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Things To Do Around Austin | November Events


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!   

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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...

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:

Fire Prevention Week and What to Know About Garage Fires

“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere.” This year’s Fire Prevention Week (FPW) message, by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), works to remind the public that fires can and do still happen…anywhere.

Movable Space heater
LOOK for places/household items where a fire could start by taking a look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and fix any issues that could create a potential fire.

Blaring Smoke Alarm
LISTEN for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke...

Meet Your Greater Austin Real Estate Team: GATeam Member Garrett Beem

At the Gene Arant Team we call our employees team members or GATeam members. They are more than employees. Our GATeam members are the backbone of the business who implement our vision statement: Extraordinary customer service | Build wealth | Give back.

You may have met GATeam member Garrett Beem, however, you may not know everything about him and what he does for his clients.

Garrett is one of our cherished client care managers! Want to know that every detail of your home selling process is taken care of? He will make it happen—from setting up a home stager to forecasting what it will take to have a successful close.

On a personal note, Garrett was born and raised in Napa, California—he is undoubtedly a huge wine guy. His wife was raised in Austin, Texas and the pair made the move to Austin from California...

This years fourth and final Blues on the Green ... Tonight!

Have you made it to Blues on the Green this summer?  If not, it is not to late!  Tonight, August 8, is the fourth and final Blues on the Green hosted by 93.3 KGSR  and will be featuring the Oh Hellos and Bidi Bidi Banda.

This beloved Austin tradion is 25 years old and takes place in the heart of the city at Zilker Park. The free concerts bring together thousands of Austinites (humans and four legged friends alike) for a few hours of fun and entertainment. Grab a picnic blanket, snacks, cold beverages and go enjoy the Live Music Capital of the country and everything it has to offer!  Blues on the Green started off as a promotional event in the Arboretum, the original intention was to increase consumer traffic; the rest is history!


Kids are ready to learn, teachers are ready to teach... what's missing?

Has a teacher touched your life?  Has a teacher made an impact on someone you care about?  I dare to say, "ABSOLUTELY!"  As we roll into August and school is nearly back in session, there are kids ready to learn, and teachers ready to teach. But they’re often missing something… school supplies.

Families sometime struggle to get food on the table, let alone have the resources to help their kiddo get set up with school supplies. I was surprised to learn, 94 percent of teachers actually spend their own money on school supplies to help out the kids in their classroom... and we all know being a teacher is not necessarily the highest paying career.  

Having 3 kids of our own, Gene and I have always been huge educational supporters, serving on PTA's, members of education foundations, you name it.  We see this as another...

Why You Should Consider Selling in the Winter

Selling In Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

The season you sell your home can have an impact on how much you get for your home and how quickly it sells. The season that has the most success in selling homes is spring. This is a good time of year for families moving to new school districts and is also more convenient weather for moving. Because of this trend, most people will recommend waiting to list your home until after the winter is over. Avoiding the winter is a huge misconception in the housing industry and can cause homeowners to miss out on opportunities.

Selling in the winter can give you a few advantages. There will be fewer houses on the market since most people assume winter is a bad time to sell. This gives your home more...