Austin continued to showcase strength in pandemic times, and real estate fundamentals remained relatively steady despite strong supply. The metro’s rental market still has obstacles ahead, but is sustained by numerous corporate relocations and strong inmigration. The average rent rebounded, rising 0.1 percent on a trailing three-month basis through January, to $1,367.
The metro’s economy ranked first among major U.S. cities—employment contracted by only 2.8 percent year-over-year through November, while the national figure shrank by 7.8 percent. The unemployment rate stood at 5.9 percent in November, with preliminary December data pointing to 5.1 percent. Amid the health crisis, Tesla announced a multiphase facility set to open in mid-2021 and expected add 5,000 jobs, while Oracle announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters. Voters approved Project Connect, Austin’s light rail system, which will alleviate traffic congestion and support the metro’s expansion.
Developers delivered 12,292 units in 2020, marking the second-best year of the decade, and had another 32,637 units underway in early 2021. Transaction activity intensified following a numb second quarter and closed the year at nearly $2.4 billion—a new peak—with the per-unit price up 10.1 percent to $160,872. Investment sales took a significant step back in 2020, coming in at $1.4 billion. That’s less than half the $3.7 billion recorded in 2019.
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