As summer begins to wind down, we are eagerly anticipating the many changes that the fall season brings - a new school year, cooler weather (fingers crossed!), and holidays with family.

We are also excited about the change that is underway at Heyday. As we have shared previously, Meredith Alderson, Lisa Harrell, and Baker Harrell partnered to launch Heyday in Austin earlier this year. Now, Heyday is expanding its footprint to Colorado.

In late July, Lisa, Baker, and their family moved to Morrison, Colorado, where they are building their new home. With the help of the Heyday team, Lisa will continue to provide the elevated level of service that she is known for to her clients in Austin, while she and Baker work to open Heyday’s Colorado office early next year. Going forward, Meredith will lead Heyday's Central Texas market, while Lisa will oversee our team's expansion throughout the Colorado market.  

In addition to expanding our footprint, we are also actively growing our team. We are seeking experienced agents in both Austin and Colorado to add to our award-winning team and fun, people-centered culture. If you or someone you know is interested in practicing real estate in a way that is different by design, please reach out to us!

Change is also afoot in the Central Texas market. While our market continues to become more balanced - benefitting both buyers and sellers - some things remain unchanged: our housing market continues to be among the very strongest and most resilient in the country; mortgage rates remain at historic lows - there was even a recent dip in mortgage rates while interest rates increased; and, our diversified economy is still the envy of all other similarly-sized regions in the U.S.

Thank you for being instrumental to our journeys and the story that we’re writing together at Heyday. We wish you and your family a wonderful start to the fall, and we hope that, like us, you are excited for the change to come.

Meredith Alderson & Lisa Harrell

Home Design

How to Dine AT HOME this summer with these stunning summer-inspired tables!

Friday night family dinner?
Hosting a lunch or dinner party with friends?
Is someone's birthday around the corner?

Dress up your table and elevate your dining experience with these tips and tricks for a beautiful summer spread!

- Pick a summer theme; bright and sunny, green and rustic, "when life gives you lemons," farmhouse fun!
- Makeshift flower vases with mason jars or ceramic pots sitting around the house
- Get fresh with florals
- Napkins and table runners steal the show in some cases!
- If you want, pick out tableware that is set for the summer occasion and save it for next year
- OR, find dining pieces that can be used during each season - think neutrals or muted jewel tones and pastels
- Layer your plates to add texture, tone, and simple elegance
- Roll your napkins and tie them with a simple thread
- Don't forget about candles - these are beautiful during the day and night!
Four Hands Furniture is driving 2022 design trends with their "livable luxury" lifestyle pieces!

Four Hands describes their style as luxurious but effortless.
- Family-friendly upholstery that has an elegant look and feel
- High-performance and state-of-the-art fabrics and leather
- Beautiful, entertaining, and easy to clean

Relaxed Sophistication
- Handmade pieces by artisans
- Sustainable and cozy linens
- Hand-carved bowls, wooden accents

Tactile Art
- Add dimension and texture with folds in paint or wall-hanging pieces
- Unique cut-outs and framing

- Camel, copper, gold, rust, and sage
- A mix of "beachside shells and West Texas foliage"

Learn about more trending styles here.

Say Hey!

Miranda Molen
Realtor ®

Miranda relocated to Austin from the San Francisco Bay Area almost a decade ago with the hopes of buying a house and learning to Texas two-step. She was a quick study on the dance floor, but the challenge of buying a home in the competitive Austin market proved to be a bit tougher.

As a single woman, the experience of closing on her first home was the most empowering moment of her life. This experience led to a healthy obsession with real estate, which ultimately inspired her to pivot from a long career in digital marketing in order to become a full-time Realtor®.
Miranda’s mission is to guide others on their journey to realize their dreams through real estate. She applies her unique data and analytics skills to identify emerging opportunities and competitive advantages for her clients in Austin’s dynamic market. Miranda’s clients appreciate her ability to simplify and streamline the home buying, selling, and investing process. Miranda loves to help her clients see this great city through her eyes and help them find the perfect place to call their own.

