Austin is one of 100 finalists in RelocateAmerica’s 14th annual best places to live contest.

The Texas capital city was one of three finishers in the Central Texas region. Round Rock and Cedar Park were also listed. The website is taking votes until Aug. 2 to decide the top 10 winners.

The company chose the finalists from nominations and other parameters considered important when relocating. This year, cities best positioned for economic recovery were considered high priority, as well as overall economic stability. This includes factors such as employment, education, community leadership and overall quality of life.

In March, Austin was named the second best job market in the U.S. Also in February, Business Review USA called Austin one of the eight best places to live and work.

Last year, Austin came in third on the RelocateAmerica.com list. Click here to vote for this year’s winner.

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Austin is one of 100 finalists in RelocateAmerica’s 14th annual best places to live contest.

The Texas capital city was one of three finishers in the Central Texas region. Round Rock and Cedar Park were also listed. The website is taking votes until Aug. 2 to decide the top 10 winners.

The company chose the finalists from nominations and other parameters considered important when relocating. This year, cities best positioned for economic recovery were considered high priority, as well as overall economic stability. This includes factors such as employment, education, community leadership and overall quality of life.

In March, Austin was named the second best job market in the U.S. Also in February, Business Review USA called Austin one of the eight best places to live and work.

Last year, Austin came in third on the RelocateAmerica.com list. Click here to vote for this year’s winner.

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Need A Job?  

Move to Texas

Finding work may not be quite that simple, but it sure seems that way. While the nation’s job growth has limped along since the economic recovery began two years ago, the Lone Star State is enlarging

payrolls in Texas-size fashion.

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This is no surprise. Austin consistently sits atop Forbes’ annual list of the best cities for jobs and scores highly in other demographics rankings. It is the third-fastest-growing city in the nation, attracting large numbers of college grads, immigrants and families with young children.

Click here to see the whole article:   http://www.forbes.com/pictures/edgl45fkm/no-1-austin-texas#content

Related Austin Business Journal:   http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2011/07/08/forbes-calls-austin-americas-no-1.html?surround=etf&ana=e_article

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This is no surprise. Austin consistently sits atop Forbes’ annual list of the best cities for jobs and scores highly in other demographics rankings. It is the third-fastest-growing city in the nation, attracting large numbers of college grads, immigrants and families with young children.

Click here to see the whole article:   http://www.forbes.com/pictures/edgl45fkm/no-1-austin-texas#content

Related Austin Business Journal:   http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2011/07/08/forbes-calls-austin-americas-no-1.html?surround=etf&ana=e_article

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Existing home sales in Central Texas were down 8 percent in May from a year earlier, the Austin Board of Realtors reported.

A total of 1,891 homes sold last month, with a median price of $198,100, which was up 4 percent.

Board chairman Judith Bundschuh said the drop was not a surprise; last May was the peak month for sales tied to the federal buyer tax credit. Last May, a total of 2,059 homes were sold ” the highest number for the entire year ” as buyers rushed to conclude deals before the tax credit deadline.

But the market may be turning: the 2,156 sales in the pipeline last month to close were up 53 percent from a year earlier, and the highest number since 2,813 pending sales in April 2010.

The tax credit distorted the typical seasonal pattern, with home sales strongest in the summer months. Bundschuch said the market may now be returning to its normal pattern.

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Existing home sales in Central Texas were down 8 percent in May from a year earlier, the Austin Board of Realtors reported.

A total of 1,891 homes sold last month, with a median price of $198,100, which was up 4 percent.

Board chairman Judith Bundschuh said the drop was not a surprise; last May was the peak month for sales tied to the federal buyer tax credit. Last May, a total of 2,059 homes were sold ” the highest number for the entire year ” as buyers rushed to conclude deals before the tax credit deadline.

But the market may be turning: the 2,156 sales in the pipeline last month to close were up 53 percent from a year earlier, and the highest number since 2,813 pending sales in April 2010.

The tax credit distorted the typical seasonal pattern, with home sales strongest in the summer months. Bundschuch said the market may now be returning to its normal pattern.

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Existing home sales in Central Texas were down 8 percent in May from a year earlier, the Austin Board of Realtors reported.

