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    Things to Do in Austin in March 2014 There are some great events taking place in March to go with this beautiful weather we’re getting!  We’ve compiled this list of happenings around town.   Don’t forget to tell your friends about us, we LOVE referrals! STAR OF TEXAS FAIR & RODEO   March 1-16, 2014 Austin […]

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  • 03/04/14--18:39: SXSW Survival Tips
  • SXSW Survival Tips SXSW is about to hijack Austin for a week-long music, film and interactive festival, an annual marathon of incredible multimedia experiences.  There will be tens of thousands of people spread over several square miles of Austin over several days.  To get the most out of it, you need to prepare early and […]

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    Average 30-year Mortgage Rate Rises But Still Close to Historic Lows Although the U.S. average fixed 30-year mortgage rate rose this last week it still remains close to historically low levels.  That’s great news if you are in the market to buy a home! According to Freddie Mac, the average rate for the 30-year loan […]

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    Things to Do in Austin in April 2014 Spring is finally here and there are some great events taking place this month! There is something for everyone-racing fans, car enthusiasts, runners, artists, musicians, comedians, all the way to fashionistas! So get up, head out and enjoy all that Austin has to offer! As always, don’t […]

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    Home Sales Continue to Rise in Austin and Houston According to the latest MLS reports from the Austin Board of REALTORS® and the Houston Association of REALTORS®, home sales continue to rise in Texas.  In fact, Austin-area home sales and home prices hit an all-time high in February!  With 1,761 single-family homes sold in the Austin […]

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    Things to Do in Austin in May 2014 Things are really starting to heat up outside, what better excuse to get going! Check out our list of events happening around Austin and the Hill Country. If you’re looking to buy or sell real estate, call us today! We’d love to help in any way we […]

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    Things to Do in Austin in May 2014 Things are really starting to heat up outside, what better excuse to get going! Check out our list of events happening around Austin and the Hill Country. If you’re looking to buy or sell real estate, call us today! We’d love to help in any way we can! AUSTIN FASHION WEEK April 24-May 3, 2014 Austin Fashion Week showcases the work of fashion designers, photographers, hair stylists, makeup artists and models from around the state of Texas. Over a hundred events take place during Austin Fashion week including runway shows, designer meet-and-greets, themed parties and benefits for Austin non-profits. HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL May 1-4, 2014 Annual film festival screens the best of independent film from Texas and around the world, hosting four days of features and short films, plus parties and other gatherings. AUSTIN PSYCH FEST May 2-4, 2014 Austin Psych Fest will celebrate its 7th year, spotlighting the best new vanguards of mind expanding music and hosting legendary artists from around the world. PECAN STREET FESTIVAL May 3-4, 2014 The Pecan Street Festival is a FREE, bi-annual juried arts and crafts festival held on historic 6th Street in Austin, TX. The show proudly features over 275 artisan vendors from all… >>

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    Things to Do in Houston in May 2014 It’s no big surprise that it’s warming up outside already, which is perfect for all the great events taking place. Check out what Houston has to offer this month. Also, if you’re looking to buy or sell real estate in the Houston and surrounding areas, please give us a call today! TCP Real Estate would love to help you in any way we can! BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND May 6, 2014 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas presents Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band in concert at 7:30 pm. ART CAR PARADE May 10, 2014 The pinnacle of Houston Art Car Parade Weekend is the Parade itself! On Over 300 jaw-dropping cars, bikes, skaters, and motorized creatures will roll down Allen Parkway. There’s a full day of events leading up to the parade – make sure you get there early! PASADENA STRAWBERRY FEST May 16-18, 2014 The 40th Annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival will include 128 teams playing Mud Volleyball, 70 BBQ cook off teams, Specialty Act- Pig races, Swam master Alligator show, Magic acts, stunt shows, Children’s area, Teen area, Washer Pitching Contest, Wine Tent, 2 stages of Live entertainment, and the World’s Largest Strawberry… >>

