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Austin Texas Relocation Package

I have written a number of articles which I hope you will find helpful as you are researching the Austin area.  I tried to cover many of the major questions that I receive on a day-to-day basis as a real estate broker working with buyers who are relocating from other cities and states.  This is really a work in progress, as I intend to update and add to this package often. 

As with anything you find on my blog or website, feel free to contact me anytime with questions or for clarification.  My cell phone number is 512-796-7653 and my email address is jason@austintexashomes.com.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

THE BASICS - SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (ABOUT ME AND ABOUT AUSTIN)

Are You Considering Relocating to Austin, Texas? An Open Letter - I would recommend reading this one first.

"High Property Taxes, Heat, and Tornadoes, TOO? Why would I want to move to Austin, Texas?" - This one tackles some of the potential negatives about Austin, while also providing a LOT of good reasons to make Austin your new home.

Top Employers in Austin Texas - Looking for a job? These may be worth considering - This seems to be a popular question for those who are not relocating with a specific company.  I hope you find it helpful, too!

Austin Texas School Districts - How are the schools in the Austin area? - This includes information on public and private schools, as well as resources for Austin homeschooling. 

Austin Texas Area Hospitals - An Overview - This covers all of the medium and large hospitals in and around the Austin area, including a top-notch children's hospital which recently expanded and relocated to a brand-new facility.

Austin Texas Golf Courses - Private Courses - If you enjoy golf, these courses offer a premier experience for you.

Texas Looks Like That? A Native Texan's Perspective - Check out some photos that I took in order to give you some idea of what it REALLY looks like here, as opposed to the stereotypes you may have seen in books or movies.

"Jason, how do you pronounce THAT?" - A Visitor's Guide to Austin - This should come in handy if you are here visiting very long, as it is a guide to how to pronounce some of the trickier area town and road names, and how to refer to the major roads around here.

 

AUSTIN IS FAMOUS NOW!  LISTS THAT AUSTIN HAS MADE RECENTLY

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Austin Texas Named as Top Place to Buy a House by Entrepreneur Magazine - Austin has made it onto a lot of cool lists lately, but none are more important to me than this one.

Austin Texas Named Fastest Growing Large Metro Area in the U.S. - This is another honor that bodes well for any purchase that you decide to make in Austin.  Our robust economy serves as a springboard for home appreciation.

Austin Texas is Named One of the Least Stressful Places in the U.S. - Another list?  Wow!  Having lived here for about 20 years, I can attest to the truth of this claim.

 

SPECIFIC AREAS OF TOWN

Downtown Austin Real Estate - What Central Austin Neighborhood Should I Consider? - This is a breakdown of many of the neighborhoods surrounding downtown, including price ranges.

Pflugerville Texas is Coming into its Own - My current hometown seems to be growing by leaps and bounds.  We have lived here since 1995, and we've enjoyed watching the growth occur in Pflugerville.

Why I Love Living in Pflugerville, Texas Despite Its Silly Name

Hutto Real Estate - Fastest Growing City in Texas! - This suburb of Austin to the northeast has seen some great growth lately.  Find out why!

Georgetown, Texas is Named # 2 "Best Place to Live and Launch" by FORTUNE Magazine - The home of my alma mater, Southwestern University, has become a terrific place to start a new business, according to a recent article.

 LIVE MUSIC

Austin Texas Live Music - Look No Further! - Austin is known as the "Live Music Capital of the World", and for good reason.  This article includes most of the more prominent live music venues, along with a brief description.

 

FAMILY FUN AND STUFF TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS

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Family Fun in Austin, Texas - I suppose the title here is self-explanatory.  Here are about 20 terrific ideas for things to do with your children when you come to Austin. 

Big Fun on a Little Budget in Austin, Texas! Some FREE and Inexpensive Things to Do - Looking for a good time but you don't want to break the bank?  Check out this list that my wife and I compiled just for you.

Texas Jumping Beans - A great place to take the kids! - As the veteran of several kid birthday parties at Texas Jumping Beans, I highly recommend this place, and not just for parties. 

Austin Children's Museum - Fun for the Whole Family! - The local children's museum in downtown Austin has been a staple of Crouch family fun for years now.

Tukong Moosul Martial Arts, Austin Texas - A great place for kids! - The titles of the post above and this one clearly indicate that my children are a big priority for me.  Tukong Moosul is where my son has studied martial arts for the past several years, starting when he was just five. 

 

 

PLACES TO EAT

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Most Entertaining Restaurant Review Ever? EZ's on Lamar - Austin, Texas - EZ's is a great place to check out during your visit, and kids love it, too!

Austin, Texas Restaurant Review - Waterloo Ice House - My wife helped me write this review of her outing with our kids to two separate Waterloo locations. 

Austin Texas Restaurant Review - Café Mangù in Pflugerville - This small, cozy restaurant has become one of our favorite "date night" locations.

