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For some time, Austin was considered more of small, sleepy town – with just a moderate population, great dining, good shopping, beautiful low-country scenery, and the like. However, for the past decade or so, Austin’s position as a sleeping giant became more and more apparent.
Today, Austin city ranks as the number one place to live in the US. Austin ranks as number one for the major city with the highest rent increases over the past ten years, and Austin is projected to be the a number one performer in 2020 in the southern housing market.
Greater Austin, Texas
“The “Live Music Capital of The World”, and “Silicon Hills” city of Austin is home to to numerous high tech companies including Apple, Amazon, and PayPal. Major industries keeping the Austin economy booming include the technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical sectors.”
Performance is our mission. Cloud Capital does not try to time the real estate cycle. We believe in buying and holding stable, cash-flowing properties with an adequate margin of safety built into our underwriting. This allows our firm to weather challenging economic environments and preserve investor capital.
A Brief Overview of The
Austin Area Market.
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- As of this writing, there are 2.2 million people residing in the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area with nearly 950,000 residents in the City of Austin.
- Travis county is the second most populated county in the US behind that of the Phoenix area.
- Between 2009 and 2018 Austin’s population increased by 32.7%
- The Austin MSA is projected to more than double in size by 2050 to more than 4.5 million residents.
- As of 2018, 6.7% of Austin residents are transplants from other cities just one year prior.
- Median age in Austin is 31.8 years vs. 33.9 years for the State of Texas.
- According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, GDP of Austin-Round Rock is more than $146.7 billion. This has grown by nearly 64% since 2010.
- Job growth in Texas will be 1.6% in 2020 as projected by Kiplinger, with Austin having employing growth of around 2% after eight solid years of “red hot” gains.
- Advanced manufacturing, creative and digital media, clean technology, life sciences, space technology, and data management are just a few of the target industry sectors in Austin.
- AMD, Apple, Dell, Cirrus Logic, Home Depot, Legal Zoom, Oracle, and Vrbo all have corporate or regional headquarters in Austin.
- Of the many high-tech companies with operations in Austin, some include Apple, Amazon, Cisco Systems, eBay, PayPal, Facebook, Google, HomeAway, and Xerox, helping the metro area earn the nickname Silicon Hills.
- 89.1% of the Austin residents have a high school degree or higher, while 50.4% hold a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree.
- Austin is an epicenter of major transportation hubs, with interstate highways I-10, I-35, and SR-130 put Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas all within a three hour drive.
- Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Union Pacific Railroad are two of the freight rail lines serving Metro Austin.
- Austin is within 250 miles or less of the top U.S. ports in Houston, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and Texas City.
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) serves nearly 16 million passengers with nonstop service to more than 70 national and international destinations, and last year handled 182.5 million pounds of air cargo shipments.
- According to a recent article in Curbed, home prices in the Austin area are expected to be among the fastest rising in the country this year. 83% of the experts surveyed predict the real estate market in Austin will outperform the national average although the market was “scorching” last year.
- “It’s no surprise that Austin’s housing market leads the nation in terms of growth and overall performance predictions.” claims The Austin Business Journal. A few reasons the demand for housing in Austin is expected to continue growing include companies relocating and expanding in the Austin metro area, helping to keep the unemployment rate well below the national average.
- According to Zillow and the Austin Board of Realtors (as of January 2020), the median listing price of a house in Austin is $405,000 while the median selling price is $384,750.
- Based on the Zillow Home Value Index, home values in Austin increased by 5.0% last year and by more than 75% since January 2012.
- Average days on market is 64.
- 0.4% of the homes in Austin have a delinquent mortgage vs. 1.1% U.S. average.
- The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University notes that Austin’s MOI (months of inventory, or the average number of homes for sale needed to match demand) reached an all-time low of two months. A total MOI of six months is considered a balanced market, according to the Center’s research. In essence, the demand for housing in Austin is far exceeding supply.
- The Austin-Round Rock Metro area records median rents of $1,949 per month for the City of Austin vs. $1,817 per month for the Metro area as a whole.
- According to RENTCafé, rents in Austin increased by an average of 5% over the past year.
- 53% of the housing units in Austin rent for between $1,001 and $1,500 per month, while 55% of the households in Austin are renter-occupied.
- Neighborhoods in Austin with the highest rents include Tarrytown West Austin, University of Texas at Austin, and Downtown Austin where monthly rents range between $2,549 and $2,864.
- U.S. News & World Report ranks Austin as the #1 place in the nation to live.
- Additionally, Forbes ranks Austin as the 8th best place for business and careers, 9th best place for job growth, and 16th best place for education.
- Austin receives an “A+” grade from Niche.com with top-of-the-class grades for public schools, family living, nightlife, and diversity.
- Nicknamed the “Live Music Capital of the World.”, Austin’s music scene is second to none.
- WalletHub lists Austin as the 4th best place in the U.S. to find a job.
- Climate in Austin is humid subtropical with very long and hot summers and short mild winters.
- There’s always something to do in Austin, such as music festivals, Hill Country wine tastings, motorsports, outdoors and nightlife, and sports.
- Pro sports teams in Austin include the Round Rock Express for baseball, Austin Spurs for basketball, and the AHL’s Texas Stars.
- St. David’s Medical Center and Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin are two of the best hospitals in Austin, Texas.
Investing In Austin
According to a report from local ABC news station KVUE, Austin rent increases were the highest in the U.S. over the past 10 years. Since 2010, rents in Austin have increased by nearly 93%, the highest gain of any major city in the U.S.
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Investing In Austin
A surge of baby boomers are entering retirement, and many nearing the age of senior and adult living communities. Austin, with a wealth of dining, entertainment, and outdoor activity options at your fingertips, is rapidly becoming a place many retirees wish to call home.