Austin American-Statesman writes, "Pearlstone Partners is doubling down on its commitment to growing in Austin.

Over the next three years, the Austin-based real estate investment firm said it plans to add three new projects totaling upwards of $700 million to its expanding portfolio. The new developments will further redefine the skyline and urban living in the city, Pearlstone officials say.

The privately held Pearlstone — one of the largest providers of for-sale housing in and near downtown Austin —already has invested about $500 million in two completed residential projects and three that are under construction.

Now, it is seeking capital partners for three future projects. The planned projects will add an additional $700 million to…

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CTECH writes, "Austin, Texas, remains the most promising city for investing in commercial real estate in the United States, according to the annual review conducted by the global law firm DLA Piper. A total of 128 real estate experts from around the world participated in the review, including CEOs, VPs of operations, real estate developers, and property managers. The report outlines the most attractive investment opportunities in commercial real estate for the upcoming year and assesses the impact of factors such as inflation, high interest rates, geopolitical tensions, and economic forecasts on investment decisions. DLA Piper has maintained a representative office in Israel since 2012. Among the respondents, the highest…

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(Mario Tama/Getty Images) reports, "The numbers: Construction of new U.S. homes fell 11.3% in August—falling short of Wall Street expectations—as builders scaled back new projects to focus on completions.

The pace of construction reversed course and fell as mortgage rates stayed over 7%, dampening home-buying demand. The last time construction of new homes was at this level was in June 2020.

So-called housing starts fell to a 1.28 million annual pace from 1.45 million in August, the government said Tuesday. That’s how many houses would be built over an entire year if construction took place at the same rate every month as it did in August.

Economists on Wall Street were expecting a drop in starts to 1.43 million. All numbers are seasonally adjusted.

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Tiny homes on wheels could soon be considered permanent dwellings in single-family areas by Austin City Hall. MACKENZIE FRANK | COURIER

Austin Business Journal reports, "Austin homeowners may have an opportunity to transform their backyards and other open spaces into leasable dwellings as the local government works to create new options for affordable housing.

Austin City Council on Sept. 14 asked city staffers to draft an ordinance that would allow mobile tiny homes and recreational vehicles to be used as permanent residences in areas zoned for single-family housing. The draft of the code amendment is expected to be presented to Austin's Housing and Planning Committee and to Council by the end of November.

The effort would be another piecemeal change to Austin's land development code as city leaders work to eliminate barriers to creating additional housing. Affordability issues…

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 Multiple ZIP codes in Central Austin saw an increase in home prices in August compared to last year. (Courtesy Austin Board of Realtors)

Community Impact Austin writes, "August home prices in multiple Central Austin ZIP codes increased with homes in 78752 seeing the biggest jump at 38.27% year over year, according to data from the Austin Board of Realtors.

However, there was also a decrease in August home prices in some ZIP codes, including 78701, which dropped by nearly 35%.

Seven ZIP codes in the market also saw more home sales in August compared to last year, while 78751 remained consistent with 15 home sold in both August 2022 and August 2023.

Overall, homes stayed on the Central Austin market in August for at least a month. Last August, homes averaged three weeks on the market."

Source: Community Impact Austin

Written by: Brittany Anderson

Published: September 15,…

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Austin American-Statesman writes, "Resilient.

That's the status of the Austin-area housing market as of August, when it saw its first year-over-year increase in home sales since early 2022, the Austin Board of Realtors says.

In its latest monthly report, the board said 2,939 houses changed hands last month in the five-county Austin region, which extends from Georgetown to San Marcos.

The sales represented a 1.4% increase over August 2022. It was the first increase in sales in the Austin region since February 2022, before repeated interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve to ease inflation began sharply slowing home sales throughout Central Texas.

Across the Austin-Round Rock metro area, half of the houses last month sold for more than…

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With the exception of a few ZIP codes, home prices and sales are mostly down year over year in Lake Travis/Westlake as homes linger on the market longer. (Courtesy Austin Board of Realtors)

Community Impact Austin reports, "the median home price in August for the majority of Lake Travis/Westlake homes is down year over year, according to data from the Austin Board of Realtors. Homes in the 78733 ZIP code saw the biggest drop with median home prices decreasing by nearly 57%.

Prices did increase in some ZIP codes, however. The median price of homes sold in 78735 was $1.2 million, nearly 50% higher than last year. Median home prices in 78746 also reached $2.7 million, the highest in the market. 

The number of home sales are also down year over year, with sales in 78735 dropping 43%, the highest in the market. There were some jumps, however; in 78733, home sales increased by 350%, the highest in the market.

Overall, homes stayed on…

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Austin Business Journal reports, "the developers pitching a 570-acre community near Elgin said they were attracted to the area by "the beauty and economics of the blackland prairie" as they aim to create more than 1,800 single-family homes, hundreds of multifamily units and nine acres of commercial space northeast of Austin.

Representatives for New York City-based Blossoms Development LLC provided Austin Business Journal more details about the Lund Farm community, which would be located off State Highway 95, north of Elgin. Intrigue in the project has been building since it was first announced last month at an Elgin City Council meeting.

The project would be the first in Texas for Blossoms, which has global development experience,…

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Pearlstone Partners CEO Robert Lee, Principal Emily Lee and President Bill Knauss stand outside Pearlstone's Parkside at Mueller development. The firm is seeking capital partners for three new condo projects it hopes to break ground on in the coming years. ARNOLD WELLS / ABJ

Austin Business Journal writes, "amid a year of muted activity for commercial real estate development, Pearlstone Partners LLC is betting big on the continued allure of Austin — it has three new projects up its sleeve that could total about $700 million in construction costs. That's on top of Robert Lee and his team forging ahead on three under-construction projects expected to deliver from early 2024 through 2025.

The Austin-based company just unveiled details on three multifamily communities planned to rise on prime sites, spread from Rainey Street to the northwest side of the Central Business District. All three are still in the investment phase, meaning they may not deliver for a few years.

Demand for housing has slowed across the board in…

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Austin Business Journal writes, "Oracle Corp. seems about ready to move forward with long-term plans to expand its headquarters campus near downtown Austin.

The software giant in late August filed documents with the city of Austin outlining plans to add a third office building, measuring 287,510 square feet, to the site it owns off East Riverside Drive. It could also build a 255-room hotel.

The growth will be to the west of Oracle's (NYSE: ORCL) existing office buildings, which measure nearly 1 million square feet combined. The company wants to modify a planned unit development, or PUD, that governs the area's zoning by adding a more than two-acre tract bordering Tinnin Ford Road. The tract is home to the former Town Lake Village Condos, which…

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