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June 4, 2018

Summer is here!

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Austin and its surrounding areas!

- June 2018 - 
 

Summer is here and, with it, the inevitably hot Texas weather. But, don't let the hot weather stop you from having fun this summer. For a look at how you can have the best summer ever and save a little money, scroll through this month's newsletter. We have the details and more. 

If you or someone you know is considering selling or making the move to Austin please give us a call. We would be honored to help you and them every step of the way! We are never too busy for your business.
 
Thanks,

The Friedman Real Estate Team

 
 
5 Residential Projects to Know in South Austin
5 Residential Projects to Know in South Austin
With an increasing population, new developments are a necessity. No matter if you're looking for a new location to call home or you're wondering what that development is going up on S. Lamar as you drive by, here is a list of five new residential projects going up in South Austin:

Gated Community in South Lamar
  • Name: Milam Grove
  • Location: 2800 Del Curto Road, near South Lamar Boulevard
  • Details: 
    • 2.5-acre site with a "clubhouse" casita
    • 11 single-family homes ranging from 2,800 to 3,600 square feet with prices ranging from $1.2 to $1.5 million
    • Proximity to the Greenbelt, Zilker and South Lamar
South First
  • Name: Guide Lofts
  • Location: 2804 South First Street 
  • Details: 
    • 25-unit, three-story condo community
    • Dog park, retail space and within walking distance to restaurants like Torchy's Tacos and Toss Pizzeria & Pub
    • Units range from $195,000 for a 484-square-foot studio to $570,000 for a three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo
  • Two Additional Communities in the Bouldin community
    • 1600 South First Street
      • 61 condos ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, plus retail space
    • 900 South Second Street
      • 30 single-family homes and townhomes starting from the $900s
New Community Near Yet, AMD
  • Name: Cayena
  • Location: 5204 Wier Hills Road, less than a mile from Yeti Coolers LLC headquarters and two miles from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. headquarters
  • Details:
    • 41-unit neighborhood and $80 million mixed-use development
    • Two-to three-story homes around 2,200 to 3,500 square feet with prices from the mid-$500s to $800s
Read more here.
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Energy-Saving Tips to Save You Money This Summer
Moviehouse & Eatery Opens in Southwest Austin
Summer Energy-Saving Tips
Summer in Texas means two things: hot weather and an increased electric bill! While the heat is unavoidable and turning off your air conditioner is absolutely not an option, there may actually be some ways to decrease your energy consumption! Follow these energy-saving tips to reduce your carbon footprint and energy bill this summer. 
Moviehouse & Eatery Opens in Southwest Austin
Located in Lantana Place at 7415 Southwest Parkway, Bldg. 7, the Moviehouse & Eatery of Southwest Austin is now open. The dine-in movie theater features comfortable recliners and an extensive menu with pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, salads, tacos, appetizers, plus draft beers, cocktails and more. For more information on SW Austin's new theater, click here.  
 
57 Ways to Have the Best Summer Ever
57 Ways to Have the Best Summer Ever
Summer in Texas, while HOT, is the perfect season to spend some quality time with friends and family! Looking for things to do? For a summer of fun in the sun – hosting a backyard barbecue, relaxing on the porch or floating the Guadalupe river - take a look at this ultimate bucket list for the best summer ever:
  1. Craft. Create a seasonal wreath to hang over your front door.
  2. Buy new porch furniture – swing, rocking chairs, wicker chairs, etc. - to enjoy the summer outside.
  3. Sip on a refreshing summer-themed drink.
  4. Make a DIY backyard Connect Four board.
  5. Break out the grill. 
  6. Drink lemonade or tea on your porch.
  7. Host a backyard barbecue, potluck picnic or cookout with family and friends.
  8. Hang string lights over your porch.
  9. Read a book and lounge on your hammock for an afternoon of peaceful relaxation.
  10. Decorate your home for the Fourth of July by hanging patriotic pleated fans on your porch.
For additional summer fun activities, click here.
 
13 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home For Summer
13 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home For Summer

The summer heat can be just as rough on your home as the harsh cold winter. To ensure your home and your sanity survive the inevitably hot Texas heat, do a little preparation. This simple checklist will get your home ready for summer:
 
Service the Air Conditioning
In Texas, nothing is more important than a working air conditioner during the hot summer months. To ensure yours doesn’t break down when you need it most, hire a professional to come out and service it now. While it isn’t necessary to bring out a professional every season, it is important to do some routine servicing every three months: change the filter, flush out the drain lines with a cup of bleach, etc.
 
Replace Smoke Detector Batteries
Does that loud beeping noise get on your nerves? There is a way to avoid it! Simply change out the batteries in all of your smoke detectors every six months. And, if your smoke detectors were manufactured 10 or more years ago, replace them with a newer version. 
 
Rotate Ceiling Fan Blades
If your ceiling fan has a switch that changes the direction the blades turn, make sure it is set to spin counterclockwise and pushing the air down.
 
Upgrade Your Thermostat
By learning your habits and knowing when you are home and when you aren’t, a smart thermostat can save you up to 10 percent on your heating and cooling bills. It’s smart capability also allows you to control the temperature directly from your phone.
 
Read more here
 
Are you in need of a service professional to inspect your air conditioner? Give us a call. We would be happy to connect you with a professional in the Central Texas area.

