welcome to 2019 in Austin Texas real estate forecast

Posted by Gay Puckett on Friday, January 4th, 2019 at 12:31pm.

January 3, 2019:  I attended the first of many economic forecasts.  Today was from MetroStudy, Vaike O'Grady, at the DRHorton VIP REALTOR luncheon.  MetroStudy is a veteran  Austin company that does forecasting with developers, homebuilders, and local MLS database information.

Here are the highlights:  first Austin added 35,200 jobs , up 3.3% in 2018, and over the past 5 years has averaged approx 36,000 jobs /year.

we are 7th in the Nation for job creation.  Austin expanded 7.9% annualized, mostly in Health,Professional services, and CONSTRUCTION.

Our unemployment rate (Nov. 2018) is 2.7% and has been under 4% for 5 years running.

Where are all these people coming from ?  30% are out of area, 30% of those are from California.


1.  APPLE  announced a $1 BILLION campus near North Austin at Parmer/45 (Robinson Ranch)

2.  US ARMY Futures Command will attract defense contractors

3.  GROWING MEDICAL CAMPUS at University of Texas DELL Medical School

4. AIRPORT EXPANSION, a $350 MILLION expanion to 329 gates


There may be NATIONAL weakness news, but in Austin this is not the case.  Real estate is very REGIONAL.  THe Northeast may be down 17% but AUSTIN TEXAS is up 6.3% for 2018.

I can be contacted at gay@gaypuckett.com  512-917-1542 to discuss the real estate market, investing, buying, selling, or any other area where you need real estate advice and expertise.

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