We enjoyed seeing so many of your clever costumes on social media last week - we hope that you and your family enjoyed a very fun Halloween! Lisa and her family experienced their first Halloween in Colorado - they visited the Denver Zoo in costume and her girls survived their first haunted house. Meredith and her family had a great time handing out candy to all the little ghosts and goblins in their neighborhood - so much so that they ran out of candy three times!
In this month of gratitude, we are especially grateful for each of you and the work we do. While Meredith and Lisa are both repeat winners of the individual award in prior years, the Heyday team was recently recognized as a Platinum Top 50 semifinalist again this year. You make this kind of recognition possible by trusting us to help you find your place in the world.
Thank you for helping us shine so brightly. We wish you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving!

Shine on,
Meredith Alderson + Lisa Harrell

Home Design

Thanksgiving Table-Setting Ideas

Get inspired and think outside the box for your Turkey Day table this year! Browse these ideas to help you create a fun + festive ambience this holiday season! 

'Pick a palette for your table: use complementary colors through your dishes, linens, and accessories,' says Kathryn Duryea, founder of tableware brand Year & Day. 'Keep other items on the table such as glassware and florals neutral so that the different colors or patterns are the table feature.'
Austin Bungalow Gets a Stunning Makeover

A craftsman home in  Clarksville recently underwent a huge renovation, increasing the square footage and merging architectural periods and styles together to create the ultimate urban retreat. The home showcases several historic nods, including an original fireplace mantel from Austin’s famous hotel, The Driskill. The homeowners’ affinity for art also elevates the interior aesthetic, juxtaposing Austin’s iconic Umlauf sculptures with contemporary works such as George Rodrigue’s ‘Blue Dog’ paintings.

Learn more about the project here
The Biggest Fall Interior Design Trends for 2022

As the fall season kicks off, we are seeing a few common threads in the latest launches of decor and showcases of design. From new takes on plaid, to textured walls, here are some of our favorite fall design trends we hope are here to stay: 

Mixing Patterns: A rich, interesting mix of patterns on furniture, textiles, and wallpaper is huge," says Molly Torres Portnof of Date Interiors.

Rich + Muted Tones: Burgundy, evergreen, ochre are colors we are loving. It's the perfect cozy atmosphere for fall—and beyond.

Sculptural Light Fixtures: Opt for light fixtures that double as an art installation; forget boring flush mounts and chandeliers!

Find more fall design inspiration here

Heyday Holiday Recipes

Need some fresh holiday recipe ideas? The Heyday Group has you covered. Here are some of our favorite homemade treats to enjoy this holiday season...Cheers! 

Community Spotlight

Austin Food + Wine Festival 
11/4/22 - 11/6/22
Join top chefs, sommeliers, and winemakers from across the nation, as well as Austin's own acclaimed gourmet scene, for an indulgent, three-day epicurean adventure unlike any other - all topped off with live musical performances.

Learn more here
Austin Studio Tour
Weekends 11/5/22-11/20/22

The Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided art event that takes place over three weekends and combines the West Austin Studio Tour and East Austin Studio Tour. The Tour provides opportunities for artists all over Austin to connect with each other and for the public to experience incredible art scene in person.

Learn more here.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar is BACK!

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar is a fixture of the Austin holiday season. With in-person and virtual shopping options, shoppers can browse thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun and kitschy items. Blue Genie is THE place to snag one-of-a-kind holiday gifts while supporting local artists.

Check out details here.
The Ultimate Guide to Camping in Texas

Thinking of traveling this holiday season? There are some amazing campgrounds around Texas that are the perfect getaway as the weather begins to (finally) cool down. 

Some of our favorites: 
- Balmorhea State Park
- Big Bend National Park
- Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Find camp spots here!
3 Local Recipes Perfect for Game Day 

Cheer on your favorite team with some local and easy-to-make dishes and drinks, courtesy of some of the best ATX restaurants! 

Tito’s Touchdown Tea
Matt’s El Rancho’s Bob Armstrong Dip
Side Eye Pie’s Salami Chips

Find the recipes here!
Austin’s Newest Mexican Hot Spot: Este

Este is officially open on the East side! This new coastal Mexican restaurant comes from chef Fermín Núñez and Sam Hellman-Mass of Suerte. The menu focuses on coastal Mexican fare- think chile-marinated shrimp and clams dressed in habanero pico de gallo. The Este team worked with architects Matt Garcia Design and Delineate Studio, who also collaborated on Suerte, to design the space.

Learn more here!

Say Hey!

Meredith Alderson

Principal | Realtor®

Where did you grow up? 
I grew up going back and forth between Louisville, Kentucky and a small town in Southern Indiana. They were only minutes away from each other which is why sometimes I’ll say I’m from Indiana and sometimes I’ll say I’m from Kentucky. I like the option! 

What brought you to Austin?
My family relocated to Austin for a job opportunity for my husband in 2015. Our children were young enough that we felt like it was a great time to make a move if we were going to. We had never been to Austin but we had heard such great things, so we took the leap - and are so happy we did! We LOVE Austin. 

How long have you been in real estate and what is your favorite thing about it? 
I left my 18 year career in financial services technology on my 40th birthday knowing that I wanted to pivot careers and follow my passion in some way (real estate, architecture, and design always had my heart). I got my license immediately after shedding what I called the “golden handcuffs” 8 years ago and haven’t looked back with any ounce of regret. Making the move into real estate was one of the best decisions of my life. The thing that I love most about it is that I was able to transfer my corporate experience right into a different industry and treat it like a business from day 1. It’s never been a hobby for me. I am so dedicated to what I do and the satisfaction that comes from helping buyers and sellers realize their real estate dreams makes every minute completely worth it.  They say it’s not really work when you love what you do. This is absolutely the truth for me. 

What are some of your favorite things to do in and around Austin? 
We are a very active family so you’ll often times find us outside doing something. As my kids have grown up here, their schedules have taken over much of our free time (sports, sports and more sports!), but we find time to try new restaurants, attend college and professional sporting events, and regularly seek out live music! Personally one of the things I love most about my job is that I am always exploring different parts of the city. From downtown to Round Rock, From the east side to Lakeway. This city has so many different personalities and I love that my career allows me to scope things out and then return with my family. 
What’s your favorite genre of music? 
Our taste in music is so varied. If you are ever at my house you’ll likely find music playing through the house and outside. We have SONOS speakers all over our office as well! Music is so motivating for me- and we love exploring new sounds too! Having teenagers, I feel like we can also stay really current with music which is super fun! 

What other hobbies do you have outside of real estate?
My favorite thing to do is to meet a friend/client at Lady Bird Lake and walk and talk! (Open invitation if you’re reading this and want to meet me!). It’s such a great way to start the day and connecting with someone I haven’t seen for a while just sets the tone for a great day! My job is really demanding and the hours are long so most of my free time is spent with my family either exploring Austin or hanging around our yard. 

Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to? What is on your bucket list? 
My favorite trip was to Thailand. The differences between what we’re accustomed to versus the eastern traditions, culture, architecture, and food made this trip truly unforgettable. As a family, the best adventure we had together was in Costa Rica. I can’t wait to go back! We love to travel as a family and when we get the chance, you’ll find us on the road! I’d really like to go to India someday with one of my clients- and truly experience it with someone connected to the place.  That being said, the travel wish list is long- but we’re making our way through it.
Why do you love Heyday? 
What I love most about Heyday is that we have created a home for our agents and staff that feels 100% supportive and collaborative. There is no place for big egos, negativity, or dismissiveness. We lead with our hearts and we all truly care about each other and our clients. We strive each day to make each other better and hold each other accountable. I absolutely love what we have built at Heyday and am so excited about the future. 

Market Stats & Local News

Austin's Fall Market Outlook:

Thankful for some relief in the housing market!
As Thanksgiving draws near, there is so much to be grateful for this year, and we're not just talking about pumpkin pie. The past two years in the Austin market have delivered staggering home value appreciation gain for homeowners. That type of rapid growth made homebuying just out of reach for many aspiring homeowners.

The Austin market has rebalanced itself over the past few months, creating a more even playing field for buyers and sellers. This is welcome relief for many homebuyers who were sidelined by the need to compete against multiple offers, pay higher than list price, and waive appraisals and (occasionally) inspections. Today, homebuyers will have to pay a higher mortgage rate, but they also have a lot more leverage to negotiate price, repairs, and even seller-paid closing costs. There are a lot of creative solutions in the mortgage market to buy down rates, and the option to refinance if and when rates do come down is always there. In a recent article, CNN Business forecast that mortgage rates are likely to fall to around 5.4% by the end of 2023.

In the current market, sellers need to be smart about getting their property ready to sell; they can expect longer time on market; and, they may need to offer concessions to get the deal done. But, with Austin's economy still showing its strength and thousands of people continuing to move here every month, the demand for housing is still quite strong. If you want advice on buying or selling in today's market, Heyday is always here to help!
Affordable Housing Community Planned for Northeast Austin
Local nonprofit, BiGAUSTIN, recently announced the development of a $65 million resource center and "diversified, multi-use, mixed-income development" affordable housing neighborhood in northeast Austin.
Called ASPIRE, the development will be located on the northeast corner of East Braker Lane and Wedgewood Drive. The development will feature a 20,000-square-foot economic and social impact resource center that will serve as BiGAUSTIN's new headquarters. It will also feature about 400 affordable housing units. 

Learn more about the project here.
400-Acre Surf Park May Be Coming to Austin

A company called Surf Lakes is in the planning stages to build one of their surf park facilities south of the airport - about 20 minutes from downtown. Called Pura Vida, the 400-acre development is set to include a sand beach, hotels, boardwalks, shopping and residential buildings. 

Learn more about the Pura Vida development here

Home Maintenance

Fall Home Projects

As the weather starts to cool down, you have the perfect opportunity to clean up summer messes and prepare your home for colder days. Use this period to get these fall maintenance and renovation projects done!

1) Seal Air Leaks in the Attic
If you see any light shining through the exterior walls of your attic, you have air leaks (and pest entrances). Seal those off with foam insulation to keep your house warm over winter. 

2) Spread Mulch to Protect Perennials
Spread mulch among your perennial flowers and plants. This will help insulate them from frigid temperatures and also provide a bit of extra protection against animals. 

3) Replace Missing Shingles
Your roof needs to be in good shape to resist wind, rain, and snow. Replace any missing shingles and fix other signs of damage. 

4) Prepare Your Fireplace
For wood fireplaces, clean them out thoroughly, check the chimney, and make sure that you have an ample supply of wood. Gas and electric fireplaces can also benefit from an annual inspection before winter begins.

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Lisa Harrell
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Client Success Manager
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Miranda Molen
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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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