Round Rock Restaurant Review - Zorba Greek Restaurant - You are probably thinking that we eat out all the time by now, but I really tried to save the reviews for places that have good food, believe me.

 

 

As you can see from the above articles, Austin is an absolutely terrific place to call home.  I hope you decide to join us here!  If you need anything at all, please don't hesitate to contact me.  I hope to have the opportunity to help you find the right home when the time comes.

As I mentioned above, my cell phone number is 512-796-7653 and my email address is jason@austintexashomes.com.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Jason Crouch, Broker/Owner - Austin Texas Homes, LLC

 

If you're looking for a home in the Austin area, you can also visit my primary website at www.austintexashomes.com.  Thanks!

Comment balloon 69 commentsJason Crouch • March 03 2008 09:37AM

Comments

Jason - What a well thought out and structured relocation package, you have all the basis covered! 
Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 11 years ago
Jason, wonderful post on Austin TX and some of the surrounding areas.
Posted by Jill Wente, Realtor, CRS, MCNE, CHMS (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Gary Greene) over 11 years ago
Jason, I just forwarded this to my brother and sister-in-law who live in Austin.  I told them you have me seriously thinking of relocating!!
Posted by Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist (Keller Williams Legacy One) over 11 years ago

KATERINA - Thanks so much for your comment.  I thought it was a good thing to send to my potential clients.

JILL - Thanks! 

ELENA - That sounds great.  Come on down!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 11 years ago
Nice collection of posts about Austin - that should get some attention!
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 11 years ago
Jason, You have given a very detailed relocation package for Austin.  Nice job!!  I wish you luck with the contest.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 11 years ago
Hi Jason, this is very comprehensive and well done! You don't have to do too much convincing for me to move there anyway! Excellent and your total package is AAA. Later in the rain~Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 11 years ago

GEORGINA - Thanks!  I certainly hope so!

MARCHEL - I tried to cover as many bases as I could.  I will probably add some posts over time.  I noticed tonight that I am now #3 and #4 on Google for the term "austin texas relocation package"!  Awesome!

DEB - Thank you!  I was pleased with the outcome, too.  It is ranking very well on Google, as I mentioned to Marchel above.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 11 years ago

Jason:

This is really a great localism post. I love the picture of the 360 bridge. One of my favorite landmarks in Austin.

Posted by Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin (Austin Texas Homes) over 11 years ago
Jason, what great information and the food coverage is fabulous....yum!
Posted by Michelle DeRepentigny, Broker Athens, GA (Success Realty) over 11 years ago
JASON - Although I haven't seriously considered relocating, I have to say that the job that you've done promoting Austin has made me think of it as a relocation destination should I ever decide to leave Long Island.  So it comes as no surprise that you've put together an outstanding relocation package with tons of information.  Great job!
Posted by Adam Waldman, Realtor - Long Island (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) over 11 years ago

ALAN - Thanks, man.  I thought it turned out well, too.

MICHELLE - I need to do some more restaurant reviews soon.  It gives me a good excuse to eat out sometimes.

ADAM - Thanks for your compliments.  I appreciate that.  Talk to you soon -

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 11 years ago
Great relo package, Jason.  I challenge you to a game of Trivial Pursuit.
Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) over 11 years ago
PAUL - Get ready to lose, friend.  I used to regularly beat adults at Trivial Pursuit when I was only 14 years old.  You have chosen unwisely.
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 11 years ago
Why would you beat opponents in the midst of a mental contest, Jason?  That's just unsporting.  It is far better to lose with dignity than to resort to fisticuffs to quell the fear of potential shame and embarrassment. 
Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) over 11 years ago
PAUL - Oh, but there's where you're wrong.  Nothing makes the taste of victory sweeter than crushing the opponent's spirit with physical violence.
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 11 years ago
Gotcha.  Great relo package :)
Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) over 11 years ago
Great relo package. Full of very helpful information. I finally got mine done as well...man, that was a lot of work !
Posted by Melissa Grant, The Law of Attraction In Life & Business (A Serendipity World) over 11 years ago
Wow!  Jason, I really like how you have put this all together in such a helpful and creative way!  I have been thinking of doing something like this, and I am really impressed!
Posted by Deborah Burns ~ Seattle Real Estate Agent (Realty Executives -BRIO) over 11 years ago
Jason~You did a fantastic job on your relocation package. It's clear that you have put a lot of time and a whole lot of heart into making this very informative for your clients. Have a wonderful week!
Posted by Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~ (Agent Referral) over 11 years ago
What an awesome job you did with this relo package. Congrats!
Posted by Nick Bastian, Real Estate Agent - Tempe (Realty Executives) over 11 years ago
This is an amazing relo package!  Austin looks to be a pretty hot place to live/buy these days!
Posted by Natalie Langford, Winchester, VA Real Estate (Realty Negotiations) over 11 years ago

Jason, as always, this is top notch work. I don't get how you have time to do this, run the business and raise such a gorgeous family. I'm looking forward to meeting you soon. Let's make that happen. Later in the rain~Deb

I am still praying for David. God bless you and yours.

