Lake Travis (Austin, TX)
By Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob"
(Robert Ratliff Realty)
Lake Travis second lowest level since the drought in 1963 The lake that is fed by the Lower Colorado River by way of the Highland Lakes chain is more than 40 feet below average. The all-time low for Lake Travis was in August 1951, that's when the water was just 614 feet above sea level.   Friday morning, Lake Travis stood at just over 626 feet above sea level. That's the the third-lowest level in the history of the reservoir that supplies much of the drinking water for Austin and nearby communities.   As an Austinite I’ve seen our Lake Travis at it’s lowest, and it always rebounds and fills up with our Spring or Fall rains however we haven’t had the blessing of rain on our watersheds which help to replenish our Lake Travis in several years. Lake Travis serves as the primary flood contro...
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By Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob"
(Robert Ratliff Realty)
Austin Real Estate 2012 Market Review Austin area Economic growth is on an upward trend and indicates a market turnaround appealing to both home owners and renters alike. New Listings in Austin area decreased 1.1 percent to 1,568 Pending sales were up 36.7 percent to 1,729 Inventory levels shrank 25.7 percent to 6,184 units The Median sales price in creased 11.1 percent to $207,750 Days on market down 21.4 percent to 66 days Absorption rates improved with monthly supply down 39.7 percent to 2.8 months   Below are a few charts showing market trends for our Austin Area Real Estate Courtesy of Austin Board of REALTORS®, Multiple Listing Service.             If you or someone you know is considering a move to the Austin area I would welcome the opportunity to consult with you or them about ...
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By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
    Gary Albertson and wife, Sheri Albertson, who both work at Victory Medical Center in Southwest Austin, built a dream house in 2010 with an amazing view of Lake Travis. They love the house and plan to replicate the first floor when they move out to their ranch near Burnet. Gary Albertson, an allergist who grew up in Muleshoe, is heading toward retirement and wants to spend it on the ranch raising longhorns. He and his wife, a physical therapist, have put the 4,800-square-foot home on the market for $1.895 million with Carl Shurr of Realty Austin. The stone-façade home at 5004 Lakeview Drive, off RM 620 near Steiner Ranch, sits on a cliff overlooking a deep cove of Lake Travis. A tram takes the owners to their boat dock and lake, which the Albertsons say is regularly 120 feet deep. O...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
It’s that time of year again! KAB (Keep Austin Beautiful) has their 18th annual event for the biggest scuba diving and shoreline cleanup in Texas! Rounding up trash from the bottom of Lake Travis and 11 Parks around the lake is the goal for the Sunday morning's clean-up activities!It is an event all ages so make it a family affair. There are fun contests to see who finds the most unusual pieces of trash…..one year someone found a discarded commode and won the contest! After the clean-up there is a thank you party for the volunteers and even a DJ is lined up for the festivities!This event will be held RAIN or SHINE so come out and join the fun! Sunday morning September 23rd at 8:00 the fun begins..in the past there have been approximately 1,000 volunteers..500 scuba divers and 500 clean-...
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By Sebastian Barrett St.Troy
(Austin Market-Ready Services, Home Staging and Real Estate)
Home For Sale: 6 Hedgefield Court The Hills, TX 78738 MLS # 7191195 Home For Sale in The Hills, Texas $750,000 Bedrooms:  5 Bathrooms:  4.5 Living Areas:  2 Garage:  3 Square Feet:  4,692 Built by the current owners, this home has never been offered For Sale, until Today!  Don't miss this rare jewel of a home. Indoors the natural wood and stained concrete floors warm each room as the Architectural details define the open spaces, which your family and friends will enjoy.  Every chef, not to mention the diners, will delight in the spacious, well appointed Kitchen with large eat-in Breakfast area.           You'll hear music when you live in The Hills!    Friendly neighbors, great schools, the security & lifestyle only The Hills can offer.From the Country Club, Golfing, Tennis, outdoor ac...
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By Sebastian Barrett St.Troy
(Austin Market-Ready Services, Home Staging and Real Estate)
January Events in Austin, Texas From live performances to events of delight and entertainment, here's a list of some of the many special activities to enjoy in Austin during the month of January.  2012 marks a special year in that it is the Year of the Dragon, not just any Dragon, a Water Dragon.  2012 is a Water year and the Dragon is a Wood element, thus water nourishes wood and allows it to grow. This is the beginning of the nourishing cycle in Chinese Astrology and ends the destructive cycle.  Celebrate with us on January 23rd to welcome the Year of the Dragon. 24 HOURS IN AUSTIN EXHIBIT January 2 Austin Details Art + Photo Twenty-four Austin photographers were assigned to create a portrait of Austin in one 24-hour day in October 2011 and amassed a remarkable body of work that show...
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By Sebastian Barrett St.Troy
(Austin Market-Ready Services, Home Staging and Real Estate)
2012:  The Year of the Dragon This shall be a tumultuous year with many things changing, no more shall our world be as we know it. We either accept the changes, work to make the changes, or do nothing and become swept aside by the waves of change.   Where shall you be in 2012?  What positive affects will you make upon the ever growing winds of change?  Whatever your desires, everyone is deserving of a blessing, so here is ours for you:   Blessings of good fortune, good luck, prosperity, happiness, and love!  
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