Two East Austin properties are moving closer to a city-supported redevelopment by a local and national project team, including Block 18 on East 11th Street. (Courtesy city of Austin)

Community Impact Austin shares, "A pair of mixed-use developments with affordable housing and cultural spaces are coming to vacant city-owned lots in East Austin's African American Cultural Heritage District.

The big picture

Local stakeholders and agencies have been working for years on a plan to transform Austin's "Blocks 16 and 18" sites on the 900 and 1100 blocks of East 11th Street.

The framework that's now moving forward was one of two proposals under consideration by Urban Renewal Board—which oversees the "blighted" East 11th and 12th street area under the city's Urban Renewal Plan—since last summer. After months of review, a final outline for the blocks' redevelopment advanced July 18.

“This milestone for Blocks 16 & 18 marks a significant step…

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Foreign homebuyers purchased $42 billion in U.S. residential properties between April 2023 and March 2024, according to the National Association of Realtors. GRACE CARY | GETTY IMAGES

Austin Business Journal reports, "International buyers bought fewer U.S. homes in the past year but are paying more for residential real estate than ever before.

Foreign homebuyers purchased $42 billion in U.S. residential properties between April 2023 and March 2024, a 21.2% decline from the prior 12-month period, according to the National Association of Realtors. The approximately 54,300 existing homes sold to international buyers marks the lowest 12-month total on record since the NAR began tracking such transactions in 2009.

At the same time, both the average and median home-purchase prices paid by foreign buyers — $783,300 and $475,000, respectively — were the highest ever recorded by NAR.

International or foreign homebuyers as tracked…

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Bay News 9 shares, "A few Texas cities and the South in general were heavily featured in the best places for renters to live in a new report.

RentCafe, an apartment listing service that conducts research on the real estate market, posted its annual rankings of the best cities for renters earlier this month. Its rankings were determined by looking at 20 different metrics in three categories–cost of living and housing, the local economy and quality of life. 

While Charleston, South Carolina, took the top spot for the second year in a row, three Texas cities ranked in the top 10. 

McKinney, a city in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, came in at No. 4 on the list because of its “lower-than-average cost of living, high-end apartments in top locations…

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A home available for sale is shown on May 22 in Austin, Texas. Austin rent prices fell the most out of any major city area in America in June, according to a new report. BRANDON BELL/GETTY IMAGES

Newsweek writes, "Austin, Texas, led the nation in dropping rent prices for the month of June, according to a new report from Realtor.com.

The South generally saw a surge in housing units as more builders target the area because of mass migration post-pandemic.

After Austin's year-over-year rent drop of 9.5 percent, San Antonio, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee, also saw significant rent price decreases of 8.2 percent and 8.1 percent, respectively.

"It's difficult to know just yet if this is simply a trend or a long-term slide, but markets that were white hot during the pandemic like Austin and Nashville are experiencing a deceleration in demand," Alex Beene, a financial literacy instructor at the University of Tennessee at Martin,…

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The Austin-Round Rock metro's housing inventory hit 5 months in June, a level not seen since 2011. ABJ STAFF

Austin Business Journal shares, "Housing stock in the Austin area continues to edge higher, reaching healthier levels not seen in the metro in over a decade — and it's possible lower prices are on the horizon.

The Austin-Round Rock metro's housing inventory reached five months in June — the highest it's been since 2011, according to the latest Austin Board of Realtors and Unlock MLS market report. That's closer to the six months of inventory that housing experts say typically represents a healthy balance between supply and demand, and it's up from a level of 3.7 months of inventory in June 2023.

But what does an increase in inventory mean? According to Clare Knapp, an Unlock MLS and ABOR housing economist, buyers and sellers could expect to see…

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The latest report from Unlock MLS and the Austin Board of Realtors looked into June data and year-to-date data from the first half of 2024. Photo by J King on Unsplash

CultureMap Austin reports, "The latest real estate report from Unlock MLS and the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR) has revealed that June saw a significant increase in the number of active home listings in the Austin metro area — continuing on a three-month high that began in April — and median sale prices are dropping to accommodate the rise in inventory.

New in the June report, Unlock MLS refers to the Central Texas region as the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolitan statistical area (MSA), whereas it was previously identified as the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown MSA.

The data shows there was a 13.4 percent drop in home sales across the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA, with only 2,732 homes sold in June for a median price of $450,000. There…

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Plans for Turner Springs include about a thousand housing units — from mansions to apartments. SCREENSHOT OF CITY OF TAYLOR DOCUMENTS

 

Austin Business Journal reports, "A new 100-acre residential neighborhood could be coming to Taylor, where economic growth has been explosive thanks to Samsung’s 2,000-acre, multibillion-dollar semiconductor plant that's under construction in the city.

The development, called Turner Springs, would be home to single-family and multifamily residences as well as commercial and retail properties, according to Taylor Planning & Zoning Commission documents. The commission recommended the project for approval at its July 9 meeting.

If it comes to fruition, the project would be built on two properties that have been owned by an entity known as Turner Bobby Jr Etal since 2000, according to the Williamson Central Appraisal District. Insite…

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One of Lake Travis’s most recognizable homes is hitting the market for $1.99 million. PHOTO: JPM REAL ESTATE

The Wall Street Journal writes, "In Texas, a circular, lakeside home with a roof that looks like a sand dollar is hitting the market for $1.99 million.

Located in the city of Lakeway, which is just outside of Austin, the roughly 2,300-square-foot home is perched on a bluff that overlooks Lake Travis.

The sellers are Karena Dawn, co-founder of the fitness brand Tone It Up, and her husband, Bobby Goldstein. The pair came across the home while boating on Lake Travis. When they found out it was for sale, they bought it for an undisclosed price in 2021.

“Anyone who has boated on Lake Travis in the last 40 years has looked up at it,” said the listing agent, Michelle Jones of Compass. She shares the listing with her colleague,…

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Wilson Capital's Jovie Belterra development is nearly complete. The first building was occupied as of mid-June, and the second building is expected to be complete in September. WILSON CAPITAL

Austin Business Journal shares, "Wilson Capital, one of the busiest multifamily development firms in Austin, continues a refinancing spree that began in January. 

The latest effort comes in the form of a $35.2 million loan originated from Southern Realty Trust Inc. for the refinancing of Jovie Belterra, a partially complete apartment complex in the Belterra neighborhood between Austin and Dripping Springs, according to a July 8 announcement.

“Since the beginning of the year, Wilson Capital has successfully refinanced multiple properties in the greater Austin area,” said Taylor Wilson, the company’s president, in a written statement.  “These transactions are consistent with a portfolio-wide recapitalization strategy to support lease-up activities…

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Nearly all of the counties analyzed recently by Attom Data Solutions had homes on the market last quarter that were less affordable than their historical averages. STUDIOGSTOCK VIA GETTY IMAGES

Austin Business Journal reports, "Homes across America remained unaffordable for many prospective buyers in the second quarter, with single-family home and condo prices less affordable during that three-month period compared to historical averages in 99% of the nation's counties.

That's according to a recent analysis by Attom Data Solutions LLC, which looked at housing data from U.S. counties with a population of at least 100,000 and that had at least 50 single-family home and condo sales in the second quarter.

The analysis also found that expenses for existing homeowners on median-priced homes are on the rise. Those costs consumed 35.1% of the average national wage in the second quarter, a high point since 2007 and meaningfully higher than the…

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