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Diaper Cake Challenge SUCCESS!

TJ Lewis Real Estate was so excited to be able to participate Reveal Resource Center’s Diaper Cake Challenge! In all, 50,112 diapers were donated, wrapped and built into a cake to set the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the largest diaper cake ever built! 

At TJ Lewis, our diaper drive goal was to collect and contribute 3000 diapers and we also hit our goal! TJ Lewis agents, clients and friend graciously donated 3290 diapers for this event! 

We are so thankful to be part of such a giving community and for impact we can have our those in need around us! Thank you so much to everyone who participated and donated diapers, money and time to make this event such a success! 

 

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September 2020 Central Texas Housing Market Report

Central Texas housing market continues to soar despite low inventory

According to the latest Central Texas Housing Market Report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR), the Central Texas housing market continues to exhibit strength despite economic challenges and shrinking housing inventory. In September, home sales across the Austin-Round Rock MSA soared 31.5% year over year to 3,892 sales. Historically this time of year home sales are slower, but because of decreased activity during the shelter-in-place orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the summer selling season extended into September.

The market’s strength was evident across the five-county MSA as sales dollar volume jumped 51.7% to $1,779,067,529, and the median price rose 12.1% to $355,000. New listings increased 5.0% to 3,539 listings, and pending sales jumped 28.2% to 3,767. At the same time, active listings dropped 49.9% to 3,708 listings.

September 2020 Austin Real Estate Market Statistics“The housing market is pumping billions of dollars into our region’s economy at a time it’s greatly needed, but we also need to be cognizant of the impact such rapid activity is having on record-low inventory levels and rising home prices,” Romeo Manzanilla, 2020 ABoR president said. “Austin’s suburban markets have historically offered housing stock at lower price points that created opportunity for people when buying or renting inside Austin city limits was not an option. Now, these markets are showing the same gains in prices and declines in inventory as we’re used to seeing inside Austin, putting pressure on the market as a whole.”

Homes across the MSA spent an average of 37 days on the market, 14 fewer days than September 2019, and housing inventory decreased 1.3 months to 1.2 months of inventory.

Vaike O’Grady, Austin regional director for Zonda (formerly Metrostudy), said the city of Austin has a limited number of residential lots. This is forcing developers to move to the suburbs where land is more available and less expensive. When it comes to construction in suburban markets, homes simply can’t be put on the ground fast enough to meet demand.

“We need to remove the barriers to new construction and open up more building opportunities across the region to create more inventory for buyers,” O’Grady said. “Austin’s economy is bouncing back better than most cities, allowing more people to make a move to a home that meets their needs. To solve Austin’s housing supply and affordability challenges, we need to commit to streamlined review and approval processes for new construction.”

“The Austin area needs more housing supply at all price points in order to stabilize home price growth and help make homeownership accessible, especially for first-time homebuyers,” Manzanilla said. “REALTORS® will continue working aggressively to navigate a competitive, fast-moving housing market on behalf of their clients.”

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City of Austin

Low levels of inventory in the city of Austin drove the median home price up 8.7% year over year to $415,500. Residential sales increased 20.7% to 1,248 sales, as sales dollar volume spiked 39.2% to $678,062,256. During the same period, new listings increased 16.4% to 1,273 listings, active listings decreased 24% to 1,390 listings, and pending sales increased 16.6% to 1,164 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory decreased 0.4 months year over year to 1.4 months of inventory.

Travis County

At the county level, residential sales increased 27.1% to 1,930 sales, while sales dollar volume jumped 50% to $1,081,018,324. The median price for residential homes increased 13.8% year over year to $420,000. During the same period, new listings increased 8.4% to 1,863 listings, while active listings declined 41.8% to 2,039 listings. At the same time, pending sales rose 18.4% to 1,836 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory fell .9 months year over year to 1.3 months of inventory.

Williamson County

In Williamson County, September residential sales increased 29.4% to 1,306 sales, and sales dollar volume jumped 43.8% to $461,491,699. The median price rose 9% to $318,050. During the same period, new listings dropped 10.2% to 1,035 listings, and active listings tumbled 66.5% to 816 listings. Pending sales jumped 33.7% to 1,266 pending sales. Housing inventory declined 1.6 months year over year to .8 months of inventory.

Hays County

September home sales spiked 50.3% to 487 sales, and sales dollar volume increased 78% to $184,817,195 in Hays County. The median price for homes increased 15.1% to $310,000. During the same period, new listings jumped 40.6% to 485 listings, and active listings tumbled 43.1% to 558 listings. At the same time, pending sales increased 42.9% to 480 pending sales. Housing inventory dropped by 1.5 months to 1.5 months of inventory.

Bastrop County

In September, Bastrop County home sales spiked 69.5% to 139 sales, and sales dollar volume skyrocketed 96.6% to $42,855,211. The median price for residential homes increased 8% to $270,000. During the same period, new listings increased 4.7% to 133 listings, while active listings declined 36.4% to 227 listings. Pending sales rose 84% to 149 pending sales. Housing inventory decreased by 1.7 months to 2.2 months of inventory.

Caldwell County

In Caldwell County, September home sales increased 15.4% to 30 sales, and sales dollar volume increased by 18.3% to $7,000,759. The median home price increased 5.1% year over year to $217,500. During the same period, new listings decreased 17.9% to 23 listings, while active listings decreased 39.3% to 68 listings. Pending sales rose 50% to 36 pending sales. Housing inventory decreased 2.1 months to 2.5 months of inventory. 

