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May 15

Start your career in Austin!

Are you graduating from college soon and trying to figure out exactly what your next steps will be? According to a study done by WalletHub many cities, including Austin, in Texas may be the best place to start your career. WalletHub says that not only are more employers looking to higher recent graduates but the hiring rate in general has increased tremendously. Check out the results here to see where Texas cities are ranked as well as what else is on the chart.

Austin snagged spot #3! If you’re thinking about moving to Austin, Realty Pros is happy to help you find a place conveniently located close to your work!

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May 12

Job Recruitment – Downtown Austin

As more hotels are being built in downtown Austin, owners and management are seeking the right employees. However, an analyst reported to Austin Business Journal that the pay is just not high enough for the high quality personnel the hotels are seeking. If you’re looking for a start up job where you can grow and work in the heart of Austin, consider going to the recruitment fair hosted by Hotel Ella. They will be opening a South Congress hotel this summer and are on the hiring hunt. The fair is being held at 1900 Rio Grande Street two different times: May 13-14 and May 21-22.

The other hotels that are set to open and will be seeking employees are The Fairmont Austin and Westin Austin Downtown.

Read More: ABJ


Apr 30
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Grad Student Housing – Austin, Texas

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A few leaders and board members at the University of Texas are discussing plans of building student housing for UT graduate students. The construction project is estimated to cost around $166.4 million. This development will include a parking garage as well as a tennis court. These plans will have to be approved by the UT System Board of Regents which is scheduled for review this upcoming month.


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Apr 29
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Jenga Tower Controversy – Austin, Texas

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Ever since Construction Ventures Inc. and Aspen Heights decided they were going to come together to build what would be the tallest tower in downtown Austin, the Jenga Tower, there has been ongoing controversy between Austinites about the their design. According to Austin Business Journal, their poll about the tower design has remained about 50/50 for the last month or so. One person even said that it this proves Austin doesn’t know anything about urban-architecture design. Of course, the builders & designers disagree and they will move forward with their initial plans.

Read more about what other people had to say: Here
Initial ABJ article about the tower: Here


Apr 14

Austin Cat Cafe Anyone?

Japan, and now California, are known to have quaint, cozy cafes for people to go and read, drink coffee, do some work and… cuddle with kittens.

Rebecca Gray, an entrepreneur from Austin, has been working towards bringing this kind of business to our very own city and she may just be on the right track. According to Austin Business Journal, Gray received an email from an Lawson Pedder saying they are ready to help her find the right place to open her business.

Gray believes that opening a Cat Cafe in Austin will not only make cafe-goers more happy and relaxed, but that this could be a great tool to linking Austin animal rescue organizations with Austinites who are looking to possibly adopt a cat… or maybe someone who never even thought of owning a cat but won’t be able to resist all of the furry cuteness.

You can donate to help Gray start her business here: Kick Starter

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ABJ || Culture Map


Apr 9
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HGTV’s 2015 Smart House Austin

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Every year the TV network, HGTV, does a Smart House giveaway and every year they choose a new city to build the house in. This year some lucky Austin winner will get the opportunity to reside in this Smart House!

Situated in the perfect Austin neighborhood, Zilker Park, this 3 bedroom/3 bathroom house is 2,300 square feet and made up of endless exciting features. Watch the video on the HGTV website to see everything it has to offer.

YOU can register to win this house starting Wednesday, April 15th and will run through June 2nd. Be sure to keep checking the HGTV website for further instructions.

Take a tour of the smart house

ABJ Article || HGTV Main Site


Apr 8
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Rainey Street High-Rise

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Will Austin ever stop growing? Probably not, which is why most of us Austinites love this city! Rainey Street is well known for its hipster bars and gorgeous downtown condos, and this mixed-use project is not going to disappoint.

Seventy Rainey development plans are in the works by New York based Sackman Enterprises. This new high rise will have 160 luxe residences accompanied by any amenity you can imagine; indoor fitness studio, yoga room, dog park, virtual golf course, fire pits, community garden, and much more.

Seventy Rainey is set to be completed in the Fall of 2017.

Resources: Culture Map || KXAN News


Apr 3
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Bull Creek Development

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The Grove at Shoal Creek is what they’re calling this advancement to Bull Creek. An estimated $500 million dollars is planned to be spent in order to develop on Bull Creek tremendously. You can expect to see restaurants, retail shops, apartment complexes, single family homes, office space and a 12 acre park popping up over the next seven years. Yes, seven.

The development company is also planning to improve the roads for traffic near Bull Creek, for example by adding more turn lanes.

Read more about this new project here.


Mar 20
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February 2015 Market Statistics

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Single family home sales and prices in Austin, Texas hit an all time high in February 2015. ABOR has released all statistics for single family homes today:

1,775 – Single-family homes sold, five percent more than February 2014.
$248,640 – Median price for single-family homes, eight percent more than February 2014.
$307,928 – Average price for single-family homes, five percent more than February 2014.
58 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, three days more than February 2014.
2,619 – New single-family home listings on the market, three percent more than February 2014.
5,142 – Active single-family home listings on the market, nine percent more than February 2014.
2,278 – Pending sales for single-family homes, eight percent more than February 2014.
2.2 – Months of inventory* of single-family homes, 0.2 months more than February 2014.
$546,572,200 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, 10 percent more than February 2014.

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Mar 3
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Antone’s New Home- Austin, Texas

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Antone’s, a popular music venue first founded in downtown Austin, has been looking for a new home for about two years and has finally found one. Antone’s will reopen summer 2015 on 5th street in downtown Austin, next to the steakhouse Eddie V’s. The venue is going to be two stories, the second story used as an event space for special events and other bookings.

Will Bridges, a club and restaurant owner in Austin, states that Antone’s will have an in-house talent buyer that will work alongside outside outside buyers to make sure there is always great music playing at the venue.

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