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Wake Up at the Best Coffee Shops In Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

For many residents in Austin, coffee is the way to start the day.  A great coffee shop in Austin is the perfect way to sit and enjoy your favorite hot brew while you converse with friends and neighbors, or just people watch.  Local Austin roasters are obsessive over making the perfect roast.  So if you're looking for a new place to start your day, here are some of the top spots in Austin to find the perfect cup of coffee, teas, and pastries.

Cuvée Coffee

Cuvee Coffee's flagship cafe serves some of the best coffee in Austin, along with beer and pastries.

Patika

Another unique coffee house that also serves wine, beer, cheese and charcuterie plates, housemade baked goods and breakfast/lunch/brunch dishes. They feature sweets such as carrot cake s'mores, root beer float cookies, and peach amaretto pecan doughnuts that are sure to add something new to your morning routine.

Caffé Medici

This Austin staple has 5 branches around town, with makes them more convenient.  They also feature a walk up window and sidewalk cafe. The Clarksville shop offers a warm and homey vibe, while the downtown store boasts a massive espresso bar.

Houndstooth Coffee

If you're a real coffee fanatic, then try Houndstooth. They feature a rotating selection of beans that are carefully prepared. They have two locations in Austin that provide a clean and welcoming atmosphere.

Fleet Coffee Co.

This tiny coffee shop is where you go to try a new specialty drink, such as "The After School Ritual" made with Oreo-infused milk and cookie, or try the "E.T." made with tonic water, espresso, lime, and simple syrup.

Looking for more great things to see and do in Austin? Check out our blog every week for more great reasons to buy a home in Austin and Lake Travis!

Protect Yourself When Renting a Home

by Rebecca Shahan

If you're considering renting a home, you need to consider a few things to make sure you're protected.  It's easy to get attached to a home for rent or just jump into the first home that may fit your needs. But in doing so you run the risk of losing money when it comes time to move out.  Here are some ways to protect yourself.

Review the lease.

Review all of the conditions of the lease before you sign. There may be conditions that you won't accepts.  Ask questions and make sure you understand the lease.

Get everything in writing.

You can avoid disputes if you make sure all agreements are in writing, such as repairs or changes to the home. Follow verbal agreements with a letter confirming the conversation.

Protect your privacy rights.

Know your rights regarding how much notice a landlord has to give before entering your home.

Demand repairs.

Landlords are required to offer their tenants livable premises, including adequate weatherproofing, heat, water, and electricity, along with clean, sanitary, and structurally safe premises. 

Talk to your landlord.

Make sure to discuss any issues openly with your landlord and try to resolve issues verbally without legal action.

Purchase renter's insurance.

Your possessions are not protected by your landlord's insurance. Renter's insurance typically costs less than $20 per month and covers loss due to theft, fire, or natural disasters.

You can't foresee every possible issue when you rent a home, but these tips will help prevent any issues that may arise. Check back on our blog for more real estate tips. 

Prepare Your Home to Sell This Spring

by Rebecca Shahan

Are you thinking about selling your home in Austin or Lake Travis this Spring? If so, Springtime is one of the best times of the year to sell your home.  But don't wait until then to prepare your home to sell.  The more preparation, the more chance you'll have of selling your home faster and getting more money from the sale.  Remember that first impressions are lasting impressions.  When a potential buyer comes to your home, you need to make sure you've done all you can to peak their interest. So here are a few ways you can get your home ready to sell this Spring!

Here are 6 great tips to get your home prepared:

1. Get a Home Inspection.  Having a home inspection before you sell will prepare you for any potential troubles that could make your potential buyers turn around and go to the next house. You'll still need to disclose what the home inspection finds, but you'll have time to make repairs. 

2. Gather all your Warranties. Have all the warranties for any appliances in your home that have them. This gives the buyer confidence in the home.

3. Make all Minor Repairs. Walk through your home with a critical eye and check each room for any minor fixes. This includes patching of holes or cracks, painting, floor replacement, windows, closets, outlets and more. Make the repairs you can and get ready to negotiate for those you can't make.

4. Clear out Clutter. No one wants to see a mess when looking for a new home.  Store as much as you can in an alternate location or get rid of as much as you can altogether.  This makes your move even easier and makes your home even more appealing.

5. Sparkle and Shine. Clean your home as if an army sergeant was coming through with a white glove!

6. Stage your Home to Sell! Consider hiring a professional home statger Home Stagers are experts at presenting your home's best assets and hiding those that are not. They also create the best light and flow to showcase your home. 

For more Home Selling Tips, visit our website or give us a call for a personal evaluation. And make sure to check back on our blog for more tips!

Find the Best Golf Courses in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

There are so many things that make Austin stand out as the ideal city to buy a new home. But what really stands out are the amazing golf courses.  And no matter your budget, you can find the right course.  There's municipal courses, daily fee/semi-private courses, a handful of golf resorts, and a collection of exclusive privates for those with connections. So if you love to play golf, then Austin is your city. Here's a few of the top golf courses in Austin to visit.

Wolfdancer Golf Club at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines

Located just 20 miles from Austin, Wolfdancer is the highest rated golf course in and around Austin according to GolfAdvisor.com.  This course shows off the Texas topography with it's wide variety of landscapes. Plus you won't have to worry about hitting any houses on this expansive course.  You'll also enjoy fine amenities such as fine dining, spa, waterpark, horseback riding, pool, tennis, shops, fitness center and recreational programs.

Omni Barton Creek Resort

Omni is recognized as one of the best golf resorts in the Southwest by GOLF Magazine. This private club and residential course offers outside play to those staying at the hotel. Located near Zilker Park and downtown Austin, this stunning resort offers four unique courses to enjoy. And is you want lessons, there's a Golf Channel Academy available to help you tune up your game.

River Place Country Club

Rive Place is a challenging course that is neck and neck with Wolfdancer for the top spot on the list of best courses in Austin. You can learn from PGA professionals and have access to 6600 yards of hills, creeks, and canyons for a truly memorable golfing experience.

Austin Municipal Courses

Austin also features six municipal courses, reffered to as Golf ATX, which include Jimmy ClayRoy Kizer, Hancock Course, Morris WilliamsLions Municipal Golf Course, and Grey Rock. These courses offer a more affordable experience, while still offering beautiful courses and a great golfing experience. Each course is unique and offer something for every skill level.

There's a golf course in Austin for every taste and budget.  This just scratches the surface of all the great places to golf in Austin.  And if you're looking to buy a home in Austin, you might consider buying a home in one of the outstanding golf course communities here. Check out our Golf Course Communities page to learn more!

 

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