Donna Bovee's Blog Posts

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Awesome Austin Area Schools
The Greater Austin Area is home to some fantastic schools and school districts. The April 2018 US News and World Report ranked Meridian Charter High School of Round Rock as the #...

No Vacation Take A Daycation
No Vacation? Take a Day-cation!The greater Austin Metroplex is replete with things to do and see.  Located nearby are various lakes, rivers and parks of all sizes. Taking ...

Whopping Growth For The Austin Metro Area
Whopping Growth for the Austin Metro Area! Austin Metro, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, is beautiful, has a healthy, diverse economy, and a friendly, hometown atmosphere...

Slay The Monster In Your Next Move
It’s that time of the year.  Millions of families are in the process of preparing to relocate to a new home, new community, and new schools.  You may be one of them.&n...

Austin Apartments And Homes For Rent
Finding the right place to live can be difficult. As a Realtor, I visit homes and apartments with clients regularly. I make it my goal to find the right match for my clients. The...

Austin Millennials Topping Sales While Lacking Housing
Millennials topped home purchases for the fifth year in a row according to an article by the National Association of Realtors: “Millennials Lead All Homebuyers, Even as Some Ca...

6 Austin Schools In Top 50 SAT Averages
The Austin Business Journal came out with a report yesterday on the top SAT and ACT scoring schools in Texas. Not a huge surprise that Austin had several schools on the list. In ...

Job Growth In Texas
   The Texas Economy is standing out once again. The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M published an article on Texas job growth. The Texas economy continues to stay ...

Amazon HQ2 In Austin
Will Amazon’s second headquarters take on Austin? According to The Business Insider, Austin is considered the top contender for the new headquarters. Amazon values several fac...

Austin Tops Price Appreciation Since 2006
The Market in Austin-Round Rock made the top of the “Largest 50 Markets Price Appreciation Since 2006,” according to an article by Danielle Hale on Realtor.com.This article o...

Larkspur In Liberty Hill
I am excited to tell you about this new community in Liberty Hill! Larkspur is located right off US-183, a great site with excellent access for anyone commuting. Lots of amenitie...

For Sale By Owner
For Sale by Owner (FSBO) is a term used to refer to properties sold solely by the owner, not represented by a real estate agent. This can be an attractive thing when you consider...

Whats Going On At Your School
What's going on at your school? Schooled on SchoolsSchools are getting back into motion. Many of you may be preparing to or have already sent your kids back to those fou...

Smart Homes
Smart Home technology is intriguing and so full of new and interesting products. These products can provide some pretty cool benefits and conveniences. Here are some that seem ap...

Austin Texas Economy
Texas A &M came out with their monthly report on the Texas economy June 22nd. Here are some things from their report that stood out to me. You can visit their Real Estate center...

Set The Stage
Staging can be an important part of selling a home. I know it can be a difficult topic for some home owner’s. When you sell a home you want to get as much as you can out of if....

Aquaponics
AquaponicsSaw this topic mentioned in the A&M Real Estate Center’s Newsletter this month. I thought it looked interesting.Aquaponics is a form of growing fish and plants at the ...

Fido For Dinner Taiwans Pet Consumption
Fido for dinner? Taiwan’s Pet ConsumptionThe animal Activist community is celebrating! I just saw a video on Fox News about a recent law change in Taiwan that could be considere...

Austin And Your Neighbors House
 Would you be okay with a neighbor regularly renting their house out for a week at a time?I find Senate bill 451 interesting on that topic. According to the Austin Business ...

130 Years Of Starvation
 Global Warming has been a reoccurring topic in the news for the past several years. At first, there was a lot of skepticism, but now that there are more signs of Global...

3 Steps To Regain Your Garden
Curb appeal is an important factor for buying, selling or just keeping you home well cared for and looking nice. Your garden and/or general vegetation is an important factor in y...

Love Is Literally In The Air
February has come! The stores are ready to sell anything and everything red, pink, purple and/or heart shaped. We will buy some of those festive items as an expression of “love...

Austin Great Place To Live And Retire
According to an Article I read in the Austin Business Journal, WalletHub ranked Texas within the top 20 retirement states. The article also stated that SeniorAdvice.com ranked Au...

Death By Weight
Austin Public Health recently reported the top 10 causes of death in Travis County. They studied mortality information over a five-year period (2010-2014). The top 10 causes...

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever
My granddaughters love to bake. When they get an itch for it, they can produce some pretty tasty treats! This Christmas season is the perfect time to get together o...

