Happy May! 

We hope this finds you eagerly awaiting summer as you prepare for fun getaways, local festivals, the end of the school year, and any exciting adventures that you may have planned. 

Over the past 3 weeks, we have witnessed a much needed uptick in housing inventory. YAY! Our recent experience with buyers has been that while the market is still extremely competitive, it's less so due to more homes to choose from and rising interest rates. The number of offers on each home has been reduced, but we’re finding that the end sales price is still over asking and buyers are still required to write very strong offers to compete. For our sellers, we’re finding that it’s incredibly important to price well. We are seeing price reductions rise which is an indicator that some sellers are pricing too high. Things are shifting week-to-week, and we are always happy to share our real-time experience with you to help you successfully navigate our dynamic market. 

And, a final reminder - the protest deadline for county-assessed home values is mid-May. 
Check your county's appraisal district website for more info, and please contact us with any questions.

All my best! 
Meredith Alderson + Lisa Harrell

Market Stats & Local News

Massive mixed-use development along Lady Bird Lake now a step closer to reality 

Documents show that more than 1,300 residential units could be constructed on the land, 55 of which would be for affordable housing. Plans also include a 275-key hotel, more than a million square feet of office space, and 150,000 square feet dedicated to retail.

Learn more here.
Austin is ranked No. 2 best-performing city for economic resilience and opportunity

Austin moves up one place from its No. 3 overall ranking last year (2021). The metro area ranked fourth in five-year job growth, third in short-term job growth, and sixth in five-year wage growth. 

Austin's highly educated workforce, ample space for expansion and development, and lack of corporate and state tax, makes it a prime location for established tech companies and newer businesses to grow. 

Because of its rapid growth, home-sale prices have more than doubled from a median of $216,000 in 2011 to $536,000 today. Housing affordability will continue to be an extensive topic as Austin undergoes an accelerating transformation.

Read more about Austin's extensive growth here.
2001 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
New construction efficiency / micro unit apartments on South First – near everything you love about Austin and minutes to downtown.

All the living you can pack into Austin’s South First Street – and more.
Bruno is 42 studios, lofted studios, and 1 bedroom apartments. Community space is set around an enormous 500-year-old oak tree. Let life’s sunshine light you up.
Lady Bird Lake. Drinks. Food. Live easy, live hard, or mix it up. Bouldin Creek is your spot.

Learn more about BRUNO and join the VIP list at Storybuilt, here.


Anna Uliassi

Since 2007, Anna has called Austin home and real estate her passion. She grew up just outside of Chicago and realized she was ready to escape the snow and find a lifestyle that suited her love of the outdoors and, of course, tacos. On a whim, Anna was driving to Arizona and got as far as South Congress, when she decided to move to Austin instead.
Anna has been in real estate for the last 15 years. 
What she loves most about it is "no two days are ever the same…ever. I get to meet and work with the coolest people, and I’m always learning." If you've ever met Anna, this is evident. Nevertheless, Anna is a multi-faceted woman. Here are some fun facts about her that you may not know!

What are some of your favorite things to do in Austin?
My favorite things to do in Austin revolve around being outside: hiking, paddle boarding, swimming holes.

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Austin?
There are so many good restaurants in Austin it’s hard to pick one but my go to is always Justine’s. #steakfritesforever

What genre(s) of music do you like to listen to?
My favorite kind of music is folky southern rock: the Avertt brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Wilco, things like that. Austin is a great place for music.

We have to know what other hobbies you have in addition to remodeling investment properties!
Hello, my name is Anna and I’m a serial hobbyist. I’ve done a little of everything: sewing, vegetable gardening, rucking, macramé, lol. But as far as hobbies that have stuck, I love a great workout, anything related to dogs, skiing, hiking and house projects (I can make light fixtures out of tumbleweed). And plants, plants are my new hobby! I also have an airstream and I love traveling in it whenever I have the chance!

Where is your favorite place you've ever traveled? Do you have a destination on your Bucket List?
My favorite place I’ve ever travelled to will always be Italy (I’m Italian) with Nicaragua being a close second. I surfed there with my son several years ago and I can’t wait to go back. Bucket list is definitely Morocco, Iceland and Patagonia.

If you had one superpower, besides being an incredible Mom, what would it be?
The ability to travel back in time. There’s some things I’d like to do/see/relive again, but I don’t want to travel to the future! I like surprises 

What is your favorite thing about the Heyday group?
I love being a part of a smart, fun, collaborative group of people who are doing things and living life to its fullest all while creating a superior real estate experience and company for our clients. 

Read Anna's team bio on our website here!

Community Spotlight

Bat Watching 101

Starting in late March and continuing through early fall, North America's largest urban bat population calls Austin home. The bats begin to wake up and start their night flight around sunset. The first few bats begin to trickle out from under the bridge then. After the sun sets, the show really begins, and hundreds to thousands of bats pour out and cascade East over Lady Bird Lake. 

Find out when & where to see the bats here.

Pecan Street Festival

Spring 2022 Festival on May 7 & 8

The Pecan Street Festival is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts/crafts and music festivals in the nation presented by The Pecan Street Association, a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization. The festival has been produced by Special Events Live since 2006.

Learn more about the Spring Festival here.

Home Design

Mirrors: Design Tips

A beautiful mirror can be used to amplify light, add drama, create interesting reflections and frame views. Here are a few not-so-secret design hacks using mirrors!

1) Brighten a room 
2) Create a focal point 
3) Create a mock window 
4) Play around with symmetry & shapes 
5) Try a flourish with mirrored wall art 

Design your home to be one of a kind! Whether you're settling into or selling the space, a mirror can enhance any room!

Spring in Austin

Spring Bucket List
Austin, TX

1. Witness wildflowers in bloom
2. Spend a rainy day shopping in West 6th District
3. Attend a spring festival
4. Make a splash at a swimming hole
5. Explore must-see museums
6. Drink & dine on a patio
7. Picnic in the park
8. Hike Mount Bonnell
9. Shop local at the farmers market
10. Dine at a food truck
11. Get outdoors
12. Head to the hill country

For more information on locations and events, click here.

Visit The Heyday Group!

11814 Indianhead Dr

 Under Contract

North Austin
3 bed | 2 bath

Seller Represented by Lisa Harrell

501 Post Oak Rd

Just Sold

3 bed | 3 bath

Buyer Represented by Tina Hambly

6600 Bradley

Just Sold

University Hills
5 bed | 3 bath

Buyer Represented by Lisa Harrell

5707 Swayden Ln

Under Contract

South Austin
3 bed | 2.5 bath

Seller Represented by Meredith Alderson
Under Contract

5 bed | 2 bath

Seller Represented by Meredith Alderson

504 Canion St

Under Contract


3 bed | 2 bath

Buyer Represented by Lisa Harrell
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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