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February Coloring Contest!

Print out and color for a chance to win! Mail your final version to us and we will announce the winner at the end of the month!

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8th Annual Apple Pie Giveaway!

It is that time of year again, that's right, our 8th Annual 4th of July Apple Pie Giveaway is right around the corner! Since 2011, Cain Realty Group has proudly been giving out freshly baked apple pies to our amazing neighbors in Travis Country to commemorate the 4th of July. We believe nothing screams America more than a delicious piece of apple pie.

If you reside within the Travis Country neighborhood, click here to reserve your own apple pie. We will respond promptly with a confirmation email as well as instructions for picking up your pie from our office conveniently located just a few miles away. 

We will take registrations until the morning of Friday, June 29th, so please hop on ASAP to sign up for some goodness. We look forward to seeing you and giving you a complimentary apple pie!


Here is a link to our office location.  If your plans change after registering for an apple pie, please let us know.  The team can only personally eat so many apple pies!

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1st Annual Love Where You Live Event

One major driving force we use to push ourselves to be successful as a team is our non-profit, Cain Cares. With every home sale, we are able to make a donation to our non-profit in the homeowner's name. Cain Cares gives us the ability to serve our clients, past clients, neighbors and team members in a time of need. Our goal is to help when help is needed most, and that is exactly what we had the pleasure of doing this past month.  

For our 1st Annual Love Where You Live Event we had the pleasure of serving the Feil family. Marvin and Melba Feil have been Travis Country residents for over 40 years. They have found a great sense of community within Travis Country and have made a ton of memories in their house. With a great amount of work put on Melba as the main home keeper, their beautiful home needed quite a bit of extra love and attention. This is when we stepped in to truly return their house back into a home. 

With the help of our amazing sponsors and team, we set out early Saturday morning on April 7th, 2018 to go to work on the Feil's family home. With 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter making memories in this house, it definitely needed to be brought back to its full potential. 

A few gallons of paint, new flooring, leaky roof repairs, and brand new fence later we had the opportunity to welcome Marvin and Melba into their new and improved home! Seeing the amount of gratitude on their faces is exactly why we do what we do. This is what Cain Cares is all about, lending a helping hand when it is needed the most. 

We are so grateful to have been a part of Melba and Marvin's journey, and even more grateful for the donations and sponsors that allowed us to do so. A special thank you to Goosehead Insurance,...

Don't miss the Travis Country Easter Bash this Saturday!

It's that time of year again! It's time for the Travis Country Easter Bash! We are excited to sponsor the petting zoo again this year and look forward to a day full of fun and celebration! The Easter Bash is one of our favorite Travis Country Events as we love getting to spend time with our TC neighbors. We'll see you there!

Enjoy:

  • Easter Egg Hunts by Age (see schedule below)
  • Petting Zoo
  • Balloon Animals
  • Breakfast & Coffee
  • Raffle

Egg Hunt Times:

  • 9:15 am - 0-3 yrs old
  • 9:30 am- 4-6 yrs old
  • 9:45 am- 7-9 yrs old
  • 10:00 am - 10+ yrs
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Travis Country Coyote Response Guide

How to respond to coyotes in your neighborhood

As Austin grows, our interactions with wildlife increase. To keep coyotes and other wildlife wild, we can follow a few, simple preventative measures:

  • Always keep trash and compost in a secure bin
  • Keep your barbecue grill clean
  • Keep the area under your fruit and nut trees free of droppings (a coyote’s diet can be up to 40% fruit in Texas)
  • Avoid feeding pets outdoors (if you must feed pets outside, feed during the daytime and remove the uneaten food as soon as the animal has finished).
  • Feeding wildlife and feral cats can attract coyotes. In addition to coyotes eating the food, mice and other animals will be drawn to leftovers, which can subsequently attract predators such as foxes and coyotes. 

Hazing

To discourage coyotes from associating people with safety and food, eliminate the food sources around your yard and engage in hazing if you see a coyote on your property. Hazing is a process used to reinforce a coyote’s natural wariness without harming them. To haze, be big and loud: Wave your arms, shout, use noisemakers, throw non-edible objects in its direction (but not at it), or spray the animal with a hose. It shouldn’t take much for the coyote to get the memo -- just be persistent and maintain eye contact. Do not haze if a coyote is sick, injured, with pups, or is in its territory or out at night.

