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There's No Place Like Downtown Austin

I have been to seventeen UT football games, 3 Austin City Limits Festivals, and visited the State Capitol twice. I’ve paddle-boarded on Lady Bird Lake and picnicked in Zilker Park. I’ve shopped South Congress, hiked Mount Bonnell, ventured through 6th street, lunched at Franklin’s Barbeque, investigated the Driskill, and swam at Barton Springs Pool. Growing up in Lake Travis, a suburb thirty minutes from downtown Austin, I have had my whole life to explore everything this sought-after city has to offer. Well, here I am twenty years later, and I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface!

It is no wonder nearly 170 people migrate to Austin every day seeking the city’s artistic culture, steady job growth, and active lifestyle. Austin is alive with diversity, not only in its people, but in opportunity. Not just...

Crafty Christmas!

‘Tis the season of joy, the season of family, and the season of belief. Something magical we can all celebrate this year is the strength within us to have made it through a very challenging period of history. As you hang the stockings and wrap the presents, take a moment to reflect on your inner growth, commemorate the loved ones you may have lost, and set goals to brighten your future.

Sentiment aside, no one will be vacationing in the Bahamas this Christmas. We could all use some creative activities to keep us entertained while home for the holidays. So whether you’re eight years old with glimmer in your eyes or middle aged with a wine glass, here are a few Do-It-Yourself Christmas crafts to share with the fam and add some memories to your holiday décor:

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November Market Update

With the election over, we are watching the market to see how consumer confidence is affected and if there are any concerns with where the new presidency will take us. Right now the market is continuing as it was. Inventory is extremely low, not just in Austin but across the country. Rumors of a possible vaccine are boosting morale so we’ll see where the good news on the virus takes us, but for now it’s still and extreme seller’s market. Prices are through the roof and we’ve seen amazing appreciation all over Austin! We’re continuing to work diligently to find houses for our buyers so give us a call with any questions, we’d love to talk strategy!

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Black Friday Gets a Digital Makeover

Halloween may have passed but we aren’t yet rid of monsters this holiday season. Most of us enjoy showering our loved ones with gifts during the holidays and take advantage of Black Friday deals to make that happen. Right now you may be wondering what your options are this year to snag that air fryer your spouse hasn’t stopped talking about. Clearly crowds won’t be breaking down storefront doors but don’t fret just yet, retailers won’t let COVID be the Grinch of holiday savings in 2020.

While the world has been battling job loss and financial uncertainty, it’s no wonder the retail industry has had a difficult year. Plagued by supply-chain issues, worker-safety concerns, and shipping delays, some sectors have faced impossible-to-meet demand while most have starved over record low sales. Forty retail companies, and...

First Time Voter

Hi! Hello! Hey there! My name is Sarah Clemmons, I am a senior business student at the University of Texas. I love to dance, am an aspiring MasterChef, and have been writing blogs for the Gene Arant Real Estate Team since my promotion from Intern to Social Media Manager in August. Why does this matter to you? Well there is also something else very special about me (if I do say so myself)… Five days ago, I stepped up to the ballot for the very first time in my life to cast my vote for our nation’s 46th President. Feeling the pressure from those exceedingly passionate supporters – you know, the ones who call and text and call and text and call again till you put them out of their misery and tell them who you’re voting for – I finally ventured off to Gregory Gym, mask on and ID in hand, to fulfill my civic duty. Rooted in my inquisitive student nature,...

11 Reasons to Sell During the Holidays

Jack-o-lanterns, stuffed turkeys, Fraser Fir trees…the holiday season is in full swing! For the next several months you’ll be busy decorating your home, serving up traditional recipes, and Zooming family; but one thing that may not be on your mind is selling your house! Read on for eleven reasons (compiled by Keller Williams Realty) you NEED to clear some time to call a realtor this season:

11. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a noncontingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money! This will allow you to sell high and buy low!

10. You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year!

9. Even though your...

The Impact of 5 Million Square Feet

How big is 5 million square feet?

The United States White House is only 54,900 ft2.

Nasa’s headquarters facility is only 200,000 ft2.

Amazon’s largest warehouse in the US is only 1 million ft2.

The Dallas Cowboys Stadium is only 3 million ft2.

So how big can 5 million square feet possibly be? Well, we’re about to find out as Tesla moves to Austin!

In July of this year, Austin prevailed the winner of Elon Musk’s highly sought-after bid for a new Tesla Gigafactory, beating out other finalist Tulsa, Oklahoma. The development of the 2,100 acres purchased in southeast Austin will not only manufacture Musk’s new Cybertruck but also boast the Del Valle community with much needed infrastructure and financial support.

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COVID Side Effect You May Not Have Realized

We’re not just lacking toilet paper in 2020…

COVID-19 has rid academic seniors of graduation, wiped out the nation’s supply of toilet paper, short-staffed medical professionals worldwide, and is setting the stage for an unprecedented cashless society; but, no one is talking about one of the greatest shortages of this chaotic year…HOUSES!

Nationwide housing inventory is at an all-time low of roughly 3 months. What does that mean? At the current sales pace, it would take 3 months to sell all of the homes actively listed right now. Let’s put that into perspective – a healthy housing market is considered to be 6 months of inventory and just a decade ago, in 2010, the national housing market held a booming 10 months of inventory.

Still not convinced we’re in crisis? Nationally, as of June 2020…

  • Total housing inventory declined 26.5 percent year-over-year
  • The number of new listings declined by 19.3 percent
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GAT from the Eye of an Intern

“So what did you learn?”

That is the golden question. The question discussed at length with my boss on my last day, the question my parents ask with curiosity at the dinner table, and the question I will spend an entire semester analyzing in school. How will I respond? Where do I begin!

After a blind email to a woman I hadn’t yet met, I drove to GAT’s little corner of Steiner Ranch this past May on a mission to impress the one and only Susan Arant, hungry to secure an internship position that did not yet exist. Understand this was task made even more difficult in the heat of COVID-19, but the generosity of my new boss and our undeniable chemistry landed me back in the office Monday morning sharing my goals and meeting the entire team on...

Let’s Talk Team Building

Let’s talk team building.

No no no, don’t click to the next blog or pull out Facebook. Let’s seriously talk about team building.

Every single one of us is on a team. You may run a business, have a family, play on a sports team, volunteer, hold employment, etc. Teams can take many forms, but the goal is always the same – to work with others. But 7.8 billion people in the world means 7.8 billion personalities which means 7.8 billion ways of thinking which means chaos – sometimes. The world can feel pretty chaotic yes? Can the workplace feel that way too at times? Enter team building!

Forbes states 70 percent of U.S. employees are not engaged. Unengaged employees equal frustration in the office, lower efficiency, and less revenue. When starting and growing a business,...