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Halloween Safety Tips

BOO!

The spookiest day of the year has finally come and we are so excited to see all those costumes! Halloween is such a fun time for the whole family, and here at Cain Realty Group, we want to be sure your family celebrates safely. Courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics, we have included a list of tips and tricks to having a safe yet spooktacular Halloween! 

ALL DRESSED UP:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer...

Austin Ranks #24 on List of Hottest Zip Codes

Austins most recent accolade comes from Realtor.com analysis of over 32,000 ZIP codes. This analysis is based on factors such as the time it takes properties to sell and how frequently homes are viewed in each ZIP code. The top 10 markets in this list are seeing homes sell in an average of 21 days -- 50 days faster than the rest of the country. The homes in these markets are also being viewed almost four times more than homes in other areas of the country. 

The trend in these hot housing markets has a lot to do with the appeal to millennials preferences. In today's market, the standouts are relatively affordable, large shares of older millennials, high millennial ownership rates, and high salaries. These ZIP codes tend to be suburb areas with local 'it' factors such as hiking trails, great restaurants, and nightlife. The largest group...

Want to Know What your Home is Worth?

Here at the Cain Team, we know you have tons of questions just waiting to be answered. Want to see how homes within a five-mile radius of your home are selling? How do the actual selling prices compare to listing prices in your area? We've got answers! 

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Austin voted No.13 Most Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly City

Austin has a reputation for being a healthy, outdoorsy, and self-care based city, and WalletHub's newest article confirms this even further! Austin has been voted the 13th best city for vegans and vegetarians! For many, it isn't just a diet, it is a way of life. Austin makes it easy for those who are meat-free in a number of ways. Keep reading to learn more about WalletHub's methodology.

"To determine the best and cheapest places for a plant-based diet, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 15 key indicators of vegan- and vegetarian-friendliness. We examined each city based on such metrics as the cost of groceries for vegetarians, the share of restaurants serving meatless options and salad shops per capita."

Three Key Dimensions

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Austin's New Central Library Grand Opening Scheduled for this Weekend

The City of Austin welcomes the new Austin Central Library as a place of consequence. With a build that greatly resembles Austin City Hall, the library is said to absorb the environment and takes its guests to unheralded heights.  

The floor surfaces in the 198,000-square-foot, multi-angled structure are made of cut mesquite blocks. This material is so hard that it once was popularly used to pave the streets of San Antonio.  The vast windows and interior surfaces transmit huge volumes of natural light, while perforated metal sunscreens, sometimes rendered as screen porches, sometimes as literary quotations punched through the metal, protect the airy six floors of the library from heat and glare.

The new Library is completed with a rooftop garden that will soon be accompanied by a coffee bar. ...

Austin ISD's Plan to Boost Campus Ratings

Austin ISD puts forth plans to boost performance at four campuses that received negative ratings under the Texas Education Agency's accountability system. These plans were approved 8-0-1 at Monday nights board of trustees meeting. 

Campuses that are rated "improvement required" in 2017 must participate in the Texas Accountability Intervention System. This system includes an in-depth data analysis and a comprehensive needs assessment to determine areas in need of improvement. The four campuses that have drafted plans for improvement are Govalle Elementary as well as Burnet, Martin and Mendez middle schools.

Templated plans are provided to the district by the Texas Education Agency. Throughout the year, campuses work to reach certain benchmarks. Progress is monitored by the district as well as an agency representative, Superintendent...

Winter Weather Preparations to Get a Head Start On

It always seems that the first night of colder weather, something goes wrong with the fireplace that worked seamlessly the winter before! Follow these quick-and-easy winter preparation to do right NOW! You never know, a cheap prevention could save you big bucks later in the season.

#1

Buy a protector for your outdoor faucet: A little-frozen water damage can cost you up to $15,000, yet is so easy to prevent. The simplest thing to do is to remove your garden hose from your outdoor faucet and drain it. Then add a faucet protector to keep cold air from getting into your pipes.

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Add insulation to prevent ice dams: Icicles are a clear sign that you’ve got an ice dam, which is exactly what it sounds like: a buildup of ice on your gutter or roof that prevents...

Austin is one of the Top 10 Foodie Cities in America

Austin is known for its love of food, food trucks, and there is a surplus of amazing cuisines to join in on the "foodie" lifestyle. According to WalletHub's findings, Austin is voted one of the Top 10 Foodie Cities in America. 

These wallet-friendly cities cater to foodies who prefer to cook at home, explore the local gastronomy or both. To determine the best and cheapest foodie scenes, WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 180 U.S. cities across 24 key indicators of foodie-friendliness. Their data set ranges from the cost of groceries to affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita. 

In order to determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub’s analysts compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across two key dimensions, “Affordability” and “Diversity, Accessibility & Quality.”...

Austin's Hottest Brunch Destinations

Brunch seems to be the go-to weekend activity for Austinites and thanks to Eater Austin, we've got a list of the 10 hottest New Brunch destinations for the month of October! 

Whether you are enjoying a day out with the family, or need a pick-me-up after a night out, brunch is the perfect answer! Check out the Eater Austin's brunch heatmap.

1. Le Politique

A French take on brunch, filled with pastries, eggs, and crepes. Enjoy this spot on the weekends only from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

110 San Antonio St
Austin, TX 78701
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Three Bedroom Round Rock Home Open House!

