Hey, June! 

Summer has arrived. Schools are out, temperatures are high, and everyone is on the hunt for a swimming hole, lake, creek, or backyard pool. Congratulations to the kids who ended the school year in a more normal way than they started it, especially the Class of 2022!  

During the month of May, we received a lot of phone calls about property taxes, and we provided a lot of advice to our clients about how to best address their rising assessed values. The deadline has passed for protesting your assessed value, but if we can help you to either file for your Homestead Exemption or to consider protesting next year, please let us know. Also, if you have primary mortgage insurance (PMI) on your mortgage and think you might be able to remove that because your values are up, please call us, and we’ll talk you through that as well. 

The market is really interesting right now. It’s a great time to sell as home values are at an all time high. But, in the last few weeks, it’s also become a good time to buy. Due to rising interest rates, some buyers are sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what happens. Buyer demand in our market is still high, but with some buyers sitting back and others experiencing buyers' fatigue, we’re seeing a unique opportunity for buyers with reduced competition and a small amount of leverage that they haven’t had in the past 2+ years. We don’t recommend sitting back if you’re a buyer. Inventory has increased significantly over the last 6 weeks, and with less competition and interest rates near historic lows, it's now a great time to buy in Central Texas! 

All my best! 
Meredith Alderson + Lisa Harrell

Market Stats & Local News

Top under-the-radar neighborhoods according to Austin's best real estate agents

According to Austin Home, the votes are in, and the public has spoken on Austin’s Best Real Estate Agents. With such a knowledgeable resource at our fingertips, we just had to gather insight on where to move next. Looking for a home, or just want to see if your current stomping grounds made the cut? 

Here's what Heyday principal agent, Meredith Alderson, had to say:

"Brentwood. Great location, walkability to some cute things, nice trees, and an eclectic mix of homes."  
- Meredith Alderson
The Heyday Group / Compass

Is your neighborhood on the list? 
Take a look here.
OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT: South first condos that just broke ground

Austin continues its expansion.

With a completion date of 2023, the One Oak mixed-used development in Bouldin Creek just broke ground. The property includes 106 residences ranging from one-bedroom condos to three-bedroom penthouses. Framing the east side of South First Street, the ground level of One Oak will feature storefronts of boutique shops and markets, wellness studios, and more.

Read more about the One Oak Community  here.

Four Seasons Lake Austin Resort

American businessman, entrepreneur, and co-founder of  1-800 Contacts, Johnathan Coon, has his eyes set on luxury living. 

After years of making offers, Coon and his wife were finally able to purchase the land overlooking Lake Austin, with a vision in mind. The Four Seasons Lake Austin Resort: A singular residence experience in a private resort setting.

Take a seat. Learn more about Coon and his vision here, and see the resort site plan here.
Check out Room & Board's first Austin showroom

There are so many new & past design trends in 2022. Making changes to your home can be time consuming, costly, and difficult to envision. 

Fans of modern, sustainable furniture, rejoice: Room & Board's second Texas location recently opened in the Domain NORTHSIDE. The 12,000-square-foot showroom features inspirational room vignettes and customizable home decor, from ergonomic office staples to buttery soft accent pillows and organic room fragrances. 

Learn more from Austin Monthly here.

New to The Heyday Group!

Carlos Contreras
Client Success Manager

The Heyday Group is thrilled to welcome Carlos Contreras as the new Client Success Manager! His passion for learning and commitment to serving others is unmatched. 

Carlos is a native Austinite who currently lives in S. Austin with his beautiful wife, Crystal, and his perfect kid, Carlos. Throughout his life, Carlos has enjoyed seeing Austin grow into the multimedia hub it is today. Prior to joining Heyday, Carlos was a History teacher in AISD - summer break meant visiting local pools and going to new restaurants and food trucks! But, his favorite thing to do with family and friends is to go out for movie night at the Austin institution, the Alamo Drafthouse. 

In one word, Carlos is eclectic. He loves all types of music, movies, games, and activities. He even has a blue belt in Jiujitsu and a red belt in Muay Thai! 
He loves staying home to cook or create art, as well as going out to new bars, trying upscale drinks, and spending time with friends over a good bottle of wine.

Carlos is super excited to join Heyday! Let's learn a little more about Carlos:

Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in South Austin. I have seen it grow from a tiny college town to the big city we all know today.
What made you interested in real estate?
I have been teaching for the last 9 years and am brand new to real estate. I love the idea of helping people reach their dream of owning a home. It is such an important milestone for many, and it gives us a real chance to make an impact on people's lives!

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Austin?
My favorite restaurant changes all the time, but I will never say "no" to BBQ from Kruez Market in Lockhart, Texas! I grew up going there on weekends with my grandparents - I have an emotional connection with the flavor and atmosphere of their food.  

What genre(s) of music do you like to listen to?
I love all types of music, but my favorite has to be Hip-Hop. I majored in history at St. Edward's University, where I did my senior thesis on The History of Hip-Hop and Its Impact on American History. 

