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March 2016

There are 4 blog entries for March 2016.

Graduate Programs at UT Ranked among Nation’s Best

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 at 5:25pm. 1,819 Views

UT Austin graduate school rankingsMore than 40 graduate programs at the University of Texas at Austin rank in the top 10 of U.S. News & World Report's 2017 edition of "Best Graduate Schools," and three programs rank number one in the United States.

The three programs named top in the nation in their respective disciplines are accounting in the McCombs School of Business, petroleum engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering, and Latin American history in the College of Liberal Arts.

Beyond the number one rankings, some of the top ten rankings:

The College of Pharmacy ranks third in the U.S. and third among public universities.

The School of Information ranks sixth in the United States and fifth among public universities.

The School of Social Work ranks seventh

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics March 2016

Monday, March 21st, 2016 at 6:42pm. 1,656 Views

Austin-area Home Prices Still Increasing

Estates above Lost Creek homesAustin-area home price growth still shows no sign of slowing down. Compared to February of 2015, median home prices for February 2016 increased eight percent to a median price of $269,900, according to a Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Home sales increased 2.9 percent year-over-year, to a total of 1,783 home sales in February 2016. This follows an almost 2 percent decrease in home sales in January 2016, an anomaly when put in context of recent years – at least so far.

Housing inventory has been tight in Austin for years, but Austin did at least add .1 months to its supply compared to last February, for a total inventory supply of 2.1 months. This was

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U.S. News Ranks Austin as #2 Best City to Live

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 6:12pm. 2,706 Views

Austin Texas downtownU.S. News & World Report has released its latest rankings for Best Places to Live in the United States, with Austin taking the second spot in the nation for its quality of life, job market, the value of living here, and people’s desire to live here. Austin’s overall score was 7.7 out of 10. Denver, Colorado ranked first. Fayetteville, Arkansas; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; and Colorado Springs, Colorado rounded out the top five.  

The report stated that while the median sales price for Austin homes is well above the national average, “Austinites' pocketbooks benefit from no personal or corporate income tax, and a low state and local tax rate.” It also cited the relative value of housing, when considering housing costs compared to median household

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Austin, Texas: America’s Most Popular Relocation Destination

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 12:11pm. 2,314 Views

Austin town lakeIf it ever was a secret, it seems word definitely is out now about the high quality of life in Austin, Texas. Data from the United States Census shows the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area is the number one relocation destination in the U.S. among metro areas with a million residents or more. The Austin area demonstrated a 5.4% population increase from domestic migration between 2010 and 2013. It was followed by Raleigh, North Carolina at a 3.7% increase and San Antonio-New Braunfels at a 3.2% increase.

A Bloomberg report on the numbers noted that cities like San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Greater New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. didn’t make the list, and instead were losing residents to what it termed the second-tier metros in terms of

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