Three commercial sites are available in Adelton, with a convenience store only being allowed on the 1.6-acre site. WEST BASTROP VILLAGE LTD.

Austin Business Journal reports, "work is underway on a 348-acre mixed-use neighborhood in Bastrop and the search is on for commercial tenants to set up shop on three sites.

Homebuilders broke ground in October on the master-planned development, called Adelton, off State Highway 21 and Farm-to-Market 20. Plans call for 1,200 homes, 125,000 square feet of commercial space, four miles of trails and 50 acres of parks, according to a May announcement from developer West Bastrop Village Ltd., an entity tied to Austin-based Benchmark Land Development Inc.

Phase one of the project, which is estimated to take 10-15 years, is underway with homebuilders David Weekley Homes and Empire Communities already completing two model homes. Developers are now eager…

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Urbanize Austin reports, "in the past decade, the pace and amount of Austin real estate development has eclipsed that of all but two other cities in the nation (both in Texas), according to a new report from Storage Cafe, an online platform that provides storage unit listings across the nation.

The StorageCafe study looked at inventory expansions from 2013 to 2022 in the 100 largest U.S. cities to determine real estate growth. It analyzed new construction data for the country’s most populous cities, based on square footage in the case of commercial assets (industrial, office, retail and self storage) and on building permits in the case of residential units. It also analyzed unit count data from U.S. Census building permit records and deemed it a…

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The Liz Carpenter Splash Pad near downtown Austin is one of many places to cool off in Central Texas this summer. (Courtesy city of Austin)Community Impact Austin writes, "ff you are looking for a new place to cool off this summer, check out Community Impact's regional splash pad guide, featuring destinations from across Central Texas.

This list is noncomprehensive.

NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS

1. Brushy Creek Lake Park’s splash pad includes both ground and raised water elements on a concrete pad.

  • Cost: free
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, weekends only in September
  • Dates open: May 1-Sept. 30
  • 3300 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park. 512-401-5500. www.cedarparktexas.gov

2. The splash pad in Downtown Georgetown is directly next to the city’s art center in its brick courtyard.

  • Cost: free
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
  • Dates open: April 1-Sept. 30
  • 816 S. Main St.,…

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Realtor.com reports, "The numbers: Sales of previously-owned homes in the U.S. fell 3.4% in April for the second month in a row, as buyers continue to deal with low levels of home listings and see-sawing mortgage rates.

Sales of existing homes in the U.S. fell to an annual rate of 4.28 million in April, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday.

That’s the number of homes that would be sold over an entire year if sales took place at the same rate in every month as it did in April. The numbers are seasonally adjusted.

The drop in sales wasn’t as bad as what economists on Wall Street had expected. They forecast existing-home sales to total 4.26 million in April.

But compared with April 2022, home sales were down 23.2%.

Key…

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Realtor.com shares, "The numbers: An ongoing and persistent lack of homes in the resale market is pushing more home buyers into new construction, which caused sales to surge for the second month in a row.

The strength in new home sales was also driven by a massive jump in sales in the south. Overall, new home sales are trending higher as buyers grapple with a low level of home listings in the existing home sales market.

U.S. new home sales rose 4.1% to an annual rate of 683,000 in April, from a revised 656,000 in the prior month, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

The number is seasonally adjusted, and refers to how many homes would be built over an entire year if builders continue at the same pace every month.

The jump exceeded…

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KXAN reports, "a private developer plans to fund and construct a 600-acre public park in east Austin that will one day be donated to the city of Austin and its park system.

Douglas Gilliland, the managing director for Taurus Investment Holdings, describes the park as the “Zilker Park of east Austin.” The new public park will almost double the size of Zilker, will be sandwiched between Walter E. Long park and the East Metropolitan park, and will tie in to Travis County’s 14-mile public trail system.

Cost and scope of the project

Gilliland said the project will be privately funded and cost $8 million to complete. The park will be built and designed over the span of six to seven phases in the next seven years. Gilliland said he is hoping to complete…

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The Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown, which is situated in the middle of the fast-growing city's historic downtown. It's surrounded by shops and restaurants on "the square." Once again, Georgetown ranked as the fastest-growing U.S. city in America. ARNOLD WELLS/STAFF

Austin Business Journals reports, "for the second year in a row, a city in Williamson County was estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to be the fastest-growing city in the country. It was one of three Austin-area cities that ranked among the top four.

Georgetown reached a 2022 population estimate of 86,507. That's a 14.4% year-over-year increase, according to a May 18 release from the U.S. Census Bureau. That ranked just ahead of Santa Cruz, California (61,800, +12.5%), Kyle (57,470, +10.9%) and Leander (74,375, +10.9%) among cities with a population of at least 50,000 people.

"Job growth in Georgetown and across the Austin metro continues to bring new residents to our city," Georgetown Mayor Josh Schroeder said in a May 18 statement. "People are…

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Realtor.com writes, "what a difference a year can make.

Today’s mortgage rates are more than 1 percentage point higher than a year ago. Plus, rates edged even further up this week, to 6.39% for a 30-year fixed-rate loan, compared with 6.35% a week earlier, according to Freddie Mac.

These stubbornly high interest rates, combined with headstrong home prices, have plunged the entire housing market into a strange sort of stalemate.

On the one hand, 82% of home sellers feel “locked in” by the low mortgage rates they’d secured years earlier. Meanwhile, cash-strapped homebuyers with few new listings to pique their interest feel locked out of the American dream.

Yet despite this unrelenting real estate limbo, there are small signs of life kicking…

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The majority of counties recorded population growth between 2020 and 2022, but some counties performed much better than others. UNDREY VIA GETTY IMAGES

Austin Business Journal writes, "when it comes to population growth during the Covid-19 era, large suburbs are shining. Urban centers and rural counties? Not so much.

That’s according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau with updated population estimates for 2022. 

Nationally, counties with populations of at least 250,000 in 2020 grew by an average of 0.84% between 2020 and 2022. For all counties, the average was 0.44%.

But a closer look at the data shows the strongest growth was generally in ring counties — suburban counties located within the nation's largest metro areas.

Among counties with at least 250,000 residents, the top counties for percentage growth were St. Johns County, Florida (located in metro Jacksonville); Hays County,…

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Median sales prices in the metro skyrocketed to a record-high $550,000 last April, and are down by about $83,000 a year later. CODY BAIRD / ABJ

Austin Business Journal writes, "one year after setting a median sales price record of $550,000 last April, housing prices are down in the metro.

The median sales price in the Austin area was $466,705, a 15% year-over-year decrease that amounts to $83,295, according to the Austin Board of Realtors April market report. And while prices have been trending up in recent months, the year-over-year decrease is a welcome signal to Central Texas, which saw housing prices skyrocket at unsustainable rates during the Covid-19 pandemic to a level where many buyers were over-bidding on property. It wasn't uncommon for a $400,000 home to sell for closer to $500,000 in recent years.

“This is still a market that is seeing lots of activity, just not at a…

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