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Furry Friends of Texas

A Furry Resident Guide for The Austin Texas Area

Dog Parks and Off Leash Play Areas 

These free outdoor locations are places where your furry friend can romp around in the sunshine leash-free! For the safety of you, your pet and others, be sure to be caught up on flea prevention and vaccinations and be aware of the behavior or surrounding animals at play. City ordinances apply in parks. Please observe the rules posted on the Parks and Recreation websites and at the parks. 

  • Auditorium Shores 920 W. Riverside Dr, Austin 
  • Barking Springs William Barton Dr, Austin 
  • Bull Creek District Dog Park 6701 Lakewood Dr, Austin 
  • Devine Lake Off Lead Area 1000 Maple Creek, Leander 
  • Emma Long Metropolitan Park 1600 City Park Rd, Austin 
  • Far West ROW Between Great Northern Blvd. & Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin
  • Mary Moore Searight Metro Park 907 Slaughter Ln., Austin 
  • Northeast District Park 5909 Crystalbrook Dr, Austin 
  • Norwood Tract at Townlake Metro Park I-35 and Riverside Dr, Austin 
  • Onion Creek Greenbelt 6900 Onion Creek Dr, Austin 
  • Red Bud Isle 3401 Red Bud Trl, Unit Cr, Austin 
  • Round Rock Dog Depot 800 Deerfoot Dr, Round Rock
  • Shoal Creek Greenbelt 2600-2799 Lamar Blvd, Austin
  • Walnut Creek Metro Park 12138 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin 
  • West Austin Neighborhood Park 1317 W 10th St, Austin 
  • Zilker Dog Park 2100 Barton Springs Rd, Austin

Pet Friendly Restaurants 

These locations are among the handfull of places where your furry friends are welcome to dine with you on a patio! When you arrive, please confirm with the staff where to sit…stay…and eat. 

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Pet Shelters & Sanctuaries 

Community resource organizations providing shelter, adoption and animal control services. 

Veterinary Services 

Receive the best in animal care from these trained and certified medical providers. 

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July 2020 Central Texas Housing Market Report

Housing market continues to bounce back; real estate is vital to early economic recovery

AUSTIN, Texas—According to the latest Central Texas Housing Market Report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR), the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) continues to exhibit resiliency in the face of COVID-19. The MSA posted its second consecutive month of strong home sales numbers with a 21.5% increase in July sales year over year. The robust increase demonstrates the vital role real estate will play as the region begins its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In addition to the 21.5% jump to 4,537 home sales across the five-county MSA, the median price increased 10.7% to $353,000 and sales dollar volume also soared 36.7% to $2,037,152,035. Pending sales climbed 32.2% to 4,607 as new listings increased 13% to 4,767, while active listings dropped 32.4% to 5,309 due to demand. 

“July was a very encouraging month for the Central Texas housing market,” Romeo Manzanilla, 2020 ABoR president, said. “Strong home sales, combined with an increase in new listings and pending sales, are important benchmarks when analyzing the health of our market. A healthy housing marketing is vital to the overall economic recovery in the region, and with two consecutive months of positive numbers, we are growing more confident that this is sustainable and can help be the spark that gets our economy back on track.” 

Homes across the MSA spent an average of 44 days on the market, three fewer days than July 2019, and housing inventory fell by a full month to 1.7 months of inventory. Manzanilla also noted that this extremely low level of inventory, when paired with continued demand across the region, has led to rising home prices, creating a very strong seller’s market. As inventory falls, REALTORS® will continue to work aggressively to research the market and find the properties needed to meet their client’s demands. Prospective buyers should seek out a REALTOR® to work with who can put a strategic offer together in this competitive market. 

“Our market is now ultra-competitive because of our dangerously low inventory and that is cause for concern over the long-term. Homeowners thinking of listing their home need to understand the opportunities in the market and our elected leaders should focus on promoting policies that create increased housing capacity. The jobs pipeline into Austin continues to create new economic opportunities and a double-digit percentage gain in new listings in July, coupled with buyers continuing to take advantage of historically low interest rates, allows us to be cautiously optimistic about the remainder of 2020.” 

The Austin Chamber of Commerce is also optimistic about the region’s attractiveness and is encouraged by recent corporate relocation and expansion announcements. 

