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How Are You Spending Your Tax Return?

by Rebecca Shahan

‚ÄčAre you waiting for a big tax return this year? If so, what do you plan on doing with it?  GO Banking Rates recently asked that very question during a survey. What they found was interesting. Here’s what people said they planned for their return:

  • 41% - Put it into savings
  • 38% - Pay off debt
  • 11% - Go on a vacation
  • 5% - Make a major purchase (car, home, etc.)
  • 5% - Splurge on a purchase

The National Association of Realtors wonders if this could help with the biggest challenge people have when buying a home, which is saving for the down payment. A recent post in NAR’s Economists’ Outlook Blog noted that “With a sizable tax refund, the average American would have a decent down payment depending on which region or market you live in.”

Even though only 5% said they were making a major purchase, 41% said they were saving it. If you’re part of that group, then you could save that money toward purchasing a home, if owning a home is your goal.

So how are you spending your tax return?

 

Golf Course Communites Offer the Ultimate in Luxury Living

by Rebecca Shahan

Whether or not you're an avid golfer, if you're looking for a luxury community that offers amazing homes and world-class amenities, you can't go wrong with the golf course communities in Lakeway, Bee Cave, and Lake Travis.

Spanish Oaks is one of these outstanding golf course communities. Located in the gorgeous Texas Hills in Bee Cave, it features the #3 golf course as rated by Golf Digest.  In addition to the amazingly designed homes, you can enjoy amenities such as  The Pool Pavilion, Fish Camp, 7 parks, trails and more!

Flintrock Falls is a community that benefits by being near the shores of Lake Travis.  Only select builders were allowed to build the homes of this stunning community.  Four Jack Nicklaus courses set the scene in Flintrock Falls, in addition to the World of Tennis Sports Complex featuring 16 outdoor tennis courts and a full-service spa.

If you want to learn more about the extraordinary golf communities of Lakeway, Bee Cave, and Lake Travis, then visit our Golf Course Communities page, where you can also search for the perfect luxury home.

Enjoy the Beauty of Austin Parks

by Rebecca Shahan

Have you had a chance to experience the many beautiful parks in Austin lately? Austin boasts a wide range of parks that feature an endless variety of activities and programs.  No matter what you want to do, you’ll find it in one of Austin’s many great parks, whether it be going for a swim, exploring nature, exercising, or learning about art and history. Here’s a few parks you might want to explore soon.

Zilker Botanical Garden

As the centerpiece of Austin, this spectacular park is adorned with trees, grottos, and other natural aquatic features. Zilker Park has been a fixture in Austin for 100 years.

Lake Walter E. Long / Lake Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park

If you’re in the mood for catching largemouth bass, then Lake Walter E. Long, located in Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park is the perfect place to go.  Or you can go boating, jet skiing, swimming, enjoy a nice picnic, walking or running.

Barton Springs Pool

This enormous pool measures 3 acres and is located in Zilker Park.  This historic pool brings together people from all around the city for a unique swimming experience, attracting almost 800,000 people per year.

For more great parks in Austin, visit www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation.

Get Ready For Fun in Austin This Month

by Rebecca Shahan

Fun times are at hand in Austin this month!  There’s plenty of good times to be had this April in Austin.  So get ready for a great time with these upcoming events!

Euphoria Fest | 4/6/17 - 4/9/17

Enjoy live music, yoga, and camping at this four day festival. Artists such as Alesso, Chromeo, Wiz Khalifa, Magna Carda and more will bring together music styles that cover ambient, electronic, hip-hop, tribal and experimental.

The 16th Annual Lonestar Round Up | 4/7/17 - 4/8/17

Hot rod and custom car enthusiasts unite at the Travis County Expo Center to see vintage cars from all over the country.

Balloons Over Horseshoe Bay Resort | 4/14/17 - 4/16/17

Indulge in the splendor and colors of over 20 hot air balloons from across the country as they meet at the Balloons over Horseshoe Bay Resort. Enjoy balloon rides, live music, and the annual evening balloon glow.

Weird Homes Tour | 4/22/17

Tour some of Austin’s wackiest and creative homes and meet the homeowners, as you discover what "Keep Austin Weird" is all about.

Check out more fun events in Austin this month!

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Rebecca Shahan
Keller Williams Realty, Austin
1921 Lohmans Crossing, #100
Austin TX 78734
512-657-4467
Fax: (512) 263-0109