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  • Austin Ranks the No. 1 Best Place to Live for Second Consecutive Year

      For the second year in a row, Austin, Texas, has been ranked the No. 1 best U.S. city to live, according to the recently released U.S. News & World report “2018 Best Place to Live.” This year’s list took into account a handful of factors to create an overall scorecard. Austin earned a 7.7 average ranking (out of ten). The rankings were based off of 5 overarching topics: desirability... READ MORE

  • Austin Ranks in the Top Five of Best College Cities/Towns in United States

      According to a WalletHub article written by Richie Bernardo, “Experts have argued that a school’s geographical location is just as important as a strong curriculum and supportive school environment to a student’s academic success and personal development.” In order to help high school students narrow down their choices for college destinations, WalletHub ranked the best and worst college... READ MORE

  • Austin Ranks as No. 2 Fastest Growing Economy Across the States

      Based on a Headlight Data report, two Texas cities ranked in the top 3 for the fastest growing economies in the United States. Austin sat at No. 2 with San Antonio coming in at third. The data collected from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that Austin had a 34.7 percent increase in GRP (Gross Regional Product) from 2011-2016 — only 2.6 percent less than the No. 1 growing city (San... READ MORE

  • Austin Has the Fourth Best Market for STEM Professionals

      According to a WalletHub article written by Richie Bernardo, “Given their growing demand, STEM careers today comprise some of the most lucrative employment, paying higher salaries and boasting far fewer threats of unemployment compared with other types of jobs.” In a thorough analysis of which cities provide the best markets for STEM — science, technology, engineering and math —... READ MORE

  • Investors Should Bring their Money to Austin

      As cities across the United States continue to expand in multiple aspects, including the housing market, investors have to make the decision on where to bring their money. Curbed conducted research to create a list of markets that will be the fastest-growing and most dynamic in 2018. Austin was one of nine different cities highlighted in the article. While each city brings something... READ MORE

  • Austin: Growing Demand for Apartments Comes from Decline in Homeownership Rates

      Austin has earned itself quite the reputation in recent years, attracting an onslaught of companies followed by families and college graduates. With this rising population, job options have also increased, making the unemployment rate of the Texas capital one of the lowest in the country at 3 percent. While these trends have spurred the housing market in the past few years, Austin has... READ MORE

  • Apartment Buildings in Killeen, Texas, Increase in Popularity

      In close proximity to Austin, Killeen, TX has become a practical alternative for investors and residents, compared to Texas’ main cities like Dallas and Austin. As of January, the population stood at roughly 144,000, a significant spike from its population of 86,000 in 2000. With its rising population comes a need for more housing. A point of interest for buyers and sellers in Killeen is... READ MORE

  • Opportunity Austin: Fourth Five-year Plan Will Launch Next Year, Third Plan Wraps Up

    Opportunity Austin is a five-county economic development initiative by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, according to an article by Daniel Salazar of the Austin Business Journal. Every five years, the quiet effort of hundreds of investors produces a plan implemented over five years. After 15 years, the third plan will wrap up this year and the fourth will start up in 2019. With a good track record... READ MORE


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