“Even amidst the pandemic, Austin still shines as a magnet for companies that appreciate our robust business climate and abundant talent pool,” Laura Huffman, president and CEO of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, said. “Recent economic development successes in the region—notably from Tesla and BAE Systems—will bring thousands of jobs to the region and contribute to our ongoing population growth. Our region has a long way to go in its recovery from the brunt of this pandemic, but economic indicators show the Central Texas economy will weather this storm.” 

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City of Austin

In the city of Austin, there was a 21.4% increase to 1,470 home sales which resulted in $793,610,174 in sales dollar volume, a 41.8% increase. The median price for residential homes increased 11.3% year over year to $423,000. During the same period, new listings jumped  20.4% to 1,676 listings, active listings decreased by 19.1% to 1,653 listings and pending sales rose 25% to 1,413 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory decreased 0.3 months year over year to 1.7 months of inventory.  

Travis County

Travis County saw residential sales increase by 17% to 2,258 sales, and sales dollar volume climbed 34.2% to $1,233,588,708. The median price for residential homes increased 10.3% year over year to $411,412. During the same period, new listings also increased 13.7% to 2,503 listings, while active listings declined 29.6% to 2,697 listings. Pending sales grew by 27.3% to 2,277 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory decreased 0.8 months year over year to 1.7 months of inventory.  

Williamson County

In July, Williamson County residential sales increased by 24.5% to 1,530 sales, and sales dollar volume climbed 34.6% to $523,478,727. The median price increased 10.5% to $314,995. New listings were up 6.5% to 1,450 listings, while active listings fell by 39.1% to 1,524 listings. Pending sales jumped 29.5% to 1,518 pending sales. Housing inventory declined 1.1 months year over year to 1.5 months of inventory. 

Hays County

July residential sales soared 32.8% to 555 sales, and sales dollar volume skyrocketed 59.3% to $224,313,232. The median price for residential homes increased by 18.1% to $310,000. During the same period, new listings experienced a 24.9% increase to 587 listings, and active listings fell 35% to 683 listings. Pending sales jumped 66.5% to 621 pending sales. Housing inventory decreased 1.4 months to 1.9 months of inventory. 

Bastrop County

Bastrop County residential sales increased 28% to 160 sales, while sales dollar volume increased 40.7% to $47,797,443. The median price for residential homes climbed 6.2% to $265,500. During the same period, new listings jumped 31.5% to 192 listings; active listings decreased 10.1% to 329 listings; while pending sales increased 23.5% to 147 pending sales. Housing inventory decreased 0.6 months to 3.4 months of inventory.  

Caldwell County

In July, Caldwell County residential sales increased 3% to 34 sales, and sales dollar volume slightly increased by 1.7% to $7,701,000. The median home price increased 7.3% year over year to $205,000. During the same period, new listings fell 7.9% to 35 listings; active listings decreased 27.6% to 76 listings; while pending sales jumped 33.3% to 44 pending sales. Housing inventory decreased 1.3 months to 2.9 months of inventory.  

For more information or to download the July 2020 Central Texas Housing Market Report, visit http://www.abor.com/statsjul20All information taken from the Austin Board of Realtors May 2020 Central Texas Housing Market Report,

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Austin Area Staycations

Many of us have had to cancel much anticipated vacations and travel plans this summer due to COVID-19. Perhaps a local getaway is an option for you?! Here is our list of the top getaway destinations between Austin and San Antonio.

La Cantera Resort & Spa

Polished rooms, suites & cottages, plus 6 restaurants, 2 golf courses, 5 pools & a spa. 16641 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256

Miraval Austin Resort & Spa

Upscale all-inclusive resort offering a full-service spa and two infinity pools, plus luxe dining. 13500 FM2769, Austin, TX 78726

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Historic Hotel Emma

Refined hotel in a former 19th-century brewery, with elegant quarters, a rooftop pool & a chic bar. 136 E Grayson St., San Antonio, TX 78215

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Upscale, all-inclusive resort set on a lake offering 2 pools, plus a spa & posh dining. 1705 S Quinlan Park Rd., Austin, TX 78732

Lake Austin Spa

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

Sophisticated property featuring upscale rooms & 7 dining options, plus a spa & a water park. 23808 Resort Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78261

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Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa

Riverside retreat set on 405 acres offering many outdoor activities, a spa & a water park. 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd., Cedar Creek, TX 78612

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

Polished lodging offering a spa & a golf course, plus 3 casual restaurants & a 5-acre water park. 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr., San Antonio, TX 78251

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Horseshoe Bay Resort

Posh lodging on a 7,000-acre resort with golf, tennis & dining, plus a marina & a private airport. 200 Hi Cir N, Horseshoe Bay, TX 78657

Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort

Polished resort with elegant rooms, a salt cave spa & an 18-hole golf course, plus a posh restaurant. 1 Resort Way, Boerne, TX 78006

Lakeway Resort and Spa

Contemporary lakeside accommodations, plus 3 outdoor pools, a full-service spa & a restaurant. 101 Lakeway Dr., Lakeway, TX 78734

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Kalahari Resort and Conference Center – COMING SOON!

