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Hot New Listing! 2200 Bakers Way

2200 Bakers Way Cedar Park TX Austin Home for SaleCorner-lot family home in convenient location w/ features including high ceilings and elegant interior arches. Excellent floor plan including open kitchen to large formal living room graced with cozy fireplace. Spacious bedrooms with Jack & Jill bathroom, and new fixtures. Covered patio and private backyard including gated area and children’s playground. Nice community pool and close to excellent LISD schools, retail, dining, roadways!

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A New Year's Guide to Travis County Property Taxes: What First Time Buyers Should Know

With the arrival of the New Year comes the need to pay for taxes. If you're a new home buyer or first-time homeowner of a Travis County home, it might be good to take note of the following dates to avoid paying extra for your dues. The following information and downloadable files have been taken from the Official Travis County Tax Office. More details below:

Date that taxable values and qualification for certain exemptions are determined for the tax year (except for inventories appraised Sept. 1) (Secs. ...

Top 10 Austin Restaurants for Your New Year's Eve Celebrations

Looking for the best place to welcome 2017? Cain Realty Group brings you a compiled list of our top 10 Austin restaurants that are just perfect for your New Year's Eve celebrations:

1. Dine @ 111 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin

Offers a New Year's Eve dinner at $75 per person or $125 with wine pairings.

2. Andiamo Ristorante @ 2521 Rutland Drive, Austin

New Year’s Eve dinner at $75 per person or $100 with a wine flight. Menu includes a salad, pasta, risotto and dessert. Different wine selections are available.

3. Mongers Market @2401 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin

New Year’s Eve Oysters & Bubbles Celebration starting at 10 p.m. Cost per person...

Homestead Exemption FAQs: What You Need to Know

Here comes another year and another round of paying our taxes! But did you know that there is a legal workaround to reducing the taxes you are required to pay, especially in real estate? Homestead exemptions exist, and you can make use of them to help you potentially save thousands of dollars annually.

Homestead exemptions work by removing a certain value of your home from taxation, leading you to pay lesser taxes as compared to paying your dues without one. However, homestead exemptions require you to meet certain qualifications before you can actually become eligible for the said deductions. Here are some quick facts you need to know about Homestead Exemption:

What are Homestead Exemptions?

A homestead is an individual structure, condominium, or manufactured home situated on owned or leased land which is currently occupied by the owner. Homestead properties can be as large as 20 acres, so long as the land is legally owned by the current occupant...

The Cain Team’s Ricky Cain Wins in the 2017 PT50 Awards

Ricky Cain Cain Realty Group PT50 2017Our very own Ricky Cain gains yet another accolade! Cain Realty Group recently received a Platinum Top 50 Award for 2017-- that's four years of wins in a row! Platinum Top 50 awards, an Austin-based award-giving body that recognizes excellent professionals in the fields of sales, education, industry participation and civic leadership, made the announcement via the official Platinum Top 50 website. This is the seventh time Ricky has received an accolade from the award-giving body. He made it to the list of finalists for the 2012 and 2013 awards, and bagged one of the coveted 50 spots four times in a row from 2014 to 2017. 

Aside from being the founder of power realty team, ...

Parts of Austin's East Riverside Drive to Close Starting Saturday

East Riverside Drive Corridor Improvement Project Construction

Road construction began on East Riverside Drive Saturday and has reduced the passage to two westbound lanes from the west section of Lakeshore Boulevard leading to Shore District Drive.

The construction work is part of the East Riverside Corridor Improvements project, the fourth phase of which plans to create a pedestrian and bicycle lane. The installation of rain gardens is also part of the project to ensure the water quality in the area. 

While expected to cause a slowdown in passing vehicles, authorities have committed that the project will not...

Top Open House Fails to Avoid in the Winter

Summer open houses are easy-breezy. The sun is shining, the air is warm, potential buyers are out in force, and your curb appeal is on point thanks to blooming flowers and a lush green lawn.

Winter is a very different beast when it comes to open houses. Buyers huddle inside, wary of the cold and snow. Foot traffic can slow to a trickle during the holidays, when folks spend time with family and friends and suspend their hunt for a home.

And if you create additional hurdles for potential buyers before you even open your door, it could be a long slog through the snowy months. Avoid these seven gaffes when throwing a winter open house, and make buyers feel the warm fuzzies for your home.

1. Not clearing a path, for goodness’...

Hot New Listing! 3101 Davis Ln Unit No. 7402

3101 Davis Ln #7402 Brodie Heights South AustinGorgeous town-home style condominium in Brodie Heights convenient and private gated community, plentiful features including spacious rooms, maximum storage, crown moldings, wood floors, and large kitchen with updated appliances. Master suite including high ceilings, walk-in closet, walk-in shower, and garden tub. Serene back porch with private backyard. Minutes from downtown and South Austin shopping, access to exclusive community pool, located near award-winning schools, Austin ISD.

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Hot New Listing! 1403 Chicon St.

1403 Chicon St Central Austin Home for SaleThis rare gem is an investor special, cozy cottage with character in prime location. Its features include original hardwood floors, upgrades to master vanity and custom front porch craftsmanship. Located in a fantastic area just minutes from downtown with many commercial and multi-family residences nearby, this listing is a great opportunity!