 

Pet safety

Keep small pets inside when possible and monitor them while outside. While walking dogs, use a secure, 4-6 foot leash and do not let dogs explore vegetation that you can’t see through. It is advised that pets be fed indoors. If pets must be fed outdoors, feed during the daytime and remove food as soon as your pet is finished....

Austin Public Library Debuts new eCard

Austin Public Library now offers an eCard, which provides Austin residents 18 years and older access to the electronic resources available in the Virtual Library. The eCard is intended to help homebound adults and busy Austinites access the library’s collection of electronic books, audio, music, and magazines without having to visit a library branch in person. 

The eCard will give you 24/7 access to the Virtual Library:

  • Explore and use the Library's electronic resources, including articles and databases
  • Download and stream eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, and movies to your device anytime, anywhere.

To receive an eCard number, residents need to bring a valid photo ID and proof of their current address to an APL branch. Those with APL cards have access to the Virtual Library. Click here to apply online.

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Museum Family-Fun for FREE

Austin has a variety of awesome museums where you can explore Texas history, browse amazing art collections, try hands-on science activities — and so much more. The best news is that you can visit almost all of our area museums for free! You just need to know when to go. Luckily, Do512 has compiled a list of the best times to check out the museums in Austin! Thanks, Do512!

— Blanton Museum of Art

Free Admission: Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; plus extended hours ’til 9 p.m. every third Thursday of the month

— Bullock Texas State History Museum
Free Admission: The First Sunday of every month, 12 – 5 p.m.

— The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria
Free Admission: Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; also free drop-in tours at 1 p.m. the first Sunday of every month.

— The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center
Free Admission: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; also free drop-in tours at 1 p.m. the first Sunday of every month.

— Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
Free Admission: daily from June 1- August 31, 2017; as well as Family Days —...

Austin NYE Events for the Whole Family!

2017 was one for the books for our Travis Country family, as we loved spending tons of neighborhood events and activities with all of you. We are sure that 2018 will only get better! Ring in the New Year with these family-friendly events!  

Austin’s New Year 2018 @ Vic Mathias Shores
Dec. 31, 3 – 10:30 p.m.
Ring in the New Year with a free, fun and family-friendly celebration at Vic Mathias Shores with four stages, 22 local and regional bands, food trucks, kid’s activities and multiple art installations. The New Year’s Eve event, hosted by the City of Austin, kicks off at 3 p.m. culminating with a fireworks extravaganza at 10 p.m.

Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp @ Thinkery
Dec. 31, balloon drops at 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Head to Thinkery for the second annual Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drop & Bubble Wrap Stomp! Ring in 2018 a wee bit early with winter crafts, “snowball” fights, special performances and TWO separate balloon drops (12 p.m. and 2 p.m.). Why wait until midnight? The countdown to noon is on! Click here for additional details and tickets.

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Santa's Winter Wonderland Recap!

A huge thank you to all our clients, past clients, and Travis Country neighbors for joining us this past Saturday for our Annual photos with Santa event! A holly jolly time was had by all, accompanied by tons of festive ornament designing and delicious cupcake decorating! Be sure to take a look at our video compilation of the holiday festivities.

We enjoyed kicking off the holiday season with you all, and look forward to seeing you next year! 

Santa's Winter Wonderland 2017

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24th Annual KW Citywide Food Drive Provides Meals for Central Texas Families

The annual Keller Williams Citywide food drive has once again proven itself a success in reaching out to the people of Central Texas. So far this year's event has produced over 11,000 meals for Central Texas families in need, and we are still counting! With combined efforts of both traditional and virtual efforts, KW agents and staff dedicated their time to make this annual event a wonderful success. 

The food drive is an effort of Keller Williams Austin with a goal to extend its culture of giving in the communities that it serves. Our very own Cain Team participated in the event, collecting canned food donations through the South Austin community. Our team is always humbled to be a part of such a great event and look forward to it each fall. Finding ways to give back to our community is something we are so passionate about.

Thank you to all the staff, agents and vendors that made this event such a success. We will see you next year!