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    Austin March 2014 Real Estate Report The Austin real estate market is still HOT! According to the latest Multiple Listing Service report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, Austin-area home sales volume hit a seven-year high in March 2014, rising seven percent year-over-year to 2,262 single-family homes sold.  The median price for single-family homes was also up to $231,750 in March 2014.  That’s a six percent increase from the same month last year.  The average price increased five percent to $296,640. The total dollar volume of single-family homes sold was $670,999,680, a 12 percent increase from March 2013. Austin Real Estate March 2014 Statistics 2,262 – Single-family homes sold, seven percent more than March 2013. $231,750 – Median price for single-family homes, six percent more than March 2013. $296,640 – Average price for single-family homes, five percent more than March 2013. 51 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, 13 days fewer than March 2013. 3,211 – New single-family home listings on the market, two percent fewer than March 2013. 4,964 – Active single-family home listings on the market, five percent fewer than March 2013. 2,669 – Pending sales for single-family homes, three percent fewer than March 2013. 2.2 – Months of inventory* of single-family homes, 0.4 months less than March 2013. $670,999,680 – Total… >>

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  • 05/14/14--09:43: Steps to Homeownership
  • Steps to Homeownership If you’re thinking about purchasing a home, follow these simple steps to homeownership. Start Saving A larger down payment will improve your chances for a better interest rate and smaller mortgage payment.  But also keep in mind that in addition to your down payment, you will need money for closing costs, inspections and future expenses. Find a REALTOR® It’s important to find the best REALTOR® that matches your needs.  You’ll want to interview several agents and consider a combination of their experience, representation, and professionalism. Talk to a Lender Unless you’re able to purchase a home for cash, you’ll need to finance your purchase.   Finding the right loan and lender for you will be top priority once you get to this step.  Your REALTOR® can help recommend a lender to meet your needs so that you can get pre-approved for a mortgage loan as quickly as possible. House Hunt As a home buyer you’ll want to determine what you are looking for before you begin your search.  What is your price range?  Do you know your preferences in size and amenities? What area of town?  Are schools important?  You can start your search for homes for sale in Austin, Houston, the Hill Country and San Antonio with… >>

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    Mortgage Rates Fall to a 6-Month Low According to Bankrate.com’s national survey of large lenders, mortgage rates inched down for the third week in a row leading them to fall to a 6-month low.  That’s great news for borrowers this week, but that’s not the only good news.  The Federal Housing Administration announced a program that could make mortgages cheaper for some borrowers. This week’s benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 4.33 percent from 4.37 percent the previous week.   The benchmark 15-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.42 percent from 3.45 percent last week.   The benchmark 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgage fell to 3.31 percent from 3.34 percent  while the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate jumbo fell to 4.35 percent from 4.39 percent. Visit our online mortgage calculator to see how much your payment would be on a new home today!  It’s a great time to buy before rates go back up!

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    Fun Things to Do in Austin, Texas With so many things to do in Austin, Texas, it’s hard to narrow down the list.  We’ve complied some fun things to do and see around town in these videos! Enjoy! See the 360 Bridge The 360 Bridge, also known as the Pennybacker Bridge, is one of the most scenic and iconic images in all of Austin.  It runs across Lake Austin and connects the northern and southern section of Loop 360, aka Capital of Texas Highway. Walk through the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Located in South Austin, the Johnson Wildflower Center has demonstrated the beauty and value of North America’s native plants with its conservation center and museum for more than 30 years. Tour the Texas Memorial Museum at The University of Texas The Texas Memorial Museum is the main exhibit hall of the Texas Natural Science Center at the University of Texas at Austin.  Admission is free and exhibits focus on fossils and prehistoric life; native Texas wildlife; gems, minerals and meteorites; and biological evolution. Tour the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum The Bullock Texas State History Museum is part of the Texas State Preservation Board and its stated mission is to tell “the Story of Texas. See our complete list of THINGS… >>

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    Austin-area Home Prices Hit an All-Time High in April 2014 According to the latest MLS report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, Austin-area home prices hit an all-time high in April 2014. Austin April 2014 Real Estate Statistics 2,479 – Single-family homes sold, one percent more than April 2013. $239,900 – Median price for single-family homes, six percent more than April 2013. $308,752 – Average price for single-family homes, statistically unchanged since April 2013. 45 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, five days fewer than April 2013. 3,481 – New single-family home listings on the market, two percent fewer than April 2013. 5,305 – Active single-family home listings on the market, three percent fewer than April 2013. 2,805 – Pending sales for single-family homes, six percent fewer than April 2013. 2.3 – Months of inventory* of single-family homes, 0.4 months less than April 2013. $765,396,208 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, one percent more than April 2013. It’s a great time to buy and sell in Austin, Texas! Search Austin homes for sale with TCP Real Estate.

