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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  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!


Celebrate the New Year in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

Where has the year gone?  It's hard to believe, but another year has come and gone, and now it's time to celebrate a new year in Austin.  If you haven't already made plans, the there's a number of great ways coming up in Austin to help you celebrate. Here's a few events coming up that you're sure to enjoy.

Austin's New Year

This free event has it all - food trucks, fun for the kids, art installations, and best of all, a grand fireworks display over Town Lake/Lady Bird Lake. Enjoy live music from Tomar and the FCS, Brownout, Magna Carda and Ian Moore Band.

Gatsby's House - Austin New Years Eve 2018

The Omni Austin Hotel is hosting one of the most upscale New Year's Eve parties in Austin. Take a trip back to the roaring 20's as you dance the night away toDJ Tony Styles alongside a supporting cast of all-star deejays. Enjoy premium drinks from a fully stocked prepaid bar and multiple courses of hors d'œuvres. Throw on your best 20's attire and get ready to have the time of the year.

New Year's Eve 2018 VIP Party at The Rooftop on 6th

The Rooftop on Sixth​ is hosting the ultimate NYE celebration. Come party at the hottest bar on E 6th St. It's the biggest balloon drop in Austin, with complimentary champagne at midnight. Make sure to reserve early to save money.

Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve in Austin and a happy 2018!

Seasons Greetings!

by Rebecca Shahan

Wishing everyone I've had the pleasure of working with a very happy and wonderful holiday season and a happy and prosperous new year in 2018.  It's been a pleasure helping my clients find and sell their homes in Lake Travis and Austin.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

Round Out the Holidays WIth These Fun Events in Austin

by Rebecca Shahan

​The holiday season in Austin is well underway, but there's still time to round out the season and make it one to remember.  Austin is full of great holiday events that will help you and your family get the most out of this holiday season.  Here's a few of the top events for you to enjoy.

Trail of Lights

Bring the whole family to this spectacular mile walk of dazzling lights at Zilker Park. You can also bring a can of food to help the Trail collect 25,000 meals for the Central Texas Food Bank. ​

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

Come experience this unique shopping experience and pick up some great last-minute gifts. There's live music, wide aisles for dancing, along with great gifts from more than 100 artists and craftsmen. Don't miss this cherished Austin tradition.

Ice Skating on Whole Foods Roof

Ever ice skated on a roof?  Now's your chance! Whole Foods Market on South Lamar is hosting it's 13th annual Ice Skating on the Rooftop Plaza through Jan 15.  This Austin tradition draws over 16,000 skaters per year. Bring your family and join this fun holiday tradition!

What Questions Should You Ask When Buying a Home?

by Rebecca Shahan

Now that you've decided to buy a home, there's much excitement in the air. Maybe you've found the perfect home you've been looking for.  It has everything you want and more. But not everything is what it seems on the surface, especially when buying a home.  Don't let your emotions take over and not ask the important questions that need to be asked. Not asking the right questions can lead to a great deal of buyer remorse.

What are the most important questions to ask when buying a home? Here’s a few to consider.

Are There Any Major Issues?

Don't let your eyes fool you. There can be issues that you don't know about with any home. Not knowing those little things can add up to big problems down the road.  Make sure you get an unbiased inspection of the home before making any decisions. This one step can save a lot of heartache in the future.

What Is the Home’s Market Value?

Finding out the home's market value is a critical step in determining how much of an offer to make.  Even though there’s no magic formula for making an offer, the market value is certainly the biggest factor in making a decision.

How Much Did the Seller Pay For the Home?

Sometimes people will buy homes to flip them and make more money.  Even if they made improvements , it doesn’t mean that will increase the value. Knowing how much the previous owner paid will give insight into whether or not the home is overpriced.

How Long Has the Home Been on the Market?

The motivation level of a seller can sometimes be determined by how long the home has been listed. Sure, the agent can affect this factor.  But you can have your agent can look to see how many times the home has been relisted and the pricing history.

Click here to find more important questions to ask when buying a home.  And always feel free to call me for expert advice.

Tips on Selling Your Home to Younger Buyers

by Rebecca Shahan

More and more these days, younger home buyers are hitting the market.  Young professionals and families are finding more options for helping them buy a home.  As such, when you sell your home, you need to keep this younger audience in mind.  It's highly likely that when you sell your home, it will be to someone younger than 40. How can you make your home appeal to this growing market?  Here's a few tips.

Using Neutral Colors

The younger crowd is no longer into the gold or pink walls you painted 10 years ago.  Paint the walls a more neutral color.  This will allow potential buyers to envision their own accent colors and furniture to make it their own.

