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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...

A “Phase 3” Summer in Texas

Graduation caps were thrown, swimsuits are dusted off, and Dad’s grill is fired up because summertime is in full swing! Although, hold the happy hour because summer in 2020 is getting a makeover equipped with hand sanitizer, face masks, and household disinfectants.

The month of May thawed of some of Governor Abbot’s isolation regulations, giving us ladies a reason to throw some makeup on again, as we saw the reopening of restaurants, retail stores, beauty services, movie theaters, and other non-essential businesses (at the discretion of business owners of course) at limited capacity.

What does that mean for us fellow Austinites? Continue to check revised operating hours, schedule appointments, and make reservations. Businesses are hungry for our support and are hard at work implementing precautions to keep us safe as we return to...

Phase 2 of Texas’ Recovery Plans

Friday, May 22, 2020 Austin, Texas entered into Phase 2 of Texas’ recovery plans in regard to COVID-19. What exactly does this entail for us? Some restaurants have been open at 25% and will now be moving to open up at 50% capacity. All bars that had been closed will now have the option be work towards opening at a 25% capacity.

Here is a list of some of the businesses and entertainment venues that will be reopening under strict guidelines and rules:

  • Breweries
  • Wine tasting rooms
  • Wineries
  • Bowling alleys
  • Zoos
  • Skating rinks
  • Aquariums

Here is an extensive list of all of the different businesses that have been opening in different staggered phases, https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas...

A Client Story: How to Buy and Sell a home Remotely in a COVID19 Real Estate Market

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected real estate here in Austin?

How has COVID-19 affected homebuyers?

How has COVID-19 affected home sellers?

In this video, I have the pleasure of speaking with a Gene Arant Team client who bought a home in Oregon virtually and sold a home in Austin, TX during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic

We're sharing this to encourage our friends about the fact that there are workable solutions when it comes to buying and selling during this unprecedented time.

In fact, this is a GREAT time to buy or sell!

The innovation and evolution of home buying and selling...

Good News

It’s true. We live in a strange time where uncertainty feels certain. With the 24/7 news cycle, it isn’t very easy to break away to feel the GOOD in life. So, today, we wanted to bring that GOOD directly to you... Real Estate is still happening! Houses are being listed and buyers are buying them!

Please always consider us a resource on real estate and the housing market. No matter what happens with COVID-19, homes will continue to be bought and sold. Homes will continue to be wise investments. Locally, showings and offers on listings remain strong, and buyers continue to take advantage of record-low interest rates.
We will continue to provide the best service we can–you have my word on that. We appreciate your support and referrals so much. If you have any specific questions, please reach out to me anytime: 512-261-1000 or gene@genearant.com

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Real Estate Going Virtual

Did you know that you can buy a home using VIRTUAL tools from the comfort of your living room?

NOW is the perfect time to use convenient, virtual tools that we provide our clients.

VIRTUAL APPOINTMENT

We'll meet virtually to discuss the current market, along with your need and vision.

HOME SEARCH

You'll receive homes that match your criteria via email as soon as they're listed.

VIRTUAL HOME TOURS

After you choose your favorite homes, you'll take a video tour through each one.

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What to do now? Life after Tiger King...

Hello again you Cool Cats & Kittens! Trust your week has been great! As promised this blog has lots of goodies for your and your families entertainment. Scroll down and find links to children's entertainment, link and promo code to Masterclass (love, love, love), special links for information on Food & Beverage, exercise and finishing strong with an Art & Culture section that you can experience right from your living room!

Remember we are here for you in any way that we can be! Real Estate, business, life, kids or just someone to laugh with... you name it, we are here!

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Austin Market Update

Every month we create an infographic, per the Austin Board of REALTORS, that summarizes key statistics in the real estate industry in Austin. As we can see, the real estate industry in Austin has been stable in January 2020 (in comparison to January 2019). While the average price of single-family homes decreased slightly (1%), there was a 2% increase in the number of single-family homes. One of the biggest changes between the years was the average days on market from 71 days in 2019 to 61 days in 2020 (a 14% decrease!). We see this trend reflected at Gene Arant, with many homes barely hitting the market before they are sold.

For our Steiner Ranch residents, we analyze the Woods at Four Points neighborhood specifically. The number of homes sold in Steiner Ranch has increased dramatically (38%) which raised...

Looking Back on 25th Anniversary Celebrations

To view a full recap of the Gene Arant Team's Oktoberfest, watch the video here!

This past August 2019 was the 25th Anniversary of Gene Arant obtaining his real estate license and the beginning of the GATeam! In honor of this we are spending the next year celebrating our incredible team, clients, and supporters that have helped to make the success of the Gene Arant Team possible.

One of the kick off events was Gene and Susan Arant hosting an Oktoberfest in their backyard. The Austin Polka Band performed out by the pool, while guests arrived in their best Lederhosen and Dirndl!

The event was catered with Bavarian style staples, including pretzels, cheese, sausage...

Things To Do Around Austin | February 2020 Events

We’re excited to bring in the new year with tons of fun activities! Here’s our list of top events to watch out for in February.

February 1 - February 28: Black History Month
Around Austin
Commemorate Black History Month by attending events thorughout the city this month in celebration of important people and moments in African-American history.

ColdTowne Theatre
The ExAB Fest is a chance for comedy fans of all ages to see award winning adult and youth comics in an age appropriate setting. Participate in workshops, improv jams, and...