Gigantic brand new resort under construction in Round Rock. To include the largest indoor water park in America, numerous restaurants and a huge ball room with conference rooms. 3001 Kalahari Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665

TJ Lewis Real Estate has received no commercial gain, monetary or otherwise, by reference of the aforementioned entities, nor endorses any of the aforementioned entities.

 

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June 2020 Central Texas Housing Market Report

June home sales rebound across Austin area; sales decline in first half of 2020 due to COVID-19  

AUSTIN, Texas—Home sales in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) rebounded this June with a 9.3% increase year over year, which helped hold sales to only a 5.2% decline during the first half of 2020 as the market was impacted by COVID-19, according to the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) June and Midyear Central Texas Housing Market Report. 

Across the five-county MSA in June, residential home sales increased 9.3% year over year to 3,969 sales, and the median price increased by 4.6% to $340,000. Sales dollar volume also increased 13.1% to $1,674,070,282 and pending sales increased by 33.7% to 4,737. Housing inventory declined 0.9 months to 1.8 months of inventory, demonstrating an extremely competitive and tight market across the region, even as it begins to show signs of improvement. 

“Strong home sales in June are good news for the real estate market across the region,” Romeo Manzanilla, 2020 ABoR president, said. “The increased sales last month helped limit the impact of the pandemic on the first half of the year overall. Increased pending sales signal a strong month of sales in July, but we have to remain cautious as Texas experiences a spike in COVID-19 cases and we are seeing shrinking housing inventory.” 

Despite an increase in pending sales, new listings dropped 5.4% to 4,170 listings, and active listings dropped 32.2% to 5,300 listings.  

Manzanilla added, “As listings fell again, REALTORS® continue to help clients stay safe by implementing new precautions, such as virtual showings and enhanced digital floor plans. It’s the perfect time to talk to a REALTOR®, who can help you decide what makes sense for you and your family. If your home needs have changed, there are plenty of potential buyers amid record-low levels of inventory levels across the MSA and a REALTOR® will make finding a new home in a tight market a possibility.” 

James Gaines, chief economist for the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, thinks perspective is needed when interpreting the market throughout 2020. 

“There are plenty of unknowns in the months ahead, but June home sales across the MSA being up 9.3% YoY was tremendous when considering the strength of 2019. And while home sales declined throughout the Austin-MSA during the first six months of 2020, we are still on track for a strong year,” Gaines said. 

Gaines noted that while June saw strong numbers throughout all of Texas, Austin’s inventory shortage remains extremely problematic. 

“Extremely low inventory is one of the factors that affects overall sales dollar volume while simultaneously creating a very competitive and tight market. Home builders aren’t building quite as many new homes and sellers were hesitant to list their home during shelter in place orders. Even if we end up with a 3 to 4% decline in sales in 2020, that would still be a strong year for the region.” 

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Austin-Round Rock MSA mid-year performance 

In the first half of 2020, homes sales in the Austin-Round Rock MSA declined 5.2% year over year to 17,043 home sales. Sales dollar volume declined 1.9% to $6,897,765,107, while the median price increased 4.9% to $325,200. So far this year, new listings declined 7.5% to 22,744 new listings; active listings dropped 19.2% to 5,616 listings. However, pending sales slightly increased 2% to 20,389 pending sales.  

City of Austin 

In the City of Austin, home sales in the first half of the year decreased 13.6% year over year to 5,291 sales, while the median price rose 9.7% to $406,000. At the same time, sales dollar volume decreased by 6.2% to $2,621,719,744. New listings dropped 9.7% to 7,498 listings; active listings declined 21.8% to 1,398 listings; and pending sales also fell 8.9% to 6,201 pending sales.  
 
