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Let the cat out of the bag
Genie is out of the bottle 

Whatever phrase you decide to use to describe the Austin real estate market, it is undeniably and forever changed. The days of a $300,000 house are long gone and seemingly overnight we’ve become one of the most “unaffordable” cities in the United States. 

However, growth is not new for Austin. I’ve been writing this newsletter for years and have been talking about the merits of our sellers market since 2008…but what is different is the speed of change. The perfect storm of pandemic, state politics, and corporate relocation combined with some great BBQ and few notable celebrity moves, and BAM you have an accelerated, massive and unprecedented influx of Austin’s newest residents…almost 200 of them each day! 

Here’s what I see happening next…you ready? 

1. SUBURBAN EXPLOSION –  When most of you moved to Austin, you could find a nice $300K starter home (I should have bought them all!) in a nice neighborhood with great schools. That’s no longer the case for young families or single professionals, those options only exist outside the city limits in emerging markets like Liberty Hill, Jarrell, Taylor, Smithville, Manor, and Hutto. 

2. SINGLE FAMILY PRICE INCREASES – It’s not going to stop! It’s possible that our price escalation might cool down a bit, but the math is simple…there are more buyers than sellers. Single-family home prices will keep going up especially in desirable neighborhoods with low inventory – Rollingwood, Barton Hills, Zilker, Travis Heights, Westlake, Tarrytown, Highland Park, Northwest Hills, Lakeway, and Circle C…just to name a few! 

3. DENSITY – With the rising cost of land procurement, development, materials, and labor there is no choice – Developers have to maximize the number of units built. That means many two-story homes, townhomes, condos, A & B units on infill lots, and free-standing condos in the suburbs. 

4. POPULATION – More people, more cars, longer lines, hard to get dinner reservations, and empty retail shelves. They’re here…the people are here and they’re still coming. Over the next several years there are HUGE opportunities for service-based companies! We need more hair salons, oil change stations, restaurants, dry cleaners, and LOTS of other services to keep up with the demands of a growing population. 

Want more market insights?

Here are 5 Things I’m LOVING this week!


Starting around the $4M price point, Colorfield is a luxury condominium offering 10 spacious homes with iconic views of downtown & the Capitol. This is the former site of the Graffiti Park so it has a colorful past and very bright future! Residences start at 3281 SF and all have 3 Bedrooms. I’m a huge fan of the talented local developer and builder. Cumby Group


I know I’ve mentioned this sub before but it’s quite literally life-changing! Toasted, home-baked Italian sesame roll with lettuce, red onions, tomato, mayo, provolone cheese, and oil & vinegar dressing. The Italian Assorted includes ham, dry salami, capicola, Genoa salami, provolone cheese. YES order the hot cherry peppers too! MENU


Venture to the St. David’s Performance Center for a new collaborative venture of hospitality, sports/entertainment and real estate partners. This “food, fun, and fútbol” destination center and hospitality venue opens to the public in February 2022 with an array of local food and beverage options. MORE


Macklemore is the new creative director for CLEAN Cause Sparkling Yerba Mate, an Austin-based beverage company with a mission to support people in recovery. Macklemore on the ‘power’ of sharing the truth about sobriety, including relapses. The rapper shares his history with “the disease of addiction” and how he got sober. TODAY ARTICLE


I grew up showing livestock in 4-H and FFA. The scholarships I received through my agricultural involvement enabled me to go to college. So today, I love to give back to kids through the Austin Syndicate. This group raises money and uses it to support kids at the Rodeo Austin Youth Auction. MORE

We’ve been having a blast HOSTING the American Dream TV!  We’ve been able to showcase some amazing neighborhoods, restaurants, and business owners throughout town.  WATCH HERE

We need your help for the next episode! We need two sellers looking to showcase their homes on National TV. This is an incredible marketing opportunity! Who do you know???

Call Courtney 512.809.5495 SELL YOUR HOME ON TV!

Under Contract

5160 AW Grimes #202 | Final Unit
Haven at Terravista
3 BD | 2 BA | 1777 SF | $425,000 

Coming Soon

800 Embassy #216 | Tyndall
864 SF | 1 BD + Study | $475,000

Under Contract

East Austin | Redevelopment Lot
.3588 Acres | Buyer Representation

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CELEBRITIES ON THE MOVE: Here is the latest in celebrity real estate transactions. CELEB

AUSTIN AREA MARKET STATS: For those who love a good spreadsheet, here are the latest Austin market stats broken down by month and zip code.  DEC STATS


BUYER GUIDE: It’s not easy buying in a market with rising prices and limited inventory. We can help you through the process. BUYER GUIDE

SELLER GUIDE: How do you make sure you get the most money for your home? From pricing to marketing, we’ll customize a plan to ensure you get the most money for your home. SELLER GUIDE


Courtney Oldham

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