Contact Friedman Real Estate
 
 
 
Featured Listings
1106 South Brook Drive, Leander
$1,600/month

Enjoy the peace and comfort of this home in the heart of Leander! This property has an oversized corner lot with a spacious backyard and covered patio that is perfect for a family and pets. One of the best parts is the easy access to the metro rail station,HEB,toll roads, Bledsoe park and access to downtown Austin. You are within walking distance of Jim Plain Elementary. Take a dip and cool off in the community pool or go for a bike ride on the beautiful trail. 
3101 Davis Lane #8701, Austin
$1,750/month

Ready to Move in Now~Brodie Heights Condos~South Austin most preferred Address! Featuring Pool, gated access, trails, and more. Fridge/Washer/Dryer included in Lease. Direct access garage. Spacious floor plan perfect for roommates, young pros, or small family. Convenient to HEB, Randells, Alamo Draft House, Restaurants and more not to mention the easy access to Mopac, Slaughter, Brodie. You won't be disappointed.
111 & 122 Saga & Gauntlet Street, Spring Branch
$150,000

*See 111 Saga St. 1.400ac listed for $78k & 122 Gauntlet Dr. 1.440ac listed for $79k, as separate lots for sale* Purchase both lots together at a discounted price! Combine for one large estate lot or keep them separate. Great opportunity to be in one of Canyon Lakes premier subdivisions. The Peninsula neighborhood offers serene and exclusive living while offering top of the line amenities- lake access, exercise, & fitness facilities, parks, playground, community pool, and more!
 
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About Friedman Real Estate
By choosing Friedman Real Estate you're choosing the best and most dedicated team of Realtors in Austin. We pride ourselves on a large referral business and a repeat client list because we choose to do business the right way. Friedman Real Estate specializes in Commercial and Residential sales and leasing, investor-buyers, first-time home buyers and relocation covering all of the 12-county Greater Austin area. We are proud to be a LOCAL Austin Texas Real Estate business.
 
Kind Words from Happy Clients!

"Josh is knowledgeable and professional. He helped us sell a home and buy new construction. He has also been advising us on a land purchase and has been very patient as we try to make up our minds on what to do. I highly recommend Josh."

- Angela H. 

"I could not be more pleased with your company. You did everything possible to make my part of both closings simple & easy while you did the hard work. I look forward to the 3rd sale & closing. On a scale of 1-10 you are 15."

- Judy

If you currently have a signed representation agreement
with another broker, please disregard.

May 4, 2018

May is blooming!

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Austin and its surrounding areas!

- May 2018 - 
 

The spring real estate season is going strong in the Central Texas area! In fact, homes are flying off the market in Austin! How long is the average home staying on the market?  There are some the details in our May newsletter. We’ve also included some essential places to hit up for brunch in Austin and a glimpse at what's built around William Cannon and MoPac.

We’re currently serving clients who are seeking properties in the Westlake, Blanco, Dripping Springs, and East side of Austin. If you or someone you know is considering selling or making the move to Austin please give us a call. We would be honored to help you and them every step of the way! We are never too busy for your business.
 
Sincerely,

The Friedman Real Estate Team



 

 
 
Austin Homes are Flying Off the Market at Record Pace
Austin Homes are Flying Off the Market at Record Pace

The prime real estate season is upon us and boy are things heating up! Did you know homes in Austin are flying off the market? And, at a record pace! For those thinking about buying, you should know the facts and be prepared to act fast!

According to a 2017 Zillow report, the national average for days on the market was 81. The fastest pace on record. Things are moving even faster in Austin with an average of 61 days and in June, the peak of home buying season, just 53 days. For a homebuyer, these numbers may be intimidating. And, it doesn't get any better when you factor in that these values include the time it takes to close the sale! On average, closing can take a good bit of time - around four to six weeks. This means the typical home sits on the market for only 30 days before going under contract. Just a MONTH of time! To put it simply, this is crazy fast! 

How do the other cities in Texas compare? Read more here.

Are you considering buying in our fast-moving market? Give us a call. We would be honored to provide guidance. 

Contact Friedman Real Estate
 
Austin's Lemonade Day Aims to Teach Kids Useful Business Skills
Torchy's Tacos to Open
in Belterra Village
Austin's Lemonade Day Aims to Teach Kids Useful Business Skills
Lemonade Day, a free program aimed at teaching business skills, financial literacy and goal setting, is set for May 5 in Austin! According to the West Austin Chamber of Commerce, more than 1,100 Austin-area children have already signed up and on average, children could earn about $224 per stand and may keep any profits. What a great opportunity for you kids! Read more about this great opportunity for your kiddos here or visit Austin's Lemonade Day website to find a map of area lemonade stands and other useful information. 
Torchy's Tacos to Open in Belterra Village on May 15
Belterra Village, a new mixed-use development at 166 Hargraves Street, is welcoming Torchy's Tacos on May 15. The dine-in, takeout and online ordering eatery will offer the same staples as all of it's other locations: Trailer Park taco, Baja Shrimp taco, mouth-watering queso and more! The day before the grand opening, the location will host a public prevent event from 5 to 8 p.m. featuring free food! Read more here or visit the Torchy's Tacos website
 
