May 2014

There are 4 blog entries for May 2014.

Did the appraised value of your property go up? Do you think that value is unfair? If you answered yes to those questions, it's time to file a protest with your central appraisal district. And don't delay—protests in many Texas counties are due May 31.

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has posted a "Property Taxpayer Remedies" PDF that covers the basics. 

The process includes: 

  • Filing a protest with your appraisal district within the designated time period
  • Attending an informal hearing to see if your differences can be quickly resolved
  • Appearing before an appraisal review board, if your protest is not resolved at the informal hearing.

For more information about protesting your appraised value, visit the website of the Texas

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Between July 2012 and July 2013, no city with more than 50,000 residents added a greater share of them than San Marcos. The Hays County seat, 28 miles south of downtown Austin, grew by 8 percent — a rate of growth so astronomical that it doubled that of the nation’s 10th-fastest growing city, Idaho’s Meridian. It is the second year in a row San Marcos was the fastest-growing city in the country.

The growth presents difficulties and opportunities for the city of 54,076 people. Citing prudent planning and a strong economy, the Standard & Poor’s bond-rating house raised the city’s credit rating earlier this month, which means the city can borrow money for civic projects at lower interest rates and, ultimately, carry them out at lower cost to taxpayers.

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Beginning this May, ABoR will offer Austin-area brokers the option to advertise listings on Trulia in return for Trulia’s agreement to abide by ABoR’s data integrity standards, which exist to ensure brokers’ listing data is used in a responsible and ethical manner. 

“We’re excited that Trulia has joined ABoR’s commitment to improving the quality of listing information available to Austin-area homebuyers and sellers,” said Lisa Messana, Chair of ABoR’s MLS Advisory Committee. “By leveraging ABoR’s data quality standards, this partnership with a top listing advertising portal will bring the broad exposure that home sellers desire and protect against homebuyer frustrations from poor data quality. 

Michele Turnquist, Founder of Turnquist Partners, Inc.

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Downtown Austin:


This cultishly loved Tennessee import's first Texas location is serving up fried chicken, sides, and pies downtown.  117 SAN JACINTO BLVD, AUSTIN, TX 78701.  (512) 474-4877.  WEBSITE


This Vegas-based restaurant focuses on pizzas executed in both the Neapolitan and Roman styles. They also have a serious wine list and import many of their meats and cheeses from Italy.  106 E SIXTH ST, AUSTIN, TX 7870.  WEBSITE


Shawn Cirkiel's newest restaurant features a Southwestern-inspired menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Radisson. Architect Michael Hsu transformed the former TGI Friday's space into a lake-view stunner.  111 E CESAR CHAVEZ ST, AUSTIN, TX 78701.  (512)

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