Melissa Galvan's Blog Posts

The 3 Best Reasons To Buy A Home In 2018 But Youd Better Hurry

Figuring out when to plunge into the real estate market can be quite intimidating—especially when prices are high, choices are limited, and history urges restraint."We’ve seen two or three

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Homes For Sale By Owner 5 Reasons Why FSBO Sales Fail

Homes for sale by owner, or FSBO, transactions are commonly seen in seller's markets or whenever homeowners want to maximize their profits by not having to pay commission. A home sale by owner

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IRS Releases Updated Form W4 And Withholding Calculator

IRS Releases Updated Form W-4 and Withholding CalculatorThe IRS has released a new version of Form W-4 and a revised Withholding Calculator on irs.gov (IR-2018-36). These updated tools can

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10 Tax Deductions For Home Improvements

Bad news: You can't write off home improvements.But wait! There's no need to turn off the computer in disgust and walk away just yet. Although the cost of regular, humdrum improvements isn't

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Austins First Whole Foods 365 Store Planned For Plaza Saltillo In East Austin

The East "Austin food desert" will become a little less dry next year when Whole Foods Market opens one of its lower-price 365 grocery stores in the Plaza Saltillo development.The Austin-based 

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Dont Forget To File Your Homestead

Don't forget to file your Homestead exemption if you bought a home in 2017! It's free. Information attached below. Let me know if you have any questions, I'm here to help! 512-773-5735 File:

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Cold Weather Tips

Plants, Pipes, and PetsA hard freeze is forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday morning, please take some time to make precautions to protect life and property during the winter,

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6 Reasons Your Home Wont Sell

Are you ready to sell your home and want it to have a great first impression on the market? Or maybe your home has been listed for a few weeks or months, and you can't figure out why it won't sell,

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TOP 5 PLACES TO TAKE BLUEBONNET PHOTOS

                                 

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Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday 6 Things To Know About Springing Forward

Why do we need to “save” daylight hours during the summer? — and 5 other burning questions about DST, answered.At 2 am on Sunday, March 12, we will push our clocks forward one hour to mark the

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Making The Move To Greater Home Energy Efficiency

As we move forward into spring now may be a good time to take a look at a few of the steps that we can take to help improve the energy efficiency of our homes before those summer electric bills

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EXP Realty Named Among Top Workplaces By The Washington Post And The Atlanta JournalConsituation

eXp Realty Named Among Top Workplaces by The Washington Post and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution From L to R: Rebecca Straley; Michael Straley; Guy Allen; Tara Houston; and, Michael

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Down Payment Assistance Home Ownership

The City of Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department has $1.8 million in funds available for down payment assistance.  There are two programs available, the Standard

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6 Important Tips To Prepare Homes For Selling

The punch list to prepare a home for sale might seem a little daunting for many.Repairs and to-do tasks are time-consuming and can dissuade many potential sellers from moving forward to list their

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Top 12 Reasons Agents Are Joining EXp Realty

Top 12 Reasons Agents are Joining eXp Realty The Industry’s Best Residual Recruiting/Revenue Share Program Amazing Integrated Web Solutions/SEO Group Business Planning

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Whats All The Buzz About

What's all the buzz about?eXp Realty Agents are Working together to build businesses, build and enhance brands, increase profitability, reduce overhead and risk, and achieve bold career and life

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Developer To Offer Austin ISD Teachers Home At Reduced Cost

AUSTIN -- The developers of a new community in Central Austin announced a deal that will save Austin Independent School District teachers hundreds of thousands of dollars on the purchase of a new

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Hot Texas Real Estate Market On Track For Recordbreaking Year

Hot Texas real estate market on track for record-breaking year ByArden WardA new report suggests the Texas real estate market will end the year on a high note.Ebby Halliday/Shoot 2 SellTexas home

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6 Shocking Perks Of City Living According To Science

6 Shocking Perks of City Living, According to Science ByKimberly Dawn Neumann Leonardo Patrizi/iStockAre you a die-hard city lover? You know, the type who thrives on the crowds, the energy, the

