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Austin exploring ways to improve park and traffic in Lamar Beach....

The city of Austin is exploring ways to bring more people to a park many have probably been to, but may not have known its name, Lamar Beach.

Austin Q4, 2015, Accolades! WOW!!!!

We've told you a lot about Austin Accolades but can you believe the list just from Q4, 2015. Here's the list of the ones the Chamber of Commerce have tracked and we've seen others, too, so treat this as a partial list ...

Austin is the No. 4 Best-Performing City in annual assessment of Where America's Jobs are Created & Sustained.

Austin has the second-most stable housing market in the U.S.

Austin ranks 2nd among midsize metros in Top College Cities & Towns in America ranking.

Austin is the No. 1 City for Black-Owned Small Businesses.

Real Estate's Hot New Sector: Storage Units

It’s a good time to be in the storage unit business: Rents are rising, vacancies are limited, and competition has been muted due to limited new construction, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Austin named No. 1 city in the U.S. for young families....

Raising kids is one of life's most rewarding journeys. And if you live in Austin, you're off to a great start, as we've been named the best city for young families. 

One-Third of Real Estate Deals Face Closing Delays

Closing glitches can be fairly common. The three biggest causes for a closing delay:
1. Buyer financing setbacks
2. Home inspection issues
3. Appraisals that are different from the agreed-upon contracted sales price

That’s according to a survey conducted last month by the National Association of REALTORS® of more than 2,600 real estate professionals who were reflecting on their sales and purchases for the previous three months. The survey found that 32 percent – or nearly one-third – of all real estate transactions encounter some type of delay to closing.

U-Haul Supports Austin Population Growth

Austin ranked #3 on U-Haul’s “Top 10 U.S. Growth Cities for 2015” based on net increase of incoming one-way U-Haul truck rentals versus outgoing rentals.

More than 50 percent of U-Haul rentals in Austin in 2015 were for people moving into the city, as opposed to moving out, and the number of U-Haul arrivals was up 6 percent compared to the previous year.

Where Rental Costs Rose, Fell Most in 2015

Where Rental Costs Rose and Fell Most in 2015The rental market continues its bullish streak, benefiting from strong rental demand across the country that has pushed vacancies near record lows.

Austin ranks No. 1 best city for young families....

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Separate Studies Rank Austin & Round Rock High

Austin has been named top city in the country for young families and Round Rock No. 4 on a list of the best affordable U.S. cities to live in.

Among its scores, Austin came in sixth for household spending on mortgages, 11th for the quality of its schools and 13th for its economic strength but was pinged for cost of living, coming in at #110, and average commute, coming in at #130 with a 26.6 minute average.