Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 2:56pm. 974 Views, 0 Comments.
Austin is the second fastest growing metro area in the nation, according to data from the US Census Bureau, with the 14th biggest population, according to an analysis by the Business Journals' On Numbers. With 790,390 residents and a staggering growth rate of 51% from 2000 to 2010, Austin's rapid growth sparked concern from the City of Austin which heightened the need for a strategic plan.
Local urban planning non-profit, Imagine Austin, introduced a new comprehensive urban plan to address the rapid growth and help capture the Austin of the future. Imagine Austin's blueprint is just one of the many proposals to manage Austin's growth and remain competitive among other cities which have already adopted strict plans by which to…
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 1:56pm. 1920 Views, 0 Comments.
Out of 146 cities and suburbs in the US, Austin's real estate market ranked 2nd in a study by Realtor.com to find the best place to invest in real estate right now. While other cities become investment opportunities due to last recession's devastating effects, Austin is the only city in the top 10 that saw little drop in prices and ultimately maintained home prices during past years' economic turmoil. Austin's potential for price growth is one of the best in the nation, states Realtor.com.
The stability of the Austin economy plus a towering employment rate are the driving forces for Austin's successful real estate market. Since high employment drives demand for housing, Austin nutures the perfect environment for buying and selling…
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 8:08pm. 1773 Views, 1 Comments.
Listed as the second largest state in the US in both land size and population, Texas is known to do everything in large measure, whether it’s the size of its value-added real estate, its attention to culture and sports, or its cuisine. Widely recognized as a cultural and artistic hub in Texas, Austin is also the capital city of the state and is rapidly attracting those seeking a more subdued lifestyle mixed with access to entertainment, sports, and outdoor activities.
Everyday more and more people are packing up and moving to Austin, and it is those people that have propelled this city into one of the fastest growing in the nation. If you are thinking about calling Austin your home, there are a few things to keep in mind in order…
Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 at 9:41pm. 1936 Views, 0 Comments.
Are your commutes to and from downtown Austin so dreadful that you're willing to move? Are you new to the area or have a new route to travel and not sure how much time to set aside for your travel? Here's a nifty map that shows about how long it will take you from anywhere in the local Austin area to downtown in rush hour.
Realty Austin developed the map based off of commute times from its agents and employees. We are always looking to find the best data, so please help us make it better! Do you live in an area in Austin that is misrepresented on the map? Let us know in the comments below.
Realty Austin's Communte Times Map Find where you should live if you want to avoid commute times and make your life a little easier. This is a great graph for…
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 at 4:55pm. 2069 Views, 0 Comments.
Austin generated 12,600 new jobs in the 12 months ending in January according to reports by Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics making it's growth rate 3.5%, the second highest in the nation! TWC calculated each cities' growth rate by preliminary payroll jobs numbers. Austin was not the only city in Texas with one of the best growth rate. Houston ranked 1st with 3.7% job growth rate and Fort Worth ranked 5th with 2.9% job growth rate. Dallas was just shy of the Top 10 for best job growth in last 12 months with 2.2% job growth. Here's who made the list of cities with the best job growth rates in the US.
Best Performing Cities Among 50 Metros
Monday, March 19th, 2012 at 3:35pm. 1906 Views, 0 Comments.
Looking for cool, Austin-y things to do this month? Check out these fun, family-friendly events in Austin this April. We have compiled a list of activities for you to easily jump into Spring.
|Yoga in the Park||April 4, 11, 18, 25|
Downtown Austin's Republic Square Park, Yoga Yoga will be having free yoga classes every Wednesday of April at noon. A great time to get some exercise in the fresh Spring air of Austin.
|Every First Thursday of the Month on South Congress there is plenty to see, buy and eat for all ages. Many stores have special sales and snacks for their customers, and it's a great event for families!|
|Texas Burlesque Festival
Friday, March 16th, 2012 at 3:05pm. 1645 Views, 0 Comments.
Many Realty Austin REALTORS® were nominated for the 2012 Austin Business Journal Residential Real Estate awards, but only one was awarded Top Producer. ABJ Residential Real Estate awards ranks Realtors by home sales during a 12-month period and unveils Austin’s top-selling REALTORS®. Ranking is based on the 2011 number of transactions and the 2011 dollar volume of closed sales.
Realty Austin's top producer, Todd Grossman, won 2nd place in the Individual Producer Award. Please help us congratulate him on all his hard work and dedication while selling $30 million in real estate in 2011!
Congratulations as well to the other Realty Austin nominees whose hard work is also recognized:
- Kat Brooks
- Keri Chmelik
- Mark Clausen
- Tom Thornton
Friday, March 9th, 2012 at 9:13am. 1186 Views, 1 Comments.
One week out of the year, Austin becomes a metropolis - streets are full of people, food vendors stay open late and there's always something to do 24/7. University students are out for Spring Break which eases traffic congestion somewhat, but Downtown Austin buzzes with festival goers, street vendors, and blockades set up for networking parties. The weather is yet to be determined, but nothing deters the crowds from coming because no matter what, everyone is happy. Happy to be on vacation, happy to be around like-minded peers and happy to just be in Austin. Who would ever want to leave?
Many visitors coming to SXSW are musicians, artists and filmmakers who fall in love with the city and vow to move to Austin by next year. Lucky for them, several Austin…
Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 1:55pm. 2040 Views, 0 Comments.
One week in March, usually during Spring Break, Downtown Austin goes haywire with traffic, foot traffic and SXSW-ers crawling the streets looking for the next live show. While this can seem hectic to some who enjoy relaxing during Spring Break, they still have options to see live music in a laid back environment - and for FREE!
For SXSW music lovers who are happy avoiding the lively downtown action (or just don't want to buy a SXSW badge), Auditorium Shores is a great place to see free live shows from well-known bands like Counting Crows and The Shins. Other popular bands performing at the Shores include M Ward, The Cult, and Bright Light Social Hour (see more below). Bands take the stage evenings of March 15th-17th.
Head to Auditorium shores this SXSW and…
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 at 11:53am. 1214 Views, 0 Comments.
March is an exciting month in Austin. It's the time when the world comes to Austin for the annual SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival and Austin becomes a Metropolis with swarms of people and activities on every corner of Downtown Austin.
Festival attendees want to stay at the best Austin hotels, the best ones being in Downtown Austin where the action is or hotels far enough from the action so you can get a good night's rest. Luckily for them, Portfolio.com put together a list of the best places to stay for business travelers and those attending SXSW. Portfolio.com's list of the best five hotels in Downtown Austin and North Austin details each hotel's business staples, standout features and even their downsides.
Enjoy SXSW and choose one of the…