Velocity is planned as a mixed-use development of up to 7 million square feet at State Highway 71 and FM 973, east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. It is one of a handful of Travis County projects currently underway as a Public Improvement District. KIMLEY-HORN

Austin Business Journal shares, "after a four-year hiatus, Travis County is reintroducing a tool designed to support large-scale developments.

The Travis County Commissioners Court on Jan. 30 lifted a moratorium on public improvement districts, or PIDs, after nearly a year of review.

That means developers can begin submitting applications for new PID agreements Feb. 1.

PIDs enable counties and cities to levy additional taxes on sites to pay for specific project-related improvements. They're used in counties across Texas to help cover some costs to developers, such as road construction, water and wastewater systems and landscaping, when they build master-planned communities and other big projects.

Before unanimously voting to lift their PID…

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Link Logistics' Luke Petherbridge with 11209 Metric Boulevard (Link Logistics, Google Maps, Getty)

TheRealDeal reports, "a Blackstone subsidiary is gearing up for a big multifamily project in North Austin.

Link Logistics Real Estate Management, led by CEO Luke Petherbridge, filed to rezone the  6-acre site at 11209 Metric Boulevard to allow for a five-story complex with nearly 500 units, the Austin Business Journal reported. 

The project, called LL Braker, according to city filings, is also slated for 5,000 square feet of retail space and structured parking. It’s unclear if the residential units will be apartments or condos. A one-story warehouse, built in the 1980s and spanning 85,000 square feet, would be demolished for the project.

Link Logistics is requesting to change the property’s industrial zoning designation to allow…

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Austin American-Statesman reports, "hundreds of homes are headed for fast-growing Georgetown, north of Austin in the five-county Central Texas region..

Aztec Group's Brell Tarich and Jason Shapiro arranged $33.25 million in construction financing for the first phase of the single-family housing development. Aztec is a real estate investment and merchant banking firm based in Miami.

The builder, Onx Group, is a Texas-based residential developer that uses cutting-edge technology to streamline the pre-construction, manufacturing and assembly process. Through its proprietary construction method — X+ — Onx manufactures individual rooms, bathroom pods, walls and more at offsite production facilities near its housing developments.

In November, Onx…

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Realtor.com writes, "more folks snapped up newly built homes last month thanks to lower mortgage rates.

The number of new homes for sale and sold in December jumped 8% compared with just one month earlier, according to a recent government report. Sales rose 4.4% year over year, according to the seasonally adjusted numbers in the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report.

That was a reversal from November, when the number of sales fell 9% from October.

“This month’s new-home sales data suggests that eager buyers are ready and willing to jump into the housing market with each improvement in affordability,” Realtor.com® senior economic research analyst Hannah Jones wrote in her new-home sales commentary.

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Schulle Farms could be home to more than 800 single-family homes, plus a potential commercial development. SCREENSHOT OF CALDWELL COUNTY DOCUMENTS

Austin Business Journal shares, "additional details have emerged about a housing development in Maxwell that could be part of a boom in rural Caldwell County. 

Schulle Farms, an 800-plus home subdivision planned for the small community, is envisioned by Austin-based real estate brokerage and land development company La Tierra Realty LLC, said Trevor McManis, a broker with the firm.

La Tierra, which has amassed around 1,100 acres over the past four to five years in what it considers a region primed for growth, will be marketing the land to homebuilders.

“This is an area that we really believe in,” McManis said. “We think there’s a lot of value here, and it’s kind of been the area outside of Austin that a lot of people have maybe overlooked…

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Austin Business Journal reports, "property foreclosures in the Austin metro climbed in 2023 — tracking a rise in local unemployment — but were relatively low by historic standards.

Foreclosures, which are legal proceedings by mortgage lenders to seize property when borrowers are in default, numbered 1,438 in the area last year, up 389 from 2022, according to Attom Data Solutions, a real estate information company.

Despite what equates to a 37% increase, however, the figure is below the levels immediately prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and well under those seen more than a decade ago on the heels of the last recession.

Foreclosures were up across the state and nation last year. They rose 51% in the Houston metro compared to 2022, 19% in the…

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Austin American-Statesman writes, "Horseshoe Bay Resort, just over an hour's drive west of Austin in the Texas Hill Country, has seen its first-ever pre-construction sellout of 60 luxury condos at a development called Waters Lakeside.

The development consists of three towers with 20 condos each, with the first set for a March move-in date. The second and third towers will open between April and May.

The condos all have three bedrooms ranging in size from 1,500 square feet to 2,300 square feet. They start at $800,000, with the average price of $928,000. The sellout of the 60 condos has generated more than $65 million in sales revenue.

Located between Horseshoe Bay’s yacht club and marina, and just steps from constant-level Lake LBJ, the homes…

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Schulle Farms could be home to more than 800 single-family homes, plus a potential commercial development. SCREENSHOT OF CALDWELL COUNTY DOCUMENTS

Austin Business Journal reports, "hundreds of acres of housing are set to rise on the southern reaches of the Austin metro, the latest indication that it just keeps on growing.

Caldwell County commissioners on Jan. 9 unanimously approved a development agreement for a subdivision in Maxwell, potentially encompassing more than 200 acres. With the Austin area embroiled in a seemingly never-ending struggle to build enough affordable housing, the homes in this new development would be going up in one of the most affordable pockets of the region.

The subdivision, known as Schulle Farms, would be built on 227 acres off Maxwell’s Fifth Street if the development goes forward. Schulle Farm Partners LP is behind the project, although the identities of…

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We're all hoping for more affordable housing Austin in 2024. Photo by Dillon Kydd on Unsplash

Culturemap Austin writes, "Austin's hot real estate market is still trying to balance itself out after a full year of cooling prices. But even after that, it's accounting for nearly $17.5 billion in economic activity in 2023, according to the latest report from the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR).

The final report of 2023 wrapped up the Austin-Round Rock metro area's performance and compared it to 2022's statistics. The findings show the median prices in the Austin area decreased 10.2 percent year-over-year to $450,000.

As another good sign for what's ahead for homebuyers in the coming year, 2024 ABoR president Kent Redding said housing inventory in the Austin-Round Rock MSA has increased to the highest it's been in more than eight years.

"In…

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The Radisson Hotel Austin – University will be revamped alongside plans to raise apartment buildings on the site. ARNOLD WELLS / ABJ

Austin Business Journal reports, "an Austin hotel is planned for redevelopment as part of a project expected to create hundreds of new homes north of downtown.

At the vacant Radisson Hotel Austin - University, developers plan to renovate the existing 298-room hotel and aim to raise as many as 1,000 new apartments and add 40,000 square feet of commercial space to the site, according to a rezoning request moving through City Hall.

The property at 6121 N. I-35, owned by ASAP Austin LLC, rests between the St. John and Coronado Hills neighborhoods. The roughly 8-acre site is at the northeast corner of I-35 and U.S. Highway 290. It is valued at $22 million by the Travis Central Appraisal District.

The hotel will be rebranded to Delta by Marriott,…

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