The Carvajal Group: Your Address, Our Passion
October 2009 Newsletter
Issue No. 3
Austin Skyline
Dear Carvajal,

Buying, leasing, selling, investing - our experienced agents help clients do these things every day, navigating seamlessly through the entire process.  Log on to CarvajalGroup.com where you can perform up to date MLS property searches, chat live with an agent, or find out more information about the real estate process and our company.  We hope you enjoy this newsletter and we look forward to assisting you with all of your real estate needs.
 
Sincerely,
The Carvajal Team
Austin Market Update
August Home Sales Slow Slightly

Austin Area Statistics - August

According to the August 2009 MLS report by the Austin Board of REALTORS┬«, the Austin-area real estate market was not as strong as a year ago.  In August 2009, 1,793 homes were sold, a 10 percent decrease from the 1,994 homes sold in August 2008. The average home price for Austin in August 2009 was $243,853, five percent lower than August 2008.  The number of Austin-area homes sold in July 2009 had looked promising, statistically unchanged from the same month last year. 

Jay Gohil, chairman of the Austin Board of REALTORS┬«, suggested it if fairly normal for the market to slow down in autumn.  Gohil pointed out one important positive - "Looking back further, prices have remained above 2007 levels, one of the most lucrative years of the last decade in Austin real estate. That long-term price stability, particularly in the face of market fluctuations, bodes well for Austin's future."
Six Steps to Leasing
Condo SketchOver the coming months, we'll be launching a series of articles on our website that break down the real estate process into six steps. 

Looking to lease a house, duplex, condo or apartment?  This month's feature is our Six Steps to Leasing guide, which will walk you through everything you need to know.
 
Austin & Industry News
In This Issue
Austin Market Update
Six Steps to Leasing
Austin & Industry News
Tailgate Sidebar

Join Carvajal Group at MLK and Brazos across from the Bob Bullock Museum for our tailgate parties every home game this season!  Bring your friends and your wristband.

NEXT TAILGATE
Texas vs. Colorado
October 10th @ Noon

We always like to hear from our clients. Click on KUDOS above to tell us what we're doing well and what we can improve upon. Your quote could be posted in our new marketing materials!
Events in Austin
What's Going On Around Town

Author Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love will be at the Paramount Theatre October 9th.  www.austintheatre.org

La Dolce Vita Food & Wine Festival
will take place October 15th. Samplings from Austin's best chefs, spirits from Twin Liquors and Texas wineries, and the amazing ambiance of Laguna Gloria make this the social event to attend in October. www.amoa.org

Wurst Fest - Celebrate German heritage and your love of Brautwurst and Beer!  The festivities begin mid- October and run through early November in New Braunfels.    www.wurstfest.com

Austin Farmer's Market downtown at Guadalupe and 4th street at Republic Park 8am-12pm Saturdays and at the Triangle from 4pm-8pm Wednesdays.
www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets


HALLOWEEN!!!  Get in the spirit by spooking yourself at one of Austin's Haunted houses.  Check out House of Torment, Mansion of Terror or Nightmare Factory

Susan B Komen Race for the Cure will take place November 1st at the Domain.  www.komenaustin.org Check out www.runtex.com for races around town in October.
Eats in Austin
Old Favorites & New Treats

La Travlata, a downtown oldie but goodie, recently revamped their menu with traditional Italian classics. www.latraviata.net

Progress Coffee
at 500 San Marcos is a great spot to grab coffee, tea and sandwiches.  With indoor and outdoor seating, it's the perfect place to unwind and rejuice. www.progresscoffee.com

Justine's is a great new restaurant on E 5th Street, tucked in a cozy little cottage and serving delicious French cuisine. www.Justines1937.com

Apple Annie's at 319 Congress serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and is open late night.  Very fresh and very good. www.appleanniescatering.com