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    Austin and Houston Rank Among Best Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials  to Live Recently Niche.com released its list of Top 25 Cities and Neighborhoods for Millennials.  Considering it’s college graduation time, this list will come in handy for young people deciding where to looking for jobs and places to live. Texas had three in the top 25 metro areas including Austin, Dallas and Houston.  Rankings were determined by more than a dozen factors, including data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey, crime rates, as well as surveys from nearly 500,000 college students and recent grads. 2. Austin, TX % Age 25-34 17% Median Rent $936 Median Income $30,816 Crime Score Below Average Representative College University of Texas – Austin Best Neighborhood for Millennials: South River City/Travis Heights Search Travis Heights Homes for Sale in Austin    21. Houston, TX % Age 25-34 15% Median Rent $860 Median Income $28,306 Crime Score Average Representative College University of Houston Best Neighborhood for Millennials: Midtown Search Midtown Homes for Sale in Houston

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    Things to Do in Austin in June 2014 Summer has arrived and there is plenty going on around Austin and The Hill Country to have fun! With rising temperatures brings loads of outdoor activities. Check out our list of great events taking place this month! Don’t forget-if you are in the market to buy or sell a home, TCP Real Estate would be glad to help! BLUES ON THE GREEN IN ZILKER PARK June 4, June 11, June 25, 2014 As Austin’s largest FREE concert series, KGSR’s Blues on the Green is consistently ranked as a top annual entertainment event, and has become a staple of the Austin lifestyle and a very casual and comfortable experience.   Concerts will take place every other Wednesday in June in Zilker Park.  Expect thousands of people, blankets, lawn chairs, families and music lovers! X-GAMES June 6-8, 2014 An international competition bringing together the top action sports athletes in the world. In 2014, X Games Austin will debut not only the very best in action sports, but also a new model: Nine Festival Villages (Galleria, Gaming Shack, ESPN Clubhouse, The Playground, Sound Factory, Next X Parks, Texas Ranch, The Garage and Green Planet) set to entertain the masses all day and all night. THE… >>

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    Things to Do in Houston in June 2014 Summer has arrived and there is plenty going on around Houston to have fun! With rising temperatures brings loads of outdoor activities. Check out our list of great events taking place this month! Don’t forget-if you are in the market to buy or sell a home, TCP Real Estate would be glad to help! HOUSTON GUN COLLECTORS & ANTIQUES SHOW June 1, 2014 Public gun show with exhibits, including modern rifles, pistols, shot guns, gun cases, U bags, gun sights, scopes, stocks, finishing materials and parts. BACKSTREET BOYS WITH AVRIL LAVIGNE June 5, 2014 The Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne perform live at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. THE CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH FESTIVAL June 7, 2014 Come out and celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month complete with fabulous native music, exuberant cultural dancing and delicious authentic foods. HOUSTON BEER FESTIVAL June 7-8, 2014 Houston Beer Fest has it all, macro, micro, regional, local, craft, import, or domestic. They have you covered. Head to Sam Houston Park for a weekend of music, friends, plenty of beer and food. GHOSTBUSTERS June 13, 2014 Forget about trekking to the ‘burbs for your Alamo fix. Join us for a FREE film under the stars as… >>