Austin's 14 Essential Brunch Spots
Austin's 14 Essential Brunch Spots
Who doesn't love Brunch? The combination of breakfast and lunch is pure magic! Whether you're looking for a brunch locations for a celebration with friends or to celebrate that special woman in your life this Mother's Day, pick one of these 14 Austin's brunch locations for a delicious and memorable meal:
  • New Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant
    • Every weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • The dim sum is so incredible you should be prepared for a long wait
  • Fonda San Miguel
    • Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • The fantastic Mexican restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat brunch with tons of options
  • Epicerie
    • Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • A decadent array of French and New Orleans-inspired brunch favorites: sugar-dusted beignets, croque madames and more! 
  • Freedmen's
    • Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • BBQ favorites with a brunch spin - Benedict with brisket/sausage and jalapeno cheddar grits and an epic Bloody Mary
  • Contigo
    • Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • A ranch-style buffet with unique brunch options: rabbit and dumplings, beef tongue, smoked trout, doughnuts, zucchini bread and hush puppies 
For additional brunch spots, click here
 
Plans for Garza Ranch Development
Near Corner of MoPac and William Cannon Drive
Plans for Garza Ranch Development Near Corner of MoPac and William Cannon Drive

Garza Ranch, a 34-acre mixed-use development, located near the corner of MoPac and William Cannon Drive, is currently under construction to include approximately 400,000 square feet of office space, a 140-room boutique hotel, 370 multifamily units and three parking garages. Three partners of the development were recently announced and include SHI International, Trammell Crow Residential and Pathfinder Development. Here are their plans within the development: 

  • SHI International is developing a 250,000-square-foot office building on its 6.6-acre site that will serve as its new national headquarters. 
  • Trammell Crow Residential plans to develop nearly 325,000 square feet of multifamily housing, including 370 apartment units. 
  • Pathfinder Development is building Aloft, a boutique hotel - the first in Southwest Austin. 
The development will also include a two-acre park, located at the entrance of the development and a 10-acre undisturbed site for groundwater recharge, reirrigation of treated storm water, protections of critical environmental features and tree canopy preservation. 

For more information on the Garza Ranch development, click here
 
 
 
Featured Listings
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
$439,800

4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 3,150 Sq. Ft. 

Gorgeous new construction home on corner lot of cul-de-sac with fully irrigated lawn & mature shady trees in San Marcos. Silestone counters, energy efficient windows, top of the line appliances- the list of upgrades goes on & on! Large bonus room upstairs w/ private bath can be used as game room or separate guest living area. Beautiful views of the Hill Country & minutes from downtown San Marcos & Texas State.
 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
$2,500/month
3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,447 Sq. Ft.

French Quarter meets central Austin in quiet complex, San Pedro Square. This 3 bed/2 bath has been well-maintained- ready for move-in! Deck off the dining room gives peaceful view of the trees, big windows let in lots of natural light! Washer/dryer included, private separate laundry area that has been updated. Covered/assigned parking space right in front of unit- unassigned parking available, too. Easy walking to UT campus, downtown Austin, Pease park, restaurants, etc.
 
3001 Cedar Street Unit 310, Austin 
3001 Cedar Street Unit 310, Austin 
3001 Cedar Street Unit 310, Austin 
$238,500
1 Bed | 1 Bath | 685 Sq. Ft. 

Updated one bedroom condo walking distance to UT campus. Recent remodel included replacing carpets, countertops, fresh paint, updated fixtures, and new appliances. It includes a stackable washer/dryer. Condo was owner occupied and was well taken care of. The unit is on the very top floor. Great opportunity for investor, or owner occupy. Private parking #310. To access parking walk through the gate at the top of the hill.
 
421 Sportsplex Drive, Dripping Springs
421 Sportsplex Drive, Dripping Springs
421 Sportsplex Drive, Dripping Springs
$445,000

This commercial lot is located in the charming town of Dripping Springs. Nestled in a new commercial and retail district as well as high-traffic area that would allow a lot of visibility for a new business. Perfect for your commercial project as it's easily accessible from 290 west. Wonderfully-designed and and approved 6,400 square feet of retail/office space, shovel ready and waiting for you to get started. All utilities in place with taps paid. Plans and permits in hand ready to hit the ground digging. 
 
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About Friedman Real Estate
By choosing Friedman Real Estate you're choosing the best and most dedicated team of Realtors in Austin. We pride ourselves on a large referral business and a repeat client list because we choose to do business the right way. Friedman Real Estate specializes in Commercial and Residential sales and leasing, investor-buyers, first-time home buyers and relocation covering all of the 12-county Greater Austin area. We are proud to be a LOCAL Austin Texas Real Estate business.
 
Kind Words from Happy Clients!

"Josh is knowledgeable and professional. He helped us sell a home and buy new construction. He has also been advising us on a land purchase and has been very patient as we try to make up our minds on what to do. I highly recommend Josh."

- Angela H. 

"I could not be more pleased with your company. You did everything possible to make my part of both closings simple & easy while you did the hard work. I look forward to the 3rd sale & closing. On a scale of 1-10 you are 15."

- Judy

If you currently have a signed representation agreement
with another broker, please disregard.

April 4, 2018

April is amazing!

Your Local Resource
- Austin and Its Surrounding Areas! -  

 

Spring is here and we couldn't be happier to move into the warmer weather, as this signals the summer season of fun is just around the corner! In this month’s newsletter, we’re excited to bring you information about tax breaks for homeowners, as well as some great places to check out this spring, tips to hide eye-sores in your home, and some local news.