Don't forget to claim your FREE Cain Keys for donating on our Loyalty and Rewards program, Cain Club. Use promo code: STOPHUNGER

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Burn Ban in Effect at Travis County

Travis County Commissioners have unanimoulsy approved a burn ban that would last until August 10 to prevent citizens from creating outdoor burning that might instigate a wildfire amidst very dry conditions.

For the past weeks, the vote for a burn ban has appeared in the Commissioner's agenda, but action was only taken last July 12. It was later disclosed that members of the commission initially thought the burn ban was unnecessary due to the rains and wet conditions of late May. However, the commission did acknowledge the need for a burn ban once conditions become drier.

The burn ban may extend beyond the initial August 10 expiration, depending on the county's climate conditions. As of now, 48 Texan counties have enacted a burn ban in a unified attempt to keep wildfires from starting. To learn more about this local news, you can read the article from which this post was based here.

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Travis County Homeowners Urged to Proactively Protect Homes from Wildfires

The Austin Fire Department and Travis County have hosted a meeting today about the Wildland Urban Interface Code in its effort to reduce the risk of wildfires and help residents determine whether or not their home is at risk.

The Wildland Urban Interface Code is a "set of standards that outline best practices, strategies, and rules to cover everything from managing vegetation to building guidelines in areas where development and neighborhoods meet green space." The Austin Fire Department made it clear that the organization implements its own wildfire mitigation plan, but it is important for homeowners to do their part as well.

The official KXAN News Clip that covered this report can be watched here:

You may visit the official site of KXAN.com to know more about this important news update here.

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The Cain Team Supports Travis Country's Fourth of July Parade

Cain Realty Group showed support in the annual TC 4th of July Parade organized by the TC Social Committee by giving out bottles of water to parade participants and spectators. The parade kicked off at 9:00AM this morning at Knob Oak Lane, where participants in their beautifully-decorated red, white and blue costumes, floats, and vehicles all lined up to join the festivities.

It was a festive morning of the 4th of July as new neighborhood block floats added to the parade participants. Red, white, and blue dominated the streets as the entire Travis Country community celebrated our great country. Participants were delighted with the free bottles of water provided by the team as the parade went along its route with cheering spectators looking on.

Parade participants felt especially patriotic and competitive this year, as the TC Social committee provided new opportunities for fun competition with prizes at stake. There were corresponding prizes for the best decorations, best bike, best costumes, etc. Winners were awarded after the parade. Here are some pictures from the festive 4th of July TC event:

Travis Country 4th of July Parade

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The Cain Team Holds 6th Annual Apple Pie Giveaway

Apple Pie GiveawayCain Realty Group shows that the 4th of July is not only a day of celebrating patriotism-- it can also be a day of giving if we so choose. Today is the 6th annual 4th of July Apple Pie Giveaway, and Cain Realty Group continues the tradition of giving a little something to our beloved clients and friends as a token of our gratitude for their trust.

Big, luscious, freshly-baked apple pies were handed to each one of our cherished clients -- an event we LOVE holding as we get to see some familiar faces as well as make new friendships within the community. Nothing tastes better on the 4th of July like a piece of fresh apple pie!

Here are some photos of our delicious giveaways for the day:

Apple Pie Giveaway

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Eanes ISD Approves $154.2M Budget for Upcoming School Year

The school board of the Eanes Independent School District has unanimously approved a $154.2 million budget for the upcoming school year 2016-2017. To meet the needs of the district, the board has approved withdrawal of $1.7 million from its fund balance.

To fund other school districts in Texas with lower property values, about 59% of Eanes' property tax revenue worth $82 million will be redistributed to  the state's "Robin Hood" school finance system. The amount is said to be more than what Eanes pays its teachers and staff at $62.1 million.

This school year's budget requires lesser withdrawal from the district's reserves, mainly because Travis county tax assessments are currently 9.7% higher than in 2015. Another bit of good news is that the Eanes Education Foundation donated $2.02 million toward teacher salaries. With 86% of the budget going to pay roll, the district stays aligned with its focus on hiring quality staff to maintain academic excellence in the district.

Read about how Eanes ISD placed second in Niche.com's ranking of "Best School Districts in the U.S." here.

In a list of best school districts in the United States, Eanes ISD placed second. We have yet to see if the direction of the school district will help it keep its top spot in the rankings of U.S. school districts.