White Cabinets

White or off-white cabinets appeal more to buyers under 40.  They don't want to be reminded of the dark cabinets of yesteryear.  You might try Benjamin Moore's Advance paint, as it requires little prep work.

Stainless Steel Appliances

Old appliances can be a big turnoff for younger buyers.  Many love stainless steel appliances, and for good reason.  If you have it in your budget, consider updating your appliances if they look dated.

Updated Countertops

Young buyers really love granite and stone countertops.  But keep it simple.  Don;t go with busy designs.  Black countertops or designs that are simple are the best.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

by Rebecca Shahan

Thanksgiving Day is the time when we can all show thanks for the important things in life.  We can also make it a time when we can give others a reason to be thankful as well.  Do you have some time to help others who don't have as much to have a better Thanksgiving holiday next week?  If you do, there's a number of ways you can help. Here's a few organizations in Austin dedicated to helping those in need.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!


Discover the RIch History of Texas

by Rebecca Shahan

One of the many things that makes Austin Texas such a great city is its rich history.  And there’s no better place to discover the history of Texas and the rest of the world than at one of the many fine museums in Austin. From presidential history to art and military history, there’s something for everyone.  Here’s a few of the best museums in Austin to start you on a voyage of discovery.

LBJ Presidential Library

Learn all about the life and times of Texas native President Lyndon Baines Johnson in this visually stunning presidential library. Exhibits from his historic presidency include The Legacy Gallery, November 22, 1963, The Vietnam Conflict, Social Justice Gallery, The Presidential Limousine, Oval Office, The White House Years, and Humor and the Presidency.

Bullock Texas State History Museum

You’ll learn all about every aspect of Texas history at the Bullock Texas State History Museum. With one of the largest IMAX screens in Texas, you can thrill at feature Hollywood films and special IMAX presentations. The feature an ever-changing display of artifacts, documents, and photos that reveal the rich history of Texas, so you can keep coming back and learning even more each time.

Brigadier General John C. L. Scribner Texas Military Forces Museum

Discover the exciting history of Texas’ military from 1823 to 1903 when the National Guard was created. You’ll see a wide range of tanks, self-propelled guns, armored personnel carriers, jeeps, helicopters, jet fighters, trucks, and much more.

Weekend Getaways in Austin, Texas

by Rebecca Shahan

​Sometimes you just need to get away! Work has been crazy, you can’t get the sleep you need, the city’s hustle and bustle are overwhelming, and the kids are making you crazy! What you need is a weekend getaway.

Looking for Romantic. Maybe feeling a little disconnected from your partner? Give the Olivia Mansion a try. This 120-year-old historical beauty has been turned into a Bed & Breakfast. It features many of it’s original features, such as original stained-glass windows, amazing fireplaces and spectacular chandeliers. It is also antique, time-period furnishings, but with all modern amenities available. This beautiful and historical Bed & Breakfast is only and hour outside Austin, Texas.

Looking for Quiet and Serene. Maybe you’re just looking for a change of pace, and some quite surroundings. Then Mt. Gainor Inn is the place for you. This tranquil Texan getaway is a quiet retreat with acres of hilltop scenarios is the perfect place to get away from the crazy of a big city.

Family Getaway. Sure. The kids can get on your nerves, but they may just need a break too. The Prow’d House would be perfect for the family with its welcoming and warm Inn quality. This place has everything to help you and your family dialed down. They offer comfortable accommodations, from standard guest rooms with queen-sized beds, private bathrooms, TV, mini fridges and sheltered patios with swinging chairs. Included is a communal room with a grand stone fireplace, an ornate cathedral ceiling and a sunny dining area where a completely home- cooked breakfast is available every morning. If the kids are still feeling restless, the Inn is within walking distance of popular attractions such as Wimberley Shopping on the Square and more.

For more romantic, quiet and kid friendly weekend getaways, check out this link. Get away and relax in the beautiful Texas countryside. You know you need it.

Have a Successful Move With Children

by Rebecca Shahan

You've found that perfect house, and now it time to get packing! But what about the kids? No matter where you move, it can be upsetting for the kids. So how can you make the ordeal go smoother?

Have a Family Meeting. Treat the kids to a favorite meal and casually talk about the move. This will give them the opportunity to address their concerns in a relaxed environment.

Involve Them in the Process. If you make your children part of the process, it will go a long way to smooth the transition. You can go through the house and get rid of all the unnecessary junk that has accumulated over the years. Get the kids to help you decide what can be trashed, donated or sold.

Help Your Children Learn About Where They’re Moving. Kids usually love to learn and use the internet.  take advantage of that to help them learn about their new community. They can check out the local schools and school district. A website with pictures of their new school would be helpful and help them get a sense of where they’ll be attending school.

These are just a few suggestions on how to make moving with children easier. You can find more tips here.

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