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All the Rage :: Apple Does it Again!

Brand new Apple products are being released and they are all anyone is talking about. The first product I want to talk about, of course, is the Apple Watch. At first I was skeptical about the product because why would I want a watch that did all this stuff that my phone could do? But after reading over a few articles, this watch may be going to the top of my (late) Christmas wish list. Review Journal explains that much of the interaction with the watch, such as zooming in and out, would be through the dial on the watch which they refer to as the digital crown. One extremely useful tool that I know every single person who drives will say they wish they had before is help finding your car in a crowded parking lot. BMW is one of those companies, so we’ll have to wait and see who else decides to be a partake.

And secondly… the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. What has been improved with these phones? The iPhone 6 will have a 4.7 inch screen and the Plus will have a 5.5 inch screen. They will be faster and have better battery life than the previous versions. For all of you fitness gurus, there is a new sensor that can actually estimate how many stairs you’ve actually climbed in addition to your distance. For the video feature, the slow-motion will now be able to record even slower shots, taking 240 fps (frames per second).

Two other new aspects to Apple: Mobile Payments & iOS 8 Update. Read more about these exciting changes: Review Journal | Statesman | Independent Lifestyle

Phones will be available to purchase in stores September 19
Apple Watch rumored to be available early 2015

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New Additions to The “Domain” Family

Just announced: Tory Burch and Rocket Fizz will be joining all the other stores we love to shop at in The Domain this September!

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Tory Burch is a New York-based boutique featuring women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and fragrances.
The store is designed to give off a homey feel with gold-leaf accented chandeliers, marble and oak floors and raffia wallpaper. Tory launched her own non-profit organization supporting the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families which you can read more about here. Expected to open on September 19.

 

Rocket Fizz soda and candy shop is a California-based franchise that sells retro-themed candies and glass-bottled soda along with some other items. This is a one of a kind shop and Austin should feel special that the owners wanted to open shop here. See all the yummy treats you can expect to find here! Expected to Open September 19.

Have a great rest of your Thursday!

Future College Parents : Save Money in the Long Run

Remember your freshman year of college, living in an all-girls or all-guys dorm, using communal showers and having very little space for your personal things? I certainly do. A recent Coldwell Banker survey has recorded trend slowly rising on and around college campuses that I think everyone should be aware of. Parents are purchasing town homes, condominiums, and even single-family homes for their kids to live in while they attend school.
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“Middle- and upper-income families are buying homes to save money on rent, and they are anticipating moderate appreciation of values while their children are in school,” says J. Parrish, GRI, the CEO of Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish in Gainesville, Fl. “There is upward pressure on rental prices, and buying is often less expensive than leasing if you have cash or can qualify for financing. Parents let their children choose roommates, who pay rent to help offset the cost of ownership.”

Purchasing a multi-room property allows the children to choose friends as roommates and then the owners can charge however much they want for rent. Parents can use the property for a vacation getaway and even plan on living there themselves in the future.

So, Dads… Think about all the aches and pains you can save yourself from moving your kids into apartment after apartment!

See the entire article here.

Whole Foods Begins Delivery Service!

Do you ever find yourself at home watching a new series on HBO then remember that you have no food at home, you’re completely out of dog food, and you could really go for a glass of cab? Now you don’t have to think twice about getting up to put real clothes on to drive anywhere. Whole Foods Market has teamed up with Instacart to create what I would like to call a dream team.

wholefoodsinstacartAll you have to do is submit your order online with Instacart, choose Whole Foods as your desired grocery store, and then the shopper will have your groceries delivered by the next hour (or you can request a later time). It’s that easy and stress free! They expect to have shoppers stationed in Whole Foods locations by next month which will enable those shoppers to have better knowledge of the store itself and ultimately speed up the delivery process.

Customers will receive their first delivery free! Thereafter the cost is $3.99 for two-hour delivery or $5.99 for one-hour delivery, etc. This brilliant service is also available in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder, Colorado, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington, DC, so be sure to make your out-of-town friends and family aware!

 

References:

http://austin.culturemap.com/news/innovation/09-08-14-you-can-now-get-whole-foods-delivered-to-your-door/

http://fortune.com/2014/09/08/whole-foods-instacart-turn-up-heat/

http://news.instacart.com/

Austin Housing Statistics – July 2014

The Austin Board of REALTORS® have done their research and have provided us with recent housing statistics in Austin that we would like to share with you!
This last July was the first time since May of 2011 that housing sales in Austin have decreased by 3% to 2,944. On the other hand, monthly Austin housing inventory has increased since last year because there are more houses for sale in Austin. With the population rising, Austin-area homes are in high demand. Although the prices of houses for sale in Austin have increased, they are selling faster than ever before.  Here are some more July 2014 statistics issued by Austin Board of REALTORS®:

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-2,944 single-family homes sold (3% less than July 2013)
-median price for single-family homes: $250,000 (9% more than July 2013)
-average price for single-family homes: $318,854 (7% more than July 2013)
-single-family homes spent an average of 39 days on the market
-3,788 new single-family homes on the market (8% more than July 2013)
-6,859 active single-family home listings on the market (12% more than July 2013)
-2,660 pending sales for single-family homes (4% less than July 2013)
-total dollar volume of single-family properties sold: $938,706,176 (4% more than July 2013)

 

 

 

Reference: http://www.abor.com/news_media/statistics.cfm