October 2020

Happy Fall Y’all!

I hope you are all enjoying this amazing fall-like weather (well, how Austin does fall at least).

The market stats will highlight for you the pace of the market that I have been personally experiencing since the start of the pandemic. In the greater Austin area, Year over Year data shows total sales are up almost 20%, home prices are up 17%, and days on market is down over 50%! This has created an incredibly competitive market and a strong sellers market. If you’re considering selling, call me and let’s talk about your specific situation. For buyers, it’s never been more important to have an agent that is working for you to find off market opportunities. That’s one of the favorite parts of my job!

Life does seem to be returning to a vague resemblance of “normal” (ok, the new normal). Kids are returning to school routines, sports are back (to some degree), and Halloween decorations and political signs surround us. Stay healthy and enjoy the season as we head towards the holidays!

Read on for everything you need to know this month and discover lifestyle tips and tricks curated just for you!

Real Estate in the News

National News:

August pending home sales soar to a record high, fueled by rock-bottom mortgage rates Pending home sales rose 8.8% in August compared with July, reaching a record high pace, according to the National Association of Realtors survey, which dates to January 2001. Read more here.

Local News: Austin home prices hit historic highs during record-breaking summer In August, the city of Austin hit its highest median price in history, and as new buyers besiege the entire metro region, sales are trending up by double digits. Read more here.

Market Stats | August 2020


Don't miss these activities, virtual events, and ideas to stay busy in the ATX.

Register to Vote (Until Oct. 5)

If you do anything today, make sure it’s securing your ability to cast your ballot. Oct. 5 marks the last day to register to vote—and yes, if you recently moved to Travis County, re-registering is a must. Before you head to the polls for this year’s historic election, make sure you’re all set.

Fall Family Fun in ATX

It’s officially fall — and it actually FEELS like fall out — so why not get out and celebrate all things fall! Here’s a roundup of local and nearby pumpkin patches, corn mazes, pumpkin hunts, and much, much more.

Learn more here.

Local Virtual Galas and Fundraisers To Attend This Fall

Fall fundraising season in Austin is shaping up to be a bit different this year. From live-streamed music performances to drive-in movie nights and digital dinner parties, these are the top eight virtual and socially distant galas and fundraisers to attend this fall.

Read more here.

34th Annual AIA Austin Homes Tour

Explore some of Central Texas’ most stunning homes from the comfort of your own abode. Tours will include video, self- guided 360-degree virtual walkthroughs, and live sessions with each architect. Runs through Oct. 19.

Learn more here.

2020 Austin Film Festival & Conference (Virtual)

The festival will still take place Oct. 22-29, but almost all of the events and screenings will take place online. Don't miss these panels, roundtables, premieres, and Q + A's! Purchase tickets here.

ZACH Theatre presents Songs Under the Stars

ZACH Theatre will present a weekly fall concert series on The People’s Plaza. Although socially distanced pod seating will look different than a traditional show, the concert series will hold the energy that live performance brings.

Find the schedule of events here.

Lifestyle Tips + Tricks

From Sophisticated Marble to Classic Brick, These 70 Striking Fireplace Design Ideas are Sure to Inspire

There’s nothing more cozy than curling up with a blanket next to a toasty fire on a crisp evening. Whether it’s in your family room or your outdoor space, a fireplace will bring you extra warmth and comfort. If you’re aiming to bring a new hearth into your home or simply need inspiration to upgrade your existing fireplace, Elle Decor's roundup of gorgeous designs is for you.

Meet 9 Rising Stars Taking the Design World by Storm

From coast to coast, Architectural Digest's next generation of great decorators are writing their own rules and going for bold. Taking clients’ homes and shaking them up, whether it be placing a cocktail table artfully off-center in the living room or commissioning an artist to thickly apply gold liquid resin to rust-orange walls, these designers are pushing the boundaries of beauty.

62 Best Fall Crafts to Help You Celebrate the Season, DIY-Style

Autumn is finally here, and that means it's time for a some easy, earth-toned, comfy-cozy DIYs.

Country Living has gathered together the best crafts to bring in the new season. Each of these easy, family-friendly crafts is super cute and incredibly simple to make.

ATX: Don't Miss This

NASCAR is coming to Circuit of The Americas

The NASCAR Cup Series will race at the Austin track for the first time on May 23, 2021, according to a Sept. 30 announcement from COTA.

Learn more here.

New Mediterranean Restaurant From Chicago Group Opens in Austin Chicago-based Mediterranean restaurant Aba is open on October 1. It’s opening within the Music Lane development. Aba’s Mediterranean menu focuses heavily on Israeli, Lebanese, Turkish, and Greek cuisines. Learn more here.

Here’s How to Mask Up, Austin Style

Stay safe and stylish in these patterned masks from local brands. Find the fun list of locally made masks from Austin Monthly.