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Texas Land Price Increases Slow

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 at 3:31pm. 123 Views

Austin hill country land pricesInterested in a piece of Texas land? A recent slowdown in price increases indicates this may be a good time to jump into the land market. According to a report by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University’s Charles E. Gilliland and Tian Su, Texas land markets in the third quarter of 2017 experienced their lowest year-over-year price increases since fourth quarter 2015. While the market still experienced an increase, the Center reports the “Texas land markets seemed headed for a breather” following a rebound the previous three quarters.

The statewide gain for land market prices was at 1.78 percent year-over-year. This “muted” price increase, compared to the levels of 2013 to 2015, was the result of 5,766 total land transactions, an active total

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics November 2017

Friday, November 17th, 2017 at 4:43pm. 318 Views

2017 on pace to be another record-breaking year

south austin homesThe real estate market for the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area is poised for another record-breaking year in 2017, following an increase in home sales in October 2017. According to the Austin Board of REALTORS® Central Texas Housing Market Report, Austin-area single family home sales in October increased 2.2 percent over 2016 to 2,292 home sales.

Fueling this increase were county sales, with Travis County increasing 1.4 percent to 1,124 home sales, Williamson County increasing 5.4 percent to 794 home sales, and Hays County increasing 6.2 percent to 274 home sales. The city of Austin experienced a decline in home sales compared to last year, with a decrease of 1.7 percent to 699 home

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Texas Housing Market Rebounds after Hurricane

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 5:34pm. 295 Views

Austin home salesEven after Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, which resulted in 71,000 uninhabitable homes, the Texas housing market experienced a rebound in September 2017, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. The Houston market represents 25 percent of the Texas housing market, and with uninhabitable homes plus 270,000 damaged homes in the Gulf Coast metropolitan statistical areas, additional pressure has been placed on inventory as people search for new places to live. Houston sales postponed from late August to September also were a driving force in increasing Texas home sales 2.6 percent.

Sales did decline in many areas when compared to 2016’s record-breaking sales. Austin experienced a 4.5 percent decline in home sales, and Dallas

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Austin: United States' Most Changed City

Monday, October 30th, 2017 at 5:41pm. 361 Views

Austin housing pricesLongtime residents of Austin, Texas might be heard saying, “This city sure has changed.” And they’d be right, according to a MagnifyMoney study, which named Austin the most changed metro area in the United States over the last ten years.

Looking at nine elements of change from 2006 to 2016 among the 50 largest metros, Austin ranked number one with a score of 90.4 out of 100. Change factors included commute times, building permits, median age, employment, income, housing prices, rent, crime rate, and recent moves.

From these factors, Austin had the fastest job growth in the nation, increasing 40+ percent since 2006. And a staggering 60 percent of Austin residents have moved since 2010, for a third in the nation score. This mobility is even with

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Even with a Hurricane, Texas Economy Thrives

Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 4:15pm. 364 Views

texas jobsEven with the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas economy is continuing to create more jobs, according to the Monthly Review of the Texas Economy by Ali Anari with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

From September 2016 to September 2017, Texas gained 256,100 nonagricultural jobs for an annual growth rate of 2.1 percent. The national growth rate for the same time period was 1.2 percent. Texas nongovernmental jobs increased by 230,300, and this created an annual growth rate of 2.3 percent. The national growth rate was 1.4 percent. Job creation was led by the metro areas of Corpus Christi, College Station-Bryan, El Paso, Midland, Dallas-Plano-Irving, Fort Worth-Arlington, Austin-Round Rock, and Odessa.

The only industry not to add more

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CBRE Names Austin #8 Top Tech Talent

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 1:14pm. 642 Views

Austin tech businessCBRE Inc. ranked Austin, Texas number eight on its Tech Talent Scorecard for 2017 that ranked large metro areas in the United States and in Canada. This is a drop from Austin’s 2016 number five ranking, but it still highlights the city’s tech focus and business friendly reputation, according to the report.

Austin received a total score of 58.73. Total tech talent in Austin has seen 28.3 percent growth from 2011, with employment in 2016 at 68,810. The average wage is $91,443, an increase of 7.6 percent from 2011 to 2016.

With its employment breakdown, based on April 2017’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the highest paid tech talent was for Computer & Information Systems Managers, who had an average wage of $154,140. This was followed by

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Real Estate Center’s Monthly Review of the Texas Economy

Friday, September 1st, 2017 at 12:13pm. 752 Views

Austin businessesWhile the effects of Hurricane Harvey on the Texas economy remain to be seen, the recent shape of the Texas economy was strong. Texas had an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent in nonagricultural jobs from July 2016 to July 2017. This was a gain of 293,400 nonagricultural jobs and was higher than the United States’ employment growth rate of 1.5 percent, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University’s latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy. Nongovernmental jobs grew at a rate of 2.6 percent, higher than the U.S. rate of 1.7 percent, for a total addition of 266,000 jobs.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Texas in July 2017 declined to 4.3 percent from the July 2016 rate of 4.7 percent. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate

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Austin is #1 City where Millennials Live Alone

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 3:06pm. 777 Views

Austin millennialsThere is a bit of surprising news about millennials living in Austin, according to realtor.com, which analyzed 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data on the largest metro areas in the nation. Of these largest metros, millennials in Austin are the most likely to live alone, with 11.2 percent of millennials renting or owning a home solo.

The article listed median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Austin at $1,130, with the median home listing price at $391,900. Neither of these would be considered “cheap” on a statewide level, but they still aren’t as high as some larger coastal or tech cities. What, then, puts Austin at number one? The article suggests that many millennials move here from the more expensive cities but then telecommute, keeping their higher

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Austin Jobs Grow by 3.3 Percent

Monday, May 15th, 2017 at 9:55am. 720 Views

Austin jobsAustin jobs grew by 3.3 percent in the 12 months ending March 2017, an addition of 32,700 net new jobs, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and compiled by the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

This growth makes Austin the tenth fastest growing major metropolitan area of the 50 largest metropolitan areas, in regards to jobs. Dallas was the first fastest growing, with a growth rate of 4.1 percent. No other Texas cities made the top ten, with Fort Worth coming in 16th with growth of 2.9 percent, San Antonio coming in 21st with growth of 2.4 percent, and Houston coming in 44th with growth of one percent.

Austin Snapshot: March 2016 to March 2017

  • Austin added 32,700 net new jobs in the 12 months

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Austin #8 Best Large City in U.S. to Start a Business

Friday, May 12th, 2017 at 5:03pm. 678 Views

Austin start businessAustin, Texas is the eighth best large city in the United States in which to start a business, according to Wallet Hub’s 2017 list. Using 18 metrics ranging from office space affordability to five-year business-survival rate, Austin was the top city in Texas to make the list, followed by Amarillo in ninth place.

Austin’s total score was 53.37, compared to first-ranking Oklahoma City, which scored 56.85. In ranked categories, Austin was fourth for “Business Environment” and ninth for “Access to Resources.” Austin scored poorly, 127th, for “Business Costs.” Austin also was fourth for “Highest Average Growth in Number of Small Businesses.”

Following Oklahoma City were Salt Lake City, Utah; Charlotte, North Carolina; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Grand Rapids,

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