Thursday, June 15, 2017

Rent Down or Stagnant in Many Areas of Austin


The Austin Business Journal reports on Axiometrics’ findings that rents in Austin, after years of climbing with seemingly no end in sight, are finally leveling off.

The Dallas-based research company found that rent in the Austin market did not increase noticeably last month and occupancy also remained the same as the previous month.  Average rent was $1,209, the same as last May.

While the slowdown in rent increases may be welcome news for renters, it could spell trouble for the large number of new apartments that are under construction in the area.

Job growth has slowed somewhat in the Austin area and many of the new apartments set to be completed soon are in the luxury market with rents beyond the grasp of most Austin workers.  Many of the jobs that are in demand just don’t have high enough salaries to afford the new apartments.

Occupancy rates have remained steady at 95%, which is the same as May of 2016.  

The Austin suburbs of Cedar Park and Leander have seen rents decline by an average of 2.5 percent. A year ago, those areas had the highest increase in rents.  

San Marcos saw rents increase the most in the area, by 3.4 percent.  In far north Central Austin, rent went up by over 3 percent.

Looking to find a new home in the Austin area?  Give Austin Apartment Specialists South a call today at 512-912-8000 to take advantage of the slowdown in rent and find an apartment that fits your budget and lifestyle!  


Monday, June 12, 2017

Where the Rental Boom is Happening


The rental boom is in full effect and a new report from RentCafe breaks down where those apartments are going in, as The Austin Business Journal reports.

The report took a look at the largest 50 cities in the country and then analyzed which neighborhoods in those towns added the most apartments from 2010 to 2016.  

The North Burnet neighborhood of Austin came in at the nineteenth spot, increasing the number of the apartments in the area by 2,739 units in six new communities.  This area includes the very desirable Domain.  

Other Texas cities ranked highly, including Dallas, which had two neighborhoods make the list.  Uptown came in at number 5 and Oak Lawn came in at the seventh spot.  They added 5,839 units and 22 buildings and 4,892 units and seventeen buildings, respectively.

Houston had more neighborhoods on the list than any other city.  Washington Avenue-Memorial Park nabbed the ninth spot and had 3,569 units, Greenway-Upper Kirby was number thirteen with 3,147 units, Memorial built 3,029 units to get the fourteenth spot, and Greater Uptown was right behind in the fifteenth spot with 3,008 units.  San Antonio had one area on the list, the Northwest neighborhood, which came in at number eighteen and had 2,785 units in 12 buildings.  

Long Island City, New York was the leader with 12,533 new units, almost twice that of its nearest competitor, downtown Los Angeles.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New Boutique Hotel in East Austin



Another hotel is going up in Austin, this one in East Austin on the site of a former Goodwill store, the Austin Business Journal reports.

Called Arrive, the hotel will have 5 stories and 83 rooms and will encompass 58,600 square feet of hotel including event space, two restaurants, and a coffee shop.  One thing the hotel won’t have is a lobby.  Guests will check in at the bar.  The hotel is expected to cost $17.4 million to build and when completed in Spring 2019, rooms will start at $199 per night.  

The Arrive hotel’s only other outpost is in Palm Springs, California and the Austin location will be designed by Burton Baldridge, an Austin architect.  Other Austin companies involved include Alexa Management, Big Red Dog, Dwg. landscape architects, and EyeLikeDesign.

The hotel will have 140 employees and will also include part of a 100-year-old warehouse that currently occupies the plot of land.  The developers customize their hotels to the surrounding neighborhood and hope to become a destination for locals as well as travelers.

Looking to make your home on the east side?  Give Austin Apartment Specialists South a call today at 512-912-8000 to find the perfect apartment for your lifestyle and budget!  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Austin's Sprawl is Growing


Despite all the talk of making Austin more urban, it turns out Austin’s growth is mostly on the outskirts in the suburbs, according to a new study from the New York Times and reported on by The Austin Business Journal.  

Austin’s rate of sprawl was among the highest in the nation and beat out only by San Antonio.  Overall, from 2010-2016, over 80% of the metropolitan areas in the country with one million or more residents have become less dense.

Urbanists have been calling for more housing in the heart of Austin for years, and hoped that CodeNEXT, a rewrite of the land development code in Austin, could have the desired effect.  However, preliminary analysis finds it more difficult to build under the new code than under the old rules.

In general across the nation, the densest metro areas became more dense and the more sprawling ones became even less dense.  The most sprawling metro areas were concentrated in the Sunbelt and included Houston and Oklahoma City right behind Austin and San Antonio.

Looking to get an apartment in the center of the city?  Give Austin Apartment Specialists a call today at 512-241-1111 to find the perfect home anywhere in Austin today!  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Austin a Great Place to Start a Career


Austin nabbed the #3 spot on WalletHub’s list of the Best Places to Start a Career, the Austin Business Journal reports.  Salt Lake City and Orlando Florida were the only cities ranked higher than Austin.  

The report looked at opportunities for professional growth as well as quality of life to determine its list.  Austin was number three for population growth and number four for monthly salary relative to cost of living.  Austin’s low unemployment rate also worked in its favor as well as the large number of residents 25 and older with at least a Bachelor’s Degree.

Austin came in at number 32 for “fun-friendliness”, and only 48 for workplace diversity.  

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Austin a Great Place for Millennial Renters



On the heels of being ranked the best city in the country for millennials to live, HomeUnion has ranked Austin as number three on a list of the best cities in the US for millennials to rent.


HomeUnion looked at public school ratings, how long commutes take, and affordability to determine the rankings.  Rent could not exceed 2.5 times income.  


Central Austin, in particular the 78705 zip code around Hyde Park, nabbed the top spot on the list.  It ranked 86 for public school ratings, has an average commute time of 33 minutes, and monthly rent is $1,904.  That’s just 39% of millennials’ median household income in the Austin area.


No other Texas cities made the list of best places for millennials to rent nor the list of best places to buy.  Austin was beat out by Milwaukee and Louisville, Kentucky on the best places to rent list and St. Louis; West Palm Beach, Florida; Pittsburgh, Cleveland; and Oklahoma City topped the best places for millennials to buy list.  

Looking to rent in Austin?  Austin Apartment Specialists can help you find the perfect apartment no matter what stage of life you’re at.  Give us a call at 512-241-1111 to find your new home today!  

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Food Hall Coming to Austin



Austin’s first Food Hall is scheduled to open in Fall of 2017 and it will feature locations of some of Austin’s most popular restaurants, Culturemap Austin reports.  

The development is to be called Fareground and will be located at the corner of Congress and Cesar Chavez.  The space will include coworking space, an event venue, lounges and conference rooms in addition to the food hall, spread over an outdoor park and indoor lobby.  

Antonelli’s Cheese Shop will have sandwiches, soups, and their traditional charcuterie plates.  Contigo Fareground will have its beloved burger, salads and new menu items.  Easy Tiger will serve up fresh baked bread, pastries, sausage, and craft beer.  

Dai Due chef Jesse Griffith will open Dai Due Taqueria, bringing the focus of local ingredients and wild game that he serves at the Manor Road outpost to tacos.

Henbit & Honeybit comes from Emmer & Rye’s chef and pastry chef.  Henbit will have an approachable menu made from sustainable ingredients and Honeybit will serve dessert and ice cream from a cart.

The chefs behind Komé and Daruma Ramen will bring Ni-Kome to Fareground.  The restaurant will combine Japanese food and noodles.  

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