* Mortgage calculator – A note about estimating ownership costs…you may want to ask us for suggested numbers to plug into the insurance and property tax lines. Taxes are assessed by several different entities and can vary by neighborhood. 

* City of Austin utilities – Click around the not-so-great City site or just call 311 to learn about the different trash can sizes, alternative energy programs, rebates, and more.

* Travis County Appraisal District – Check out taxes by address.

* Austin Chronicle – The Chronicle is our go-to source for information about City politics.