Tee Up for Austin

Tee Up for AustinGene Arant Team Hole in One Real Estate

Moving to Austin is like hitting the proverbial “hole in one.” Gene and I have lived here the majority of our lives and have seen the city grow over the years. While Austin has many of the big city amenities, and our city continues to grow and change, we still have the small-town, friendly feel. People let you merge into traffic, honking isn’t polite, cashiers smile and ask about your day, people still hold open doors and even strangers lend a hand. That is pretty special for being the 11th largest city in the nation.

Dell Matchplay

A couple of weeks ago, we were watching the Dell Matchplay; the golf tournament put Austin on global display. Lake Austin and the Austin Bridge was the perfect backdrop. Golfers and fans raved about the weather and conditions. The announcers were interviewing Tom Kite, who lives here, and he jokingly said it was great having everyone come to our fair city but please don’t get any ideas of moving because Austinites don’t want their town getting any larger. However, that statement isn’t thwarting anyone from heading our way and for good reason, because Austin is amazing.

Lets do a quick 2015 Austin ranking recap*. 

Austin was ranked No. 1 for:

  • Best city to launch a startup by Smallbiztrends.com
  • Fastest growing large city economy since the Great Recession by Wallet Hub
  • Best large city to live in by Wallet Hub
  • U.S. City for startup activity by Kauffman Index
  • Tech city in global ranking by Savills
  • Best performing city out of 11 global cities with strong tech clusters by Wall Street Journal
  • U.S. Ranking in 2013-2014 Economic Performance by Brookings Institution
  • Best city for jobs by Forbes

Austin was ranked No 2 for:

  • Best place to live by U.S. News and World Report
  • Most stable housing market in the U.S. by Freddie Mac
  • Top college cities and towns in America among midsize metros by American Institute for Economic Research
  • U.S. markets’ overall real estate prospects
  • Fastest-growing cities by Forbes
  • City in the nation for STEM jobs by Wallethub

Austin was ranked No 3 for:

  • Top 10 most competitive States of 2014 by Site Selection
  • Fastest growing metro in the nation by the U.S. Census Bureau

Austin was ranked No. 4 for:

  • Best-performing city “where America’s jobs are created and sustained” by Milken Institute
  • Top 10 cities for creatives by Smartasset.com
  • Best cities for jobs by Glassdoor
  • Best city to work for a small business by Wallethub.com
  • Large American cities of the future by FDI Markets

Austin was ranked No. 5 for:

  • Largest local government green power users by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Friendliest city in 2015 by Conde Nast Traveler

While this list is by no means exhaustive, you can see for yourself that Austin is an amazing place to be. If you are considering relocating to Austin, you are making a great choice. Call us if you have any questions. We are happy to show you around our fair city. We are proud to live here and we hope you will soon discover why.

*Many of these listings came from the Platinum Top 50 Directory of Award-Winning Real Estate Agents Directory and Austin Board of Realtors

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