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Your Austin real estate blog

Thank you for visiting Homeowner Herald, the official blog of AustinHomeSearch.com, providing valuable information for both home buyers and sellers. Follow us on Twitter or check in each week for new posts on topics ranging from holiday decorating to the economy to moving into your new home. This blog is maintained by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. If you’d like to suggest a blog topic, contact the ABoR Marketing Department.

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Make it a dog’s day out before the mercury rises
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012

One of the most popular attractions in Austin is the off-leash dog park peninsula at Red Bud Isle. Let your pup roam the park, make new friends and swim until the sun goes down. Bring a towel and change of clothes so you can head right to one of Austin’s eateries that welcome furry friends.

Snack Bar is a dog-friendly and environmentally conscious restaurant just south of downtown. Bring your pooch on a stroll through the funky South Congress area, and stop by the Snack Bar patio to enjoy organic, local foods and gluten-free beer. If North Central is more your area, plan a visit Galaxy Café. You will likely meet other dog-loving neighbors as you sit at a sidewalk café table and treat yourself to a mimosa brunch.

If Saturday morning’s the best time for you to log some quality hours with your four-legged friend, grab the leash and score some fresh produce from the Sunset Valley Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Don’t forget to check out the dog-specific booths and get your favorite four-legged a special treat.

Bring Fido.com is a great resource not only for local spots to bring your pup, but has nation-wide recommendations as well. If you’re a dog parent making the move to Central Texas, speak to your REALTOR® about what details to consider when selecting a home that’s right for all members of your family.


Austin real estate blog
Trees in Central Texas: Valuable and Vulnerable
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

Caring for trees during the extreme Texas drought can be a difficult endeavor. In general, the experts recommend watering a wide area round your tree (commonly referred to as the drip-line) and not to worry too much about the depth since most tree roots run less than six inches deep. TreeFolks, a local group that helps grow urban forests through tree planting, education and community partnerships, has compiled several resources to reference in learning how to care for trees as well as the area water supply.

In addition TreeFolks hosts events throughout the year to empower Austin-area homeowners and organizations to plant and maintain trees of their own. They offer two-hour workshops that teach Central Texans about tree care and maintenance, fruit tree pruning and tree identification. For the more dedicated urban tree lover, TreeFolks has an eight-hour tree care and installation class called Citizen Forester. This course employs both classroom and hands-on work on a range of topics including utilizing trees in landscape design, identifying trees, soil health, as well as pruning and maintenance. Citizen Forester and other TreeFolks workshops are taught by local arborists, foresters and landscape designers.

Learn more about what TreeFolks has in the works and keep the drought tips handy as we head into another Central Texas summer!

Austin real estate blog
Austin events to ward off winter blues
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2012

Now, with the hectic holiday season behind you, take advantage of the fact that Austin is still buzzing with activity. No matter your cup of tea, there is something for just about everyone, almost every weekend. Although our big music festivals have quite the draw, some prefer to keep it more low-key. The list below has just a smattering of what’s happening about town in the next few weeks. These events will get you out of the house, braving Texas’ fluctuating winter weather, kicking up your heels, cheering, or taking a deep breath of relaxation.

 

    • For the thespians among you, check out a show at Zach Scott Theatre. The current show, Next to Normal, is called “The future of American musicals,” by The Washington Post and runs through March 4, 2012.
    • What’s more relaxing than spending 50-80 minutes being professionally massaged, all the while knowing you received the service for a happy-hour price?! The Four Seasons Hotel Austin is offering a Spa Happy Hour Sunday through Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. now through March 30, 2012. This incredible package gives you $50 off any massage, body treatment or facial, a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, light hors d’oeuvres and even includes valet parking.
    • Although the Super Bowl has come and gone, Austin sports fans need not dismay. The Austin Toros basketball season and Texas Stars hockey season will both continue into April, providing action-packed excitement for sports fanatics and families alike.
    • Now’s your chance to be a part of a flash mob, like you’ve seen on TV. Put on your dancing shoes and learn some new steps. Street Salsa and Dance International, Inc. offer classes and rehearsals for dancers of all skill levels. Once you’re confident with your steps, join your cohorts for a flash mob. Each group holds their events and different times and locations around the city.
    • A list of Austin events wouldn’t be complete without at least a couple of musical happenings. Check out these two slightly off-the-beaten-path options for tunes:
      • The legendary funk band Earth Wind and Fire will be playing a show at the Moody Theatre on March 1. Whether you’ve grown up singing along, or feel like trying on a new vintage, the 1970s-era beats will have you out of your seat the minute the guys take the stage.
      • The Austin Symphony is playing with Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel on March 9. This incredible mash-up of musicians is a must-see at the Long Center. Austin 360 has more information.

 

We hope our short list got you thinking outside the box for your next weekend plan. Of course, if you’re looking for even more action, don’t forget that Austin will be vibrating with energy for 10 straight days upon the arrival of SXSW 2012. Join Austinites and out-of-towners alike for interactive, film and music festival fun March 9 – 18.

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