Travis County, TX Real Estate News

By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
I’m sitting in my home office and listening to crashes all around me of branches snapping and falling to the ground. Austin is having an ice storm and the trees are taking a beating! This started Tuesday and escalated during the morning hours. Sounds like could continue until Thursday late afternoon.A large branch fell on my pool cover and I’m hoping it didn’t rip it! Branches are snapping on so many of my trees out front and several have fallen on my neighbor’s yard and theirs have crashed on my roof!     I have not lost power yet, so am grateful as my daughter lost theirs. I decided to take a warm shower, make a Baily’s and coffee and sit in my office to see if I hear anymore loud crashes! Is it too early…..Naw…it’s that kind of day!
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
    An important right as a taxpayer in Texas is you may protest, to the appraisal review board (ARR), if you disagree with the appraisal district value. In fact you can protest any of the districts actions concerning your property. You have the right to appeal the ABR findings if you are dissatisfied with the outcome.   Any of the ARB decisions can be appealed to the state district court in the county in which the property is located. Depending on the facts and the type of property, you may be able to go a step further and appeal to the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) or to binding arbitration.                                      u When should you file a property tax protest? Appraisals should be sent to you on or before May 1st of the year in question. You have until ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Beautiful Beckett and Handsome Hudson are athletes and trying out different sports to see where their passion lies. This January Hudson is playing basketball and flag football and Beckett is playing basketball. Saturdays are a medley of games!              Saturday I made Hudson’s basketball at 9 am and Beckett’s 3:00 basketball game. I couldn’t make Hudson’s 3:30 flag football game as I can’t be in two places at the same time! It was all worth it! I’m so fortunate to be able to make their games….plus I made it to this office between games and caught up on a project I’ve been working on. I value time being able to be there for the grands...definitely time well spent!“When you have a grandchild, it fills the space in your heart that you never realized was empty.”  ….Unknown 
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo is an iconic local spot in Austin. They make the best hand-squeezed margaritas and serve Black Angus beef tacos (along with many other Tex- Mex offerings) and have since 1975!A quirky marquee is out front on the corner of West 5th and Campbell. Every day they change their bill board with a new pun (everything imaginable).   They encourage you to submit your pun on their website and of course have permission to post them. It’s one of those “Keep Austin Weird” things that we all in Austin love!They post them on Instagram because everyone loves them. Our own Myrl Jeffcoat follows them as well as Kathy Streib and Endre Barath, Jr.! We all need some laughter or a chuckle each day! It's fun checking out the new pun each day.                                 Hope you enjoy these! Happ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Testimonials are the lifeblood of my business. Robert Kaufman says it best: “Testimonials describe what has been, and a promise of what is to come.” I had the good fortune to represent some really, wonderful folks in securing their dream home. It was one of the most gratifying transactions I’ve completed in my 31 years in real estate. When you can really fulfil someone’s dream, it’s way bigger than the transaction itself. I just received a testimony from them and had to share. “We knew we were not giving Dorie an easy task when we asked her to help us buy our dream home. She would need to convince the seller to accept our contingency offer in a market where recent demand had far exceeded supply. Though interest rates were skyrocketing, and our neighborhood sales had come to a sudden hal...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Austin’s City Watershed Protection Department is hosting a student video contest to promote safe driving and saving lives. It’s the first Flood Safety Awareness Video Contest for all Austin-area students in grades 6-12.   Driving through flooded roads in Austin is the leading cause of deaths during a flash flood. It not only put’s the drivers’ lives at risk, but also the lives of passengers and emergency responders. Believe it or not Austin is in the heart of Flash Flood Alley.The plan is for the students to create their own short (30 second) public service announcement, educating drivers to “Turn Around Don’t Drown!” when they encounter water covering the road. Videos can now be submitted through March 31st, so there is time to get your entry in. So what do the students win? Contest wi...