The University of Texas is predicting 8,000 freshmen to enroll this year, which would be the largest in 10 years. If the prediction becomes reality there will be roughly 51,500 students enrolled, which would be with largest in UT’s history. Freshmen enrollment is trending to have 900 more students than last year. Although the largest, UT is not the only university in Austin. Other universities like St. Edwards may be seeing an increase in admission as well. The increased student population will affect real estate in a number of ways.
People come from all over the country to attend the University of Texas and other schools in Austin. While most students will initially take advantage of on campus housing, many will ultimately move to nearby condos. Many students with the help of their parents find that purchasing a condo makes more sense than leasing. Whether students lease or purchase through their college years, many offer decide to stay and make Austin their permanent home. With Austin’s outstanding scholastic reputation, constant influx of new business and healthy playful atmosphere, it is easy to see why people don’t want to leave.
Central Austin Real Estate
The real estate market is certainly healthy. Days on market are very low, which means things are selling quickly. I’ve been spending much of my time in the last 2 weeks in Buda and Central Austin. I have clients who get a hit on their custom home search every 2 weeks and I have others who are getting a few new homes per day to look at. In more urban areas the odds are greater in having more hits, but that doesn’t mean they are spending more time on the market. Central Austin is always desirable simply because of its easy accessibility to everything. It doesn’t matter if it’s a condo or a house. As long as it’s priced for what it is – it will sell. If it’s not priced right, it will miss its market because it’s going to look very expensive based on the other homes those buyers are looking at. Here are some of the homes and condos I’ve seen recently.