Austin, TX Real Estate News

By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo is an iconic local spot in Austin. They make the best hand-squeezed margaritas and serve Black Angus beef tacos (along with many other Tex- Mex offerings) and have since 1975! A quirky marquee is out front on the corner of West 5th and Campbell. Every day they change their bill board with a new pun (everything imaginable).They encourage you to submit your pun on their website and of course have permission to post them. It’s one of those “Keep Austin Weird” things that we all in Austin love!They post them on Instagram because everyone loves them. Our own Myrl Jeffcoat follows them as well as our Kathy Streib! We all need some laughter or a chuckle each day! It's fun checking out the new pun each day.                                 Hope you enjoy these! Happy Friday!! 
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
            Every fall, the Canyon Creek HOA schedules a “Fall Community Garage Sale.” This year’s sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 22rd and 23th, 8am - 3pm on Saturday and 11am - 3pm on Sunday. Time is running short to clean and sort through things to sell, but now is the time to do the heavy lifting and get your individual sale ready to go at your home.           For those of you garage sale shoppers it’s best to get there early for the best bargains! Follow the signs around the Canyon Creek community which is located off Hwy 620 almost halfway between Anderson Mill Rd and Hwy 2222. Some families go in together for a super-size sale!   It’s always fun to check out what your neighbors are parting with...you might even find something you can use!Canyon Creek is allowed to ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
The best compliment you can receive is a heartfelt reference. When my clients put their trust in me to handle a real estate transaction (or several for them) and take the time to write a referral it means the world to me. It’s like receiving a valuable seal of approval! I received this one from some special clients who just closed on their new home construction. Thank you David and Cathy!!"A special thank you to Dorie Dillard!  17 months ago, we started the process of listing our house for sale and for the first time, building a new house from the ground up. Dorie was our realtor when we purchased our home 11 years earlier. Dorie is exceptional to work with. Her experience and market knowledge were evident throughout the sales process. She provided great advice in making the house ready...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Austin FC WIN first ever playoff match at Q2 Stadium, Sunday October 16th, 2022. I know lots of you were watching football, but this was a game not to miss! With the Q2 stadium packed and the roaring crowds rooting for them….they couldn’t help but feel the love!!                            The dramatic victory in penalty kick shootout launched Austin into the Western Conference Semifinal, next Sunday at Q2! It was another incredible comeback in front of an absolutely, ecstatic home crowd!!Austin FC will host the winner of tonight’s match between FC Dallas and Minnesota United FC at Q2 Stadium in the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. CT. The match will feature national television broadcasts on ESPN in English and on ESPN Deportes ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Handsome Hudson is also playing baseball this season and has adapted to his team and coach. It’s good to see him playing, adjusting to being a good team member with a different group, using his abilities of throwing a long ball accurately, and his running skills in another sport. He understands the game, has the lay of the land and is good at determining how to best contribute to his team. So fun to watch him steel a base and bring in a home run!So what does focaccia bread have to do with baseball? Beautiful Beckett takes a cooking class after school every other week. She came to Hudson's game with freshly baked Focaccia bread, shaped in a heart. Of course we had to all sample it, including Hudson! Who wants a hotdog when you can have warm Focaccia bread?                                ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Thank you Carol Williams, Aura Alex and Leanne Smith for hosting the October 2022 Challenge.  It's been fun reading the entries!When I first started in real estate in 1991 Austin was much smaller and I went anywhere business took me. As I gained experience and Austin continued to grow, I decided to cast my net to a smaller area and began geographic farming to my community of 1,333 residents in Canyon Creek.I started blogging in Active Rain in October of 2008. The mortgage crisis was in full bloom and I was encouraged to join Active Rain.  I soon discovered I needed to separate myself from the pack and made the decision blogging could be the answer! There was an agent in my neighborhood with definite market share and I was gaining headway on her!I learned from gurus like Barbara Todaro, ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
The Texas Longhorns turned in another victory since their loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. They beat the Iowa State Cyclones 24-21. It was the first win over the Cyclones since 2018. Anthony Cook forced a fumble to help clinch the win!                           Some of us watched the game from the sports bar at Flores Mexican Restaurant and it was a nail biter! It wasn’t a pretty win.... but it was a win and we will take it!              “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