Do you know someone considering making the move to Austin or thinking about selling their home? Give us a call. We would be honored to help you every step of the way.

Thank you, 

The Friedman Real Estate Team

 

 

 

If you are working on your taxes for this year, planning for next year, or thinking about buying a house in the future, there is a lot of tax information to keep in mind. Itemizing tax deductions is always a plan to keep in mind and maximize your return. These six tax breaks are available to homeowners if they itemize their deductions:

  • Mortgage Interest - One of the major benefits of homeownership is that you can deduct your mortgage interest on your taxes.
  • Home Equity Line of Credit Interest - Similar to deducting your mortgage interest, the interest on a home equity loan or home equity line of credit can be deducted on your taxes.
  • State and Local Property Taxes - Deducting state and local property taxes is another primary financial benefit to owning a home.
  • Rental Income - If you own commercial or residential property as an investment, any repairs to these properties are tax deductible, however, tax laws are separate from those for homeowners.
  • Home Office Expenses - If you work from home, you may be able to deduct some of the expenses for the costs on your space if you itemize them on your tax return.
  • Capital Gains from a Home Sale - Selling your home, in most cases, gives a great tax break to people that they don't realize. The capital gains exclusion rule allows home sellers to keep the profit from a home sale without paying taxes on it.

For more on this article, view it here.

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Hai Hospitality's Loro, a new Asian smokehouse co-owned by Austinites Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue and Tyson Cole of Uchi is set to open in Austin on April 4th. Read more about the new restaurant here.
International Dark Sky Week is April 15 - 21 and we have the best list of places to observe the night skies without the interruption of the city lights. See the list of places and more in the full article here.
 
Now that it is spring in Austin, we are all looking for the best spots to relax and enjoy the nice weather and great views! This list of places will help you to read or relax and enjoy the weather before it gets too hot.
  • Austin Public Library top floor - It includes a deck with chairs and tables with the perfect view of downtown. 
  • Mount Bonnell - If you haven't seen this beautiful view (pictured above), check it out as soon as possible!
  • Capitol Lawn - Reading and relaxing on the lawn at the Texas State Capitol is a beautiful and serene experience.
  • Zilker Botanical Garden - Offering plenty of shade and greenery, Zilker Botanical Garden is the perfect spot to stop to relax and enjoy the weather.
  • Mayfield Park - Mayfield Park is a must-see because there are peacocks and peahens as well as plenty of shade and seating.
For more relaxing places outdoors, check out the full article here.
 
Tips to Hide Eye-Sores in Your Home
Are you wondering how to put regular eye-sore items in your home out of sight and out of mind? We have some amazing tips on easy ways of hiding those eye-sores with smart and creative solutions.
  • TV Cords and Speakers - Keep your cords and speakers out of sight with this DIY pallet tutorial.
  • Magazine Storage - Organize your magazines by rolling them up neatly in a vintage soda crate for chic storage.
  • Electronic Charging Drawer - Escape the cord clutter from your electronic devices and free up counter space by placing the electronics in an unused drawer with this DIY tutorial.
  • Kitchen Trash Can Cabinet - Tuck your trash cans away in a nice kitchen island made from an unused cabinet with this DIY tutorial.
For more great tips on hiding those eye-sores in your home, view the full article here.

 

 
 
 
Featured Listings
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
$465,000

4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 3,150 Sq. Ft. 

Gorgeous new construction home on corner lot of cul-de-sac with fully irrigated lawn & mature shady trees in San Marcos. Silestone counters, energy efficient windows, top of the line appliances- the list of upgrades goes on & on! Large bonus room upstairs w/ private bath can be used as game room or separate guest living area. Beautiful views of the Hill Country & minutes from downtown San Marcos & Texas State.
 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
$2,500/month
3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,447 Sq. Ft. 
 

French Quarter meets central Austin in quiet complex, San Pedro Square. This 3 bed/2 bath has been well-maintained- ready for move-in! Deck off the dining room gives peaceful view of the trees, big windows let in lots of natural light! Washer/dryer included, private separate laundry area that has been updated. Covered/assigned parking space right in front of unit- unassigned parking available, too. Easy walking to UT campus, downtown Austin, Pease park, restaurants, etc.

 

 

 
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About Friedman Real Estate
About Friedman Real Estate
By choosing Friedman Real Estate you're choosing the best and most dedicated team of Realtors in Austin. We pride ourselves on a large referral business and a repeat client list because we choose to do business the right way. Friedman Real Estate specializes in Commercial and Residential sales and leasing, investor-buyers, first-time home buyers and relocation covering all of the 12-county Greater Austin area. We are proud to be a LOCAL Austin Texas Real Estate business.
 
Kind Words from Happy Clients!

"Josh is knowledgeable and professional. He helped us sell a home and buy new construction. He has also been advising us on a land purchase and has been very patient as we try to make up our minds on what to do. I highly recommend Josh."

- Angela H. 

"I could not be more pleased with your company. You did everything possible to make my part of both closings simple & easy while you did the hard work. I look forward to the 3rd sale & closing. On a scale of 1-10 you are 15."

- Judy

If you currently have a signed representation agreement
with another broker, please disregard.

 

March 4, 2018

March is in the air!

