Q2 2019 Austin Office Market

Tech Companies Fuel Growth

Austin skyline from Ladybird Lake
  • 528,811 square feet (sf) of positive net absorption
  • Most absorption came from Class B buildings with 430,300 square feet of positive net absorption
  • Q3 2019 is forecasted for Offices at Saltillo to deliver. Totals 150,000 sf and is 100% leased to Google.
  • Biggest new construction delivery in Q2 was SXSW Center in CBD at 140,000 sf and is 94% leased by large tenants including WeWork and SXSW.
  • Average rental rate including expenses stands at $35.74/sf up from $35.55/sf in Q1 2019 and $34.37 in Q2 2018.
  • Vacancy is down to 9.5% from 10.3 in Q1.
  • Class A CBD rental rates are at $52.78/sf and suburban Class A space is at $37.97/sf.
  • 5.29 million sf are currently under construction.

Colliers Q2 Austin Office Report

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Austin Board Realtors June Market Report

Austin MSA outpaces City of Austin Single Family Sales

During the first half of 2019 sales experienced strong growth in the Austin MSA but declined in the City of Austin. ABOR President Kevin Scanlan explained that the limited housing inventory (less than 2 months supply) in June and the increase in home prices combined to reduce sales in the City of Austin. This limited inventory and increase in prices has pushed more and more buyers to the suburbs.

Austin / Round Rock MSA in first half of 2019
Single family home sales increased 4.3% year over year
Median Home price increased 1% to $315,000
New listings increased by 1%
Active listings increased 4.8%
Pending sales increased by 7.9%
Sales volume increased 6% year over year

Austin / Round Rock MSA in June of 2019
Single family home sales increased .5% year over year
Median home prices rose 3%
Housing inventory decreased by .2 months to 2.7 months, well below the 6 month balanced housing market time frame

City of Austin first half of 2019
Sales decreased 1.6j% year over year
Median price increased by 3.2% to $387,100
New listings decreased by 3.4%
Active lsitings decreased 5.7%
Pending sales increased by .2%

City of Austin June of 2019
Sales decreased 2.3%
Median price jumped 10.9% to $420,000
Inventory decreased .2 months to 1.9 months

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SOLD – Shops at 279, Leander, TX

Property Area Map

Income Producing Office and Warehouse Property Available


In the path of rapid growth in Leander, Texas. 4170 County Road 279, Leander, TX 78641

Asking Price: $2,500,000

Office: 7,000 square feet

Warehouse: 14,280 square feet

Acres: 10.03

Projected NOI: $200,000


  • Building 100.  3,000 SF Office, 1,440 SF Warehouse
  • Building 200.  1,440 SF Office
  • Building 300.  1,600 SF Office, 2,400 SF Warehouse
  • Building 301.  1,600 SF Office (Vacant)
  • Building 400.  2,400 SF Office and Warehouse
  • Building 500.  2,400 SF Office and Warehouse
  • Building 600. 5,000 SF Warehouse in shell condition (Vacant)
Office Building 100
Warehouse / Office Building #300
Warehouse Building #200
Office Interior

Email me at mark@matexas.com for more information and any questions.

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Over 25% of Austin schools are top Rated

Austin, Texas

Where to rent to be near top rated elementary and middle schools

Austin boasts 28% of the total number of elementary and middle schools as highly rated according to GreatSchools.org. Highly rated is defined as a rating of 8 or higher by the website.

For comparison’s sake on a national level only two other cities boast a higher percentage: 30% in San Francisco and 38% in San Diego. Other interesting data points include:

  • Renting near top performing schools is expensive. Zip code 78703 has 3 top rated schools and rental budget is $2,500
  • In areas without top rated schools average rent is $1,356.
  • The most affordable zip code with highly rated schools is 78753 where the rent averages $1,048, 78728 with average rent at $1,115 and 78731 which has prices at $1,174/month.

from a RentCafe.com Article

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Q1 2019 Austin Industrial Market Report

Historically high asking rates

Asking rates for Industrial property rent are at a historical high according to CBRE’s first quarter Austin market report. $10.79 per square foot per year is the new high water mark driven mostly by Class A Flex space. In addition:

