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(Micah Green/Bloomberg via Getty Images) reports, "The numbers: Construction of new U.S. homes fell 14.8% in January as home builders scaled back new projects.

The pace of construction slowed as builders curtailed their activity amid wintry weather in the U.S. in January.

Housing starts fell to a 1.33 million annual pace from 1.56 million in December, the government said Friday. 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 January.

Housing starts fell to the lowest level since August 2023.

The drop in January was the sharpest since April 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, when starts fell by nearly 27%. Not including that pandemic drop, housing starts fell by the most since 2015.

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The number of existing-home transactions nationwide declined last year, but prices went up in most metro areas, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. GETTY IMAGES

Austin Business Journal writes, "the nation's for-sale housing market is off to a mixed start this year after a 2023 that proved largely challenging for homebuyers.

Existing-home sales ended 2023 down about 19% from the prior year, according to data from the National Association of Realtors. While the number of transactions declined, prices rose in most metro areas through the end of the year, and that trend appears to be holding up early into 2024.

In fact, single-family existing-home sale prices rose in 86% of metro areas measured by the NAR — or 189 of 221 — in the fourth quarter. That's up from 82% in the third quarter.

At the end of 2023, the national median single-family existing-home price was up 3.5% from the year prior, to $391,700.

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The Cloverleaf by Brohn Homes, a South Austin residential development, is being constructed through a public improvement district, or PID, agreement with Travis County. The project will raise more than 500 new homes. THE BROHN GROUP LLC

Austin Business Journal writes, "developers in Travis County have a financial tool back at their disposal that's designed to support large-scale real estate projects, but they may not be supportive of all the changes made to the reworked program.

That's because revisions to public improvement districts, or PIDs, include an increase in community benefit charges tied to certain projects. Previously, developers paid a fee equal to 10% of total investment if their projects didn't include enough affordable housing, but that has been raised to 17.5%. The application fee for a PID has also been increased from $55,000 to $150,000.

Adam Boenig, co-president of Brohn Homes — among the region's most active residential developers — called the higher fees a…

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Wasatch Premier Properties will transform a 58-acre tract in the southern portion of Thomas Ranch into a multifamily development. ARETE COLLECTIVE LP

Austin Business Journal reports, "Thomas Ranch, a 2,200-acre mixed-use project on the shores of Lake Travis, continues to take shape.

Salt Lake City-based developer Areté Collective LP has been toiling away on the first phase of construction — a private residential community named Loraloma — while Wasatch Premier Properties recently came on board to build hundreds of multifamily units on another 58 acres west of Austin. Areté Collective recently sold the 58 acres to Wasatch, an arm of Utah-based Wasatch Group, according to a Jan. 30 announcement.

Wasatch's "decision to become the inaugural development partner within Thomas Ranch’s downtown district brings us one step closer to delivering a lively destination to live, work, and play in West…

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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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The Yard business park off St. Elmo. Owner Veloway Threads now owns much of the St. Elmo Arts District. PAUL THOMPSON / ABJ

Austin Business Journal reports, "one of the biggest property owners in South Austin’s St. Elmo Arts District acquired a whole lot more real estate in the neighborhood in December.

Austin-based Veloway Threads — owners of The Yard and other properties where business such as Icon, Tesla, Still Austin and St. Elmo Brewing lease space — purchased eight properties within the district last month, said Priscilla Sauceda, vice president of operations and community at Veloway Threads. The area, which a few years ago was a sleepy industrial hub, has piqued the interest of many developers and is rapidly changing into a mixed-use destination.

The firm also purchased four other properties outside of St. Elmo, and all 12 properties together pushed Veloway’s…

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This rendering offers a glimpse of what 201 and 209 East Sixth St. will look like following a renovation of the more than 30 properties owned by Stream Realty Partners. CLAYTON KORTE / STREAM REALTY PARTNERS

Austin Business Journal reports, "a substantial facelift of Austin’s East Sixth Street will begin in the new year.

Stream Realty Partners LP said preliminary preservation work is planned to begin in early January as part of a major restoration of more than 30 properties along the popular street with Congress Avenue to the west and I-35 to the east.

The initial work will focus on restoring the facades and interiors of the Stream-owned buildings that have fallen into disrepair. The majority of interior and exterior work is scheduled to begin late in the first quarter of 2024 and early in the second quarter of the year, according to the developer.

The firm also disclosed that it will begin looking for new tenants in 2024 but it did not share if…

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Realtor Magazine writes, "global unrest, economic uncertainty and eroding home affordability are among the top issues facing the real estate industry over the next year, according to The Counselors of Real Estate’s annual report, “Top 10 Issues Affecting Real Estate(link is external).” Each year, CRE surveys 1,000 real estate experts to gauge the emerging issues that could have the most significant impact on all housing sectors, particularly the commercial market.

“This past year has been challenging for some and opportunistic for others as the economy, office market and innovation continue to evolve and impact the market,” says CRE Global Chair William McCarthy. “Additionally, the housing shortage and infrastructure issues continue to cause…

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More people means more apartments to fit them all. Rendering courtesy of Mark Odom Studio

CultureMap Austin writes, "nearly all of Austin has experienced a flurry of apartment construction to accommodate the equally expanding population in the last few years. In fact, five Austin-area zip codes were the hottest markets for new apartment construction between 2018 and 2022, according to a new rental market analysis by RentCafe.

Pflugerville makes a pflying leap over Austin
Most impressive in the Austin metro region, ZIP Code 78660 in Pflugerville was the No. 20 hottest market in the U.S., with a 64.5-percent growth rate for apartments. Nearly 3,900 new apartments were built in the last five years, according to the study.

Austinites and newcomers pflocking to Pflugerville likely moved there for its easygoing city life. H-E-B has also…

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In August, 31% of the nation's homes available for sale were new construction. That's more than twice the historical average, which falls in the 12% to 14% range, according to the National Association of Home Builders, underscoring how little inventory is on the market. BYRON E. SMALL

Austin Business Journal writes, "homebuilders continue to see sales momentum — despite surging mortgage rates and persistent affordability challenges — in part because they're pulling out the stops to lure buyers and ensure deals cross the finish line.

While a growing share of buyers have been locked out of the housing market because of rising mortgage rates, persistent home-price appreciation and a lack of existing-home inventory, the current environment also is creating some tailwinds for builders that can offer more competitive financing.

Housing starts increased 7% in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.36 million units, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Census Bureau data.

In fact, 31%…

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