Your Local Resource
- Austin and Its Surrounding Areas! -  

 

Warmer temperatures signal the end of winter and the beginning of spring. As we make the transition into the warmer months, we wanted to give you a friendly reminder that Daylight Savings Time is on March 11! Don't forget to move your clocks ahead - aka "Spring Forward."

The Austin area is constantly growing and developing. What's coming to the area? We've got all the details as you read through our March newsletter.

Do you know someone considering making the move to Austin or thinking about selling their home? Give us a call. We would be honored to help you every step of the way.

Thanks, 

The Friedman Real Estate Team

 

 

 
5 tips to help you buy in a competitive market

With homes flying off the market at top-dollar value and little-to-no inventory, one thing is certain about the real estate market: we are in a seller's market. In addition to the rising home values, rent prices are also increasing - causing more people to make the jump to buy homes. This increase in traffic and Reno's low inventory of homes available is not boding well for buyers as they do not have much time to find and make an offer on a home they like. How do you compete in Reno's market? Here are five tips to make you a strong competitor in our tight market:

  • Look for hidden gems - Homes that don't have all the latest trends get passed up easily. But, if you can find a home with good bones requiring minimal renovation projects, you can find the home of your dreams..
  • Prepare a good down payment - Average down payments are close to seven percent of the median sale price, but sellers are more likely to accept an offer with a higher down payment.
  • Have a strong net-price offer - There is usually room to move the price a bit lower than asking, but be realistic with your offer. Your real estate agent will be able to help you come up with a good offer.
  • Avoid contingency contracts - Contingencies normally turn seller's away from your offer. Try your best to stick with a firm, clean offer.
  • Get pre-approval - Having your pre-approval ready to go when making an offer can make things much easier on all parties of the transaction and it also shows that you are a serious buyer.
For more details on this article, view it here.

Do you need help in this competitive market? Our team would be happy to help you locate your new home! Contact us today.
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United Soccer League coming to Austin 2019
Austin is scheduled to have a professional soccer league by 2019. Plans to move USL, United Soccer League, have been in talks since last year, but were temporarily placed on hold. The Austin USL is making plans to have a 5,000-seat stadium at the Circuit of the Americas complex between the Austin 360 Amphitheatre and the grand plaza. For the full article, view it here.
P. Terry's Taco Ranch Hysteria
We know Patrick Terry can make a mean burger, but he has decided to give a shot at tacos with his new location called "Taco Ranch," and so far it is a great success! The location at MoPac and 290 opened in the end of January and had to establish early closing hours until supply and demand is settled. For more information on this article and Taco Ranch, click here.
 
Austin Food and Drink Events 2018
Austin food and drink events

In a vibrant and growing city, there is never a shortage of things to do or new restaurants opening. If food and drink events are your cup of tea, here are some of the best in the area you should not miss:

  • Austin Lamb Jam - March 25th - This event is based around dishes made from American-raised lamb featuring 16 talented local chefs.
  • Live Fire - April 5th - Presented by Austin Food and Wine Alliance to raise funds for it's culinary innovation grant program.
  • CultureMap Tastemaker Awards - April 12th - Features the innovation and creativity of Austin and San Antonio's exciting food and beverage scene.
  • East Austin Urban Farm Tour - April 15th - Springdale, Boggy Creek Farm, Hausbar Farms, and Rain Lily Farm featured food and beverages.
  • Austin Food and Wine Festival - April 27th - 29th - Major food and beverage festival featuring top culinary talent celebrities.
  • Official Drink of Austin - May 10th - Located at the brand new Fairmont Hotel, this event is a competition showcasing the best bartenders and their take on spinning local ingredients into great cocktails.
  • Hot Luck Festival - May 24th - 27th - Live music and food festival hosted by Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue and friends.
For more events and details, check out the full article here.
 
Garden trends for 2018

Warming temperatures, blooming flowers and longer days all signal one thing: spring is nearly here! To create a serene outdoor getaway from your everyday life, take a look at these garden trends for 2018.

  • Zen Garden - Succulent plants and smooth stones with a seating area in the shade will create your zen spot.
  • Air Purifying Plants - Houseplants have many benefits and one of them is that they naturally clean the air in your home.
  • Upcycled Water Features - Create a pond-in-a-pot with salvaged items by adding a spigot for your backyard feature.
  • Bedhead Gardens - Easy care and native plants are low-maintenance and a nice touch to your garden.
Be proactive and get started on implementing these before spring officially arrives! View more garden trends for 2018 here.
 
 
Market Data
 
Featured Listings
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
$465,000

4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 3,150 Sq. Ft. 

Gorgeous new construction home on corner lot of cul-de-sac with fully irrigated lawn & mature shady trees in San Marcos. Silestone counters, energy efficient windows, top of the line appliances- the list of upgrades goes on & on! Large bonus room upstairs w/ private bath can be used as game room or separate guest living area. Beautiful views of the Hill Country & minutes from downtown San Marcos & Texas State.
 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
$2,500/month
3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,447 Sq. Ft. 
 

French Quarter meets central Austin in quiet complex, San Pedro Square. This 3 bed/2 bath has been well-maintained- ready for move-in! Deck off the dining room gives peaceful view of the trees, big windows let in lots of natural light! Washer/dryer included, private separate laundry area that has been updated. Covered/assigned parking space right in front of unit- unassigned parking available, too. Easy walking to UT campus, downtown Austin, Pease park, restaurants, etc.

