Donna Bovee's Blog Posts

Purple Martin Migration

Purple Martins are a fantastic little songbird. They breed in North America and winter in South America. February is the season for Purple Martins to begin to migrate through the Austin area. ;

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Texas Keeps Setting New Records

Recent US. Census data reveals that Texas led the United States in population growth from the period of July 1, 2017 to July 1, 2018. For those of us living in Texas this is something we already

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Let Go And Live Free

Make Life Easier by Letting Go of Some Extra Stuff this New Year2019 is just around the corner.  Has your garage gained weight or your attic gotten top heavy? If this has become a concern to

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3 D Print Homes Make A Debut In Austin

The Future? Maybe.3D Print Homes Make a Debut in Austin3D printing is without a doubt one of the coolest newer technologies on the market. There are some pretty impressive ideas being thrown

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Fall Festivals

October Fall Festivals are in Full Swing So many great festivals are going on in and around the greater Austin Metroplex. There are plenty of  fun things to do now that the weather is.

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Austins New Uptown Downtown

Austin’s New Uptown DowntownDowntown Austin is a beautiful and well-developed hub for all things Austin.  However, the congestion and rising costs have inspired many investors and

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Labor Day September 2018

Labor Day  Summer is past and school has begun.  September is rolling right on in and our thoughts begin to turn to the upcoming Fall season. We begin this transition by celebrating.

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Awesome Austin Area Schools

The Greater Austin Area is home to some fantastic schools and school districts. The April 2018 US News and World Report ranked Meridian Charter High School of Round Rock as the #1  high

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No Vacation Take A Daycation

No Vacation? Take a Day-cation!The greater Austin Metroplex is replete with things to do and see.  Located nearby are various lakes, rivers and parks of all sizes. Taking off a few hours on

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Whopping Growth For The Austin Metro Area

Whopping Growth for the Austin Metro Area! Austin Metro, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, is beautiful, has a healthy, diverse economy, and a friendly, hometown atmosphere. It is also

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Slay The Monster In Your Next Move

It’s that time of the year.  Millions of families are in the process of preparing to relocate to a new home, new community, and new schools.  You may be one of them.  This means

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Austin Apartments And Homes For Rent

Finding the right place to live can be difficult. As a Realtor, I visit homes and apartments with clients regularly. I make it my goal to find the right match for my clients. The market in Austin

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Austin Millennials Topping Sales While Lacking Housing

Millennials topped home purchases for the fifth year in a row according to an article by the National Association of Realtors: “Millennials Lead All Homebuyers, Even as Some Can’t Escape

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6 Austin Schools In Top 50 SAT Averages

The Austin Business Journal came out with a report yesterday on the top SAT and ACT scoring schools in Texas. Not a huge surprise that Austin had several schools on the list. In fact it had 6!

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Job Growth In Texas

   The Texas Economy is standing out once again. The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M published an article on Texas job growth. The Texas economy continues to stay well ahead of the

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Amazon HQ2 In Austin

Will Amazon’s second headquarters take on Austin? According to The Business Insider, Austin is considered the top contender for the new headquarters. Amazon values several factors when

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Austin Tops Price Appreciation Since 2006

The Market in Austin-Round Rock made the top of the “Largest 50 Markets Price Appreciation Since 2006,” according to an article by Danielle Hale on Realtor.com.This article offers some

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Larkspur In Liberty Hill

I am excited to tell you about this new community in Liberty Hill! Larkspur is located right off US-183, a great site with excellent access for anyone commuting. Lots of amenities will be included

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For Sale By Owner

For Sale by Owner (FSBO) is a term used to refer to properties sold solely by the owner, not represented by a real estate agent. This can be an attractive thing when you consider the cost of

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Whats Going On At Your School

What's going on at your school? Schooled on SchoolsSchools are getting back into motion. Many of you may be preparing to or have already sent your kids back to those four walls that

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Smart Homes

Smart Home technology is intriguing and so full of new and interesting products. These products can provide some pretty cool benefits and conveniences. Here are some that seem appealing to me–

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Austin Texas Economy

Texas A &M came out with their monthly report on the Texas economy June 22nd. Here are some things from their report that stood out to me. You can visit their Real Estate center for full details

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Set The Stage

Staging can be an important part of selling a home. I know it can be a difficult topic for some home owner’s. When you sell a home you want to get as much as you can out of if. But in the end,

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Aquaponics

AquaponicsSaw this topic mentioned in the A&M Real Estate Center’s Newsletter this month. I thought it looked interesting.Aquaponics is a form of growing fish and plants at the same time, and in

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Fido For Dinner Taiwans Pet Consumption

Fido for dinner? Taiwan’s Pet ConsumptionThe animal Activist community is celebrating! I just saw a video on Fox News about a recent law change in Taiwan that could be considered a great .