What other hobbies do you have outside of being a star member at Heyday!?
I really enjoy cooking. I have been making food for my family since I was very young. Now, I love trying to make new dishes and put my own twist on older recipes! 

Where is your favorite place you've ever traveled? Do you have a destination on your Bucket List?
My favorite trip ever was to the Bahamas! It was such a calm and beautiful place. I love the laid-back atmosphere of the whole island. Next, I hope to visit Greece! I love Grecian history as well as its stunning scenery.

If you had one superpower, what would it be?
I would have super-strength! I always enjoyed reading comics featuring stronger heroes and villains.

What is your favorite thing about the Heyday group?
I fell in love with Heyday since the first message I received during the hiring process. It was such a personal and positive interaction compared to other places. Since that first interaction, I knew this was the place. Every person here is helpful, kind, and welcoming. I am so excited to bring my talents to this already fantastic team! 

Welcome to the Heyday Team, Carlos!

Community Spotlight

The Drop-In Summer Concert Series

The Drop-In is back! 
This free outdoor concert series May 26-August 11 will take place on the Hartman Concert Lawn.

Learn more about this summer-long event here.

16 Food trucks you have to try in 

Austin, TX this summer

1. Spicy Boys Fried Chicken

2. Pepe's Tacos

3. Luke's Inside Out Food Truck

4. Patrizi's Italian Food Truck

5. The Churro Co

6. Kreyol Korner

7. Dee Dee

8. VIA 313 Pizza

9. Texsueño

10. Veracruz All-Natural

11. Burro Cheese Kitchen

12. Sammataro Pizza Truck

13. Tommy Want Wingy

14. Sno Beach

15. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

16. The Happy Grilled Cheese

Come hungry! Read more here.

Zach Theatre of Austin presents
The Sound of Music 
June 15th - July 24th

The hills are alive in this intimate, heartfelt reimagining of the beloved musical classic bringing the Von Trapp Family to life in a ZACH360 experience where The Topfer is transformed into a lively biergarten.  Maria’s sunny nature and passion for music brings joy and laughter back into the aching Von Trapp family, and melts the Captain’s icy heart.

Purchase your tickets here.

Enchanted Rock
16710 Ranch Rd 965, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Not sure what to do this summer? 

Austin is central to numerous parks & preserves. Just 45 min outside of the city in Fredericksburg lies Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. 

It's a badge of honor for every Texan to hike to the summit of this 1,825ft peak of the pink granite batholith. Spend the rest of the day roaming the land or visit the city for a local wine tasting.

Visit the park here.

Soul Food Truck Fest

Saturday, June 18th, the Soul Food Truck Fest returns to celebrate Juneteenth with music, fun, family health, and the taste of soul food! From 11am-7pm, at Huston-Tillotsun University, gather to celebrate African-American food, community, culture and heritage.

Learn more and purchase your tickets here.

Home Design

2022 Home Design Trends: Outdoor Living

The sun is shining every day now here in Austin, which means PATIOS are the place to hang! 
Outdoor furniture has reached a new level of form and function. Patios are becoming more elevated and design focused - extensions of our interior decor! Whether it's modern, coastal, farmhouse, or industrial, building a cozy outdoor space is a MUST.

Dip into Summer

Tubing in Texas: Float your way into summer with this river guide

The Austin Area hosts some of the best locations to spend a day drifting down the "lazy" river. Summer is here and we Texans love to spend our warm summer days outdoors! Grab your family & friends for a 6-hour float down one of the iconic regional rivers.

Which river should you float? 
1. San Marcos River
2. Comal River
3. Guadalupe River

How should you prepare?
- Always wear sunscreen
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
- Bring a snack
- Wear something you can get wet in
- Grab a hat & some sunglasses
- Bring waterproof gear (camera, phone case, etc.)
- Prevent polluting by having a trash bag with you
- Plan a good meal after the ride
- Be safe & aware of your surroundings

For more information on rivers & excursions, click here.

Visit The Heyday Group!

1723 Nelson Ranch Loop

For Sale

Cedar Park

4 bed | 3.5 bath

Seller Represented by Meredith Alderson

7505 Jester Boulevard

For Sale

NW Austin

4 bed | 2.5 bath

Seller Represented by Lisa Harrell

1925 Teagle Drive

Under Contract

South Austin

2 bed | 2.5 bath

Seller Represented by Meredith Alderson

8603 Stillwood Lane

Under Contract

North Shoal Creek
4 bed | 2 bath

Seller Represented by Miranda Molen

1735 Westmeadow Trail

For Sale

Round Rock

3 bed | 2 bath

Seller Represented by Meredith Alderson

14515 Callan Court

For Sale


4 bed | 2.5 bath

Seller Represented by Jill Schavrda
Under Contract

3 bed | 2 bath

Seller Represented by Anna Uliassi

4014 North Hills Drive


N Hills

3 bed | 2 bath

Seller Represented by Meredith Alderson
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Principal, Realtor®

The Heyday Team

Meredith Alderson
Principal, REALTOR®
Lisa Harrell
Principal, Broker Associate
Baker Harrell, PhD
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 www.trec.texas.gov. 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