 

 

 

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By choosing Friedman Real Estate you're choosing the best and most dedicated team of Realtors in Austin. We pride ourselves on a large referral business and a repeat client list because we choose to do business the right way. Friedman Real Estate specializes in Commercial and Residential sales and leasing, investor-buyers, first-time home buyers and relocation covering all of the 12-county Greater Austin area. We are proud to be a LOCAL Austin Texas Real Estate business.
 
Kind Words from Happy Clients!

"Josh is knowledgeable and professional. He helped us sell a home and buy new construction. He has also been advising us on a land purchase and has been very patient as we try to make up our minds on what to do. I highly recommend Josh."

- Angela H. 

"I could not be more pleased with your company. You did everything possible to make my part of both closings simple & easy while you did the hard work. I look forward to the 3rd sale & closing. On a scale of 1-10 you are 15."

- Judy

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Feb. 4, 2018

February fun!

Your Local Resource
- Austin and Its Surrounding Areas! -  

 

We hope you have stayed safe and warm during this tumultuous winter uncommon to the Austin area. Thankfully, winter is just about over - well, here in the Central Texas region at least. 

The Austin area continues to grow, as do the number of developments. What's coming to the area? We've got all the details as you read through our February newsletter. 

Do you know someone considering making the move to Austin or thinking about selling their home? Give us a call. We would be honored to help you every step of the way.

Thanks,

The Friedman Real Estate Team

 

 

 

 

Are you tired of having to drive into Austin or Dripping Springs for everyday necessities? If so, the solution you've been looking for has arrived - the mixed-use development, Belterra Village. What are the details of this development:

  • 93 total acres 
  • Location: 16.3 miles west of downtown Austin and 6.5 miles east of Dripping Springs
  • 200,000 square feet of commercial space 
  • 25 secured tenants and room for one to three additional 
  • 75 single-family homes built by M/I Homes 
  • Expected completion by late 2019 

To start the year, many new tenants of the development have opened their doors: Sky Cinemas, Hat Creek Burger Co., Breed & Co., Mattress Firm, Jersey Mike's Subs and Great Clips. Additional tenants are slated to join the development between January and May of this year. Take a look at what's coming below: 

 

For more information on this exciting new development, click here.

 

 
 
The New Amazon Headquarters Effect: How High Will Home Prices and Rents Go?
Most of you are probably already aware of Austin being one of the frontrunners to welcome Amazon's second headquarters and up to 50,000 well-paid employees to our great city. However, many of you may not realize how this will affect the Austin housing market. How much will home and rent prices increase? Here's an insight into what many call the Amazon Effect. 
Austin tops list of America's best places to find a job in 2018
Whether you are just graduating college or looking for a new career opportunity, Austin may be a great location - according to WalletHub's ranking of the best cities in the United States to find a job! Determined by job opportunities, employment growth and monthly average starting salary, click here to see where Texas' Capital City landed on the list.  
 
Highly Anticipated Austin Restaurants Opening in Early 2018

In a growing city like Austin, there is also an expanding restaurant scene - and it can be hard to keep up. Do you know what's coming to the Austin area in the coming months? Here's a preview into some of the most anticipated restaurant openings in early 2018:

  • Anthem - An Asian inspired gastropub plans to open at the Millennium Rainey high-rise in late spring or summer.
  • Better Half - An all-day cafe and cocktail bar is to open at 406 Walsh Street.
  • Brewtorium - A brewpub and restaurant serving up burgers, brats and German flammkuchen. Opening any day now.
  • Fareground -A food hall featuring Dai Due Taqueria, Antonelli's Cheese Shop, Easy Tiger Bake Shop, Ni-Komé sushi and ramen and more! This new food hall, at One Eleven Congress (intersection of Congress Avenue and East Cesar Chavez Street), opens this month (January). 
To see the entire list of the most anticipated restaurant openings in Austin, click here.
 
Ways to Add Value to Bathrooms
The bathroom is often one of the most important, yet overlooked, rooms in the home. In fact, the bathroom is nearly as important as the kitchen to potential homebuyers. How can you add value to your bathroom?
  • Update the fixtures
    • Popular fixture finishes include satin or brushed nickel.  
  • Dual sinks
    • In a master bathroom, or a shared space, consider adding two sinks. Keep in mind, you'll need a minimum of 60 inches to accomplish this. 
  • Update lighting
    • The lighting should spice up the space. Consider upgrading your light fixtures for something more stylish and in line with the current trends. 
  • Add storage
    • Storage is of the utmost importance. With this in mind, think about your bathrooms storage space and consider adding some drawers and vertical cabinets or shelves as necessary. 
  • Keep it neutral
    • Use neutral paint colors to create a fresh and clean appearance.  
For more tips, click here.  
 
 
Market Data
 
Featured Listings
4708 Chesney Ridge Drive, Austin
4708 Chesney Ridge Drive, Austin
4708 Chesney Ridge Drive, Austin
$355,000

3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 2,191 Sq. Ft. 

Great home that has been recently painted outside. Highlights: A/C unit replaced Apr 2016, roof replaced October 2014, back fence owned by HOA. Home has great living spaces, lots of natural light. Nice flooring. It's a beautiful space. Perfect cozy home for your client, don't let them pass this one up!!
  
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
$465,000

4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 3,150 Sq. Ft. 