    September was another amazing month; Our NW Coldwell Banker office crushed it with an astonishing 25 agents eligible for the September Million Dollar Club by listing, writing business or closing sales of 1 Million or more! Change is in the air and we are adapting to the shift in the market of longer days on market, lower list prices, and increased inventory.  It’s exciting to see everyone's hard work in servicing their clients. Our office closed 63 transactions for $35.2 million with an average price of $558,000 and closed 33 leases. We listed 57 homes for $46.5 million, with an average price of $817,000 and wrote 72 contracts for $42,000 million with an average price of $585,000 and wrote 20 leases! I love working in an office where everyone works together in a culture of awesomene...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo is an iconic local spot in Austin. They make the best hand-squeezed margaritas and serve Black Angus beef tacos (along with many other Tex- Mex offerings) and have since 1975!   A quirky marquee is out front on the corner of West 5th and Campbell. Every day they change their billboard with a new pun (everything imaginable).This week locals have submitted their puns on their website and of course El Arroya has permission to post them. It’s one of those “Keep Austin Weird” things that we all love!You can check out their Instagram. I learned our very own Myrl Jeffcoat follows them as well as Kathy Streib! We all need some laughter or a chuckle each day! I always check out to see the new pun for the day, hope you enjoy this batch. Happy Friday! 
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Buyers fell in love with this charming brick home that nestled comfortably on a tree lined, interior, street, in close proximity to the prestigious Canyon Creek Elementary.   They loved the hard wood floors, high ceilings, columns, crown molding and open, airy floorplan. The updated, well designed kitchen caught their eye!  What sealed the deal for this young couple, just starting out, was the bank of windows across the back of the house, overlooking the park-like backyard. The quiet, peaceful, and serene setting on the oversized deck was at the top of their must have list!                I sold this home to my sellers in 2002 on a relocation move and they bought this home for many of the same reasons. Now they are ready to make a change. We found the perfect spot so proved, like anythi...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Spending time with Beautiful Beckett and Handsome Hudson is always a treat! I’m continually amazed at how grown up they are. All their Dad and Moms good parenting is turning them into self-reliant, confident, inquisitive young kids!                         Sunday I was able to relieve their nanny for the afternoon while their parents were flying back from attending a special college friend’s wedding. Loved the afternoon, played some air hockey, popped popcorn, watched a movie (Cars Three) and got a bite of Beckett’s cake she made!              I have to admit I can see why Hudson likes this movie. The characters, story, feelings (I can’t get over the life like animated facial expressions) musical score, old school styles of racing….it all came together and made you smile!“Children are t...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
It’s time for our annual Black Friday Giveaway! Look for my email this week. Not on my mailing list? Let me know and I’ll add you.                                 What can you win?u  $600.00 Best Buy Gift card………2 winnersu  $100.000 Best Buy Gift card……36 winnersu  Entry dates Oct. 11-31u  Drawing on or around Nov. 1u  Compliments of Coldwell Banker Realty and Dorie Dillard          Just in time for the holidays…..some extra money to spend!
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Susan G. Komen “MORE THAN PINK WALK” is Sunday, October 30, 2022. The location has changed from last year. It will be held at Barton Creek Mall in the NE Lot at 2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin TX. Here is the course map.Last year our incredible “Queen B’s” took first place in raising the most funds with over $18,000 in the Austin event! We are gearing up to carry on that tradition and are busy raising donations! We all believe continuing to raise awareness of this awful disease is paramount in finding a cure someday. Our beehive is amazing!    Queen B’s was organized for Bianca Vanderberg who is still battling stage 4, breast cancer with courage, dignity, spirit and resolve to beat this cancer out of her system. She is a young wife, mother to 2 adorable boys, sister and a friend...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo is an iconic local spot in Austin. They make the best hand-squeezed margaritas and serve Black Angus beef tacos (along with many other Tex- Mex offerings) and have since 1975! A quirky marquee is out front on the corner of West 5th and Campbell. Every day they change their bill board with a new pun (everything imaginable).They encourage you to submit your pun on their website and of course have permission to post them. It’s one of those “Keep Austin Weird” things that we all in Austin love!They post them on Instagram because everyone loves them. Our own Myrl Jeffcoat follows them as well as Kathy Streib! We all need some laughter or a chuckle each day! It's fun checking out the new pun each day.                                 Hope you enjoy these! Happy Friday!! 