Join us for a Round Rock Open House this Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 1-4 PM

About the Home

One story Round Rock charmer! This home is situated in an established neighborhood. It offers high ceilings, an amazing fireplace, and built-ins. It features a large fenced in backyard, gorgeous trees, and a relaxing covered back patio. Foundation work was done in 2009 including a transferable lifetime warranty. Priced below county value!

804 Fieldstone Place

$169,997 | 1,591 Sq.Ft. | 3 Beds | 2 Baths

For more information on this charming Round Rock home, click here.

Front of 804 Fieldstone Pl...

Austin Voted Best City in the U.S For Dog Lovers

It's no secret that Austin is a little bit weird, but it is also no secret that Austin is a city for man's best friend! Around 54 million American households have at least one dog, compared to 43 million households that have at least one cat, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Cain Realty Group Austin Accolades

realtor.com took the 150 largest metros and then analyzed a wide variety of pet data. They only included one metro per state, for geographic diversity.

Criteria included:

  • Percentage of single-family homes on realtor.com with dog-related home...

Top 10 Pumpkin Patches Around Austin

Fall is here! Bring on the pumpkins! Wondering where to take the kids to a pick out the most awesome pumpkin and to snap some sweet fall family photos? Do512 Family has compiled a list of the Top 10 Pumpkin Patches in the Austin area, check it out!

#1 Barton Hill Farms

Every weekend from September 23 – November 5, 2017, this farm in Bastrop will hold a Fall Festival & Corn Maze where the kids can get lost in a 5-acre corn maze, play in a frontier fort or climb on the giant shipwrecked sandbox. They also have giant jumping pillows and barrel train rides for the kids. Enjoy live music, farm animals, and of course, pumpkins, too. Concessions are also sold onsite.

Hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 8 pm. &...

Costly Remodeling Missteps that New Homeowners Make

After the negotiations are over, the keys are in your hand, and the excitement sets in...and then the nervousness starts to take over. You have all the freedom, YOU hold the reigns, now what do you do with them? When starting the remodeling and process of getting your dream home in the works, make sure not to be too eager and make one of these common new homeowner mistakes.

1. Going with the Lowest Bid

Double-check that all bids include the same project scope — sometimes one is cheaper because it doesn’t include all the actual costs and details of the project. The contractor may lack the experience to know of additional steps and costs. 

2.  Submitting Small Business Claims

Submitting a claim or two, especially in a relatively short period, can trigger an increase in your premium. Save your insurance for something...

Family Friendly Activities for October

The holiday season is upon us and we've got you covered with family friendly activites the whole crew will enjoy. Be sure to check back each month to learn more about what is going on in your community! Grab those kiddos and explore these fun events!

Boo at the Zoo

Every Friday and Saturday in October
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Get ready for a howling good time at the annual Boo at the Zoo where kids can show off their Halloween costumes while strolling through the Austin Zoo during evening hours. The Zoo will be illuminated and decorated for Halloween, and you can ride the haunted train and explore a haunted house, too. Tickets are $17.50 per person and include...

Austin Earns #9 Spot of Fastest Growing Cities in the US

Experts might not agree on the “best” or the “right” recipe for rapid economic growth, but some cities know the key ingredients for long-term prosperity. Patterns emerge within those cities, allowing us to identify the contributing factors that perpetuate a lasting cycle of growth.

But the quick path toward success is not as cut and dried for every city. To determine where the fastest local economic growth has occurred in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared 515 cities of varying population sizes based on 15 key measures of both growth and decline over a period of seven years. Check out WalletHub's expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of their methodology, here

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Austin Real Estate Experiences the Hottest Summer Ever

According to the Austin Board of Realtor's August 2017 report, we just experienced the best summer selling season Central Texas has ever seen. This selling season is the strongest on record in terms of single-family home sales and median prices across the area. This was caused by the rise in home prices as well as the surge in sales.

Brandy Guthrie, 2017 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS­®, commented: “The Central Texas housing market just experienced the strongest summer selling season on record. The Austin-Round Rock MSA saw record-breaking growth, during which median price topped $300,000 and home sales volume topped $1 billion four consecutive months in a row.”

While home sales increased and prices grew, housing inventory was also on the high-rise. This change is normal as we are seeing positive upticks in housing inventory across our region. Check out the August 2017 Stats below.

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The Cain Club Halloween Costume Contest!

It is the spookiest time of the year! What better way to celebrate than to enter the Cain Club Halloween Costume Contest? We know the spooky festivities will begin well before Halloween so we have opened our costume contest early! That's right, you have until November 5th to submit your best costume on Cain Club!

Entering the contest is easy!

Step One: Simply log into Cain Club - If you don't have an account, it takes just a second to create an account with Facebook!

Step Two: Upload your photo to the Costume Contest activity

Step Three: Share your photo to Facebook...

Austin Ranked #4 on List of Best Cities for Gamers

Did you know that the gaming industry is globally over $100 billion industry? That’s nearly on par with the sports industry! 60% of Americans aged 18-29 play video games often as do 53% of Americans between the ages 30-49! I bet you didn’t know that playing games like candy crush on your smart phone makes you a “gamer.” According to a study done by WalletHub, Austin is ranked 4th on a list of Best Cities for Gamers.

One of the main reasons Austin is on this list is because of video game stores per capita, share of households owning a computer, average internet speed, and internet cost. With Google freshly in Austin, the Internet has never been more available or as fast as it is now.

Lastly, another factor is gamer and developer opportunities. Austin is a rising tech hub with many “techies” in the area, which adds to the number of gamers.  SXSW Gaming Festival is the biggest factor....