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The Fine Art Of Setting Up A Christmas Tree Without Destroying Your Home

The Fine Art of Setting Up a Christmas Tree Without Destroying Your Home ByLiz Alterman Frank Rothe/Getty ImagesOK, it’s officially time to set up the picture-perfect Christmas tree! But if

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7 Awesome Features That Surprise Might Make Your House Harder To Sell

7 Awesome Features That (Surprise!) Might Make Your House Harder to Sell ByJamie Wiebe DigiStu/iStockAhhhh, you’ve finally found your dream home. Right?Before you commit to buying, make

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Austins Best Neighborhoods To Buy Affordable Homes Revealed New Study Shows

Austin's best neighborhoods to buy affordable homes revealed in new study ByPaige TurnerSouth Manchaca is one of Austin's most affordable neighborhoods.Photo courtesy of RedfinIn Austin's sizzling

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New Marketplace Slated To Transform Iconic Downtown Austin Spot

New marketplace slated to transform iconic downtown Austin space ByMolly McManusPart courtyard and park, part marketplace and meeting space, Fareground is the city's newest public venue.

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What Will AustinSan Antonio Look Like In The Next 15 Years

What will Austin-San Antonio look like in the next 15 years? ByNicole RaneyPopulation projections show Austin and San Antonio becoming one metro corridor.Cristhian Rodriguez/Wikimedia CommonsAustin

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10 Best Tacos In Texas Declared By Top Magazine Only One In Austin

10 best tacos in Texas declared by top magazine: Only one in Austin? ByNicole RaneyThe brisket taco from Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ is one ofTexas Monthly's top tacos in the state.Courtesy of'

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6 Tricks That Will Supersize Your Small Bedroom

6 Tricks That Will Supersize Your Small Bedroom ByDeborah Kearns Belle storage bed: usmodern.com; closet organizer: easyclosets.comwall lamp: ikea.com; Mid-Century 3-Drawer Dresser : westelm.comAt

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5 Decor Secrets From The Set Of Empire

5 Decor Secrets From the Set of ‘Empire’ BySusan Hornik "Empire" photo courtesy Chuck Hodes/Fox Broadcasting Co.If you manage to tear your eyes off Cookie and Lucious’ intense

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A Dozen Ways To Style An Unused Fireplace

A Dozen Ways to Style an Unused FireplaceLaura Gaskill When the fireplace has become more of a black hole than a focal point, it’s time to get styling with paint, flea market finds, even

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10 Tips For A Calm Heartfelt Thanksgiving

10 Tips for a Calm, Heartfelt ThanksgivingLaura GaskillThis Thanksgiving, learn to embrace imperfection for a less stressful and more meaningful holiday. Whether it’s setting a simple table and

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The Renovation Dilemma What To Fix If Youre Selling

The Renovation Dilemma: What to Fix If You’re Selling ByDeborah Kearns" If it ain't broke. Don't renovate it!.."  Warren Goldswain/iStockIt’s always a Sisyphean task to set a budget

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6 Ways To Supersize Your Small Kitchen For The Holidays

6 Ways to Supersize Your Small Kitchen for the HolidaysByDeborah Kearns Norma Zuniga/Getty ImagesWith Thanksgiving around the corner, odds are you’ll soon be spending plenty of time in your

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Autumn Home Checklist

Autumn Home Checklist By MelissaIt’s that time of year again: The air is turning cooler, the leaves are starting to turn gold and orange and the days are growing shorter. Fall is in the air,

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10 Best Hangover Cures From Austins Favorite Spots

10 best hangover cures from Austin's favorite spotsBy Nicole Raney Everyone knows that putting cheese on something makes it better — including hangovers. Kerbey Lane Cafe

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Austin Skyrockets To Top Of List Of Best Cities For Engineers

Austin skyrockets to top of list of best cities for engineersBy Elizabeth RhodesAustin is one of the top 10 cities for engineering jobs. Photo by Kumar Appaiah with FlickrA new list of the

