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Austin the #1 Place to Live in the USA

February 8, 2017

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 overallRead More

Austin-area Home Starts Near Pre-Recession Levels

November 7, 2016

Austin-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 “rampingRead More

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

October 13, 2016

Home 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-rangeRead More

Austin Number Two in Nation for Net Migration

October 7, 2016

Austin takes the number two spot in the nation among large metro areas for its net migration, according to U.S. News and World Report’s list of the “The 20 Best Places People Are Moving to in the U.S.” Austin, which also has been named the #2 best place to live in the U.S. by U.S.Read More

Austin Rents Continue to Rise, Making Home Ownership More Affordable

August 30, 2016

Rent prices in Austin, Texas continue their steady upward climb, rising 0.6 percent between June and July 2016 and up 3.7 percent year-over-year, according to Apartment List’s August 2016 Austin Rent Report. And with 71 percent of Austin renters planning to purchase a home in the future – well over the national average of 60Read More

Largest Starter Homes in the U.S.? Austin, Texas

August 26, 2016

Millennial homebuyers have a piece of good news: Austin starter homes are the largest in the nation, at 1,428 square feet, according to Trulia and reported in its article, Room to Roam: Where Starter Home Buyers Can Live Large. Notably, the South in general fared much better than other areas of the country, with fiveRead More

How Good are the Schools? SAT Scores in the Austin Area

July 22, 2016

How good are the schools? This is one of the most important questions homebuyers can face when choosing a neighborhood to call home. As it turns out, there are a variety of central Texas schools and districts that show solid SAT scores, a good indicator of the school’s overall academic level. The Austin Business JournalRead More

Austin, Texas Top U.S. Market for Aspiring Millennial Homebuyers

June 21, 2016

Austin, Texas is the best market in the nation for millennials to purchase real estate, according to a June 2016 report by the National Association of Realtors that reviewed employment, population, income, and housing condition data in the nation’s largest metro areas. Among the rankings, Charleston came in second, followed by Denver, Minneapolis, and Ogden,Read More

Texas Economy Rebounding from Oil Slump

June 13, 2016

Texas’ economy is showing signs of recovery following impacts from a 2015 drop in oil prices, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University’s Monthly Review of the Texas Economy. In April 2016, Texas had its fourth month with an annual employment growth rate exceeding the annual growth rate in December 2015, whichRead More

Austin Tops in the Nation for Small Business Vitality

May 6, 2016

Austin is ranked number one in the nation for its small business vitality, according to a study by American City Business Journals, in which it rated the vitality of small business in major metropolitan areas across the United States, with a goal of identifying the metro areas most conducive to small businesses creation and development.Read More