  • Absorption totaled 470,000 square feet
  • Vacancy increased to 10.6% (primarily due to the delivery of 1.3 million square feet of new lease space
  • 13 additional projects are under construction with more than 1.1 million square feet in Southeast Austin and Hays County
  • The far Northeast submarket had the largest absorption of lease space at 141,113 square feet

CBRE Austin Industrial, Q1 2019

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The Evolution of the Austin Skyline

The Austonian, 2010 Completion

Video of Downtown Austin Evolution

CommercialCafe has put together a very cool video of the evolution of the downtown Austin skyline. Click this link to view => CommercialCafe.com Video of Downtown Austin Evolution

The video focuses chronologically on buildings that rose 200 feet or taller, starting with the State Capitol Building. Interesting tidbits related to three (3) the buildings include:

  • The Chase Bank Tower, completed in 1974 was nicknamed the “Golden Mirror” because of gold colored reflective glass panes that contained some gold alloy.
  • The Moody Bank Tower, built in 1981 provides access to the conference room through the bank’s original vault door which was built in 1875 in Pennsylvania.
  • The Austonian, finished in 2010 was Austin’s talalest building for eight (8) years until surpassed by the “Jenga Tower” in May 2018.

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Q1 2019 Austin Office Market Update

Downtown Austin

Office Rent Sets Record High

Office rents in the first quarter of 2019 have hit a record high at $41.83 per square foot per year for Class A according to Cushman & Wakefield and as reported by the Statesman recently. Local brokers are expecting the market to remain strong with continued job growth anticipated for the area. Vacancy is right around 10%, the same as it was Q1 2018.

CBRE measuring the market as an average rental rate also reports a record high of $37.62 per square per year. New construction is at an all time high as well with 5.6 million square feet of office space under construction.

NAI Partners another local brokerage firm is quoted as saying that “large leases dominated in 2018 and all indications point to that trend continuing in 2019.”

OFFICE BOOM: Rents hit record high as Austin-area office market surges

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What size apartment can I afford on my income?

Ever wondered how much apartment you can afford if you are making the median income in a large U.S. City?

If you make the median income in Austin, Texas you should be able to afford a 751 square foot apartment and expect to pay about $1,369 according to new data from Yardimatrix.

  • Focusing only on Texas, renting in Plano on a median income gives you the most bang for your buck, with 1,137 square feet, the equivalent of a large 2-bedroom and 2.5-bath apartment. Irving comes in second with a 912-square-foot apartment with 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths.
  • By comparison, other cities in Texas offer a 1-bedroom apartment that varies in size from renting in Houston (757 square feet), San Antonio (756 square feet), or Dallas (679 square feet).

Rentcafe.com How much apartment can you rent on a Median Income?

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SOLD – East Austin Investment Properties For Sale

Coleto St. Property

I recently listed three (3) properties in East Austin that were previously single family rent homes. They are all in need of some TLC but are great investment properties. The activity for these properties has been amazing and I can confirm first hand that the East Austin single family market is hot!

The first (pictured above) is at 1183 Coleto and we are asking $285,000 (update – this property is now under contract). The next property is at 2935 Moss St and we are asking $299,000. The final property is located at 903 Mansell and is currently under contract as well. We are asking $340,000 for the Mansell property.

Email me at mark@matexas.com if you are interested in selling your E. Austin property or if you are interested in purchasing 2935 Moss St.

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2019 Austin Office Development

Austin Skyline
Austin, Texas skyline

Austin #11 in U.S. for new office development in 2019

Austin barely missed the top ten in new office development for 2019 with a #11 projected finish. 3.2 million square feet from 21 different projects makeup the Austin number. Oracle Phase II is the biggest office project expected to deliver this year at 420,000 square feet set for a December delivery. In comparison last year saw 2.7 million square feet in 34 projects delivered in Austin. The 2018 Oracle Waterfront campus was the largest project at 560,000 square feet.

Commercial Cafe 2019 U.S. Office Pipeline

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Austin Commercial Real Estate Vacancy and Rent

Austin Projected , Real Estate Center, Texas A&M

Commercial Real Estate Projected Vacancy and Changes in Rent

The Texas A&M Real Estate Center has started providing more content for Commercial Real Estate markets in Texas that is very helpful to those of us following the Commercial Real Estate Markets.

