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The “burbs” are cool again.


Back in January Eldon Rude, principal of 360° Real Estate Analytics, an Austin-based real estate consulting firm. said “It’s going to be a huge year.” He didn’t know how right he was going to be!!! I joined Rude on a call today for a Austin market update. Here were the key takeaways:

BIG themes:

🏠 People have a desire for more space at home – they are there more and need to do more including work, school and exercise. 

🏠 Renters are leaving urban apartments, opting for suburban ownership. 

🏠 Interest rates are REALLY low and prices are going UP, quickly. Creating a sense of URGENCY in buying. 

🏠 We’re seeing in-migration from other parts of the country, not necessarily ties to jobs.

More details….

  1. Austin lost 100K jobs jus after Covid hit. Many industries have recovered and that number has rebounded closer to 44K jobs lost. Not surprisingly most of the losses have been in the leisure and hospitality industries. 
  2. The NASDAQ is up, way up! That trend is creating massive wealth, especially in the technology sector. Many of those companies are here in Austin…Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, etc. This means that many of their employees bases here are experiencing financial gains. 
  3. Negative Office space absorption. This is one area where the numbers aren’t so hot. Going to the office isn’t the same as it used to be – we’re not entirely sure how it will play out, but it doesn’t seem like office absorption will be a leading economic indicator as it has been in the past. We anticipate that companies will likely implement hybrid models of working from office and home. This could mean companies will take space in more suburban locations and it could impact the density of office use. 
  4. The large scale company announcements keep coming – Tesla is already under construction and BAE announced an additional 700 jobs.  Amazon is also adding to their fulfillment center employee count. 
  5. Apartments – rents are dropping and vacancy is increasing, especially in urban areas. Those used to paying high downtown rents can afford to buy and NOW is the time to do it. 
  6. New Construction – We’re setting records! A historic 19K permits issued. However, that comes with challenges in lot availability, building costs and material availability. 
  7. Resale Market — LOWEST amounts of inventory we’ve ever recorded. Less than 1 month’s supply in many areas – putting tremendous pressure on price – median sales price is up 11,3% in the last 12 months. 9. Traffic- this is a temporary reprieve. We still need mobility solutions as population growth over the next several years will continue on an upward trajectory! 



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Low Interest Rates have Spurred a Refinancing Boom.


10 years of e-growth has happened in the past 6 months. Contactless shopping is becoming the new standard. 

Facebook is buying Recreational Equipment Inc.’s custom-made new headquarters near Seattle for $376.6 million, the latest sign that big technology companies are driving commercial real estate markets during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Low mortgage rates have spurred a boom in home refinancing, which in turn has spurred a boom in the issuance of mortgage-backed securities. The value of single-family mortgage-backed securities issued by Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac totaled almost $322 billion in August, a new monthly record. (WSJ)

Amazon.com Inc. on Sept. 14 announced plans to hire for 1,700 positions in the Austin metro. Many will likely be warehouse jobs in the company’s fulfillment centers, with starting pay of $15 per hour.

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