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It'll be a few months before bucking bulls come to Austin's Moody Center, but the city's new professional bull riding team still put on a show with its first-ever event at Republic Square on Thursday.

As the newest addition to the Professional Bull Riding league, the Austin Gamblers welcomed its new home with PBR legends, including Gamblers' head coach Michael Gaffney, PBR 2020-21 World Champion Jose Vitor Leme, 2019 Rookie of the Year Dalton Kasel and 2016 World Champ Cooper Davis.

The Gamblers announced its upcoming schedule—and new part-owner Michael Dell—along with live and mechanical bulls, live music, food trucks and more at the downtown Austin event.

Austin's newest pro team will join the new PBR Team Circuit with 10 tournament-style events across the country before hosting the Moody Center's first sporting event August 26-28.


A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'typical' Austin home

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, but prices here are still moving up. ABoR's latest numbers peg the City of Austin median home price at $633,000 in July, the most recent month of data available.

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 is roughly the "average" Austin home right now.

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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Camp Fimfo Waco, a brand new camping resort, is kicking off football and fall camping season in style! With top-notch amenities, premium accommodations, and 10 weekends of fall fun, there’s no better place to have a fall camping getaway, especially if you’re a Baylor football fan!

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