Want to know more about the latest updates on Eanes ISD? Check out our blog or access the Statesman news article from which this post was based here.

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The Importance of Home Inspection and Maintenance for Fire Prevention

Travis Country locals were shocked when a fire erupted in a residence in the area, prompting firefighters to cordon off the scene and prevent the quick-moving fire from spreading to nearby homes.

The incident serves as another reminder about why home owners need to value home inspection and maintenance. Because no matter how good you are at keeping your home in tip-top shape, a professional eye in identifying potential hazards and a proactive home maintenance regimen from experts are just about the two things that can guarantee your home to be fire-proof. Here's how to have a fighting chance in fire prevention:

1. Schedule a regular home inspection, especially for electrical systems of old homes. Old homes require close monitoring of electrical wires to ensure that faulty wires that have been worn by time are detected and replaced before they could do any harm to the property and its occupants.

2. Remove junk from the house to prevent fire hazards that could start with small sparks. Stacks of old magazines and newspapers, oily rags, bottles/containers with flammable contents, and other similar items must not be stored inside the home. Conduct general cleaning in your home at least once per quarter. If there is a need to store flammable material in the home, make sure to keep it away from electricity, heat and direct sunlight.

3. Regularly check for vermin infestation. Pests such as house rats can do more harm than just nibbling on your food stores. Rats are somewhat attracted to the buzz of electricity, so don't be surprised to find wires chewed off. Keep the home free of rats and you can expect your house to last a few more years.

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La Madeleine Serves Coffee and French Cuisine for Travis Country

French food in Travis CountryLa Madeleine on Brodie offers simple French-inspired fare at a reasonable price. The food inspirations originate mostly from the Loire Valley of France and have a simple appeal, much like the lifestyle of its inspirational country. Starting as a pastry chef at the Dallas location, Susan Dederen now serves as the company’s vice president of culinary and develops the menu for the stores.

On the restaurant’s site, Dederen writes that “From Paris to Provence we take the local favorites and introduce them to our guests. We call it French with a wink… taking the best foods of France and using the best ingredients from the U.S. we ensure the freshest products for our guests. Changing our products with the seasons allows us to use these ingredients when they are at their peak.”

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served throughout the day and are available for order online. The restaurant atmosphere has a simple, French Country appeal with the signature large fireplace in the center of each location. Patio seating allows patrons to enjoy their meal or coffee in the great Austin climate.

The most popular items that La Madeleine offers are their bakery items. We recommend trying one of the seasonal fruit tarts, which is currently the Blueberry Creme Tart available for a limited time.

 

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Travis Country Residents & The Cain Team Participate in Food Drive

Cain Realty Group - Keller Williams

One of the core values at Cain Realty Group is to give where you live. Each year in Austin, Keller Williams Realty hosts a food drive for all their Real Estate agents to participate in and of course the Cain Realty Group team got in on the action! On October 16th, our team passed out bags to over 500 homes in Travis Country, asking each home to fill the bag with can goods that could be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Two days later, we went back out to collect the filled bags. With the help of Travis Country residents, our team contributed toward a total of 25,500lbs of food donated in the Austin area! Thanks to those of you whose participation made this happen!

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Austin Valentine's Date Ideas Near Travis Country

Austin's Valentine's Date Ideas Near Travis CountryIf you are stressing about Valentine's Day, then Cain Realty Group is here to help! Our team has compiled a list of fabulous restaurants for an Austin Valentine's date near Travis Country. We have tons of great ideas to help you plan your best Valentine's Day.

February 14th may be one of the busiest nights of the year for the restaurant industry. Many eateries in the area require reservations for Valentine's Day. If you aren't so great with advance planning, the team at Cain Realty Group recommends Jack Allen's Kitchen (located in Oak Hill) which is a personal favorite of the team for brunch. 

If you and your sweetheart are more in the mood for a casual night out, there are plenty of options for a low-key night. Blue Dahlia, located in the West Lake area, is a European Bistro that offers a variety of fresh and lite salads, sandwiches, and other entrees with an assortment of hot teas and coffees, as well as several Valentine's Day specials. The Grove off Bee Caves Road is another great option. This wine bar offers Italian fare, and we are partial to their delicious specialty pizzas. Mandola's...

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