Mark Strüb has happily called Austin home for 10 whole years. While that doesn’t make him a native, he feels it gives him sufficient rights to the popular Austinite catch-phrase “I remember when…” In addition to talking about the unpaved used car lot that gave way to Whole Foods' World Headquarters, he enjoys Alamo Drafthouse, dining outdoors, shopping and traveling. But nothing brings Mark greater joy than spending quality time with his 5 year old son, Jack, at their home in Hyde Park. Mark has a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film from UT and makes his living helping people buy and sell homes.


August 30, 2010

Austin Market Stats :: Week Ending August 28

Properties For Sale:
[compared to the same week in 2009]

Active Listings + 18.54%

New listings - 16.09%.

Pendings - 28.82%
Solds units - 37.93%

Average Prices:

[compared to the same week in 2009]
Sold average sales prices + 25.07% to $283,462.
In 2009 it was 226,649$.

Austin had 11,378 active listings during the same week in 2009.
Today there are 13,488 active listings!
That is + 18.54% from last year.

August 29, 2010

Since When Have Eggs Grown On Trees?


Category: Breakfast & Brunch

4811 Burnet Rd

Austin, TX 78756

Neighborhood: Rosedale

(512) 453-5062


Everything else is so darn good. And so much more than omelets. The menu is pretty huge, actually.

I like their "it takes a village" sort of service concept. There are no assigned tables so all of the servers cooperate to take care of the customer. Any server you see is your server. So that keeps coffee full and food served fast. A cold omelet is a friend to no one. Am I right or am I right?

Brunch is my favorite meal of the day. Any time of day, really. Pancakes. Eggs. Coffee. Fruit. Potatoes. ...mmmmmmm I know a good brunch spot when I see it. I'll be seeing a lot more of this place.

P.S. They toss some toys on the table when they seat a party with kids. Pretty clever. Not much can keep a kid interested (AKA quiet) like somebody else's toys can.

August 25, 2010

Austin Market Stats :: Week Ending August 21

Properties For Sale:
[compared to the same week in 2009]

Active Listings + 17.47%

New listings - 1.66%.

Pendings - 22.82%
Solds units - 22.26%

Average Prices:

[compared to the same week in 2009]
Sold average sales prices + 2.41% to $275,371.
In 2009 it was $268,883.

Austin had 11490 active listings during the same week in 2009.
Today there are 13,497 active listings!
That is + 17.47% from last year.

August 24, 2010

Big Boy, Little Man

August 22, 2010

Meet The Teacher Day!

Jackson Hames Strüb | Class of '23

Jack starts school tomorrow. Real school. Big boy school. I am so proud of him. The adjustment from Pre-K to Real K is going to be a big one for both of us, but we are really excited to begin this chapter. He is definitely ready.

Friday was Meet The Teacher Day. I was really happy that we got Mrs. Gonzales. All 3 of the teachers there at Lee Elementary, a Blue Ribbon School, have been there for 20 years so I knew we would get a great teacher regardless. But Mrs. Gonzales reminds me of my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Waldrip, and that's a really good thing.

Now for the waking up part... wish us luck!

August 19, 2010

Austin Market Stats :: Week Ending August 14

Properties For Sale

[compared to the same week in 2009]

Active Listings + 18.10%

New listings - 8.02%.

Pendings - 30.81%
Solds units - 37.13% [!]

Average Prices:

[compared to the same week in 2009]
Sold average sales prices + 13.83% to $272,883.
In 2009 it was $239,726.

Austin had 11,548 active listings during the same week in 2009.
Today there are 13,638 active listings!
That is + 18.10% from last year.

August 15, 2010


Austin Region Likely to See Shortage of New Homes with Continued
Population Growth on the Horizon

AUSTIN, TX., July 15, 2010 - The Home Builders Association (HBA) of
Greater Austin held the 2010 Mid- Year Economic Housing Forecast this
morning at the Phillips Event Center. The program was presented by Dr.
Ted C. Jones, PhD, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for Stewart
Title Guaranty Company. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in
Agricultural Economics from Colorado State University, Dr. Jones earned
a PhD in finance with a minor in statistics and a master's degree in
land economics and real estate from Texas A&M University, where he
served as chief economist at the university's Real Estate Center, the
nation's largest publicly funded real estate research group.

According to Dr. Jones, the growth of the regional housing market is
directly tied to the area's ability to create and maintain jobs and
positive consumer confidence. While the US lost 1.37 million jobs since
June 2000, Austin grew 94,700 net new jobs between May 2000 and May
2010. The region has gained 9,900 jobs year-to-date through May 2010
with 1,000 of those jobs gained in May 2010 alone. "Simply stated,
Austin is a job-growing machine," says Dr. Jones.

The population of the Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is
forecast to grow by roughly 273,000 people every five years; doubling
our current population of approximately 1.7 million by 2035. "The
current rate of new construction of all types of residential dwellings
is just 10,000 per year. This is not even close to keeping up with the
forecast population growth of the region," says Dr. Jones.

Buyers are encouraged to buy now. If interest rates were to tick up just
1%, the price of a home would have to decline by 10% to make up the
difference. Home prices are already on the rise in the greater Austin
region. Expected population growth coupled with the lack of new home
starts that will keep up with the region's growth will likely cause
prices to rise further.

August 13, 2010

Austin Market Stats :: Week Ending August 7

Properties For Sale:
[compared to the same week in 2009]

Active Listings + 17.78%

New listings - 19.66%.

Pendings - 12.53%
Solds units - 45.06% [!]

Average Prices:

[compared to the same week in 2009]
Sold average sales prices + 21.68% to $290,727.
In 2009 it was $238,935.

Austin had 11,581 active listings during the same week in 2009.
Today there are 13,640 active listings!
That is + 17.78% from last year.

August 11, 2010

Making Moving a Little Easier On The Young Ones


Moving can be an exciting time in any family's life, but it can also be a time of worry and uncertainty for the smallest members of your clan. To make the transition a bit easier on everyone, here are a few popular children's books to read with your little ones.

The Berenstain Bears series has a book entitled, "Moving Day" (Random House). This book follows the Bears as they make a move to a home with better soil for their farm.

Children may have a hard time understanding where their toys are going, and if they'll ever see them again. As parents, it's a hard, but important job to make the transition of moving easy. These books may help to open a dialogue with young children.

To open up conversation, consider "Moving House" by Anne Civardi (Usborne Books). One parental review says, "This book is great to make moving to a new house, school, or city easier. It isn't one that we read again and again, but it did give a great opening for conversations of topics related to the move."

Another preschool geared book is "We're Moving" by Heather Maisner (Kingfisher).

Receiving a 5 star review on Amazon.com, "I'm Not Moving, Mama," by Nancy White Carlstrom (Aladdin Publishing), is the story of a little mouse who refuses to leave his room on moving day.

And finally, for your own reading, check out Lori Collins Burgan's "Moving with Kids: 25 Ways to Ease Your Family's Transition to a New Home". Library Journal writes of the work, "A no-nonsense, compassionate guide to helping children deal with the stress, trauma, and potential excitement of relocating...there are no other comparable titles in print. Easy to read and eminently useful, this is the ideal parents' helper when faced with a move across town or across the world."

August 8, 2010

Self Respect

"The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs."

Joan Didion

“Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.”
Marcus Aurelius

“True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. It makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be.”
Ralph W. Sockman

self-re·spect (sĕlfˌrĭ-spĕktˈ)

Due respect for oneself, one's character, and one's conduct.