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 11 years ago

Jason: I've been wanting to put a relo package for the Dallas area. I think the way you put it together is very well-planned. If you dont mind, I'd like to use it as a base format for what I could do for my area.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) about 11 years ago

LOREENA - Of course you can use this format.  I'm glad that you found it helpful!  I have a number of posts that I need to add from the past few months.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 11 years ago

Dear Jason, As usual thanks for the great post!!

Posted by Betina Foreman, Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY (WJK Realty) about 11 years ago

Jason,

Great stuff!  This is a great example of what I could do with my web site and my blog.  Thank you for being so generous.

Brien

Posted by Brien Berard, Maryland Real Estate Agents - Laurel Real Estate (Remax Professionals Laurel MD) almost 11 years ago

Jason ... We like your Austin, Texas, Relocation online package ... with links to good and fun articles.  Keep up the good writing and sharing of ideas.  Harrison

Posted by Harrison K. Long, REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney (HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty) almost 11 years ago

Jaon, this is an amazing relocation package you've done.  I'm so impressed with you!

Posted by Linda Lee (REMAX Pros) almost 11 years ago

Jason, it's plain to see that you know a lot about Austin, and it truly does sound like a great place to live.  You have given me some fantastic ideas of what to write about my own local city.  Thanks.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) almost 11 years ago

Wonderful relocation package for Austin, Texas.  Getting ideas here for mine, thank you!

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) over 10 years ago

Wow.  No wonder why you've gotten 18,000+ views on this; I bet it's something that people refer back to quite a bit when they are in the process of relocating.

As Virginia (Response 31) suggests, it certainly sets a strong example for colleagues in other market areas.

Posted by Daren Krause (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

What a great idea! Will be using your post to help me do my own. Want to take some great pictures of the area first and we are about there for great Spring pictures.

Posted by Norma Brandsberg (Marks Realty Co. Inc., Lynchburg, VA, 540-586-9496) over 10 years ago

Great idea, Jason, and obviously a ton of work went into this post.  It has also obviously paid off for you.  Nice work and congrats on the 500k points.

Mike

Posted by Mike Hendren (Mike Hendren Photography) over 10 years ago

Wow.  I moved back to California from San Antonio, TX.  Wishing I had stayed in Texas now!

Posted by Joe Roy (HomeBased Realty) over 10 years ago

Hey, Jason. What a wonderful blog. I don't know how I missed it. Thanks and keep up th great work, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

This is a great relocation package!  I'm really glad they "made" us do this.  I need to beef mine up a little now that time has passed.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 10 years ago

The format that you've set up has given me some ideas, Jason! I've got my work cut out for me, I see...but at least I have many of the components already in place. Thanks for sharing this with us all.

Posted by William James Walton Sr., Greater Waterbury Real Estate (WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group) almost 10 years ago

This is really great! I'm not surprised that you get great Google rankings from this and that you continue to get alot of response from potential buyers.

Posted by Jenny Durling, For Los Angeles real estate help 213-215-4758 (L.A. Property Solutions) almost 10 years ago

Wow Jason. Great relocation Blog. I have never seen so many links in one Blog.

Posted by Mark Velasco, Listing Agent-Whittier & Surrounding ciities (Sharpstone Realty, Inc) almost 10 years ago

Fantastic post Jason. I am REALLY excited to work with you and Jeremy. Thanks again for the class yesterday. It has me thinking and organizing and blogging!

Posted by Betsy Schuman Dodek, SearchPotomacHomes.com (Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Jason, I just wanted to let you know how informative your website was to me. I've been researching my move to Austin with a few of my friends from Pittsburgh. Your website really gave me an idea of the culture and way of life in Austin and was very helpful. It really got me excited about the city. I will be visiting in June before I make the BIG move, and now I can't wait! Thanks so much!

Posted by Amber over 9 years ago

Amber - Please let me know how I can help when the time comes.  I would love the opportunity to help you find the right place to live here in the Austin area. :)

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 9 years ago

Jason,

You have proved once again that knowing and sharing are two completely different issues.  Many Realtor know the benefits of Austin, Texas buy you have taught me the value of sharing the information in a manner that is easily understood and interesting.  I will now attempt to do your format justice sharing the benefits of the areas that I serve.  There is a ton of information on my website about Valenca, Ca. Stevenson Ranch, Saugus, Newhall, Castaic, and Canyon Country, Ca. as well.  Our city is Santa Clarita, Ca. and the area is called the Santa Clarita Valley.  Let me know if you ever have clients moving to Southern California as there is no better place to live then the Santa Clarita Valley!  Visit www.TonyLewis.com and check out the local information.  I would really like some feedback from you and others concerning changes needed or anything else!

