Entries by Mike Ebert

Get a Degree and you get to Rent

The headline doesn’t make sense but it is a true statement.  As taken from a recent article in REALTOR magazine, a recent federal study found that the cost of getting a college degree is keeping many grads from home ownership for about seven years.  I can personally state that the amount of student loans is […]

Renting vs. Buying – If I Could

As recently reported in RECON, an on line reporting firm for real estate professionals, a study by ATTOM Data Solutions 2019 Rental Affordability Report stated that for every $1,000 price increase of a home that 127,500 people are priced out of buying a home.  The study compared wages to rent to obtain a percentage of […]

Austin’s Economy – Reading the Tea Leaves

A recent article in our local paper, the Austin American Statesman, had forecasts from many local economic gurus who gave their opinions on what to expect in 2019. In sum, this year should be similar as 2018 but perhaps not quite as robust as the national economy (look at the stock market this first week […]

3,000 more jobs coming to Austin!

Indeed is a home grown internet job search site that recently announced that they are expanding their operations over several years because of their success.  Indeed collects job postings from all over the world and posts them on the net, posts job resumes, and research companies.  They have over 200 “million” folks use their site […]

Round Rock is About to get Wetter!

Recently a local TV station, KXAN, ran a feature piece about a new water park that coming to Round Rock.  Kalahari Resorts broke ground on a 1.5 million (that’s not a typo) square foot “indoor” water park and convention center.  The hotel will have 1,000 rooms and the water park will be the largest in […]

Forbes ranks Austin #2

A recent Forbes article has ranked Austin as the number two city for Big City Job Growth.  In fairness Dallas was ranked number one, but then of course one would have to live in Dallas!  The Austin job was cited as having a 3.4 % job growth in 2017 and reportedly grew jobs at 39% […]

Charles Schwab Expands in Austin

As reported in the Austin American Statesman Charles Schwab will be expanding its Austin presence by an additional 470,000 square feet of office space (that’s almost eleven acres) to house hundreds of new hires.  Schwab already has 1,900 employees in Austin. The expansion will be the creation and enhancement of digital products for their customer […]