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Austins Most Expensive Neighborhoods For Renters Revealed In New Map

Austin's most expensive neighborhoods for renters revealed in new mapByMolly McManusA new map from Zumper outlines Austin's most expensive and least expensive neighborhoods to rent in.Photo

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New Marketplace Slated To Transform Iconic Downtown Austin Space

New marketplace slated to transform iconic downtown Austin spaceBy Molly McManusPart courtyard and park, part marketplace and meeting space, Fareground is the city's newest public venue

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Austin Ranks Among 10 Best Cities For Your Wallet Says New Study

Austin ranks among 10 best cities for your wallet, says new studyBy Nicole RaneyAustin's the 10th best city for wallet wellness.Photo courtesy of Doc's MotorworksAhead of the year's biggest

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New Townhomes With Funky Vibe Pop Up In Popular South Austin Neighborhood

New townhomes with funky vibe pop up in popular South Austin neighborhoodBy Nicole Raney These new townhomes balance modern living with the funky 78704 vibe.Courtesy of 24th Street

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Top 10 Affordable Small Towns Where Youd Actually Want To Live

Top 10 Affordable Small Towns Where You’d Actually Want to LiveByYuqing Pan We all know that you can get more for your money in a small town than in a big city, right? But die-hard urbanites

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Moving You Can Take This Tiny Cheap Smart Apartment With You Wherever You Go

Moving? You Can Take This Tiny, Cheap Smart Apartment With You Wherever You GoADELE PETERSWant to move from San Francisco to Austin? Forget packing and Craigslist. Soon, you'll open an app and ship

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT October 6 2015

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT- October 6, 2015National Night Out is a great opportunity for citizens and law enforcement to partner up against crime. We invite you to attend the event, meet your neighbors and

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6 Top Austin Pizza Joints You Havent Heard Of And Have To Try

6 top Austin pizza joints you haven't heard of and have to tryBy Kelly StockerFlaming Pizza is a build-your-own, Subway-style pizza spot deep in the heart of The Domain.Linda S./YelpRebel Pizza

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Top 10 Markets For Millennials Seeking A Home

Top 10 Markets for Millennials Seeking a HomeByErik Gunther demaerre/iStockMillennials have been dubbed “the generation of renters,” but according torealtor.com® research, that’s

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Heres What Pushes People To Buy Homes In 2015

Here’s What Pushes People to Buy Homes in 2015By Jonathan Smoke Peter Cade/Getty ImagesPeople buy homes for as almost as many different reasons as there are, well, different types of houses

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Yes You Can Compete With AllCash BuyersHeres How

Yes, You Can Compete With All-Cash Buyers—Here’s HowJamie Wiebe aluxum/iStockTo some of us, all-cash buyers are the scourge of the superhot housing market: They swoop in, supervillain-like, and

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6 Things New Homeowners Waste Money On

6 Things New Homeowners Waste Money OnByJamie Wiebe rhoon/iStockOK, we’ve said it time and again, but it bears repeating: Buying a home is a very big expense—and once you’ve kicked

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The 20 Hottest Markets In September 2015

The 20 Hottest Markets in September 2015ByCicely Wedgeworth Denver: powerofforever/iStockSan Francisco: Mitchell Funk/Getty ImagesDallas: MIHAI ANDRITOIU/iStockThe season has officially changed to

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The 11 Best Hiking Trails In Austin And Beyond

The 11 best hiking trails in Austin and beyondBy Nicole RaneyMcKinney Falls State Park is one of our top picks for hiking in Austin.McKinney Falls State Park/FacebookAustin is adorned with a

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How To Make Your Austin Home Airbnbready And Earn Some Cash In A Flash

How to make your Austin home Airbnb-ready and earn some cash in a flashBy Kelly StockerThese tips ensure short-term renters will love your Austin digs.Photo courtesy of AirbnbPack up your

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Austin Real Estate Market Sizzles With Summer Surge In Home Prices