For more information or to download the September 2020 Central Texas Housing Market Report, visit ABoR.com/MarketStatistics. All information taken from the Austin Board of Realtors September 2020 Central Texas Housing Market Report.

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Recipes to Feed Your Fall Spirit!

Fall is upon us in Central Texas, bringing with it some long-awaited cooler weather. As the weather changes, our cravings for apple cider and pumpkin spice are met with our favorite beverages and treats! Here are a few recipes we turn to warm us up and celebrate the new season! 

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup milk 1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, more for frying
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar 2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt

Pumpkin Pancakes

INSTRUCTIONS

In a bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin puree, egg, and oil. In a separate bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Pour flour mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients and whisk until just combined.

Heat a lightly oiled pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Use a measuring cup to scoop 1/4 – 1/3 cup of the batter onto the pan or onto the griddle per pancake. Flip when the bubbles that appear on the surface pop and form holes that stay open. Serve hot with maple syrup.

Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

INGREDIENTS

8 ounces strong brewed coffee
1 ounce vanilla vodka
1/2 ounce cinnamon whiskey
1/2 – 1 ounce International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer
Whipped cream, caramel, cinnamon for garnish

Pumpkin Spice Latte

INSTRUCTIONS

Add coffee, liquor, and creamer to a mug. Top with whipped cream, caramel, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serves 1. To make for a crowd: Place 12 cups coffee, 1 1/2 cups vanilla vodka, 3/4 cup cinnamon whiskey, and 1-2 cups creamer in a crockpot on warm setting. Serve with whipped cream.

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Reuben Soup

INGREDIENTS

4 14.5 oz cans chicken broth
1 pkg. shredded cabbage for coleslaw
2 cups uncooked medium egg noodles
1 lb. fully cooked Kielbasa or Polish sausage, halved and cut into 1″ slices
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp caraway seeds
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

In large kettle, combine all ingredients except for Swiss cheese. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until cabbage and noodles are tender. Serve with Swiss cheese.

Pumpkin Bars

INGREDIENTS

4 eggs
1 2/3 cup sugar
1 cup oil 
2 cups flour
1 15oz can pumpkin
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 8oz cream cheese, softened
2 sticks margarine, softened
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups powdered sugar

Pumpkin Bars

INSTRUCTIONS

Pre-heat oven at 350°. Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, oil, sugar and pumpkin all together until light and fluffy. Gradually add the dry mixture to the pumpkin mixture. Mix thoroughly. In an ungreased sheet cake pan, spread and bake at 350° for 25-30 min. Cool completely before frosting.

FROSTING

Beat cream cheese and margarine until fully smooth. Gradually add vanilla and powdered sugar and beat until creamy. Frost the cooled bars.

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Winterizing Your Home

Winter arrives before you know it every year and being prepared is something everyone strives for. Follow these simple guidelines to prep your home for winter and save money wherever you can.

1. Cleaning the Gutters

Once the leaves begin to fall, you will need to clear gutters to allow rain and melting ice to properly drain. Clean out gutters by scooping out loose debris, washing out the gutter with a hose, and flushing out the downspouts. Another option you might want to consider is installing gutter covers which allow water to flow through while keeping leaves and other debris out.

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2. Insulating the Pipes

Cold weather can spell disaster for exposed pipes. As anyone who has experienced it already knows, a burst pipe can be a nightmare. To protect your pipes, wrap and insulate them with heating tape. Check for leaks and cracks so that minor repairs can be made before Jack Frost causes major damage.

3. Trimming the Tree Branches

Winter storms can pack quite a punch, sometimes powerful enough to knock down tree branches with the added weight of ice or snow. Falling limbs can damage homes, cars or even the neighbor taking Milo for a walk. Autumn is a great time to check your trees and other landscaping for weak branches.

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4. Insulating your Home

Cut heating costs this winter by checking the insulation in attics and basements. Proper insulation keeps heat from escaping and keeps your home warmer. The Insurance Information Institute recommends that attics be kept 5 to 10 degrees warmer than the outside air to prevent snow from melting and re-freezing, which can cause significant damage to your roof.

5. Cleaning out the Chimneys, Furnaces, Boilers, and Heaters

Before winter arrives, have your chimney or furnace checked. Servicing them once a year can prevent smoke and other damage to your home, helping to ensure your home stays warm. Make sure to keep your homes temperature at 65 degrees or higher to prevent pipes from freezing.

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6. Sealing the Windows and Doors

Make sure that your windows and doors are properly sealed by double-checking the weather stripping. Use weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors to prevent heat from escaping in cold months, saving you money on your energy bill.

7. Preparing your Lawn and Landscaping

Cold temperatures cause grass and other plants in your landscape to go dormant. Spend a few hours preparing your lawn for beautiful greenery next year. Start by aerating. Renting an aerator is a cost-effective and efficient way to reduce thatch and provide extra space in the soil for water and oxygen to reach the roots. After aerating, spread a quality winter fertilizer to give your grass the nutrients it needs to grow strong.

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8. Protecting your Deck

The harsh winter elements can take a major toll on decking, so it’s important to protect it. With a little time and effort, your deck will make it through winter unscathed and ready for outdoor fun in spring. To keep the structure’s integrity intact and wood looking beautiful, clean and seal your deck before winter arrives.

Do you have a winterizing tip that we missed?! Comment below to share with us! Looking information about caring for your home or maybe finding your home’s value? Contact any of our awesome agents for answers and help!