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CBRE Names Austin #8 Top Tech Talent

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 1:14pm. 353 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. 507 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. 523 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. 653 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. 597 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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Downtown Austin: Back from the Grave?

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 3:42pm. 578 Views

downtown austinIf you’ve moved to Austin within the last five years or so, you’ve probably always known downtown Austin as a trendy, happening kind of place. But it wasn’t that long ago that building a high-rise condo was a risk, that walking around after business hours meant walking alongside darkened storefronts, and that conveniences in general were conspicuously missing.  

Of course, that has all changed now! According to Realtor.com rankings, Austin is the number six city in the nation “Where Downtown Is Making a Comeback.” Its report says, “The story of downtown Austin isn’t entirely about rising from the ashes.” Instead Austin’s story is “about a small urban area known best for hole-in-the-wall bars and middle-of-the-night taco joints exploding into a full-on

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U.S. Census: Austin’s Raw Growth Equals 1,042.7 More People Each Week

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at 2:03pm. 698 Views

austin homes lakeTurns out the oft-cited statistic of Austin growing by 150 people per day wasn’t quite right. The final tally shows that the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area grew by more like 159 people per day in 2016, according to an article in the Austin Business Journal.

This was a 2.9 percent annual growth rate for the Austin MSA, which includes the counties of Travis, Hays, Williamson, Burnet, and Caldwell. This made it the ninth fastest growing MSA in the United States, according to United States Census Bureau data. Hays County, which includes the cities of Buda and Kyle, was the third fastest growing county in the U.S., with growth of 5.1 percent.

For a timeline comparison, the Austin-Round Rock MSA had a quaint July 2010 population of

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Austin the #1 Place to Live in the USA

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 5:13pm. 693 Views

Austin number one in U.S.How does it feel, Austin, Texas? You live in the best city in the United States of America.

U.S. News & World Report named Austin tops in the country in its annual Best Places to Live rankings of the 100 most populous metro areas, up from the second spot last year. It had an overall score of 7.8 based on desirability, value, the job market, quality of life, and net migration. The rankings are “intended to help readers make the most informed decision when choosing where to settle down,” according to U.S. News.

Denver, Colorado; San Jose, California; Washington, D.C., and Fayetteville, Arkansas rounded out the top five.

Quality of life was 30 percent of the overall score, and for this metric, Austin scored a 7.3. Quality of life took into account

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Austin-area Home Starts Near Pre-Recession Levels

Monday, November 7th, 2016 at 5:29pm. 664 Views

Austin new home constructionAustin-area home starts hit their highest level in six years in 3Q16, nearing the peak level that occurred in 2006, according to Metrostudy. Its survey of the Austin housing market showed a total of 4,067 home starts, near the 4,387 home starts that occurred 1Q06. The report stated the third quarter numbers imply a “ramping up” of spec inventory in order to meet year-end goals. The new home starts pace for the year is 13,402 units, the highest in almost nine years.

“Though Austin is growing more competitive given the recent and pending opening of new subdivisions as well as new builders in the market, overall the market is performing well,” said Vaike O’Grady, Regional Director of Metrostudy’s Austin market. “Demand shows no signs of easing, and supply

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What’s the Least Expensive Month to Buy a Home in Austin?

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 1:17pm. 1,029 Views

Rollingwood homesHome buying in January might land buyers a much better deal. This is according to Nerd Wallet, which used Realtor.com data to determine that the least expensive month to buy a home in Austin, Texas is in January. And it’s no small matter: based on a two-year average of median sales prices, buying a median-range home in January could save buyers about $24,000.

In Austin, the report found that the summer house price (the two-year average of the median sales price) was $256,132. The fall price was $250,565, a drop of 2.2 percent. The cheapest month to buy was January, when the median house price was $232,500, a drop of 9.2 percent.

The report found that home sale prices in all large United States metro areas typically peak in the summer, dip in the

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