Historical Dripping Springs Swimming Hole | Spyglass RealtyDiscover some of the breathtaking places to hike, swim, relax, or simply beat the hot summer heat at Dripping Springs, TX. Known as the Gateway to the Hill Country and the Wedding Capital of Texas, Dripping Springs is home to one of the stunning natural preserves – the historical Dripping Springs Swimming Hole, Hamilton Pool Preserve.

About the Hamilton Pool Preserve

The Hamilton Pool Reserve is located at 24300 Hamilton Pool Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620, and was designated a preserve by the Travis County Commissioner’s Court in 1990. It is nestled ¾ mile upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River. The Hamilton Pool Preserve is part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP). BCP encompasses more than 31,000 acres of endangered species…

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South Austin Home Interior | Spyglass RealtyIt’s no easy task to shop for a home in Austin’s real estate market. It can both be exciting and overwhelming at the same time whether you’re a first-time or seasoned home buyer. There are many important things to keep in mind when looking for your dream home and having a list of priorities that consist of what you’re looking for can help make the process smoother and less stressful. 

 

Living in South Austin

Austin stands out due to the fact that it’s a place for everyone. Everything you can ever imagine in a city, Austin has something to offer. There are different areas in Austin with each of them having its own unique characteristics. South Austin is one of these areas to look out for. The area has its charm and “weird” Austin atmosphere tied…

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Outdoor Lake View from indoorsIf you are looking for a luxury oasis perfect for the waterfront lifestyle you desire, Lake LBJ is one of the best places to live your dream. Admire the panoramic views and stunning backdrop of the Texas Hill Country from Lake LBJ.

Named after Lyndon Baines Johnson, Lake LBJ is a reservoir located 45 miles northwest of Austin within the counties of Burnet and Llano. It is part of the Texas Highland Lakes and is one of the largest lakes in the state that stretches 21 miles long and covers over 6,500 acres of the Hill Country.

Living the lake lifestyle is a dream of many, but finding the best area to settle in could be challenging with most being tucked away from the buzz of the big city. Lake LBJ is an exemption. Get a closer view of some of the…

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Group of people dining togetherAustin is one of the most vibrant and eclectic cities in the world with a lot to offer in terms of food and culture. There is something for everyone to enjoy. To the northwest of Austin, you can find Lake Travis, the most visited freshwater recreational vacation destination in the state.

Within the area, you'll find several activities to enjoy with your friends and family. Water enthusiasts will love spending time on the water while foodies will enjoy a variety of cuisines available in different restaurants. There are some restaurants that you simply must try. If you are thinking about where to dine, here are some must-try restaurants in Lake Travis.

 

Burger Restaurants in Lake Travis

Sandeez Hamburger Hut

113 Ranch Road 620 North

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How to Calculate Your Mortgage in Austin | Spyglass RealtyPurchasing a home is one of the biggest financial transactions most people would make in their lifetime. It’s important to consider your budget when it comes to large transactions such as buying a home in Austin. In order to help determine the cost, a mortgage calculator will help provide an estimate of your loan so you can get a clear breakdown of the numbers that will work best for you.

There are a lot of numbers to juggle when it comes to mortgages such as the principal, interest rate, term, amortization, and more. It can get confusing but don’t worry. We’ll walk you through how to calculate your mortgage in Austin.

 

What is a Mortgage Payment?

A mortgage is a loan provided by a mortgage lender or a bank that enables an individual to…

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Last week I attended the HBA (Home Builders Association) of greater Austin’s economic forecast. I highly recommend this event. Below are the notes that I took at this event. 

 

Builders and New Construction

Not only are supply chains disrupted but the workforce is disrupted. Builders and subcontractors are competing for workers, says Scott Turner, Riverside Home, HBA President.

It’s taking about twice as long to build a home now than before COVID. Why don’t we get more trades moving to Austin? Housing is in demand across the country and for construction workers, the cost of living here in Austin than most other markets around the country.

The median income in Austin buys you a $340K home. The median home in Austin is $536K. The only…

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The Austin Business Journal just came out with an article today, titled Austin housing inventory stuck at worrying low level, which I thought was a very appropriate title. It left a lot of things out that I thought would be worth commenting on. There are some circumstances that were not touched on in this article.

Number one, we had a new strain of coronavirus, Omicron and it has affected sales obviously and put people that would have been planning on selling in November, December and January out a couple of months. Number two, it was not reported that 8.5% of all sold listings in January were listings sold by Opendoor. It is a staggering number and on the surface, it looks like something very worrying.

What they don't realize is, those are the…

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Students answering a sheet of paper | Spyglass RealtySchool districts in Austin are known for their exemplary education programs with plenty of growth and enrichment opportunities for students. If you are thinking of moving and buying a home in Austin, you’ll want to look into the school districts in the area for your family. 

We’ve compiled a list of the best school districts in Austin, TX. The information below is based on the 2021 Texas Education Agency Performance Rating. Whether you're already settled in Austin or are just starting your search, be sure to add these school districts to your list.


1. Eanes Independent School District

Students living in the areas of West Austin, Rollingwood, and West Lake Hills are served by Eanes ISD. The school district has over 8,100 students and 10 schools…

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Ultimate Guide/Ultimate Guide to Buying a Home in Austin, TXIf you're looking for a prime location to call home, look no further than Austin, TX. With its thriving economy and endless recreational opportunities, it's easy to see why Austin is one of the most desirable places to live in the US.

In this guide, we'll give you all the information you need to make an informed purchase decision. We'll start by discussing the basics of homebuying, then move on to some tips for finding the perfect property. Whether you're a first-time buyer or an experienced homeowner, this guide has something for you! Here are the things you should know if you’re considering buying a home in Austin, Texas.


1. Determine Your Budget

Before you start looking at homes, there’s something you need to do. Figure out how much…

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Concurrent Closing | Spyglass Realty

What is a Concurrent Closing?

Concurrent closing is when a homeowner sells their home and purchases a new one in a short amount of time. The fastest way to sell your home and buy another right away is through concurrent closing. When two properties are dependent on each other to close, concurrent closing is the term that is being used. In order for it to be a concurrent close, the first closing must be completed before the next can happen.

 

Table of Contents

  • The Concurrent Closing Process

  • Moving During a Concurrent Closing

  • Bridge Loan: Buy Before You Sell

  • The Key to a Successful Concurrent Closing 


The Concurrent Closing Process

Selling and buying concurrently involves finalizing the…

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