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Tech It Up A Notch

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 9am - 4pm

Join WCREALTORS for a day of technology & education. The morning starts out with Introduction to RPR (1 CE Hour, Course # Pending, Provider#0001) at 9am followed by Advanced RPR (2 CE Hour, Course # Pending, Provider#0001) at 10:30am, both taught by Leslie Van Burkleo. Alternatively, you can be one of the first to take WCREALTORS' newest course, Optimizing Your Recommendation Engine (2 CE Hours, Course #Pending) which begins at 9am as well. Technology Vendors will be set up and ready to go at 12:00 PM for you to explore and learn how to grow your business.  At 1:30pm, Nobu Hata from NAR will give his Keynote Presentation, "The REALTOR® of the Future" focusing on using the internet, and other technology to grow your business in the information age! Throughout the day, vendors from various technology companies will be on hand to discuss ways they can help you grow your business as well. This is a FREE event, but you are encouraged to RSVP to ensure we have enough seats available! More Information | Register Now

26th Annual Golf Classic

Monday, May 18th - 11:30 Shotgun Start

It's time again for the biggest event of the year; polish your nine iron and practice your putting skills -- WCREALTORS will be hosting the 26th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, May 18th! Registration & Putting Tournament begin at 10:00am with the shotgun start beginning at 11:30. All players on your team MUST arrive and be registered prior to 11:15am to be eligible to place in tournament. The price is only $150 per player for a chance to complete on one of the most exclusive courses in Williamson County. We sell out every year, please register early to secure your space! Contact Kent Prickett at 512.255.6211 or for more information. Player Registration | Advertising Opportunities

Industry News
Williamson County Housing Statistics - February 2015

February was another record setting month for Williamson County according to the data in the ACTRIS Multiple Listing Service, leading many to expect a record setting year for real estate in Williamson County.

Home prices also hit an all-time high with a median sales price of $232,382, an increase of 16.19% over last year. The number of homes sold increased slightly at 578 homes, a 3.03% increase over February 2014. More surprising was the total volume closed in Williamson County with over $143.8 million in inventory moved, a modest 14.14% increase from last year, and a whopping 117% increase from February 2011.

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Freddie Mac economists are bullish on housing.

“This month kicks off spring home buying season,” says Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac. “Between now and the end of June, we’ll see about 40 percent of all home sales for the year.”

It’s that optimism that has Freddie Mac forecasters expecting 2015 “to be the best year for home sales and new home construction since 2007, when total home sales were about 5.8 million for the year,” according to their U.S. Economic and Housing Market Outlook for March.

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Has Zillow or Trulia contacted you about sale price data?

Texas REALTORS® are receiving requests from Trulia to provide sold data. If you’ve received such a request from Trulia or any party other than your local MLS to report or submit sale price information, keep the following in mind:

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News You Can Use
Williamson County Clears the Air

The Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a new ground-level ozone standard by October that could impact road development and industrial growth projects in Williamson County if it is not met.

On March 10 the Williamson County Commissioners Court approved a draft letter of suggestions and comments to the EPA to urge the agency to reconsider the severity of the impact of the possible new standards.

“I think everyone here wants clean air—that’s not the issue,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Lisa Birkman said. “I think what we’re trying to say is we want [regulations] to be reasonable.”

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Brushy Creek Park Dam and Trail to Receive Improvements

In September 2010, Tropical Storm Hermine brought widespread flooding to Williamson County, dropping nearly 11 inches of rain in 24 hours in areas including Cedar Park.

The flooding caused more than 2 feet of water to flow over the auxiliary spillway at Dam No. 7 in Brushy Creek Lake Park in Cedar Park, which was built in 1964. According to the Texas Floodplain Management Association, the flood damaged 687 homes in Williamson County. Of those 687, about 150 had major damage from flooding the homes with about 24 to 48 inches of water. The TFMA report shows 32 houses were destroyed after more than 48 inches of water flooded those homes.

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