This graphic for our Austin market shows that we are below the natural vacancy rate for all three Commercial Real Estate (CRE) types and that rents look like they will continue to rise. Retail rent growth however is projected to slow down in comparison to the last couple of years.

It’s helpful to keep in mind the definition of “Natural Vacancy Rate”. The natural vacancy rate is the average percentage of rental properties that are not occupied when there is balance in demand and supply.

Here’s a link to the Real Estate Center’s website if you are interested in more helpful content => https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/

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Austin Renters Getting Older

Renters over 60 years old have increased by 43% in the last 10 years

In the last decade the average age of household renters has increased across all age groups.

  • Renters aged 60+ increased by 43% in the last decade.
  • Renters aged 35 to 59 grew by 17%.
  • Renters aged under 35 increased by 7%.

Home ownership is on the decline among older renter households as they are growing at a 43% rate versus older owner households which are increasing at a 31% rate.

Austin, Texas has the highest percentage increase in the share of 60+ aged households, increasing by 113% in the last decade.

Renters over 60 in the top 30 largest U.S. cities

City/State10 Year change Share of 60+ rentersNo. of 60+ renters
Austin, TX113%12% 24,819
Phoenix, AZ112%17% 40,705
Fort Worth, TX95%16% 20,799
Jacksonville, FL83%17% 26,721
Charlotte, NC66%13% 20,939
Dallas, TX62%14% 43,534
Houston, TX61%15% 73,366
San Antonio, TX59%16% 37,191
Louisville, KY58%20% 19,935
Denver, CO52%16% 23,896

Information Source: Rent Cafe

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Commercial Vacancy and Rent Forecast 2019

“Jenga Building”, Austin, Texas

Austin Office, Retail, and Warehouse in 2019

OFFICE – Actual vacancy has been around 9% since 2015. For 2019 its forecasted at 9.4%. With natural vacancy at 13%, rents are expected to continue to rise, with a projected 2019 increase of 2%.

RETAIL – Actual vacancy is at 4% in Q4 2018 with natural vacancy at 6%. Vacancy is forecasted at 4.3% for the year. Rent growth is expected to slow averaging an increase of 1% in 2019.

WAREHOUSE – Actual vacancy was at 6% in Q4 2018, with natural vacancy at 11%. Rent growth is projected at 1.5% for the year.

*Natural vacancy is the average percentage of rental properties that are not occupied with tenants when there is balance in demand and supply.

Information courtesy of Texas A&M REAL ESTATE CENTER.

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LEASED – 3901 S. Lamar, Office Space For Lease

3901 South Lamar
One West Hills between Plucker’s and Red Lobster on S Lamar.

1,633 SF Office Space For Lease on South Lamar

  • Available 6/3/19
  • Rare opportunity, building stays 100% leased. Don’t Wait.
  • Just south of downtown.
  • Vibrant South Lamar scene.
  • On site management.
  • On site US Postal, UPS, Fed Ex and Lonestar Overnight.
  • Pristinely maintained.
  • $25/SF Rent + NNN.

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LEASED – 11525 Manchaca

1,564 square feet of Office / Retail For Lease

  • Available space on end cap of this Retail Center.
  • Former State Farm Insurance location.
  • Appropriate for Retail or Office.
  • $19.50/SF/Year in Rent + NNN.
  • Highly visible with 150′ of Manchaca Rd frontage.
  • Drive by traffic estimated at +15,000/daily
  • Metal roof with limestone and wood front elevation.
  • Septic system for sewer.
  • City of Austin ETJ
  • 2 miles south of Slaughter Lane on east side of Manchaca Rd. 3 miles west of I-35 and 1 mile north of FM 1626.
  • Back of building access for deliveries.
  • SF home growth in area.

Email mark@matexas.com with interest or call 512.970.8359.

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Affordability Unlocked moves forward to May 9th Vote

Affordable Housing Proposal receives initial approval

Austin City Council has initially approved a program that would allow an increase in affordable housing development by relaxing regulations for properties that meet certain criteria.

District 4 Council Member Greg Casar introduced the plan earlier this month. “Our city’s potential to build more affordable housing for families is currently locked up by needless restrictions, … It’s time to change our policies so that every dollar of the successful $250 million affordable housing bond goes to help as many people as possible.”

