can be updated with impactful green initiatives too.

That's why it's important to consult an expert like Pauly Presley Realty, before hopping on the bandwagon. A tiny house may not be a huge investment up front, but the return on investment might be lower than you think.

Here are 5 FAQs to consider before you buy a tiny house in Austin:

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Aerial shot of Zilker Park and downtown Austin

Austin has beautiful weather most of the year, which makes it a great city for those who enjoy a day relaxing at the park or a fun hike with their dog. There are a lot of parks across Austin, both free and paid. Here, we present nine of the most popular parks in the city.

Commons Ford Ranch

The prairies at Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park have been recently restored. The process involved a controlled burn of the non-native and invasive species that had begun growing there. With the land ready for new planting, over 70 types of native grasses and wildflowers were planted to ensure that the park is full of vibrant plant life year-long.

Commons Ford Ranch, like most metropolitan parks, is open to the public from 5 AM to 10 PM. The park is…

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Whether you’re a parent of school-aged children or a real estate investor in Austin, school districts matter. An exceptional school district is often a requirement for business owners who want to expand into new areas. Here are some of Austin’s top schools by district based upon academic performance, standardized test scores, and completion of advanced placement courses.

Best Elementary Schools in Austin Texas by District

Bridge Point Elementary School (Eanes ISD)

Bridge Point Elementary School is located on Cedar Street in north Eanes Independent School District (ISD). The school is the largest elementary school in Eanes ISD and serves over 700 students.

Lake Pointe Elementary School (Lake Travis ISD)

Lake Pointe Elementary School is…

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Before moving to Austin from another city, you've probably been told of some of the downsides. Our traffic has gotten pretty bad, summers are hot, and allergies can be tough. A lesser-known concern to be aware of is Austin flooding. Central Texas is such a flash flood-prone region that the National Weather Service sometimes refers to our area as “Flash Flood Alley.”

However, you needn't be too worried. Flash floods are generally most dangerous when driving, not at home. In fact, 75 percent of Texas flooding deaths occur in vehicles. Make sure to stay off the road when flash floods are predicted. 

As far as real estate is concerned with Austin flooding, the majority of localized flooding doesn't exceed a few road closures in your neighborhood.…

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