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Umami Mia Pizzeria, brought to Austin by restaurant experts Mark Turner, Rick Engel (Austin Java, Lil’ Woodrows), and Adam Weisberg (Zen, Lucky Robot) will open in early May in the space once occupied by Romeo’s.

The concept is to bring the umami flavor to life in the form of pizza, salads, and sandwiches. What exactly is the flavor of umami, though? It’s hard to translate into words, but think about a savory flavor that makes your mouth water while stimulating your throat, the roof and the back of your mouth. That’s umami.

With Executive Chef George Thomas (Soleil, Paggi House, Kenichi, and Imperia) running the kitchen, patrons are sure to be coming back for more. Another selling point is the restaurant’s late night hours.

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Austin is growing in tourism every day, and hotel developers are taking advantage. There are nearly 10 new hotels being proposed for the downtown Austin area. With all of our festivals, conferences, and other tourist draws, the city feels the need to more hotels is there. The proposed hotels would increase room supply by more than 35%. With the additional hotels, Austin is also now being considered for bigger conventions that will bring more people into the downtown area and help with the local economy.

Read the full article here.

What are your thoughts? Do you want to live in a tourist city, or do you like Austin being our little secret? 

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Great SXSW Resources

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RSVP here for all events that are free and/or don’t require badges or wristbands! Sign in to create your own schedule so you don’t miss out on anything.

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Remember the aforementioned RSVPing? Well this app will do it for you, and 10 times faster. They’re constantly updating with parties and shows as well.

Twitter
As much as people still refuse to recognize Twitter, there’s literally no better resource for the most up to date information for SXSW. Find out about the secret shows (where are you Justin Timberlake?!) and what to not waste your time standing in line for. Follow the hashtag #SXSW to stay on top of things.

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Thinking about doing some work around the house for a fresh spring start? Make sure you’re not doing it for nothing! Remodeling Magazine has put together a list of the ten most cost worthy remodeling projects that will yield the biggest return.

1. Entry door replacement (steel)
Estimated job cost: $1,137
Return on investment at resale: 85.6%

2. Deck addition (wood)
Job cost: $9,327
ROI: 77.3%

3. Garage door replacement
Job cost: $1,496
ROI: 75.7%

4. Minor kitchen remodel
Job cost: $18,527
ROI: 75.4%

5. Window replacement (wood)
Job cost: $10,708
ROI: 73.3%

6. Attic bedroom
Job cost: $47,919
ROI: 72.9%

7. Siding replacement (vinyl)
Job cost: $11,192
ROI: 72.9%

8. Window replacement (vinyl)
Job cost: $9,770
ROI: 71.2%

9. Basement remodel

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Homes for Sale in Austin

Home sales are on the rise in 2013. In January, they rose 33%, which was a six-year high. This puts sellers in a great place right now. Inventory is lower than ever and buyers are scrambling to put in offers on homes before someone else beats them to it.

Home prices are also rising! It really is the perfect time to sell. And don’t forget about SXSW coming up in a couple of weeks. Many tourists decide a week just isn’t enough and make Austin their permanent home!

If you are thinking about selling your home and would like a free comparative market analysis, let me know! I can help you sell your home for more money and less hassle. Contact me today!

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Rent in Austin is on the rise, with more and more people moving here everyday. Some may find themselves having to downgrade in size, so I thought I'd put together a few of my favorite small spaces for some inspiration. There's no reason a studio apartment can't be both stylish and functional!

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My Modern Picks

Everytime I go to Target it takes everything in me not to come out with a basketful of things I don't really need. But their new furniture collection, TOO by Blue Dot, has really got me wanting to add a mod touch to my home. The sporatic bright pops of color are just what I need to brighten things up. Check out my picks below.

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People are moving to Austin everyday because of all the great things the city has to offer. We are booming in the tech field, we have great lake-worthy weather 8 months out of the year, and not to mention we are the Live Music Capitol of the World!

I've created this site to be your complete resource for everything Austin. If you are thinking about moving to the city, or just relocating to another part of town, you'll find the resources on this site to be very helpful in your research. 

You can also search all of Austin and the surrounding area for the home of your dreams. All listings, including leases, are put on this site as soon as they are entered into the MLS, so you can be sure to see all new listings as soon as they hit the market.

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