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Austin airport sees record number of fliers last day of Thanksgiving weekend
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Sunday was the busiest day Austin-Bergstrom International Airport has seen since the pandemic began in March, with 12,127 outbound passengers.


The passengers this year still represent a drop in air traffic, however. Last year, the airport had 29,697 outbound passengers the Sunday after Thanksgiving, an airport spokeswoman told Austonia.

But even as a second COVID surge is expected to take flight, ticket sales shot up dramatically. The whole Thanksgiving week brought almost 63,000 total travelers through the airport.

The previous record for the Austin-Bergstrom's busiest day under the pandemic was set earlier in November, when 11,006 people traveled through the airport on Nov. 8. And on Nov. 25, 10,843 people traveled.

Earlier this month, Austin returned to Stage 4 of COVID precautions.

Austin Public Health is urging anyone who flew to get tested for COVID-19 following travel. Even those who test negative should stay home for a week. Those who don't get tested at all should isolate themselves for two weeks. Sign up for free testing here.

The department issued post-Thanksgiving guidelines late last week.

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention says COVID symptoms can start as early as two days after exposure, or as long as two weeks.

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A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'mid-price' Austin home
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So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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