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Thank you Laura Tomaszewski for spear-heading our first NW Austin CB Realty volunteering opportunity for 2023! The choice to volunteer at the warehouse for the Central Texas Food Bank, to honor MLK week of service, was incredibly rewarding!                  It was so nice to get back to our Pre-COVID volunteering projects! We crushed it on our morning shift! We cleaned, sorted and boxed 150 boxes! We handled 4,350 pounds of food which translates to 3,625 meals for our neighbors in need! AND we had fun doing it!       Our CB family is a close-knit group of seasoned professionals who work hard, play hard and make a difference! We are planning our next volunteer project to take  place February or March, stay tuned.      2023 is off to a good start!"Life’s most persistent and urgent questio...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo is an iconic local spot in Austin. They make the best hand-squeezed margaritas and serve Black Angus beef tacos (along with many other Tex- Mex offerings) and have since 1975!A quirky marquee is out front on the corner of West 5th and Campbell. Every day they change their bill board with a new pun (everything imaginable). They encourage you to submit your pun on their website and of course have permission to post them. It’s one of those “Keep Austin Weird” things that we all in Austin love!They post them on Instagram because everyone loves them. Our own Myrl Jeffcoat follows them as well as Kathy Streib and Endre Barath, Jr.! We all need some laughter or a chuckle each day! It's fun checking out the new pun each day.                                 Hope you enjoy these! Happy ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
The 3M Half Marathon welcomes new runners and challenges old pros this Sunday, January 22, 2023. The downhill to downtown course is a fast and fun race fueled by live music and cheering fans along the 13.1 mile course in the heart of Texas. Avid runners PR and newcomers finish with style as they pass the finish line and are greeted with a lively downtown festival. This will be the 27th year for the 3M Marathon (we had to take a 2 year hiatus for COVID). In 2020 there were over 7,000 runners! Visit the website for more information.Check for the week-end schedule of eventsCheck the course and elevation map      In the past the 3M Marathon donated generously to many different charities, including Central Texas Food Bank, Austin Youth River watch, and the Girl Start. This year Finding Home ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
It’s a new year and many have received new electronics for Christmas! Did you get a new laptop, smartphone, iPad or smart appliance? Have you gone through that drawer, we all have one, to sort through your miscellaneous cables and other accessories?                             Now is the time to make an appointment at the Austin Resource Recovery’s Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center to recycle and/or dispose of your electronics. You can schedule an appointment to keep your old items from piling up in your home at: https://www.austintexas.gov/dropoffscheduleMany of your favorite tech items contain lithium-ion batteries which should not be thrown out in our garbage. Let’s keep sanitation workers safe and our land fill free of these items. Help celebrate a happy and safe new year!
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
We just got over Friday the 13th and I read many posts on superstitions and how many are crippled with fear over Friday the 13th, or the number itself. Some buildings have even been built not including the 13th floor (kind of crazy because the 14th floor would become the 13th if you started counting floors).Handsome Hudson has no superstitions, in fact found #13 to be a lucky number! Hudson’s dad, John Dunham, has once again stepped in the role of coaching either Hudson’s or Beckett’s team, he is a hands on dad! This season he's acting as Hudson’s flag football coach (last year he filled the role of Beckett’s Basketball coach).    I went to their first game yesterday and they played quite a game! They didn’t win this one but learned to play together and had fun doing it!“The way a team ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
I came to the office on Thursday morning and in the lobby of our building a little coffee shop was set up, complete with a barista to make coffee drinks for the tenants in our building! Johnny Beans, a local Austin company, offers an original coffee experience since 1994! Their motto is "Building relationships one cup at a time!"  What a pleasant surprise and definitely brought a smile to my face.                       Wow….it was a thank you from our landlords to welcome us back to ring in 2023! They even had boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts. Our landlord's have a similar motto "Building relationships with tenants, one person at a time."It’s nice to feel appreciated! Going the extra mile to let you know you’re valued, goes a long way!   
