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Countdown to Christmas: Austin dogs are ready for the holidays
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Austin is known for being a dog-friendly city, and Austinites take their role as dog-owner seriously.

Seriously enough that if you're not in the Christmas spirit, you can count on the pups in this city to put a smile on your face with their Christmas getup.


Here are some Instagram dogs of Austin who are ready for the holidays:

Kala

Rigby

Hamilton

Gunner

Izzy

Bailey

Lucas, Brooklyn and Cooper

Bentley

Chili

Villa

Mocha

Bowie


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With Christmas only 10 days away, some Austin residents might be looking to adopt or foster a pup for the holidays. Whether you're able to foster or want to add a new fluffy member to the family, local shelters, such as Austin Pets Alive!, Austin Animal Center and Austin Humane Society have you covered. You can check out their websites for more information on fostering or adopting.

This story is part of a holiday series counting down to Christmas so make sure to visit Austonia tomorrow, as we reach nine days until Christmas.

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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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