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By John Dunham, N Central Austin
(Juice RE Group at Compass)
Lovely 2 bedroom, 1 bath home on a large tree-covered lot, with a carport, a detached 2-car garage, and a backyard deck for entertaining – w/ secondary access from the master bedroom. The home has an eat-in-kitchen, central cooling and heating, ceiling fans, mini-blinds in all rooms, and tile flooring throughout. Located on a quiet street in the heart of Crestview, the home is only a block away from the historic Crestview Shopping Center that includes Fresh Plus grocery store, and the very popular “Little Deli”. The home is also within short walking distance to the highly-rated Brentwood Elementary School, and the delightful Brentwood Park. The dog-friendly park has walking paths, basketball and tennis courts, a softball field, a children’s playscape and a swimming pool. Location and c...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
          The much, anticipated annual ACL Fest at Zilker Park has grown to two weekends! October 7- 9th and 14th – 16th. There are 9 stages and 100+ performances so it’s party time in Austin! With artists like SZA, Lil NasX and Paramore performing you’re going to hear a lineup of popular music that spans generations! There are 75,000 attendees anticipated to attend each day. This year marks 20 years since Charles Attal and Charlie Jones created a fall festival inspired by PBS legendary Austin City Limits Television Series and kicked off the first festival on September 28th with 25,000 attendees a day filling Zilker Park. Oh my how we have grown!                 The Austin Airport is expecting record travel both weekends. If you didn’t book a flight, you might be out of luck! There cou...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
          Almost 2 weeks ago some dear friends brought me a bouquet of flowers when they came over for a Happy Hour.  It’s amazing these colorful beauties are still fresh, blooming happily and bringing smiles to me every morning! “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank“Flowers are like friends; they bring color to your world.”– Unknown      “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”         – Zen Shin
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Beautiful Beckett wanted her ears pierced for her birthday. Her birthday falls in August and with the heat wave Austin experienced this summer, swimming was an everyday event, a definite conundrum.                        Beckett learned there was a six week wait to go swimming after your ears were pierced. After deliberation she agreed she’d schedule an appointment the first weekend in October.Sunday was the big day and what a determined young lady. No tears just a very stern resolve! Love the smiles after both were pierced, it was defintely worth the wait!  "Some things are worth the wait." Tyler Hoechlin 
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
  Latest news in Canyon Creek Homes Sales in Third QuarterWhat you need to know……How it impacts you……Are buyers still absorbing inventory at the same pace as a few months ago? No. The Absorption rate is under 2 months of inventory and 6 months is a balanced market. We are seeing a slowdown in buyer appetite fueled by several factors:  ♦ Interest Rates♦ Fewer mortgage applications♦ Property tax concerns (I bet there are record protests this year at the county tax assessor)♦ Buyer fatigue♦ Home values ♦ Media noise (locally and a lot of national rumblings about a recession)♦ Inflation ♦ Economic insecurityThe list to sell ratios are still strong but expect to see them slip as we head into fourth quarter. Buyers are scrutinizing their negotiating opportunities carefully.     Canyon Creek T...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
  Latest news in Canyon Creek Home Sales in September 2022What you need to know……How it impacts you……..The headlines are showing alarming inventory levels but remember we have been looking at weeks and sometimes days of inventory and now are looking at months. In Canyon Creek we are experiencing 5 months of inventory based on September sales (not on Third Quarter Sales which I will be posting soon). That is slightly lower than 6 months which is considered a balanced market.September sales are typically homes going under contract in August, which is a slow month with school starting in the middle of the month and everyone taking last minute vacation to escape our unusual heat wave. September 2022 homes sales and pending sales decreased year-over-year for the 6th consecutive month.Prices ...
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