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March 2018

Found 10 blog entries for March 2018.

By the Kent Redding Group

AUSTIN, TX. – Right now, is an excellent time to buy a home because thanks to historically low mortgage interest rates, homes haven’t been this affordable since 1980.

That’s right, long term affordability has never been better because mortgage interest rates are about 4.5% now compared to 16% in 1980.

Sadly, home affordability could be threatened though if mortgage interest rates continue to rise so if you’re serious about buying a home in Austin Texas, or elsewhere in the United States, now is a great time to buy before rates increase.

Changes to The Mortgage Interest Deduction

Another change that could make buying a home this year more competitive is the recent changes to tax laws from the Republican tax bill

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The Blackheart announces they'll be closing soon...

Rainey Street's popular Whiskey bar and music venue, The Black Heart announces they will be closing at the end of April.

Music fans and artists alike are dishearten by the news, as it's one of the last standing venues for musicians and a huge advocate for local artists in the Rainey St. District.

Co-owner, Jeremy Murray had been trying to renew the lease for months only to discover a new group, Goodmates LLC will be taking over the space. 

They released the official announcement on their Facebook page saying, 

"You best believe we’re gonna be celebrating whiskey and Austin music until they take the keys away from us, so please come by and see us in the coming month. Details for our

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By the Kent Redding Group

AUSTIN, TX. – Every year we see home buying in Austin and across the United States heat up with the weather and thanks to a recent article on Realtor.com we know that this year may be one of the busiest years ever to buy a home since the end of the Great Recession.

A Record Low Number of Homes for Sale

One of the biggest factors that may make 2018 one of the busiest years in recent memory to buy a home has a lot to do with a record low number of homes for sale in Austin and other cities nationwide compared to years past.

In recent years it wasn’t uncommon to see existing homeowners put their homes up for sale to meet the growing demand for homes nationwide but that’s expected to change this year as more homeowners

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Tax Day is only weeks away and if you haven’t filed your taxes yet you’re in luck because there are tax deductions you can take advantage of which will lower your taxes.

Mortgage Interest Deduction

If you purchased your home before December 15th of last year, you can still deduct all of the interest on your mortgage loan up to $1Million dollars.

The mortgage interest deduction will still be available to anyone who buys a home this year but the deductible is going to be capped at just $750,000.

Property Tax Deductions

Although some people have said that property tax deductions have gone, the reality is that you can still deduct your property taxes but they are capped at $10,000 for the year.

Home Office Deduction

Do you have a

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We're embarking on our craziest time of the town, South By Southwest. Every year thousands of folks come to Austin for one of largest creative gatherings in the world. Be sure to catch these acts while you're in town! 

Tank and The Banga's 

Like a good gumbo, this funk, soul, spoken-word band hails from New Orleans. Combining elements of gospel, soul, funk and folk it's no surprise they won NPR's most recent Tiny Desk contest.  Not familiar with this band? Ceck out their performance below and don't miss them while they're in town. Full schedule here! 

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats 

You've most likely heard this bands hit song, "S.O.B" on your local radio station. Infusing old school R&B, Soul, and Country, Nathaniel is sure to give

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By the Kent Redding Group

AUSTIN, TX. – SXSW 2018 is officially here (3-9 through 3-13) and seemingly everyone from the music, film, entertainment, and technology industries are in Austin Texas to network, connect and learn more about the latest developments in their fields.

So far one of the most innovating talks that we’ve had at SXSW 2018 was Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk talking about space, Mars and his goal to start offering short trips in space by 2019.

Musk held a surprise question and answer session at the annual technology and culture festival in Austin, Texas on Sunday. The billionaire told attendees that "we are building the first Mars or interplanetary ship, and I think we'll be able to do short trips, flights by the

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By the Kent Redding Group

AUSTIN, TX. – Have you been planning on buying a home? If so, now is the best time for you to make your move as mortgage interest rates have continued their gradual rise, making it costlier for many people to buy a home.

As of March 1st 2018, the average mortgage interest rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage loan is 4.43% and this is the highest mortgage interest rates have been since January 2014.

Strong Economy

Thanks to a strong economy and a positive economic outlook by many people in the Trump Administration it’s likely that we will continue to see rising mortgage interest rates in the years to come as everyone from the President on down to key economic advisors in his administration seem eager to embrace

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By the Kent Redding Group

AUSTIN, TX. – For over 20 years, amazon.com has been a part of the public consciousness and they were one of the first websites that made it possible for us to order books, movies and so much more online. Thanks to the massive success of their brand, Amazon has been opening physical stores across the United States including their first store in Austin TX.

About Amazon’s New Store

The store is designed to hold all the books considered great reads by Austinites and more put together by a team that culls customers' online preferences to fill the shelves. All books face out in Amazon's version of a bookstore. Below the book is a review card saying why customers said they loved the read.

Prices are on the back of

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AUSTIN, TX. – Are you planning on selling your Austin Texas home in the coming months? If so, now is the perfect time to start focusing on improving the curb appeal of your home because curb appeal is one of the primary things that motivate people to get out of their cars to tour a home that they may be interested in buying.

How to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Austin Home

Are you planning on improving the landscaping that surrounds your Austin Texas home? If so, you’re making a smart choice! You can get started with improving curb appeal by following these simple tips.

  •          Clean up your property – This is the first thing that every homeowner should do especially if you have trees on your property. All leaves, branches, and debris
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By the Kent Redding Group

Are you searching for a move in ready home in the Austin Texas Real Estate Market? If so, don’t miss out on this wonderful move in ready home located at 1704 Snyder Trail.

4 Bedroom 4 Bathroom Home

Located in Leander TX, this 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home features 3,296 square feet, an open concept floor plan, high ceilings, fireplace, huge kitchen complete with large island, beautiful cabinets and so much more.

Throughout 1704 Snyder Trail you will find plenty of custom features like beautiful wood flooring, a built-in desk, custom draperies, formal dining room, media room with custom barn doors, butler bar with a separate kitchen dining area.

Each bedroom is equally spacious with plenty of closet space but the

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