The Austin Relocation Checklist: 2018

Posted by Diane Johnson on Monday, October 15th, 2018 at 1:12pm.

The Austin Relocation Guide: 2018

Are you considering making the move to Austin? Take a look at our relocation checklist.

Learn More About Austin

Living in Austin

Austin is a fun city to call home, and there are plenty of reasons for people to want to live there. Because of the numerous live music performances in the area, it has earned itself the title the “Live Music Capital of America.” In addition to a great live music scene, residents of Austin can delight in recreation on the water by Lady Bird Lake, a fantastic selection of local restaurants, and annual festivals.

Working in Austin

As the 11th largest city in America, Austin is full of opportunities for the working professional. Each year, more start-ups and established companies open offices in Austin, providing locals with plenty of options for work.

The favorable taxes and a well-educated workforce have led the local tech sector to grow exponentially over the past few years. The region is colloquially called the “Silicon Hills,” and several major tech companies are located within the major metropolis.

The fact that the University of Texas is located in Austin, also makes it a great place for students to earn their degrees. Following graduation, many students are fortunate to find work within the city.

Find the Right Austin Neighborhood

A successful move is about more than just finding a home that you love. It’s about investing in a community that you love. That’s why it’s so important to find the right Austin neighborhood. In the right community, you will be able to flourish. Make friends with like-minded neighbors, explore your surroundings, keep active by using the city’s numerous hike-and-bike trails, or delight in the extensive live music scene. Find the neighborhood that fits your lifestyle.

Downtown Austin is the heart of the action in this dynamic city. There, you will find a community that works hard by day and plays hard by night. Live music, fine dining, and great craft beer make this a fun place to explore in the evening, while the numerous businesses that are headquartered in this area make it a great place to advance your career and explore exciting job opportunities by day. The predominant housing style in Downtown Austin tends to be high-rise condo buildings. Many of these residences have been recently constructed and feature luxurious interiors, great on-site amenities, and outstanding views of the city skyline.

As you move away from the Downtown center, you will find that prices tend to become more affordable, yards tend to be larger, and the vibe is more suburban. Houses in these central neighborhoods can range widely in architectural style and date of construction. On average, you’ll find many of the homes in Central Austin were built in the 1940s and ‘50s.

Beyond the Central Austin neighborhoods you will find many recently constructed master-planned communities. These communities tend to feature attractive, modern homes that sell for an affordable rate. These communities often include nearby clubhouses and recreation facilities for the enjoyment of the residents.

Assess Your Situation

There's a lot of factors that you will want to consider when you make a move that will help you determine what style of home you are looking for and what kind of community you are most interested in. You will want to take a serious look at your financials and determine what a reasonable budget is for your home purchase. It’s okay to need to need a mortgage, but you want to assume a reasonable amount of debt that you will be able to manage over the years through good times and bad ones. As a general rule of thumb, a monthly mortgage payment should not exceed thirty percent of your monthly income.

Other questions you might want to consider are:

  • Is being close to schools, work, and services important to you?
  • Do you need to have a backyard where pets or children can play?
  • If you are a commuter, do you need to be close to bus and rail stops?
  • Is being close to natural spaces important to you?
  • Are you looking for a walkable community?

Work With the Right Austin Real Estate Agent

Moving to Austin is a big life decision, and buying a home is an important investment. When you are considering moving to Austin, you want to make sure that you are working with a real estate agent that is honest, reliable, and knowledgeable.

We can help you:

  • Find homes that fit your budget
  • Explore neighborhoods in Austin that work with your lifestyle
  • Make competitive offers on homes you wish to buy and negotiate an fair selling price
  • Navigate the complexities of closing paperwork
  • Make recommendations for moving and renovation companies

Contact Keller Williams Realty if you are considering relocating to Austin. We will be there to help every step of the way.

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