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Found 121 blog entries published by Brad Pauly.

Home buying assistance for veterans

A Homebuyer’s Guide for Texas Veterans

After serving in the armed forces, many people returning to civilian life seek to buy a house. Your home is often the stable center of the life you build, and for those transitioning out of active duty, that stability is a priceless commodity. Take care, though – buying your home is a long process full of important details. Fortunately, veterans are offered several resources that can make things somewhat easier. Here’s some home buying assistance for veterans in the Lone Star State.

A Veteran-Friendly State

As a Texas veteran, you can take comfort in knowing that you’re far from alone. Data from 2014 shows that there are over 1.6 million veterans living in Texas, a total which is second among all states,

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How to Find a Good School District

How to Find a Good School District When House Hunting

For families with children (or those who plan on having children), the issue of finding a school in your area will always be an important one. If you and your family are relocating, even if it’s just to the other side of town, a good academic environment is nearly as important as a good home. So, how do you get the best of both worlds? Here’s what to keep in mind when considering how to find a good school district when looking for your next home.

What to Look For

When trying to find a good school district in the midst of your house search, the most vital thing is to do your research. Many online resources pool information like test scores, city/state rankings, demographic information, and

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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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Being a Great Airbnb Host

Tips for Being a Great Airbnb Host

Since its launch in 2008, Airbnb has been a welcome resource for travelers searching for accommodations, as well as hosts looking to make some extra money. A busy city like Austin is booming with potential for new hosts, but it takes some effort to really stand out. If you’re planning on opening up your house or apartment to an Airbnb visitor, there are some things you should keep in mind. Here are a few pointers from Pauly Presley to get you prepared.

Starting Out

Let’s say you’re brand new to the world of being an Airbnb host. There are some key things you’ll want to keep in mind as you tackle this new endeavor.

  • Consider Your Neighbors: While hosting might be a great idea for you, it’s important to
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Here in Austin, it’s fair to say we’re crazy about dogs. When Austinites are on the hunt for a new apartment, accomodations for pets are usually make-or-break qualities. You need to make sure you have the space and amenities that are exactly right for your canine companion, no matter how big or small. With that in mind, we’ve assembled a list of some of the most dog-friendly apartments in Austin.

The 704

The 704

3401 South Lamar Boulevard

People love The 704 for its walking-distance proximity to South Lamar mainstays like The Broken Spoke, Kerbey Lane Cafe, Torchy’s Tacos, and more. As for four-legged residents, they’ll be thrilled to find out that there’s a sizable gated park for them to enjoy.

1 bedroom starting at: $843 (efficiency)
2 bedrooms

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Important Factors Austin Renters Search For

The Most Important Factors Austin Renters Search For

Searching for an apartment in Austin has never been easy. The rigors of finding a new place can often be so overwhelming that you find yourself forgetting important criteria or settling for less just so you can be done with the process. When you’re in the midst of your search for an Austin apartment, it can help to observe what other people in your situation are looking for. To help you out, we’ve gathered a list of the most crucial factors that Austin renters say they’re seeking.

Refining Your Online Search

As with many things these days, your Austin apartment search will probably start online. The most common search factors for apartment hunters are as follows:

  • Affordability: Money
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What is the average rent in Austin

The city of Austin has a lot going for it these days. It has an undeniable presence in the technology and business sector, a fiercely defended cultural identity, and of course, more live music than any one person could see in a single lifetime. But what’s the true cost of living in such a unique boomtown? If you’re looking to call one of the city’s signature neighborhoods home, what should you expect to pay per month? To help you out, we’ve put together a guide to the average rent in Austin neighborhoods.

Allandale

Average Monthly Rent: $1,150
Minimum: $795
Maximum: $4,500
Nestled between Mopac and Burnet Road, Allandale residents are never far from parks, schools, shops, or entertainment destinations.

Bouldin Creek

Average Monthly Rent:

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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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