Monument Cafe Pancake With A Side Of Bacon And Eggs
This morning the Electricity was out and I had about a billion things to do. Life just doesn’t stop every time an unforeseen happens. So, instead of getting upset about it, I a...

What Does LEED Certified Actually Mean
As we see the LEED certification becoming more and more popular, I think it is important that real estate buyers know what they are getting when they buy LEED Certified propertie...

New Liberty Hill Bakery And Cafe
I love my good old American Breakfasts: Eggs, Bacon, biscuits and Gravy! That is the way to start your day! And It feels great to be able to get up and have someone else cook for...

Home Value And Economic Kitchen Renovation
Economic Kitchen Reno With Big Returns – From a Realtor’s perspectiveAs a realtor, I can tell you the likely impression people have of your home.  The kitchen is on...

Cheese Wine And Room To Dine
TOP 5 FEATURES: ENTERTAINER'S HOMEWhen looking for your new home, keep in mind these 5 features:An open concept or good flow.It is really hard to get the party started when pe...

Ciudad De Mexico
Austin – Ciudad de Mexico, Non-stop!Austin continues to grow rapidly! It is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. With so much diversity and flavor, it is a ...

What Does It Smell Like
What Does It Smell Like? Your Senses Affect the Way You PurchaseIn real estate, we are taught that the smell of a house can seriously affect its prospects. Who would be eager to ...

5 Things Renters Should Know About Owning
The NAR produced an article that I found very interesting.  Renting vs Owning is always compared so let's just add one more article to this, shall we. :)For renters who aspire...

School Informatin
Have you ever wanted in-depth information regarding private/public schools?  Well, I have a brochure that is amazing that gives out all kinds of information.  One of my t...

The Importance Of Location
Location Is More Important Than You ThinkPicking the right location for a new business, home, etc. is important. If it’s your home, that will be the central hub of your life. If...

Uber Is Back
UBER! We Thought They Were GoneFor all you hitchhikers, bike riders, and bribers:If you think back a little, you may remember a vote about background checks, that caused Ube...

Lake LBJ Wave Crashers Kingsland Tx
My family and I went for a quick family vacation this weekend out to Kingsland, Texas and stayed in a friends cabin - it was amazing!  A much needed break from the city l...

Austin Is Moving On Up
Austin has moved to the 5th top city, in the US and Canadian markets, for tech talent according to the CBRE Group. Only San Francisco, Washington D.C., Seattle and New York ...

Westwood High School Of The Month
As a Realtor, I spend most of my time getting to know neighborhoods while working with clients, viewing homes and holding open houses. In recent months, I’ve spent a lot of tim...

Summer Market
Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)Single-family home sales in the five-county Austin-Round Rock MSA rose 6.1 percent year-over-year to 14,482 home sales in the f...

Millennials It Is Time Buy Your First Home
If you are a Millennial and you’re still renting, you need to seriously think about buying your first home. Here are some quick statistics for the Austin Metro: This June,...

My Alternative To Expensive AntiAging Methods
It seems that the cost of facial anti-aging products has soared in the last several years. Or maybe I never noticed those prices until enough years passed that I began to need th...

Leander Circling The Wagons Around Liberty Hill
Liberty Hill is, or was, a sleepy little town north of Austin. I say 'was' because it is less than 10 minutes from the 183A toll road that allows toll road drivers to get most...

Top Destination To Find Great Jobs
I’m a big fan of Austin.  We have a diversified culture, tons of great events/activities and the cost of living is so much lower than cities on both coasts. But Austin is al...

Austin Leads The Nation In Small Business Startups
I am a Texan that took a 20 year hiatus to California, specifically, the Bay Area. When I returned to Texas in 2006 there was no question where, in Texas, I wanted to settle: Austi...

April 2016 Your Top Neighborhoods
Did you know that Austin has top neighborhoods?  Maybe you are asking what that means.  Give me just a few seconds and I can let you know.  Top Neighborhoods are the...

Pouring Ban In Austin
Concrete, that is! I enjoy perusing through the Austin Business Journal because I seem to always get a good chuckle if not an outright LOL. So here's the situation: Appro...

Austin Brace Yourselves For One Of The Highest Rent Hikes In The US
Hopefully you’ve invested in residential real estate property in Austin, because 2016 is promising some big numbers. However, if you’re not a homeowner who rents out a property...

Top Neighborhoods April 2016
March 31 2016 - Top Neighborhoods in Austin TX. 583 Active Homes, 587 Pending Homes, and 748 Homes that Sold in the Past 30 Days. All Neighborhoods combined have an average 2.99 Mo...


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