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    Central Texas Summer Camps 2014 Want your kids to explore, create, discover, wonder and grow this summer? Check out our list of Central Texas Summer Camps 2014.  From creating memories to making new friends, summer camp is where children can learn to be independent and develop their decision-making, social and emotional skills. Outdoor Summer Camps Bluebonnet School of Cedar Park (Ages 5 – 10) 3420 El Salido Parkway, Cedar Park TX Sports, Water Play, Gardening, Science Experiments and Art (512) 331-9009 www.bluebonnetschool.com   YMCA Camp Twin Lakes (Grades K – 8) 204 E. Little Elm Trail, Cedar Park TX Various Outdoor and Sport Activities (512) 250-9622 www.ymcagwc.org/camp-twin-lakes/   Camp Balcones Springs (Ages 7 – 17) 104 Balcones Springs Drive, Marble Falls TX Sports, Arts and Crafts, and Outdoor Activities (830) 693-2267 www.campbalconessprings.com   Camp Coyote (Ages 7 – 17) Huntsville, TX Sports and Outdoor Activities (800) 677-CAMP www.campcoyote.com   Camp Doublecreek (Ages 4 – 14) 800 Doublecreek Drive, Round Rock TX Arts, Crafts, Sports and Outdoor Activities (512) 255-3661 www.campdoublecreek.com   Camp Longhorn (Ages 8 – 16) 1000 Indian Springs Road, Burnet, TX Specialty Sports and Outdoor Activities (512) 793-2811 www.camplonghorn.com   Camp Olympia (Ages 7 – 16) Olympia Drive, Trinity, TX Arts, Crafts, Sports and Other Outdoor Activities (800)… >>

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  • 06/09/14--11:00: Home Maintenance Tips
  • Home Maintenance Tips It’s important to keep up with routine maintenance of your home to avoid costly and more involved repairs down the road. The seasons are hard on your home and it’s far easier to keep up with these simple tasks in order to keep the components of your home operating effortlessly. Examine Roof and Gutters for Debris This is one area that is often forgotten about because it’s not in our line of vision. Clear leaves, dirt, and twigs from your gutters and inspect downspouts for damage or loose pieces. Also check for leaks around flashing, chimney, and skylights. Examine and repair shingles that are damaged, missing, or loose. Fix Broken Yard Irrigation Check for broken or clogged sprinkler heads. Contact your water company to see if they provide free irrigation inspections. Check for Air Leaks Inspect the air ducts in your attic for holes, repair with duct tape or replace with new duct work. Ensure that the seal and caulking around all doors and windows is in good condition. If you see gaps larger than the width of a nickel, you will need to reapply exterior caulk. Make Sure Safety Equipment Works Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, replacing batteries as needed, or at least every… >>

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    Things to Do in Houston in July 2014 Houston is heating up this month with plenty of fire…fireworks that is! There are celebrations happening all over town! This month even features something for your furry family member! Have fun, stay hydrated, and don’t forget to pack the sunscreen! As always, don’t forget to refer us if you know someone who is considering buying or selling a home this summer! HOUSTON-FREEDOM OVER TEXAS July 4, 2014 The Mayor’s Official 4th of July Celebration has been a six hour event of festivities and tradition in Houston, for decades. This year’s festivities include vintage aircraft flyovers; the Walmart All-American Kids Zone, a children’s entertainment area; KBR Liberty Park brings military assets such as tanks and helicopters to the event along with all five branches of the military; the all new Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Beach Bash; and the Dr Pepper One of a Kind Zone, featuring all four Houston professional sports team set-ups, music, food, and a cooling area. The event culminates with a Texas size concert featuring a national recording artist and one of the largest fireworks displays in the USA. A STAR SPANGLED SALUTE July 4, 2014 Enjoy an evening with the Houston Symphony listening to patriotic, toe-tapping American music. Make sure… >>

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    Things to Do in Austin in July 2014 This great city of Austin and the beautiful Hill Country have some great events scheduled this month! This month starts out with celebrations all over the city for Independence Day, with plenty of music and food to follow! It’s warming up out there, so don’t forget to pack your suncreen. As always, please refer us if you know someone that will buying or selling a home this summer! AUSTIN-HEB AUSTIN SYMPHONY ANNUAL JULY 4TH CONCERT AND FIREWORKS July 4, 2014 Spend this Independence Day with thousands of your closest friends and your Austin Symphony Orchestra at the beautiful Circuit of The Americas (COTA)! COTA will host a variety of fun, old-fashioned July 4th holiday activities, including interactive games and contests for the whole family, starting at 4:00 PM. The orchestra will perform at 8:30 p.m., followed by “mile-high” fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. ROUND ROCK-FRONTIER DAYS CELEBRATION July 4, 2014 A parade, fireworks, carnival rides, jalapeno pepper eating contest, children’s games, Sam Bass Shootout, Movies in the Park and skydivers are all part of the City of Round Rock’s July 4th Frontier Days Celebration. Independence Day festivities will begin with free watermelon at… >>

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