When she’s not out showing beautiful homes, Miranda can usually be found exploring the best new restaurants in town, catching a show at Stubb’s, knocking out a Camp Gladiator workout, or fostering orphaned kittens for Austin Pets Alive! 

Miranda is an essential part of the Heyday team -  Here are some fun facts you may not have known about her!

Where did you grow up? 
I grew up in Hermosa Beach, CA, a surf town south of Los Angeles. At the age of 18, I left the cool ocean breezes of Southern California, seeking the cloudy skies of Portland, OR, to pursue a degree in Cultural Anthropology at Reed College. After college, I had a brief stint back in Los Angeles where I embarked on a career in media and advertising that soon led me to San Francisco, where I spent the next decade. I enjoyed the bustle of city life, the beautiful architecture, and all the great wine that the Bay Area has to offer, but I eventually decided I needed a change of pace.

What brought you to Austin? 
I moved to Austin in 2013 to pursue the dream of buying a house and looking for a more relaxed way of life. I immediately fell in love with this city because of the people, the music, the culture and the real estate.

How long have you been in real estate and what is your favorite thing about it? 
The experience of buying my first home as a single woman who did it entirely on my own was the most empowering feeling of my life. I loved it so much that I began investing in real estate in 2015 and eventually got licensed in 2020. My first 2 years working as an agent has been everything I imagined and so much more. My favorite aspect of the job is working with first-time buyers who are experiencing the thrill of home-buying for the very first time. There is nothing better than sitting at the closing table with them knowing I have helped them make what is likely to be the biggest and most important purchase of their life, putting them at ease and having a great time along the way. And the cherry on top is when I get an invite to their housewarming party!

What are some of your favorite things to do in and around Austin? 
I love live music, dancing, exploring new bars and restaurants and taking a dip in one of the many natural springs in and around the city. You can often catch me seeing a Shakey Graves show at Stubb's, two-stepping at the Sagebrush, sipping a craft cocktail at the Milonga Room or lounging on the south side of Barton Springs.

Do you have a favorite restaurant? 
For the most consistently good food in town, I recommend Launderette. The branzino is out of this world! If you haven't tried it, make a reservation right now. You won't regret it.

What’s your favorite genre of music? 
My musical tastes are wildly varied, as exemplified by my eclectic record collection. But I didn't fully appreciate my love for country music until I got to Austin. I'm not talking about the pop country you hear on the radio; I'm talking about the lesser-known local gems like Ramsay Midwood, Roger Wallace, or Jo's House Band.

What other hobbies do you have outside of real estate?
My favorite things to do outside of work are hanging with my besties in Port A, playing card games, going for a hike or enjoying hot summer days in my beautiful new swimming pool. I also get a lot of joy out of fostering neonatal kittens for Austin Pets Alive!

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to? 
This is the most impossible question ever, as there are so many places I've visited that I love. Whether it's a long weekend in Marfa, a yoga retreat in Italy, a backpacking trip in Patagonia or anywhere in between, I feel most alive when I'm exploring the world.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. While I love to be in new places, I generally dislike the process of getting there. Can someone please work on this technology soon?! Elon Musk (not yet a subscriber of this newsletter, unfortunately), this has your name written all over it!

Why do you love Heyday? 
Heyday is such a special group of people. We all share remarkably high standards for client service, integrity and work ethic. But beyond the day-to-day, we just generally enjoy each other's company and have created such strong bonds of mutual trust and respect. I am humbled every day to work alongside the best team in the business. 

Heyday Gives

Back-to-School Event Series

Affordable Central Texas (ACT) and Heyday have partnered to produce an annual Back-to-School Event Series for school-age kids and their families at three of the apartment communities that ACT owns and operates. The events will serve Austin’s essential workers and their families and will provide backpacks, school supplies, and summer fun to more than 300 children.

The events are made possible through the generous support of Loan People, Penland Team, Texas Capital Bank, Heritage Title, Independence Title, and Runa Workshop.

To learn more about Heyday Gives and Affordable Central Texas, please visit our website or email us here.

