Entries by Mike Ebert

Amazon is Expanding in Austin

Giant online retailer Amazon has expanded its Austin workforce from 350 employees to over 900 employees, according to a recent article in the Austin American Statesman. And word on the street has it that they aren’t finished with their Austin expansion.  Fact is that Amazon currently has 100 positions that they are trying to fill.  […]

Merck Coming to Austin

Austin is now home to the Dell Medical School a teaching hospital that has replaced the old Brackenridge Hospital.  This development has caught the eye of Merck a giant in the world of pharmaceuticals and who now plans to develop an innovative technology center in our fair city with an investment of over $29 million […]

Austin Based Home Away Adding 2,000 Jobs

It was reported in today’s Austin American Statesman that Austin based Home Away will be adding an additional 2,000 new jobs starting in 2019.  For those of you that are not familiar with Home Away, they are a company that lists short term rentals for owners and has recently been purchased by Expedia.  The location […]

1 Million Fewer Homeowners today than 10 Years Ago

At a recent conference held in Berkeley California, Ken Rosen president of the National Association of REALTORS, and University of California economist Ken Rosen gave their views on why there are fewer homeowners today verses ten years ago.  It is something of a mystery but the speakers did a good job of unrevealing it for […]

How much cheaper is Austin Compared to ???

A recent article in the Austin Relocation Guide compared living in Austin to other major cities.  Specifically, how much money does it take to have a decent lifestyle in Austin when moving away from these cities?  The study assumed that the person was making $60,000 a year. For instance it you make $60,000 in Detroit […]

What Renters Say About Renting

A recent article in the “Daily Real Estate News” quoted a survey from Freddie Mac of renters about how they view renting.  The information is pretty much on target with other information I have gleaned from other sources, so I consider the information in the survey to be more of a confirmation of trends that […]

Austin Job Growth 3.3% in 2016

According to a recent article in our local paper, the Austin American Statesman, the job rate in Austin and our surrounding cities was 3.3% in 2016. This is really great news but the article pointed out that this figure was off a tad from previous years. Payroll increased by 3.8% meaning that employees are earning […]