The proposal would allow at least six (6) housing units to be built on any feasible lot by waiving density, setback, height and parking regulations. All zoning categories with the exception of industrial zoning would be eligible for these affordable housing projects.

Click here for a copy of the February 21 approved resolution and details of the proposal: http://assets.austintexas.gov/austincouncilforum/4E-20190204182437.pdf

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Q4 2018 Austin Industrial Market

Q4 2018 Austin Industrial Market

The fourth quarter of 2018 ended on a high note for the Austin area Industrial market. Annual market absorption was 1.7 million + square feet and vacancy fell to 9.4%. Similar absorption levels have not been seen since 2012. Over 2 million square feet remains under construction with the fourth quarter delivery of new buildings totaling 222,800 SF. Net absorption exceeded 800,000 SF and the average annual asking rate is up to an average of $10.53/SF. Click here for CBRE Q4 2018 Austin Industrial Market Report.

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Austin in top 20 high income Apartment Renters

High Income Austin Renters

Austin is number 19 in the U.S. in the category of high income earners that rent in lieu of home ownership. The news comes from RentCafe and a recent article, High Income Renters Study . High income earners are defined as $150,000 + annually.

Locally the number of high income households living in rentals multiplied by 3.2 in the past decade. This segment of the renter market is now the fastest growing in the U.S. with a 175% increase in the last ten years.

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2018 Austin Office Market

Second Quarter 2016 Austin Office Market

2018 Austin Office Market Update

2018 ended with a bang for the Austin Texas office market. For the fifth consecutive year, Austin absorbed more than one million square feet. 500,000 additional SF were added in the fourth quarter of 2018 bringing the total office under construction to 4,913,727 SF. The average full service asking rate for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $36.64/SF – a record high. Q4, CBRE Research, Austin Office, 2018

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Looking for Central Texas Apartment Land

Buyer:Several National Apartment Builders / Developers
Looking For:12-20 Acres.
Prefer Water and Wastewater to site, but not necessary.
Prefer MF zoning, but not necessary.
Proposed Use:Apartments
Location:Central Texas. From Leander to Austin to Buda.

Email property for Buyer’s consideration to: mark@matexas.com

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36,000 SF Warehouse with Office for Sublease, Austin NE Submarket

For Lease

Date: 1/1/19
Address:Google Map Link to 3813 A Helios Way Pflugerville, TX
Sublease:For Sublease
Term:12/31/21 for 18,000 SF Warehouse with Office
4/30/22 for 14,040 SF Warehouse with 3,960 SF Office
Rate:$.60/SF/Month Rent+CAM (2018 estimated $.31/SF/Month)
Location:NE Austin Market – SH 130 & E Pecan Street, Pflugerville,
TX Adjacent to SH 130, Near TX 45
Square Feet:36,000 SF Total. 18,000 SF Warehouse + 14,040 SF
Warehouse and 3,960 SF Office
Features:Built in 2014
24’ Clear Height
30’ x 40’ Column Spacing
Dock High and Ramp Loading
200’ Bay Depth
Triple Freeport Tax Exempt
180’ Truck Court
Link to Flyer:Flyer for 3813 A Helios Way, Suite 160 Pflugerville TX
Loopnet3813 A Helios Way, Suite 160, Pflugerville, TX

Email mark@matexas.com or call Mark Pustka at 512-970-8359.

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Need Buda, TX Car Wash Site

Date: 1/7/19
Buyer:Experienced Austin area Car Wash operator. Would like
to expand into other Central TX markets.
Looking For:Raw Land in area with good traffic.
Proposed Use:2 Bay, Automated Car Wash.
Buda, Texas.
Budget:Up to $400,000
Size:1/2 to 1 Acre land with water, wastewater and zoning
in place.

Email property(ies) for my Client’s consideration to: mark@matexas.com

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Buyer Looking for Value Add Investment Property

Date: 12/18/18
Buyer:Experienced Local Designer/Builder. Expertise with
remodeling and repositioning properties in market place.
Looking For:Multifamily, Office, Retail, Industrial, Value Add
Proposed Use:Same or Repurposed
Location:Central Texas including north to Georgetown, Kingsland,
Marble Falls, and south to New Braunfels.
Budget:Up to $4 million
Capital:Investment group
Other:Will also consider well priced land for ground up

Email property(ies) for my Client’s consideration to: mark@matexas.com

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Federal Interest Rates

Interest Rates Continute to Trend Upward

A January 4, 2019 article posted on www.marketwatch.com indicates that an interest rate hike is likely forthcoming. Economists believe that the robust December 2018 jobs report will cause the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in 2019.