Community Spotlight

Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine

NOW OPEN in North Austin!
Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine of Austin is bringing a mouthful of flavor right to your table! 

Are you a fan of the Brazilian Rodizio?
Think about all-you-can-eat PIZZA!
On July 25th, Delucca Gaucho opened its doors and it's sure to be a hit - bring your family, your friends, celebrate a birthday or the end of summer - there is something for everyone!

Check out the menu highlights and location here.
Field of Light
At Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Opening this September at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is an immersive exhibit that will bright Austin to life!

London-based artist, Bruce Munro, is world-renowned for his large-scale light-based artwork. His curiosity for light interactions and human experiences inspires the fields of lightwork and story pieces that will be present in Austin this fall.

To learn more about this stunning exhibition and to purchase tickets, click here.
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: 
The Exhibition
Now Open - August 28, 2022

It is a hot summer this year in Austin! What would you do if you could escape this heat for a day? 

You can experience one of the greatest artistic achievements in the world without even hopping on a plane. 

For more information and to purchase tickets visit:
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Austin, TX 78617
Austin's first independent Bookstore & Wine Bar!

This is why we love Austin - COMMUNITY!
What a great way to bring friendship, imagination, fiction and non-fiction, and wine to a unique and beautiful place.
Location: 1101 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

"Whether you're looking for a spot to cultivate a killer book club or just a place to enjoy quality time with a friend (real or fictional), Vintage is here for you! As a local, family-owned business in an increasingly franchise-oriented city, we are dedicated to bringing you a community as unique and wonderful as you are."

"Equal parts independent bookstore and friendly neighborhood wine bar, Vintage will help you discover extraordinary worlds, enjoy great wine, and build new friendships."
CON TODO, meaning, "with everything"

That is exactly what the Con Todo food truck will give you... the best, authentic, homemade tacos... with everything!

Visit Con Todo, parked right outside Celis Brewery: Wednesday - Friday from 3pm-10pm
Saturday - Sunday from 12pm-9pm
The owner, Joseph Gomez,  is kind, friendly, and serving up tacos that will make you come back for more!
Grab a friend, pick up some tacos, order a beer, and hang out on the back lawn for a weeknight or weekend social!

From Gomez,
"Con Todo means "with everything". Back home when ordering tacos you say your order along with "con todo!" It's just the best way to experience a taco with the rich filling, acid from the lime, una salsa que pica, fresh cilantro and sharp onion on a fresh tortilla. Our roots come from the lower Rio Grande Valley (very bottom tip of Texas) and Northern Mexico. We are inspired by our history, the women that shaped us, their hardships endured for better opportunity and family ties to the tiera where we are from. This is not "Tex-Mex". We feel the 956 (RGV area code) does not get the representation outside of the Valley we know it deserves. We are here to have our voices heard and to fill your daily taco needs! Bringing the 956 to the 512!"

Market Stats & Local News

Block 32 Tower Project
James Rambin of

“Recent permit activity for the Block 32 tower project, planned by an unknown developer for a half-block site at East Third and San Jacinto Streets a stone’s throw from the Austin Convention Center, indicates the development will contain two towers built next door to each other across two phases of construction.  It’s not yet clear if these will be apartments or condos, or something STR oriented like the nearby Natiivo.”

Read the full article here.
Clarksvillage Project Imagines a New Mixed-Use Hub for West Sixth Street
Jude Galligan at

West 6th Street has an array of restaurants and top-rated bars, but Clarksvillage Project imagines the area expanding into more residences, office spaces, boutique hotels, and shops. 

Read more about this future development here.
The Austin market is stabilizing
Miranda Molen, Realtor®

What a year it's been so far. The temperatures in Austin, gas prices, and the amount of housing inventory in Central Texas have all broken records. While the July data hasn't been officially published by ABOR yet, we saw the amount of housing inventory continue to rise - up 6% from June and up 61% from May! Meanwhile the number of pending listings, which is a good indicator of demand, shows that pending sales are down -12% in July. But, the decline in demand seems to be leveling off as the market stabilizes and people get more comfortable with the changing economy.

