Tag Archives: Austin Board of Realtors

Friday, July 16, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Sale prices soaring for Austin-area homes

In the first six months of 2021, the Austin Board of Realtors reported, the median price of homes in the city of Austin has increased nearly 31 percent to $530,000. Even more eye-popping, for the month of June, ABoR said…

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Home prices in Austin rose $100,000 in six months. When will the surge end?

When Amanda Traphagan was selling her Austin home in April, she and her husband joked that only a wealthy celebrity would be able to offer a significant amount over what they were asking. “We were making jokes about Elon Musk…

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Allow ‘diversity of housing types,’ ABoR tells Council

Representatives from the Austin Board of Realtors offered policy recommendations to City Council for ways to slow down the drastic increase in housing prices since the beginning of the pandemic. The latest housing market statistics are “dramatic,” as Jeni Williams, ABoR’s…

Friday, March 13, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissioners Court to facilitate talks in disagreement between ABoR and TCAD

TCAD Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler told the Travis County Commissioners Court on March 10 that despite receiving a cease-and-desist order to stop collecting third-party sales data, her office is still working to acquire the necessary data to accurately appraise home…

Friday, February 14, 2020 by Jo Clifton

TCAD appraisal decision draws Realtors’ ire

On Wednesday, Marya Crigler, chief appraiser for the Travis Central Appraisal District, told representatives of nine local school districts that TCAD would not be reappraising most residential properties this year. That means the school districts, as well as Travis County,…

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Real estate group’s $1M donation will help fuel expansion plans for Community First! Village

A $1 million donation from the Austin Board of Realtors will help the Community First! Village of Austin with its plans to expand and add more homes for the chronically homeless throughout Austin. In an announcement made Monday, the professional…

Friday, May 10, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Tax wranglers may once again sue appraisers

Once again a battle is brewing between firms seeking to help property owners lower the appraised value on their property and the Travis Appraisal Review Board. The issue boils down to scheduling of hearings with no regard for the fact…

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by Claire McInerny

To better market its schools, Austin ISD is turning to Realtors

Two dozen Realtors sit in the bleachers of the Burger Athletic Center, eating pastries and sipping on coffee. They’re listening to administrators from the Austin Independent School District preview the day ahead, which is a six-hour tour of schools in…

Friday, July 6, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Groups criticize Paxton for suing commissioners

The people who urged Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to file suit to remove eight members of the Austin Planning Commission on Monday have nothing but praise for Paxton; however, other more business-oriented groups are not pleased with the legal…

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by Jack Craver

Abbott takes aim at Austin’s tree protections

Austin leaders who watched with dismay as GOP lawmakers spent much of the recently concluded legislative session undermining city policies on immigration, ride-sharing and short-term rentals could at least take comfort in the fact that the state did not completely…

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Is Austin’s ‘economic segregation’ here to stay?

“Today you are going to find out that we are really not quite as good as we claim to be.” On that ominous note, Austin Board of Realtors CEO Paul Hilgers opened Tuesday’s luncheon hosted by the Real Estate Council…

Thursday, June 16, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Coalition asks to keep CodeNEXT on track

A coalition of eight Austin organizations got together to ask the city to honor a January 2017 deadline for the new land development code draft on Wednesday. Pointing out that four years have passed since the rewrite was laid out in…

Friday, May 6, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council approves permanent water restrictions

After an hour-and-a-half debate, City Council voted Thursday to approve an ordinance that will permanently restrict residents from using automatic sprinklers on their lawns more than once a week. “We should be really proud of Austin,” said Jennifer Walker, the…

Friday, August 21, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Minus occupancy limits, new STR rules approved

City Council Member Don Zimmerman and Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo have finally found something they can agree on: The city’s current regulations of short-term rentals and their enforcement are, as Zimmerman put it at Thursday’s Council meeting, “a train…

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Council limits Spicewood Springs project footprint

City Council voted Thursday to approve a zoning change that would allow a new professional office building on Spicewood Springs Road. Council limited the size of the structure to 12,000 square feet, despite protests from the applicants. The vote was…

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Martinez seeks to expand source-of-income regs

On Tuesday, Council Member Mike Martinez told his colleagues at an abbreviated Austin City Council work session that he expects to introduce an amendment that would expand the potential breadth of the city’s pending ban on source-of-income housing discrimination. The…

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Michael Kanin

‘Source of income’ protection looming at Council

Austin City Council members appear to be nearing final debate over a code change that would bar housing discrimination based on a resident’s “source of income.” Indeed, a Sept. 10 memo from city human resources director Mark Washington to Council…

Monday, June 2, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

ZAP backs project on Spicewood Springs Road despite objections

The Zoning and Platting Commission gave its blessing to more commercial zoning on Spicewood Springs Road at its last meeting, despite worries from neighbors that the change would just lead to more problems for residents of the area.   The…

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council backs code amendment to require landlords to take vouchers

Austin City Council members Thursday initiated a code amendment process that could end in the approval of the inclusion of source of income as a protected class for the purposes of determining rental housing discrimination complaints. Staff is set to…

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council approves limits on occupancy rates on first reading

After a very long night at its last meeting, the Austin City Council had taken definitive steps toward a reduction of maximum occupancy rates in single-family dwellings.   Council voted on first reading to reduce the maximum occupancy from six…

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