In June 2020, there were 1,163 home sales, down 5.3% year over year. Last month, sales dollar volume inched up by 0.2% to $588,734,242, while the median price slightly increased 3.3% to $407,000. During the same period, new listings decreased 5.3% to 1,448 listings; active listings tumbled 26.4% to 1,520 listings; and pending sales jumped 21.7% to 1,478 sales. Housing inventory decreased 0.4 months to 1.6 months of inventory. 

Travis County 

In Travis County, home sales decreased 10.3% year over year to 8,452 home sales in the first half of the year. During the same period, sales dollar volume dropped 6.5% to $4,078,268,052, as the median price rose by 7% to $385,000. New listings decreased 10.8% to 11,721 listings, and active listings dropped 24% to 2,572 listings. Pending sales also fell 5.3% to 9,976 pending sales.  

In June, home sales decreased 0.8% year over year to 1,935 home sales, while sales dollar volume rose by 4.3% to $980,584,301. During the same period, the median price increased 3.5% to $398,250. New listings declined 8.1% to 2,165 listings; active listings dropped 31.9% to 2,626; while pending sales jumped 22.3% to 2,313 pending sales. Housing inventory fell 0.8 months to 1.7 months of inventory.  

Williamson County 

In Williamson County, home sales in the first half of 2020 declined 3.6% year over year to 5,767 home sales. During the same period, sales dollar volume remained flat at $1,877,370,936, and the median price increased 2.8% to $291,920. New listings decreased 4.8% to 7,325 listings; active listings dropped 19.2% to 1,803 listings; while pending sales increased 6% to 6,958 pending sales.  

In June, home sales increased 16.1% year over year to 1,352 home sales. During the same period, sales dollar volume jumped 21.9% to $458,305,463, and the median price increased 4.9% to $304,090. New listings increased 2.1% to 1,400, while active listings tumbled 35.1% to 1,615 listings. Pending sales spiked 41.7% to 1,605 pending sales. Housing inventory fell 1 month to 1.6 months of inventory.  

Hays County 

In the first half of 2020, Hays County home sales rose 12.2% year over year to 2,137 home sales, and sales dollar volume rose 19.6% to $754,871,620. During the same period, the median price increased 4.9% to $278,995. New listings slightly fell 0.5% to 2,679 listings; active listings declined 10.8% to 822 listings; and pending sales jumped 21.2% to 2,592 pending sales.  

In June, home sales jumped 38.6% year over year to 535 home sales, and sales dollar volume also skyrocketed 48.6% to $193,556,186. During the same period, the median price rose by 6.6% to $287,265. New listings decreased 13.6% to 419 listings; active listings fell 31.6% to 690 listings; and pending sales spiked 60.6% to 604 pending sales. Inventory dropped 1.2 months to 2.0 months of inventory.  

Bastrop County 

In the first half of 2020, Bastrop County home sales increased 2.7% year over year to 539 home sales, and sales dollar volume increased 12.6% to $150,584,845. The median price increased 9.9% to $256,000. During the same period, new listings declined 3.1% to 804 listings, as active listings rose 2.8% to 328 listings. At the same time, pending sales increased 14.2% to 677 pending sales.  
 
In June, home sales increased 7.4% year over year to 116 home sales, and sales dollar volume climbed 16.2% to $33,337,768. At the same time, the median price increased 14% to $268,000. New listings dropped 0.7% to 148 listings; active listings fell 20.4% to 288; while pending sales jumped 52.3% to 169 pending sales. Inventory declined 1.1 months to 3.0 months of inventory. 

Caldwell County 

In the first half of 2020, Caldwell County home sales increased 5% year over year to 148 home sales, and sales dollar volume increased 21% to $36,639,286. The median price climbed 4.5% to $209,000. During the same period, new listings dropped 8.5% to 215 listings; active listings declined 1.1% to 89 listings; while pending sales increased 21.6% to 186 pending sales.  
 
In June, home sales spiked 40.9% year over year to 31 home sales, and sales dollar volume jumped 58.8% to $7,577,358. During the same period, the median price rose 7.2% to $204,239. New listings dropped 17.4% to 38 listings; active listings decreased 23.6% to 81 listings; while pending sales increased 53.3% to 46 pending sales. Housing inventory fell 1.2 months to 3.2 months of inventory.  

For more information or to download the June 2020 Central Texas Housing Market Report, visit https://www.abor.com/statsjun20. All information taken from the Austin Board of Realtors May 2020 Central Texas Housing Market Report,