With temperatures now over 100 degrees I think it’s safe to say that summer has officially arrived. Run to your nearest pool or watering hole! The last few months have been equally parts beautiful (the forced slow down), challenging (all of the sudden changes), and heartbreaking (acts of racism). While we’re surrounded by so much uncertainty, I hope that you’re finding ways to channel your positive energy into good for you, your family, and your community. As the city begins to open back up I know many will find comfort falling back into some of their normal patterns. Many will use this as an opportunity to find a new normal. We should all make an effort to be patient and flexible, but most importantly, kind. Everyone is feeling a lot of emotions so remember that a listening ear or a smile can go a long way. I’d love to hear from you. Call me anytime.
Real Estate in the News
As states reopen, homebuyers rush back out, but sellers are staying on the sidelines
Compass saw the average number of listings under contract hit a low on April 12, with a 40% dip from mid-March. However, the market rebounded quickly - by the end of April contracts were back up, 24% higher than before the national shutdown, and up 64% from the April 12 bottom.
Read the full article here, courtesy of CNBC.
Austin Market Stats | April 2020
If there's ever been a time to take action, to uplift, to bring together and to drive towards better - the time is now. Here are ways to help the Austin community - and beyond - during this time.
Donate to These Five Austin Organizations Promoting Racial Equality
These Central Texas nonprofits combat systemic injustice while offering support and resources for the Black community.
Learn more here.
Want to support black-owned food businesses in Austin? Here’s where to start
Here's a list of black-owned food businesses, including food products and catering companies, from the Austin area.
Take Action: A List of Ways You Can Stand In Solidarity with the Black Community
Here is an ongoing list of ways you can help to collectively fight against systemic racism and violence.
Don't miss these activities, virtual events, and ideas to stay busy in the ATX.
Classic Austin Dishes To Make At Home
Recipes from Lucy's, Matt's El Rancho, and Contigo bring the flavors of the capital city to your own kitchen.
Find recipes here.
8 Laid-back Waterfront Restaurants in Austin (Besides The Oasis)
Here are a few places, old and new, that may not be on your radar yet.
Check out the list here.
15 Actually Cool Things to Do in Austin During Quarantine
So what is there to do around here in between Zoom meetings while we’re all still sheltering in place? Honestly - plenty. Find the list from Thrillist here.
Violet Crown offering virtual cinema during COVID-19 pandemic
Starting at $8 ticket, users can stream curated or independent films and support local theaters. Find showtimes here.
Family Road Trip Ideas Within 10 Hours of Austin
Here are some attainable family road trips from Austin that you can take, including some you may have not thought of - skip the airport and still have a fun vacation!
As Texas opens up, how can we stay safe going out again? Read more here, courtesy of Austin360.
Lifestyle Tips & Tricks
Simple Summer Decorating Ideas For a Stylish Staycation
Summer is officially here and whether you have a beach house or a city apartment, House Beautiful, is sharing 30 easy summer decorating ideas that'll lighten the look of your home for warm-weather months and vacation vibes! We may not be able to jet off to some faraway waterfront locale, but we can still get in on the easy summertime living with the right decorating decisions.
Ready to dress your home up for a summer-inspired staycation?
Colorful Kitchens That Will Inspire You to Pick Up a Paintbrush
When it comes to kitchen design, white cabinets are undeniably classic and timeless, but colorful kitchens will always steal the show, attract attention, and collect compliments. According to RealSimple colorful kitchen cabinets are racking up the likes on Instagram, causing us to imagine giving our boring white cabinets a colorful pop.
50 Great Backyard Landscaping Ideas You're Sure to Get Inspired By
A backyard is an extension of your living space. It can be a colorful, casual, fun space and the possibilities are up to the terrain, your design skills, and your do-it-yourself know-how. Explore The Spruce's 50 ideas that show you how to transform a backyard into your favorite space.
ATX: Don't Miss This
Help Support Austin Businesses with These Cool T-Shirts and Posters
Merch Aid features design collaborations with local artists and companies affected by COVID-19.
Austin culinary icon Aaron Franklin will soon be inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame.
Read more here, courtesy of Austin Business Journal.
10 Very Austin Things We Can’t Wait to Do When Quarantine Is Over
Austin is a gorgeous city full of incredible humans. Here are some of their responses when asked: “What will you do on your first day back