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed each year as a federal holiday on the third Monday of January — Jan. 16 this year. According to The King Center, the theme for this year is “Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Transform Unjust Systems.” The King Center is a nonprofit to continue Dr. King’s legacy and is founded by MLK’s wife, Coretta Scott King.     Here are three local volunteer opportunities, if you have time to dedicate to our community. Our NW Coldwell Banker office is volunteering at the Central Texas Food Bank next Thursday.Austin Justice Coalition | Help this Black-led organization serve people impacted by gentrification, segregation, and systematic discrimination.Central Texas Food Bank | From assembling food packages, cooking meals, and distributing food at mobile...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo is an iconic local spot in Austin. They make the best hand-squeezed margaritas and serve Black Angus beef tacos (along with many other Tex- Mex offerings) and have since 1975!A quirky marquee is out front on the corner of West 5th and Campbell. Every day they change their bill board with a new pun (everything imaginable).       They encourage you to submit your pun on their website and of course have permission to post them. It’s one of those “Keep Austin Weird” things that we all in Austin love!They post them on Instagram because everyone loves them. Our own Myrl Jeffcoat follows them as well as Kathy Streib and Endre Barath, Jr.! We all need some laughter or a chuckle each day! It's fun checking out the new pun each day.                                 Hope you enjoy these! ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
December was an incredible month, especially with the holidays; Our NW Coldwell Banker office crushed it with an incredible 20 agents eligible for the December Million Dollar Club by listing, writing business or closing sales of 1 million or more! We are adapting to the shift in the market of longer days on market, lower list prices, and increased inventory.  It’s exciting to see everyone's hard work in servicing their clients.   Our office wrote 58 contracts for a volume of $31.3M, with an average sales price of $540,000. 30 leases were written. We took 26 listings for a total of $17.1M, with an average sales price of $650,000. We closed $43.2M with an average sold price of $583,000 plus 31 leases! December was a busy month!!!I love working in an office where everyone works together in...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
The day I took Beautiful Beckett on her after Christmas shopping spree, her mom wanted her to stop and have her glasses adjusted and pick out another pair of glasses. Beckett twisted her frames, and they corrected them as much as they could but said they most likely would bend again and as active as she is another pair would be appropriate.       The big decision came to pick out another set of frames! She had 8 choices and narrowed it down to two and after much debate picked the pair to order. They just came in yesterday! It was unanimous, we all liked them, and she loves them. Look at that broad smile! She is definitely styling! She didn't say it but know she felt: "I look spectacular!"  
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
When I saw that it was National Take Down the Christmas Tree Day I had no idea there was such a thing! I just thought it meant it was time to end the holiday season and get the house back in order for normal living again. Little did I know there was more to it!I’ve always heard of the 12 days of Christmas but never new traditionally these are the 12 days of Christmas AFTER Christmas not before. Who knew? If you click on the link to the National Take Down the Christmas Tree Day you can read about it. Sheri Sperry - MCNE® was right when she said the 12 days end on the Epiphany, which is today!My tree was taken down this past Wednesday and all the decorations reluctantly put away. I always hate to put it all away, I admit I get nostalgic. Maybe next year I will follow the 12 days after Chr...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
El Arroyo is an iconic local spot in Austin. They make the best hand-squeezed margaritas and serve Black Angus beef tacos (along with many other Tex- Mex offerings) and have since 1975!A quirky marquee is out front on the corner of West 5th and Campbell. Every day they change their bill board with a new pun (everything imaginable). They encourage you to submit your pun on their website and of course have permission to post them. It’s one of those “Keep Austin Weird” things that all of Austin loves!They post them on Instagram and have a huge following. Our own Myrl Jeffcoat follows them as well as Kathy Streib and Endre Barath, Jr. ! We all need some laughter or a chuckle each day, especially on Fridays! It's fun checking out the new pun each day.                                 Hope you...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
     If you listen to the media than you’re probably thinking the 2022 real estate market should be labeled " The Good, Bad and the Ugly.” We are so glad to live in Austin, Texas where we enjoy robust job growth and economic expansion. I don’t think that label applies to Canyon Creek.u Have we felt the effects of inflation? Yes u Are properties sitting on the market longer? Yesu Are prices escalating like the last two years? NoI’ve seen the pendulum swing over decades but in my opinion nothing compares to the roller coaster ride of 2022. First quarter started out with a seller’s market feeding frenzy, even though the predictions stated prices would drop and the real estate market was headed for a correction. Second quarter we started to see the effects of the rise of interest rates and ...
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By Dorie Dillard Austin TX, NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
(Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899)
      2022 was a very good year for Beautiful Beckett! On New Year’s Eve she rang in 2023 with family friends. Her smile says it all! Bring it on 2023 I’m ready to embrace you! Happy New Year!  “Nothing can bring you happiness but yourself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson“The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.” Goldie Hawn“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour but this hour.”  Walt Whitman
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