A total of 300,000+ jobs were added in December, far exceeding economists’ forecasts of a 182,000 gain.

Prior to this jobs report economists were of the mind that rates would not change in the short term, but now many are expecting another hike in June.

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3rd Quarter 2018 Austin Office Market Data

Austin Skyline

During the third Quarter of 2018, the Austin Office Market performed as follows:

  • 448,000 SF of office space was absorbed.  Class A absorption accounted for 336,000 of the total.  However, year to date absorption remains at negative 230,000 SF.
  • Vacancy is at 11.5%, down from 12.2% in the second quarter.  The decrease in vacancy has resulted in a steady increase of rental rates.
  • Transaction volume is dominated by large companies taking large blocks of space.  For example-
    • City of Austin leased 175,000 SF at 5202 E Ben White
    • HEB/Favor leased 82,000 SF on E 6th
    • PIMCO leased 47,000 SF at 401 Congress
  • 2 million of 4 million new office development has been pre-leased.
  • Overall average Austin office rental rate increased 2.51% to $35.45/SF.  Class A average rental rates average $50.45/SF.

Source:  Colliers International Research & Forecast Report, Austin Office, Q3 2018.

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A Guide to Mortgage Refinancing

U.S. News

U.S. News and World Report provides a number of great resources for those considering refinancing their mortgage.

Here are the links to some great mortgage literacy resources.

Click Here For more helpful resources.  Austin Real Estate and Other Helpful Resources

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Lockhart Warehouse Office For Lease

Lockhart Warehouse For Lease

Address:  10545 S US Highway 183, Lockhart, TX 78644

Building:  7,475 SF Total.  2,100 SF Office, 5,375 Warehouse.

Rent:  $6,000/month + $869 NNN

Electrical:  3 Phase, 1200 Amp service.  Overhead drops.

Executive Office Suite.

Pristine condition.

Lockhart Warehouse Office

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Commercial Leasing Cost to Hire a Broker

Bethany Perez with AQUILA Commercial does a very good job with this blog post of explaining Commercial Leasing and its cost.  Here’s a link => Cost to Hire a Commercial Project Leasing Broker

Highlights of the article include:

  • Upfront costs for hiring a broker
  • How brokerage fees are structured
  • What standard brokerage fees are
  • How these fees vary by lease and property type
  • When commissions are typically paid
  • Any additional costs a landlord may incur during the leasing process

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AHV, Single Family Rental Communities in Central Texas

Formed in 2013, AHV Communities develop, build and operate single family rental communities.

AHV Communities’ concept is simple – single family rental living.  In their communities you rent the home instead of purchasing.  AHV owns, manages, maintains and operates the community.

Residents live in single family homes with amenities that are typically only found in master planned communities or luxury apartments.

The financial benefits include no down payment, no long term debt, no taxes and no HOA fees.

And the commmunities’ on site management takes care of home and landscape maintenance.

In Central Texas AHV currently has communities including Rivers Edge, in Georgetown, and in San Antonio TX called Pradera.  Projects coming soon to the area include Legacy in Pflugerville TX and Creekside in New Braunfels, TX.

We are currently looking for additional sites in the Central Texas area. Sites need to be 15-20 acres in size. Please send potential sites for consideration.



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Kyle Texas Pad Sites For Sale

Retail pad sites for sale in Hays Commerce Center, Kyle, Texas.

Hays Commerce Center Aerial

Kyle Texas pad sites for sale on the I-35 frontage Road north of Kyle Crossing (where Home Depot currently operates).  Traveling southbound on I-35 these pad sites are located closer to I-35 exit and before Kyle Town Center, the project Endeavor Real Estate is marketing.

The sites range in size from 1.42 acres to 1.57 acres along I-35 to a 2.9 acre site that fronts FM 967 or South Loop 4 to sites across from Home Depot that start at 1.19 acres in size.

Contact Mark Pustka, Broker Associate with McAllister & Associates for more information.  Email is mark@matexas.com and mobile phone is 512 970-8359.

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