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Top 5 Improvements to Gain You the Most Return on Your Investment

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Top 5 Improvements to gain you the most return on your investment

Front Door
While the front door may not seem like an important piece of the puzzle, it is the very first thing a prospective buyer will see when entering the property and can make a huge first impression. It can also yield up to an amazing 96.6 percent return on your investment. If replacement is not in the budget, a fresh coat of paint will work wonders.

Hardwood floors
No matter where you live, buyers want to see hardwood floors. It is one of the better investments you can make before selling your home and it will pay dividends. You don’t have to go crazy on the material either...

Things To Do Around Austin | January Events

Here we are in the first of the year. Everyone's set new goals to conquer and we're simply looking to make your first month in the new year brighter with cool and fun activities to do around the Greater Austin Area! Check out our top picks of what to enjoy in Austin and beyond this January! 

January 1: Barton Springs Polar Plunge
Barton Springs Pool
Although there was a brief time when we didn't know if the plunge was going to happen due to flooding in the Austin area, the polar plunge is on and set for New Year's Dday! Join the brave and jump into the water during the chilly...

One More Week - SAFE Kids Need Your Help!

This is a reminder that we are a drop-off location for the toy drive for SAFE, a merger of Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace. We can accept donations at our office through Friday, December 14!

If you would like to join us in creating a smile on local children's faces who otherwise wouldn't have a Christmas, then please drop off unwrapped, new items at our GAT office. Below is a list of gifts in high demand. 

Suzy Day of SAFE told us, "We often have a need for teen and pre-teen gifts". 

If you prefer to donate from home, please shop for items from SAFE's Amazon and ...

Things To Do Around Austin | December Events

Holiday cheer is here! Take on as much of the lights, glitter and holiday songs to your heart's content. The city of Austin is a winter wonderland waiting to be explored. Check out what fun, inexpensive and sometimes free activities are going on around town! Here’s our top picks of what to enjoy in Austin and beyond this December! 

November 17 – January 2: ...

SAFE Youth Gift Drive for the Holidays

'Tis the season to give back. As such, the Gene Arant Team would like to open our doors as a drop-off location for holiday toys. SAFE, a merger of Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace, is an Austin nonprofit with a mission to stop abuse for everyone, and they hold an annual gift drive that we are proud to support. 

If you are able and feel so inclined, please drop off unwrapped, new items at our office by end of business day Friday, December 14. Below is a list of gift suggestions that are in high demand. Suzy Day of SAFE said, "We often have a need for teen and pre-teen gifts."

Also, if you'd prefer to donate from home, you can shop for items from SAFE's Amazon  and ...

Client Appreciation Pie Day 2018

We love our clients!

This November, we called over 1,000 former and current clients to see who would be in town to receive a little client appreciation gift as a sweet thank you for thinking of us for all things real estate.  

Although National Pi Day is on March 15th annually, we celebrate the holiday in a little different fashion, for a different reason and at a different time. On Tuesday, November 20th, the Gene Arant Team office smelled of pumpkin and apple pie—we wish there was smell-o-vision for you to delight in. Hundreds of our clients picked up their chosen pie from GAT just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.


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Meet Your Greater Austin Real Estate Team: GATeam Member Yvette Rios

Our GATeam members are the backbone of the business who implement our vision statement: Extraordinary customer service | Build wealth | Give back.

Meet Yvette, a bubbly yet determined GATeam member who goes above and beyond for every client to exceed their needs and expectations.

Yvette is one of our cherished client care managers! Want to know that every detail of your home buying process is taken care of? She is a dedicated resource for you. Once the contract is received, she will coordinate your contract paperwork, work with the lender and title company to ensure you have a timely and seamless home buying experience. Yvette will be in constant communication with you, updating you throughout every step of the process.

On a personal note, Yvette was raised in Chicago, lived in southern California for more than a decade and then moved...

Things To Do Around Austin | November Events

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Can you believe it?! November is here! We've got some time to kill before the deliciousness and wonderful family time that accompanies Thanksgiving—so, take a look at what fun, inexpensive and sometimes free activities are going on around town! Here’s our top picks of what to enjoy in Austin and beyond this November!   

October 26 – November 4: ...

Meet Your Greater Austin Real Estate Team: GATeam Member Jennifer Shahry

We are more than employees at the Gene Arant Team, we are GATeam members. Our GATeam members are the backbone of the business and they assist in implementing our vision statement: Extraordinary customer service | Build wealth | Give back.

You may have met GATeam member Jennifer Shahry, however, you may not know everything about her and what she does for her clients.

Jennifer is our lead listing specialist and joined our team in September 2010. Want to know that every detail of your home selling process is taken care of? She will help you price your home correctly based on current market trends and guide and advise you through every part of the decision-making process. Jennifer gives 100 percent to her clients—in fact, the homes Jennifer has sold in 2018 spent an average of only 31 days on the market, compared to an average of 54 days for all...

Fire Safety Songs and Videos for Kids

They always come as a surprise. The National Fire Prevention Association taught us that fires can happen anywhere at any time, and we need to be prepared.

Parents and teachers, what would your child or student do if they were in a situation where a fire occurred? We all hope our children never have to face difficult situations, however, it's important for them to know how to respond to a fire...just in case.

An excellent way to teach young children about fire safety is through song and video. We found several fun songs and videos you can use to help teach your children or students about fire safety! Share these fire safety songs and videos with your kids, today: