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Known as the live music capitol of the world, it’s no shock that Austin hosts a music festival in Zilker Park that lasts two consecutive three-day weekends. The annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, or ACL for short, is perfect for individuals of all ages, even kids, and brings its fans eight stages with more than 140 bands and artists.

Francie Little, an agent with Austin Portfolio Real Estate, a luxury real estate boutique branch of Keller Williams Realty, is a music enthusiast and veteran ACL attendee. Since it’s easy for first-timers to become overwhelmed and get lost in the crowd and excitement, Little has compiled a list of her top tips for surviving (and enjoying) the electrifying and captivating ACL Music Festival.

PLAN YOUR DAY

Visit the ACL Music Festival website and look at the band schedules. If you are unfamiliar with a band, the site has links to their music so you can see if you like them. Choose the bands you want to see, look at their set times and make note of which stage they’ll perform...

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Behind the private gates and amidst 128 acres of pristine, gently rolling land in west Austin lies the unparalleled estate, Barton Canyon Ranch. This gorgeous, equestrian property is not only breathtaking and rare, but its record-breaking $22 million price tag makes it the highest residential sale in Austin MLS history.

Francie Little, an agent with Austin Portfolio, a luxury real estate boutique branch of Keller Williams Realty, negotiated the purchase of this spectacular residence for her clients.

“This just happened to be a perfect storm,” Little said, “where they came together and agreed on what the seller was willing to take and what the buyer was willing to pay for a very unique property.”

The two-story, nearly 6,600 square foot ranch offers 4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and 3 living rooms. Its outdoor and entertaining spaces are even more impressive with a gorgeous pool and spa for cooling off in the evenings and an airy barn with multiple stalls for equines.

“The former owners are...

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — New numbers provide further proof, Austin is the hottest real estate market in the country.

The capital city is now No. 1 in the country for fast home sales, with 40 percent of homes selling within seven days. The average is 10.

Average sale prices are cresting too, running about $60,000 more than Texas cities like Dallas, Houston and San Antonio with no significant slowdown in sight.

“In some areas we saw 10 percent price increases,” said Bradley Pounds, sales manager at Watters International Reality. “The double digit increases may not continue, however, there will be a significant price increase in 2015.”

A big reason the housing market remains strong is because of the consistent growth Austin is seeing.

Earlier this year the city demographer said 110 people move to the capital city every day on average, and that takes into account all of the people who leave.

As of this April, the city demographer said Austin’s population is more than 865,000.

The entire metro area has a population of nearly 2 million...

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