Austin real estate market sizzles with summer surge in home pricesBy Arden WardLast month, Austin home prices hit an all-time high for the month of August.Photo courtesy of Austin Home

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Get Your Auction Paddles Ready For This Texas Billionaires Expansive Lake House

Get your auction paddles ready for this Texas billionaire's expansive lake house By Candy EvansJohn Goff's compound on Eagle Mountain Lake is going on the auction block on October 8.Photo

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Surprising College Town Trumps Austin As The Most Exciting City In Texas

Surprising college town trumps Austin as the most exciting city in TexasBy Nicole Raney College Station beat out Austin — and everywhere else — as the most exciting city in Texas

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Pecan Street Festival 2015

WHEN September 26 & 27 2015- FREEWHO WE AREThe Pecan Street Festival is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts/crafts and music festivals in the nation presented by The Pecan Street

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Travis County Adds More New Residents Than Anywhere Else In US But Dont Blame California

Travis County adds more new residents than anywhere else in U.S., but don't blame CaliforniaBy Nicole Raney New data reveals Travis County attracts the most new households in the U.S.Photo

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Our Juicy Guide To The 10 Best Cheeseburgers In Austin

Our juicy guide to the 10 best cheeseburgers in Austin ByMolly McManus Black Star Co-op's Black Star Burger features a mouth-watering brisket patty from 44 Farms in Cameron, Texas.Black

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The Funkiest Little Festival In Texas Promises Music And Love Under The Marfa Sky

The funkiest little festival in Texas promises music and love under the Marfa skyBy Nicole RaneyThe Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love takes over El Cosmico September 24-26.Photo courtesy of

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This Texas City Is Poised To Become Nations Third Largest By 2025

This Texas city is poised to become nation's third largest by 2025By Elizabeth RhodesA report from Reuters indicates that Houston is expected to surpass Chicago as the nation's third largest

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Austins 4 Most Expensive Homes For Rent Come With Shocking Price Tags

Austin's 4 most expensive homes for rent come with shocking price tagsBy Nicole Raney This sprawling estate at 1704 Barton Creek Blvd. costs $18,000 per month. Photo by Realty

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How Austins Giant City Limits Measure Up To Other Major US Cities

How Austin's giant city limits measure up to other major U.S. cities By Nicole RaneyA new infographic helps us visualize just how expansive Austin's city limits are.Texas Wide Open for

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What Will Austin Look Like In 5 Years New Report Details Rapid Growth

What will Austin look like in 5 years? New report details rapid growth ByMolly McManusAccording to LawnStarter, Austin can expect a 19 percent population increase in the next five years.Wikimedia

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This Elegant Austin Condo Defines Sophisticated Downtown Living

This elegant Austin condo defines sophisticated downtown living ByMady DahlstromModern art and elegance are the main events of this sophisticated high-rise in the heart of downtown Austin. Designed

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Explore Austins Backyard With Innovative Airbnb Of Camping Service

Explore Austin's backyard with innovative 'Airbnb of camping' service ByNicole RaneyHipcamp allows you to search available campsites in state and national parks as well as privately owned land

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Comparing Austins City Limits With Other Cities Around The World

Comparing Austin’s city limits with other cities around the worldHannah ThornbyNo, we’re not trying to compare our biggest urban music festival, Austin City Limits, with those of other

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Is September A Good Time To Buy A Home

Is This September the Perfect Month to Buy a Home?ByJonathan SmokeIt’s the perennial question, and one that both consumers and the media have asked me incessantly over the past few weeks: When;

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Which Big City Is Growing The Fastest In Texas Surprisingly Its Not Austin

Which big city is growing the fastest in Texas? Surprisingly, it's not AustinBY ARDEN WARD how much bigger will Texas' big cities be in 25 years? A new study from LawnStarter.com 

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7 Things Your House Painter Wishes You Knew

7 Things Your House Painter Wishes You KnewJamie Wiebe via Realtor.com With the exception of hardened DIY-types (you know who you are!), just about all homeowners will hire 

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