Gorgeous new construction home on corner lot of cul-de-sac with fully irrigated lawn & mature shady trees in San Marcos. Silestone counters, energy efficient windows, top of the line appliances- the list of upgrades goes on & on! Large bonus room upstairs w/ private bath can be used as game room or separate guest living area. Beautiful views of the Hill Country & minutes from downtown San Marcos & Texas State.
 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
$2,500/month
3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,447 Sq. Ft. 
 

French Quarter meets central Austin in quiet complex, San Pedro Square. This 3 bed/2 bath has been well-maintained- ready for move-in! Deck off the dining room gives peaceful view of the trees, big windows let in lots of natural light! Washer/dryer included, private separate laundry area that has been updated. Covered/assigned parking space right in front of unit- unassigned parking available, too. Easy walking to UT campus, downtown Austin, Pease park, restaurants, etc.

 

 

 
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By choosing Friedman Real Estate you're choosing the best and most dedicated team of Realtors in Austin. We pride ourselves on a large referral business and a repeat client list because we choose to do business the right way. Friedman Real Estate specializes in Commercial and Residential sales and leasing, investor-buyers, first-time home buyers and relocation covering all of the 12-county Greater Austin area. We are proud to be a LOCAL Austin Texas Real Estate business.
 
Kind Words from Happy Clients!

"Josh is knowledgeable and professional. He helped us sell a home and buy new construction. He has also been advising us on a land purchase and has been very patient as we try to make up our minds on what to do. I highly recommend Josh."

- Angela H. 

"I could not be more pleased with your company. You did everything possible to make my part of both closings simple & easy while you did the hard work. I look forward to the 3rd sale & closing. On a scale of 1-10 you are 15."

- Judy

If you currently have a signed representation agreement
with another broker, please disregard.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Austin Blog, Blog
Jan. 4, 2018

Happy New Year!

Your Local Resource
- Austin and Its Surrounding Areas! - 

 

Happy New Year to you and your family! May 2018 bring you and your loved ones peace, joy and prosperity! 

As we transition to 2018, we enjoy the promise of new beginnings, opportunities and experiences! What's in store for the year to come? From Austin-specific and home improvement resolutions to predictions for the real estate market, we have all the details you need in our January newsletter. 

Do you know someone considering making the move to Austin or thinking about selling their home? Give us a call. We would be honored to help you every step of the way.

 

While we don’t have a crystal ball to show you what the future will hold, we can try to predict what you can expect. From a more manageable increase in home price to an increase in new home builds to combat the increasing existing home inventory shortage, here is a look into some real estate market predictions for 2018.

  • Appreciation - While home prices will continue their upward trend, they will not be as steep as we have seen in recent years. Expect for home values to rise 3.2 percent in 2018 – the slower pace allowing for home sales to pick up. Although home prices will slow, many homes are still expected to be out of reach for first-time homebuyers.
  • Mortgage Rates - It looks as if mortgage rates are expected to average 4.6 percent throughout 2018 and reach five percent for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage by the end of the year.  According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, rates will continue to rise - predicted to pass four or even five percent over the next couple of years.
  • Existing Home Sales - Home sales, despite the continued low inventory, are expected to increase by 2.5 percent in 2018.
  • New Home Builds - To combat low inventory, new home builds are expected to increase in 2018. Experts predict a three percent rise in overall housing starts and a seven percent increase in single-family home starts. 
  • New Home Sales - The increase in new home builds is expected to spark the same increase in new home sales – seven percent.
  • Homeownership Rate - After hitting rock bottom in the second quarter of 2016, realtor.com is predicting the homeownership rate will normalize in 2018 - at 63.9 percent.  

Are you considering selling or buying in the new year? We’ve got the experience and expertise to help you! Contact us today.

 
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New French Fry Eatery Comes to Central Austin
Got a hankering for french fries? You're in luck! Get Fried, a restaurant concept dedicated almost entirely to serving french fries, is coming to Austin! Located at 2021 Guadalupe Street in the UT campus area, Get Fried offers six versions of french fries with your choice of sauce and toppings. Now, you can have french fries all the time - and according to reviews, these are amazing!
13 New Year’s resolutions made just for Austinites
Resolutions don't always have to be serious....maybe a little fun is on your mind for 2018? Or, maybe you want to become more involved in the Austin community and all our great city has to offer? If this sounds like something you're interested in, we have the resource for you. Click hereto uncover 13 New Year's resolutions just for Austinites! 

 

 

 

 

Keep Austin Weird....we hear it all the time, but how much do you actually know about Texas' Capital City? As Austin just celebrated its 178th Birthday on December 27, we thought it would be fun to share a couple weird facts you likely didn't know: 

  1. Austin wasn't even originally called Austin. It was called "Waterloo", and the name was changed in order to honor Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas" and the republic's first secretary of state. 
  2. Humans have lived in the Austin area since 9200 BC.  
  3. An average of 20 million people visit Austin every year, This is more than the annual visitors to Rome (4.2 million), Hawaii (8.3 million), and even London (17.4 million).
  4. The Circuit of Americas in Austin is the only Formula One race track in the entire United States.  
  5. Actress Sandra Bullock owned a restaurant in downtown Austin, Bess Bistro, for nine years. The restaurant closed in 2015. 
  6. Until 66 million years ago, Austin was entirely underwater. It was also home to 10 underwater volcanoes called "explosion craters", which is why Austin's cliffs are made of white, crumbly rock known as "Austin Chalk."
  7. Whole Foods originally opened in Austin in 1978 when college dropout John Mackley and Rene Lawson Hardy borrowed $45,000 to open a small natural foods store. Amazon acquired the company for $13.4 billion in 2017. 
  8. The Texas State Capitol building in Austin is the largest state capitol in the United States.  
  9. Austin has been the filming location for various well-known movies such as Miss Congeniality, Dazed and Confused, Boyhood, Spy Kids, and Kill Bill: Volume 1. 
  10. U.S. News & World Report named Austin the best place to live in the U.S. in 2017. 

