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Challenges for apartment owners next year

Earlier today I posted an update on about the interaction between home prices and availability and the rental market:

“The increasing affordability of homes will likely entice some renters to buy homes in the coming months ….”  More:

As I have commented previously, home values in the Austin area have generally not taken much of a hit during the downturn that has affected other parts of the country very dramatically.  (See  Nonetheless, housing affordability here is attractive relative to other cities (Housing Affordability Index of 1.56 in Austin vs. 1.33 U.S. average).

Austin remains a target for in-migration from other states.  Our great location and climate, the Austin lifestyle, one of the healthiest local economies in the United States, and continuing employment growth are attracting new residents, many of whom will buy homes.  Couple those natural growth factors with government incentives for homebuyers, and it will put pressure on apartment investor-owners over the next 12 to 18 months.

About Bill Morris, Realtor

Many years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including almost 20 years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs. Learn more about my background and experience, my commitment to my clients, my profession, and to the real estate industry at


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