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Five Best Places to Get Hot Chocolate in Austin

As we begin to take out our winter clothes along with the weather changes that come with Christmas, we find ways to get warmed up nicely in the cold weather. And since Christmas is just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than to sip a mug of rich, warm chocolate while we enjoy all the beautiful lights on display? Here's our list of five best places to get an awesome  mug of hot chocolate in Austin:

Mozart's Coffee

Mozart's Coffee at 3825 Lake Austin Blvd at Enfield Rd. is a famous spot among locals and tourists alike. Aside from their amazing hot chocolate and Mocha Special, the cafe is famous for its lovely atmosphere and gorgeous Christmas displays. Nothing but the best spot for a large mug of Christmas cheer!

Holy Cacao

Holy Cacao isn't exactly a restaurant, but this popular food truck in 1311 S 1st St (W Gibson St) is famous for its rich,...

Austin Makes it to List of Cities Where People are Moving into Fastest

A recently published article by Abodo lists Austin as one of the top metropolitan areas where people are moving into the fastest. The study of the moving trends in the top 10 cities included in the list cited several factors as to why they are moving in to these cities. But it appears that the millennials are one of the most significant factors influencing the trend. It is common knowledge that millennials are a strong driving force in the housing market, and their choice of residence clearly makes a significant impact in moving trends, particularly in housing data.

The Austin-Round Rock area is fourth in the list, with 8.28% of its current population being new residents. Majority of these new residents are millennials moving to the city for its promising career opportunities. However, it is unknown as to how long these millennials intend to stay, as they are also known to be constantly on the move as they follow the most promising...

What's New with the Cain Club

Cain Club New PrizesAttention Cain Club members! Cain Club just made things more fun for its members. New prizes are now available for redemption. All you have to do is to participate in the new activities listed in your profile to earn the points you need for the prize you are eyeing.

New prizes include $25 gift cards from Amazon and Regal Cinemas (100 points each), Nathaniel Hill's "Thick and Grow Rich" book (50 points), and a 12-month Birchbox Subscription for women (275 points). With over 20 prizes to choose from, there's no reason why you should miss all the Cain Club fun!

You can earn points just by liking a Cain Team blog, sharing our social media posts, and inviting friends to join the club. Simply log in to your Cain Club account and check out the new activities...

U.S. Home Prices Surges; Surpasses 2006 Price Highs

U.S. home prices surpassed their 2006 peak in September, according to a recent report, despite a topsy-turvy presidential race that had housing experts betting that buyers would hold off on closing on the homes of their dreams until after the election.

“A lot of that recovery has come in the last four years” as the economy has strengthened and created more higher-paying jobs, says Taimur Khan, a senior research analyst at Knight Frank, which produced the report.

That’s made more potential buyers feel financially secure enough to become homeowners, boosted the confidence of lenders, and led more homeowners to seek to cash in on their home equity by selling, he says.

Yet not enough homeowners are selling to keep up with growing demand, and the lack of new home construction over the past few years has contributed to a housing...

The Cain Team's Ricky Cain Shares Valuable Info in Real Estate Mastermind Dallas Event

Real Estate Mastermind 2016 Ricky Cain Top 100The recently-concluded Real Estate Mastermind event in Dallas TX last December 1 was a successful event, thanks to eager participants who flocked the venue early and participated in the day's scheduled activities at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

Cain Realty Group's very own Ricky Cain attended the event, both as a recipient of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Agent Awards and as a panelist and speaker for the day's event.

Ricky shared important information about how to make a realtor's real estate business sustainable through a new approach that prioritizes a healthy relationship with client. Other topics that were discussed in the talks were strategies utilized by Top Producers, appraisal platforms, and marketing strategies that will work best in today's challenging...

Best Christmas Displays in Austin (Part 2)

A previous blog post listed the first five Christmas displays in Austin that we think are worthy of your visit. Here's the remainder of that list. Happy holiday sightseeing!

6. Cedar Park - a popular attraction for pedestrians, Cedar Park displays hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights during the holiday season. Volunteers from nearby cul-de-sac Anna Park take care of this magnificent display every year.

7. The Domain - Austin's answer to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree. The grandiouse Christmas display is just as impressive and features Santa Claus too. Come for a free photo op at 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX 78758.

8. Lala's Christmas Bar - The Christmas-themed bar always celebrates the holidays, but visiting the bar at Christmas just makes things a lot more special. Come and visit its wonderful...

Best Christmas Displays in Austin (Part 1)

The night scenery of the city is one of the things that make Austin famous. There are just so many good things to see in the bustling capital of Texas, even at night. But things take a special turn when you come to see the sights during the holidays. Beautiful store fronts, lively home decor, and gigantic Christmas trees can be found everywhere, making you feel how special Christmas in Austin is. If you're looking for a place to go to see the wonderful Christmas sights in Austin, then you might want to check out our list:

1. Downtown Holiday Stroll - the perfect Christmas event for those who love singing Christmas Carols. The event takes place outside of Texas' iconic capital building. It also features the annual Christmas Tree Lighting-- a famous Christmas event in Austin.
Event details: December 3rd at 1100 Congress Ave.

2. The Driskill Hotel Tree - known for its grandiose size and decor, the Driskill Christmas tree can be found in the hotel's grand lobby. ...