According to WalletPop.com, Austin TX ranks number one for the 10 Best Places to Buy a Home in 2011. However, and I love this part, they say "this mostly unscientific and partially-biased list is based on a grab-bag of lifestyle priorities and, yes, thorough reporting." And that is followed by posting the list "in no particular order." Love it!!
Being biased myself, I have to agree that listing Austin TX in the number one spot was a great way to go! We have a great job market with new companies relocating here all the time! Facebook is one of them, offering hundreds of jobs. The unemployment rate is considerably less than the nationwide rate, and housing, for the most part, is very affordable.
I don't really know how they got a median home price of $119,788 when the average home price is well into the $190's, but they're probably using tax value numbers or some other made-up numbers from Trulia or Zillow, as Texas is a non-disclosure state which means actual home sales prices are not disclosed which means there is not a published, accurate number.
Either way, the median price may not be $119k, but it is significantly lower than most of the country, which makes it desirable. I'm currently working with a relocation family from CA because they know that they could never afford a home where they are and they want part of the "American Dream"... are we still calling it a dream?
Follow everyone to Austin TX and don't listen to the old-time Austinites about not wanting the area to grow. Texas people are supposed to be hospitably people, so the more the merrier!!
Here's the full article from WalletPop.
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