austin relocation: Austin Places on Forbes Top Ten List for "America's Best Housing Markets" - 02/27/10 08:54 AM
Well, it appears that Texas remains one of the strongest real estate investments around, as evidenced by a new list released by last week.  In fact, ours was the only state to place more than one city on the list (3 total!). 
Austin is #10 on their "America's Best Housing Markets" list.  For those of us who live and work here, the only surprise in this story is that we weren't at the top!  However, Houston appears at #3, and Dallas/Fort Worth is at #9 this time around.
The criteria used for this particular list were:
Low foreclosure rate Rising … (30 comments)

austin relocation: Austin Earns Yet Another Honor - "Top City For a Fresh Start" - 05/22/09 12:45 PM released an interesting new list a couple of days ago, naming Austin, Texas #1 on its list of "Top Cities for a Fresh Start".  This is an interesting study, and one which seems particularly apt considering the rough economic factors facing many parts of the country.  The data includes some unique categories:
Job Growth (Austin is #1) Home Affordability Volunteerism Rate Popularity for Relocation The volunteerism rate was cited as a measure of the strength of the community.  For this particular item, Austin was #5 on the list.
With regard to popularity, the article states:
We mined our own data … (7 comments)

austin relocation: Austin Named #2 on "Healthiest Housing Markets" List for 2009 - Texas Sweeps the Top FIVE Spots! - 02/21/09 12:18 PM, which is the website for Builder Magazine, published a list this week of the healthiest housing markets around the country.  Not surprisingly, Austin fared well on the list.  What I DID find surprising was the fact that Texas has the entire top five. 
To compile the list, they analyzed the top 75 real estate markets in the country, ranking them based on population trends and job growth, which are both perennial factors that drive demand for homes.  They also took into account current home prices and the number of building permits.
Houston ranked first, followed by Austin, Fort Worth, San … (10 comments)

austin relocation: Austin Named #2 "Best Place to Buy a Home" on Forbes List - Texas Takes FOUR Spots! - 07/17/08 05:48 AM

Forbes magazine released its list of the "Top Places to Buy a Home" in the U.S., analyzing the 40 largest metro areas across the country.  Austin was named the 2nd best place to buy a home right now in the nation, topped only by the Houston market.  San Antonio and Dallas also fared very well in the study, at #5 and #6, respectively. 
Clearly, Texas is still a great place to buy!
The criteria used for this study were as follows:
Included cities where home prices have actually appreciated over the past two years Measured tightening vacancy … (5 comments)

austin relocation: Way to go, Texas! We nabbed the TOP THREE spots on new Forbes list - 06/27/08 04:24 AM
Houston, Dallas, and Austin were named by as the top three cities on their "Best Cities for Recent College Graduates" list, which was published online this morning.
As a lifelong Texas resident (born and raised in Dallas, lived in Austin area since 1988), I know from experience that this is a terrific place to live and work.  Some might say that I have no basis for comparison, which is true, because I have never wanted to live elsewhere. 
Austin was #3 on the list, with an average starting salary for college grads of $38,700.  Houston and Dallas were slightly higher.

austin relocation: Austin Texas Home for Sale - Eanes ISD - Just $789,000 on One Acre Lot - 06/05/08 09:26 AM
This beautiful home at 2414 Demona Drive in the Bella Lago subdivision in west Austin was just listed yesterday.  It is located in the acclaimed Eanes ISD.

4675 s.f. per the tax records 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths 4 Living Areas (Family Room, Formal Living, Gameroom/Media Room, Study) Built by Toll Brothers in 2006 Travertine tile Crown molding Granite Countertops Large, level one acre lot Community Pool Lakefront park on Lake Austin Convenient to downtown - approx. 20 minutes

austin relocation: Austin Texas Websites that can help - 05/27/08 10:17 AM

I have lived in Austin now for almost 20 years, but I was thinking about the types of things that I would like to learn if I were moving to a new area of the country.  Many of these have already been covered in my online relocation package here:
Austin Texas Relocation Package
For the purposes of this post, I thought it would be helpful to give you a few local Austin area websites which will help make your visit (or move) more enjoyable.
Austin 360 - If I want to find local events, festivals, … (14 comments)