Mortgage interest rates actually saw a dip last week. And, a recent study by Real Page Market Analytics found that rents in the Austin-Round Rock MSA jumped 21% from Q2'21 to Q2'22.

All of these data indicate that it's a great time to buy AND sell in Central Texas. There is a lot more inventory to choose from, and buyers can still lock in historically low interest rates. And, sellers are still able to realize huge gains in home values from the past 2+ years. Median home values are up +58% from June 2020. Selling in this market simply requires the right prep work and pricing strategy to ensure that the home attracts the right buyers. So, if you've been thinking about buying or selling in the Austin market, now's the time! 

Beat the Heat!

Learn how to Beat the Heat while we still have long, hot summer days!

Austin is known for its outdoor adventures and activities, especially during summertime. We have a few ideas for staying cool and being social this summer, and more importantly, a precautionary notice for all local Austinites.

Temperatures are soaring throughout Texas and in the sunshine city, Austin, it's important to take precautions and know how to beat the heat this summer. With current weather advisories, we urge you to monitor yourself and others for any heat-related illnesses while spending time outdoors.

The City of Austin has opened multiple cooling centers, available to the public 7 days a week.
If you are anyone you know is experiencing a heat-related illness and you're within city limits, please visit 𝐡𝐭𝐭𝐩𝐬://𝐰𝐰𝐰.𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐬.𝐠𝐨𝐯/𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐬 to find out which cooling center is closest to your location and take cover.

- Get out on the water!
- Think about sunrise and sunset walks
- Find a great cocktail lounge
- Go see a movie!
- Put on your bowling shoes!
- Find an art gallery
- Don't forget: Pack lots of water and cooling towels while you're out and about

Visit The Heyday Group!

1714 Palma Plaza



2 bed | 2 bath


Seller Represented by Lisa Harrell

1708 Primrose Trail


Round Rock

3 bed | 2 bath

Seller Represented by Lisa Harrell

11225 Wyola Bend


Avery Ranch

3 bed | 2.5 bath

Seller Represented by Lisa Harrell

1735 Westmeadow Trail


Round Rock

3 bed | 2 bath

Seller Represented by Meredith Alderson

1723 Nelson Ranch Loop


Buttercup Creek

4 bed | 3.5 bath

Seller Represented by Meredith Alderson

4508 Roundup Trail


Western Trails

3 bed | 2 bath

Seller Represented by Meredith Alderson

7505 Jester Blvd


Jester Estates

4 bed | 2.5 bath

Seller Represented by Lisa Harrell

3015 Fontana Drive Unit B


South Austin

3 bed | 2.5 bath

Seller Represented by Meredith Alderson

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The Heyday Team

Meredith Alderson
Principal, REALTOR®
Lisa Harrell
Principal, Broker Associate
Baker Harrell, PhD
Carlos Contreras
Client Success Manager
Tina Hambly
Lalitha Kasal
Growth Manager 
Tessa Lauritzen
Miranda Molen
Claire Moore
Jill Schavrda
Anna Uliassi
Broker Associate 
The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) regulates real estate brokers and sales agents, real estate inspectors, home warranty companies, easement and right-of-way agents, and timeshare interest providers.You can find more information and check the status of a license holder at You can send a complaint against a license holder to TREC. A complaint form is available on the TREC website. TREC administers two recovery funds which may be used to satisfy a civil court judgement against a broker, sales agent, real estate inspector, or easement or right-of-way agent, if certain requirements are met. Real estate inpectors are required to maintain errors and omissions insurance to cover losses arising form the performance of a real estate inspection in a negligent or incompetent manner.

Please note: inspectors may limit liability through provisions in the contract or inspection agreement between the inspector and their clients. Please be sure to read any contract or agreement carefully. If you do not understand any terms or provisions, consult an attorney.

If you have questions or issues about the activities of a license holder, the complaint process, or the recovery funds, please visit the website or contact:

TREC at Texas Real Estate Commission
P.O. Box 12188
Austin, Texas 78711-2188


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