Tony Lewis * RE/MAX of Valencia 661-702-4720 tonyglewis@yahoo.com

Posted by Tony Lewis, RE/MAX Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Santa Clarita (RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident) over 9 years ago

Jason I found this about a year after the last comment because someone had mentioned it in another post. So I searched for the name and I'm glad I found it.

As I work on videos for my area I've been working on ideas of how to do a better job of promoting the community and Town. Your package is great and I will incorporate some of the techniques you've done such a great job of using.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) about 9 years ago

Your relo pkg is awesome, must have taken hours.

Posted by Linda Lohman, Former Teacher/Broker (Fonville Morisey Realty) about 9 years ago

Hi Jason...You have a wealth of information for anyone considering a move to Austin.  I am going to keep this blog and use it as a guide for potential Lake Anna buyers.

I have suggested this.  Although it is over three years old, this post is a gold mine.  Bob Stewart mentioned in his post today.  I'm so glad he did and that I came over to take a look.

Kate

Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 8 years ago

Jason,

I came from the mention in Bob Stewart's last blog post. I am glad I came. It is a simple and very effective idea.

Excellent

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 8 years ago

WOW just finding all those links is amazing.

Posted by Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate (Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Kate - My friend, I thank you for the kind words. Glad you found it to be helpful. :)

Jon - Thank you, sir!

Susan - Actually, the links all point to posts that I wrote back then.  :)

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jason, you've probably gotten some new responses on this since Bob Stewart shined the spotlight on you...I do something similar to this on a WordPress Blog for my Fishhawk Lake clients, including an alphabetized Resource List of recommended contractors, etc., but the idea you have here of compiling it into one "page" and sending it that way is SO EASY A CAVEMAN COULD DO IT.

Uh huh. Dat's me!!!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 8 years ago

This is fabulous, Jason.  You do kno that half the planet is going to borrow this idea right? :)

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 8 years ago

Wow, I had to come see what you were talking about. I'm thinking maybe I"ll cut "Austin" and paste "Albuquerque."

OK with You?

Posted by Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty Agent Albuquerque (eXp Realty) about 8 years ago

Jane and Rich - I have no problem with people "stealing" this idea for their own markets. Happy to provide some inspiration!

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 8 years ago

Congrats on being in AR's top 10 for 2011! Looks like great info! I've bookmarked for future reference.

Posted by Carla Freund, Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489 (Keller Williams Preferred Realty) over 7 years ago

Jason

This is one of the most complete info packet I have ever seen. Sure makes me realize, I have work to do on mine. cheers cvc

Posted by Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire (Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group) over 7 years ago

Hi Jason, great post and congratulations on your top ten post!  You deserve it!

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 7 years ago


The post that keeps on giving. I printed it for future reference!

Posted by Tracy Lee Parker, Buy*Sell*Lease (RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs/PLATINUM PROPERTIES & MANAGEMENT) almost 6 years ago

Boy Jason, I think you have it all covered with this post. Bookmarked for future reference as well.

Posted by Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate, Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties (RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales) almost 6 years ago
Posted by Brian Sharkey, SharkeyRE - #SouthFloridaBroker (SharkeyRE LLC) almost 6 years ago

I saw this post years ago and thought that it was the best thing since sliced bread! I still think the same years later.

Posted by Demarco & Marisa, "The Choice is Clear!" (Remax Kings Realty) almost 6 years ago

I like this post. It is really really good. Sorry for just now seeing it but it is really good.

Posted by Terri Woods, Selling Homes and Land in Oregon (Benton, Linn and Douglas Counties) almost 6 years ago
Jason - what a fabulous resource! A model for all agents! Thanks so much for sharing
Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 6 years ago

Very nice and well thought out Jason, Austinites and wanna bees should get a lot of help from this post

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) almost 6 years ago

Jason, I came upon this older post via Inspiration Station, and ca n I just say I'm now inspired? It will take a lot of work to immolate your post about my city, so. I better get busy!

Posted by Kathy Smiley, Westlake Village, CA - "Making YOU Smile!" (Rodeo Realty ~ Fine Estates Westlake Village) about 5 years ago

Jason: This is an incredible article for all those living in or considering a move to Austin TX.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 4 years ago

Jason - I had forgotten just how thorough this is, and now I may have to review knowing I have more work in front of me.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 4 years ago

 I'm fairly new to blogging and this post really seems doable and USEFUL! Thank you for a good reference on how to blog effectively !

Posted by Amanda Stone (Long & Foster Realtors) over 4 years ago

Hi Jason Crouch - this is very useful information for your buyers who are relocating.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 3 years ago

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