A total of 1,891 homes sold last month, with a median price of $198,100, which was up 4 percent.

Board chairman Judith Bundschuh said the drop was not a surprise; last May was the peak month for sales tied to the federal buyer tax credit. Last May, a total of 2,059 homes were sold ” the highest number for the entire year ” as buyers rushed to conclude deals before the tax credit deadline.

But the market may be turning: the 2,156 sales in the pipeline last month to close were up 53 percent from a year earlier, and the highest number since 2,813 pending sales in April 2010.

The tax credit distorted the typical seasonal pattern, with home sales strongest in the summer months. Bundschuch said the market may now be returning to its normal pattern.

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Austin

Top 10 High Schools in Greater Austin
1. Westwood High School (Round Rock ISD)
2. Westlake High School (Eanes ISD)
3. Harmony Science Academy “ Austin (Charter)
4. Bowie High School (Austin ISD)
5. McNeil High School (Round Rock ISD)
6. Dripping Springs High School (Dripping Springs ISD)
7. Cedar Park High School (Leander ISD)
8. Wimberley High School (Wimberley ISD)
9. NYOS Charter School (Charter)
10. Lake Travis High School (Lake Travis ISD)

Top 5 Middle Schools in Greater Austin
1. Canyon Vista Middle School (Round Rock ISD)
2. Hill Country Middle School (Eanes ISD)
3. Cedar Valley Middle School (Round Rock ISD)
4. West Ridge Middle School (Eanes ISD)
5. Walsh Middle School (Round Rock ISD)

Top 5 Elementary Schools in Greater Austin
1. Laurel Mountain Elementary (Round Rock ISD)
2. Canyon Creek Elementary (Round Rock ISD)
3.Spicewood Elementary (Round Rock ISD)
4. Lakeway Elementary (Lake Travis ISD)
5. Barton Creek Elementary (Eanes ISD)

RESOURCES
The complete rankings are published by the Austin American-Statesman.
Methodology
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Previous School Rankings:   2010 | 2009

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Real estate: It’s time to buy  again

Forget stocks. Don’t bet on gold. After four years of plunging home prices, the most attractive asset class in America is housing.

A home under construction in Austin. The number of new homes in the pipeline nationwide is quite low.

From his wide-rimmed cowboy hat to his roper boots, Mike Castleman fits moviedom’s image of the lanky Texas rancher. On a recent March evening, Castleman is feeding cattle biscuits to his two pet longhorn steers, Big Buddy and Little Buddy, on his 460-acre Bar Ten Creek Ranch in Dripping Springs, a hamlet outside Austin in the Texas Hill Country. The spread is a medley of meandering streams, craggy cliffs, and centuries-old oaks. But even in this pastoral setting, his mind keeps returning to a subject he knows as well as any expert around: the housing market. “I’m a dirt-road economist who sees what’s happening on the ground, and in 35 years I’ve never seen a shortage of new construction like the one I’m seeing today,” declares Castleman, 70, now offering a biscuit to his miniature donkey Thumper. “The talking heads who are down on real estate will hate to hear this, but America needs to build a lot more houses. And in most markets the price of new homes is fixin’ to rise, not fall.”

Castleman is in a unique position to know. As the founder and CEO of a company called Metrostudy, he’s spent more than three decades tracking real-time data on the country’s inventory of new homes. Each quarter he dispatches 500 inspectors to literally drive through 45,000 subdivisions from Baltimore to Sacramento. The inspectors examine 5 million finished lots, one at a time, and record whether they contain a house that’s under construction, one that’s finished and for sale, or a home that’s sold. Metrostudy covers 19 states, or around 65% of the U.S. housing market, including all the ones hardest hit by the crash: Florida, California, Arizona, and Nevada. The company’s client list includes virtually every major homebuilder and bank — from Pulte (PHM) and KB Home (KBH) to Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).

The key figures that Metrostudy collects, and that those clients prize, are the number of homes that are vacant and for sale in each city, and the number of months it takes to sell all of them. Together those figures measure inventory — the key metric in determining whether a market has a surplus or a shortage of new housing.

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