austin relocation: Best Places to Work in Austin, Texas - 05/23/08 05:17 AM
Each year, Fortune Magazine publishes its list of America's 100 Best Companies to Work For. 
Fortune's staff scrutinizes hundreds of companies, surveying employees and reviewing each company's stated philosophy, employee handbooks, and other materials in order to come up with their annual rankings.
Google was ranked #1 again this year. 
Fifteen of the companies ranked in the Top 100 for 2008 are either headquartered in Austin, or they have locations here:
Edward Jones - (#4) Specializing in personal investment strategies, this company has built a strong reputation for allowing its financial advisors to control their own business decisions with … (12 comments)

austin relocation: Forbes Magazine Article Names Austin, Texas #3 on its "recession proof cities" list - 05/14/08 09:08 AM

Once again, Austin, Texas has made national news. has named Austin #3 on its new list of "Recession Proof" cities.  The top two cities were Oklahoma City and San Antonio, TX. 
The top 50 largest metro areas were ranked on a scale using three major factors, namely:
Unemployment rate - Which areas added the most jobs over the past year? Real estate prices - Which areas posted the largest annual gains in median home price over the past year? Gross metropolitan product growth - How would rising foreclosures and falling home prices affect overall levels of productivity in … (14 comments)

austin relocation: Austin Area Real Estate - Where do you work, Jason? - 04/16/08 01:28 PM

Austin has grown pretty dramatically over the past couple of decades.  In fact, since 1990, Austin's MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) has roughly doubled in population during that period, from about 846,000 in 1990 to over 1.5 million today.  Despite this fact, I find this market to be quite manageable in its entirety.  Our team handles sales throughout central Texas.
I have had home buyers and sellers ask me which areas of Austin and the surrounding area I actually work.  Additionally, I had an agent in California ask the same question of me a few days ago.  I thought it might be helpful to … (12 comments)

austin relocation: Austin Texas Relocation Package - 03/03/08 01:37 AM
I have written a number of articles which I hope you will find helpful as you are researching the Austin area.  I tried to cover many of the major questions that I receive on a day-to-day basis as a real estate broker working with buyers who are relocating from other cities and states.  This is really a work in progress, as I intend to update and add to this package often. 
As with anything you find on my blog or website, feel free to contact me anytime with questions or for clarification.  My cell phone number is 512-796-7653 and my email address … (70 comments)

austin relocation: Are You Considering Relocating to Austin, Texas? An Open Letter - 02/29/08 02:09 PM
Dear Potential Austin Home Buyer,
Austin is a beautiful and eclectic town with an optimistic and youthful spirit.  I can understand why you would like to live here with us.  I was born and raised in Dallas, but I have lived here for over 22 years now.
If you are considering relocating to the Austin, Texas area, I would love the opportunity to help you find the right home.  I don't normally write "look at me" articles in my blog, but I realized that not doing so might actually be a disservice to relocating buyers who are unfamiliar with Austin.

austin relocation: Austin Texas is Named One of the Least Stressful Places in the U.S. - 02/14/08 07:45 AM
According to a recent study conducted by bizjournals of the largest 50 metropolitan areas in the country, Austin was named among the least stressful places to live in the United States.  As an Austin-area resident for the past 20 years, I am not surprised to hear this, as I have always described this town as laid-back and optimistic with a youthful spirit.
Included in the criteria for this ranking were the following:
Unemployment rateDays of unhealthy air per yearCommute timeDeaths by circulatory-system diseasesRate of per capita income growthFamilies living below the poverty levelHomeowners making monthly house payments of $3,000 or moreMurder rate Robbery … (20 comments)

austin relocation: Austin Texas Named as Top Place to Buy a House by Entrepreneur Magazine - 01/29/08 02:36 AM
Last week, "Entrepreneur Magazine" released its latest list of Best Places to Buy a House.  Not surprisingly, the Austin metro area placed at the top of the list this time around.  In the article, columnist Danielle Babb (who also co-authored a book on finding foreclosures with my friend Bill Nazur) states,  
Round Rock and Austin have seen incredible job growth and very stable home prices despite the downturn nationwide. Jobs continue to grow here--a factor for keeping inventory low and prices stable.
Clearly, this is something that I have been preaching to our clients and potential clients for many months, but the … (18 comments)

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