To learn more about Austin, click here.  

 

 

 

While the typical resolutions include eating healthier and losing weight, there are some lesser known resolutions you should add to your to-do list this year - like home improvements! These home improvement projects will not only make your home cleaner and more organized, but they will also save you money and keep your home in better condition:  

  1. Set Up a Cleaning Schedule 
  2. Purge the Clutter 
  3. Improve Air Quality  
  4. Shrink Your Bills 
  5. Switch to LED Light Bulbs 
  6. Clean the Dryer Vent 
  7. Update Outdated Features 

For more information regarding these home improvements, click here

 

 

 

 

Featured Listings
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
101 Yaupon Court, San Marcos 
$465,000

4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 3,150 Sq. Ft. 

Gorgeous new construction home on corner lot of cul-de-sac with fully irrigated lawn & mature shady trees in San Marcos. Silestone counters, energy efficient windows, top of the line appliances- the list of upgrades goes on & on! Large bonus room upstairs w/ private bath can be used as game room or separate guest living area. Beautiful views of the Hill Country & minutes from downtown San Marcos & Texas State.
 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
2704 San Pedro Street Unit A-4, Austin 
$2,500/month
3 Bed | 2 Bath | 1,447 Sq. Ft. 
 

French Quarter meets central Austin in quiet complex, San Pedro Square. This 3 bed/2 bath has been well-maintained- ready for move-in! Deck off the dining room gives peaceful view of the trees, big windows let in lots of natural light! Washer/dryer included, private separate laundry area that has been updated. Covered/assigned parking space right in front of unit- unassigned parking available, too. Easy walking to UT campus, downtown Austin, Pease park, restaurants, etc.

20512 Horned Owl Trail, Pflugerville 
20512 Horned Owl Trail, Pflugerville 

 

 

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By choosing Friedman Real Estate you're choosing the best and most dedicated team of Realtors in Austin. We pride ourselves on a large referral business and a repeat client list because we choose to do business the right way. Friedman Real Estate specializes in Commercial and Residential sales and leasing, investor-buyers, first-time home buyers and relocation covering all of the 12-county Greater Austin area. We are proud to be a LOCAL Austin Texas Real Estate business.
 
Kind Words from Happy Clients!

"Josh is knowledgeable and professional. He helped us sell a home and buy new construction. He has also been advising us on a land purchase and has been very patient as we try to make up our minds on what to do. I highly recommend Josh."

- Angela H. 

"I could not be more pleased with your company. You did everything possible to make my part of both closings simple & easy while you did the hard work. I look forward to the 3rd sale & closing. On a scale of 1-10 you are 15."

- Judy

If you currently have a signed representation agreement
with another broker, please disregard.

Posted in Austin Blog, Blog
Sept. 29, 2017

Friedman Fall Favorites

Posted in Austin Blog
May 24, 2017

Friedman Favs: Charles Haas' Top Austin Spots

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Charles Haas is a REALTOR® with Friedman Real Estate who loves
Austin and all it has to offer! Check out these fantastic recommendations for food and more!

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May 10, 2017

Friedman Favs: Chris Toman's Austin Food Recommendations

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Chris Toman of Friedman Real Estate shares his favorite Austin eats.

Shady Grove
1624 Barton Springs Rd, Austin
Homestyle
What to Get:  Queso Catfish

Chuy's
Multiple Locations
Tex-Mex
What to Get: Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom Enchiladas

KC Donuts
8106 Brodie Ln, Austin
Donuts + More
What to Get: Chocolate Donut Holes

Valentina's
11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin
Tex-Mex BBQ
What to Get: Brisket

Perry's Steakhouse
114 W. 7th St., Austin
Seafood, Steaks + More
What to Get: Pork Chop

Posted in Austin Blog, Blog
April 20, 2017

Friedman Favs: Josh Friedman's Favorite Austin Eats

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Josh Friedman has been involved Austin Real Estate for close to 20 years. If there's anything he knows better than the Austin Real Estate Market, it's where to get the best eats! Here are a few of his favorite Austin restaurants!

Evangeline Cafe
8106 Brodie Ln, Austin
Cajun & Creole
What to Get:  Gumbo

City Market
633 E Davis St, Luling
BBQ
What to Get: Pork Ribs

Matt's El Rancho
2613 S Lamar Blvd, Austin
Tex-Mex
What to Get: Tacos Al Carbon

The Pizza Cave
110 US-290, Dripping Springs
Pizza & More
What to Get: Everything!

Jack Allen's Kitchen
7720 TX-71, Austin
Upscale Southwest Cuisine
What to Get: Fried Pork Chops

For more Austin foodie recommendations and tips on where kids eat free in Austin, click here!

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