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Austin And Your Neighbors House

 Would you be okay with a neighbor regularly renting their house out for a week at a time?I find Senate bill 451 interesting on that topic. According to the Austin Business Journal, one of

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130 Years Of Starvation

 Global Warming has been a reoccurring topic in the news for the past several years. At first, there was a lot of skepticism, but now that there are more signs of Global Warming happening

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3 Steps To Regain Your Garden

Curb appeal is an important factor for buying, selling or just keeping you home well cared for and looking nice. Your garden and/or general vegetation is an important factor in your home or

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Love Is Literally In The Air

February has come! The stores are ready to sell anything and everything red, pink, purple and/or heart shaped. We will buy some of those festive items as an expression of “love”. I am glad we

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Austin Great Place To Live And Retire

According to an Article I read in the Austin Business Journal, WalletHub ranked Texas within the top 20 retirement states. The article also stated that SeniorAdvice.com ranked Austin as the #2

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Death By Weight

Austin Public Health recently reported the top 10 causes of death in Travis County. They studied mortality information over a five-year period (2010-2014). The top 10 causes of death were, in

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The Best Chocolate Cake Ever

My granddaughters love to bake. When they get an itch for it, they can produce some pretty tasty treats! This Christmas season is the perfect time to get together over some delicious

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Monument Cafe Pancake With A Side Of Bacon And Eggs

This morning the Electricity was out and I had about a billion things to do. Life just doesn’t stop every time an unforeseen happens. So, instead of getting upset about it, I accepted the chance

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What Does LEED Certified Actually Mean

As we see the LEED certification becoming more and more popular, I think it is important that real estate buyers know what they are getting when they buy LEED Certified properties. Here is some

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New Liberty Hill Bakery And Cafe

I love my good old American Breakfasts: Eggs, Bacon, biscuits and Gravy! That is the way to start your day! And It feels great to be able to get up and have someone else cook for a change.There is

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Home Value And Economic Kitchen Renovation

Economic Kitchen Reno With Big Returns – From a Realtor’s perspectiveAs a realtor, I can tell you the likely impression people have of your home.  The kitchen is one of the most

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Cheese Wine And Room To Dine

TOP 5 FEATURES: ENTERTAINER'S HOMEWhen looking for your new home, keep in mind these 5 features:An open concept or good flow.It is really hard to get the party started when people can’t find

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Ciudad De Mexico

Austin – Ciudad de Mexico, Non-stop!Austin continues to grow rapidly! It is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. With so much diversity and flavor, it is a great location to

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What Does It Smell Like

What Does It Smell Like? Your Senses Affect the Way You PurchaseIn real estate, we are taught that the smell of a house can seriously affect its prospects. Who would be eager to buy a house that

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5 Things Renters Should Know About Owning

The NAR produced an article that I found very interesting.  Renting vs Owning is always compared so let's just add one more article to this, shall we. :)For renters who aspire to be home,

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School Informatin

Have you ever wanted in-depth information regarding private/public schools?  Well, I have a brochure that is amazing that gives out all kinds of information.  One of my title companies

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The Importance Of Location

Location Is More Important Than You ThinkPicking the right location for a new business, home, etc. is important. If it’s your home, that will be the central hub of your life. If it’s a

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Uber Is Back

UBER! We Thought They Were GoneFor all you hitchhikers, bike riders, and bribers:If you think back a little, you may remember a vote about background checks, that caused Uber to stop

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Lake LBJ Wave Crashers Kingsland Tx

My family and I went for a quick family vacation this weekend out to Kingsland, Texas and stayed in a friends cabin - it was amazing!  A much needed break from the city life and just

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Austin Is Moving On Up

Austin has moved to the 5th top city, in the US and Canadian markets, for tech talent according to the CBRE Group. Only San Francisco, Washington D.C., Seattle and New York City outrank us.

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Westwood High School Of The Month

As a Realtor, I spend most of my time getting to know neighborhoods while working with clients, viewing homes and holding open houses. In recent months, I’ve spent a lot of time in Northwest

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Summer Market

Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)Single-family home sales in the five-county Austin-Round Rock MSA rose 6.1 percent year-over-year to 14,482 home sales in the first half of 2016,

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Millennials It Is Time Buy Your First Home

If you are a Millennial and you’re still renting, you need to seriously think about buying your first home. Here are some quick statistics for the Austin Metro: This June, the average

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My Alternative To Expensive AntiAging Methods

It seems that the cost of facial anti-aging products has soared in the last several years. Or maybe I never noticed those prices until enough years passed that I began to need them myself. Just a

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Leander Circling The Wagons Around Liberty Hill

Liberty Hill is, or was, a sleepy little town north of Austin. I say 'was' because it is less than 10 minutes from the 183A toll road that allows toll road drivers to get most Austin

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Top Destination To Find Great Jobs

I’m a big fan of Austin.  We have a diversified culture, tons of great events/activities and the cost of living is so much lower than cities on both coasts. But Austin is also a top

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Austin Leads The Nation In Small Business Startups

I am a Texan that took a 20 year hiatus to California, specifically, the Bay Area. When I returned to Texas in 2006 there was no question where, in Texas, I wanted to settle: Austin! Smack dab

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April 2016 Your Top Neighborhoods

Did you know that Austin has top neighborhoods?  Maybe you are asking what that means.  Give me just a few seconds and I can let you know.  Top Neighborhoods are the areas

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Pouring Ban In Austin

Concrete, that is! I enjoy perusing through the Austin Business Journal because I seem to always get a good chuckle if not an outright LOL. So here's the situation: Approximately 150

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Austin Brace Yourselves For One Of The Highest Rent Hikes In The US

Hopefully you’ve invested in residential real estate property in Austin, because 2016 is promising some big numbers. However, if you’re not a homeowner who rents out a property, well, the

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Top Neighborhoods April 2016

March 31 2016 - Top Neighborhoods in Austin TX. 583 Active Homes, 587 Pending Homes, and 748 Homes that Sold in the Past 30 Days. All Neighborhoods combined have an average 2.99 Months of Inventory

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