THE URBAN LAND INSTITUTE (ULI) RANKS AUSTIN IN ITS TOP 10 REAL ESTATE MARKETS.
Austin ranked seventh for investment and development prospects. The research-intensive report cites real estate experts as being high on Austin. “The Texas state capital metro area continues to be a favorite of interviewees. Interest in it is now at a point where investors are willing to take on more risk,” the report states.
The analysis of Austin continues with kudos for job growth, housing construction and attracting new businesses “aiming to take advantage of relatively lower business costs, lower taxes and a highly trained workforce.”
San Francisco topped the list, followed by Houston, San Jose, New York City, Dallas/Fort Worth, Seattle, Austin, Miami, Boston and Orange County, Calif. Rounding out the list of the top 20 were Denver; Nashville, Tenn.; Los Angeles; San Antonio; San Diego; Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Portland, Ore. and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
SIX CENTRAL TEXAS CITIES AMONG THE SAFEST IN THE WHOLE STATE.
Six cities in the greater Austin region have been cited in a report by SafeWise.com as amonf the 50 safest cities in Texas. The report, based on 2011 FBI crime statistics, ranks the safest cities with populations of 20,000 or more. Judged as the safest city in the Austin region, and ranking No. 8 on the list, is Leander. The city government is headed by Mayor Christopher Felder. "A recreation packed city with one of the state’s lowest crime rates, the FBI’s Crime in the U.S. Report states no murders, three robberies, and 36 burglaries reported to authorities in 2011," the report said. "Leander also boasts a lower than average cost of living when compared to the U.S. average and an amazing diversity of things to do … it’s no wonder that Leander’s population grew from 7,596 in 2000 to 27,079 in 2010 according to the census."
Also on the list: No. 10 - Cedar Park, No. 12 - Kyle, No. 17 - Georgetown, No. 23 - Pflugerville and No. 32 - Round Rock.
KELLER WILLIAMS AGENTS LAND ON A GOOGLE CLOUD.
Keller Williams Realty announced that it has transitioned its 93,000 agents to Google Apps for Business.
Google Inc.’s cloud software will allow associates to have enterprise versions of Google mail, calendar, storage and collaboration tools. The upgrade is at no extra charge to the associates. In a news release, officials with Austin-based Keller Williams said the deployment is the largest in the real estate sector for Google Apps.
"We are thrilled to be working with Google and our transition partners, Cloud Sherpas, to provide our associates with an intuitive customizable suite of offerings that will boost productivity, increase collaboration and enhance the customer experience,” said Jason Tang, Keller Williams’ director of technology, in a statement. Keller Williams had been testing the Google platform for several months before the big recent rollout.
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