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Despite Recession, Some Cities are Recovering Well

Pockets of good news

austin skylineThere is a lot of doom and gloom in the news regarding the real estate industry, but despite the downturn, there are cities that are emerging from the housing with strong indicators of recovery.

Forbes.com has named Austin, TX and Washington, D.C. as tied for the two cities where the recession is easing and the housing markets are stabilizing.

Having recently moved from D.C. to Austin, D’Ann Faught with The Goodlife Team said, “While they are both recovering from the economy, I feel that it is for different reasons. Washington DC, by nature, is a very transient part of the country. The existence of our nation’s government, and everything that means for a market (consulting, contract, and political jobs), will continue to keep the Washington DC market strong.”

Faught continued, saying, “Austin, by contrast, is recovering in my opinion, because it never really experienced the huge hit that other markets took. If you look at home values since the early 2000s, Austin has had smaller movements, slight increases and decreases, rather than massive upswings. In addition, the growing technological field and the city’s efforts to attract new businesses, combined with the fact that it is still an affordable, but wonderful, place to live, make Austin primed to bounce back from this economy.”

But not all cities are in the recovery process like Austin or Washington, D.C. Doug Hill, Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker said, “The Greater Phoenix area, where I practice real estate, has a higher unemployment rate and a lower average annual salary than both of these areas. This is being amplified by the fact that Arizona’s growth has often depended on more people migrating into the state than out of. Since this is not happening right now, many markets here including real estate and construction are still suffering.”

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Affordable Suburbs

While metro areas garner much of the attention of news outlets, BusinessWeek has outlined the most affordable suburbs by state and of all suburbs in America, with the overall winner being Fishers, Indiana.

Vanessa Wong of Business Week reports, “Favorable real estate values are not the only thing that Fishers has to offer. The town scored high points for livability, safety, education, and economic performance. Fishers’ unemployment rate was 6.5% in December 2009, compared to 9.8% statewide, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, the rate of violent crime and property crime here is far below the national average.”

So it’s not all doom and gloom, there are bright spots in our housing futures across the nation. How is your market?

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Lori

    March 5, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I never considered that REALOR®s would do better in “political” cities. Of course they would! Austin can handle whatever comes at it because it’s a “roll with the punches” type town.

    Every day I’m more and more grateful that we live here.

    Viva (La) #Austin !!!

  2. Ted Mackel

    March 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    The news stopped reporting a decade ago. They are another form of entertainment. They need viewers to sell ads so their stories are embellished to get you to tune in. The Newspaper service is in worse shape and try even hard with a huge overdose of sensationalism.

    The reality is not fun and not sexy so it does not get reported. The fact is that my industry wants to spin the market into recovery; my colleagues want to spin the market into recovery and the rest of us sane people would rather watch it self heal into recovery as it is doing behind the scenes.

    We are seeing some really positive signals in my market, HOWEVER, proceed with caution. The stabilization and recovery is going to be long and slow and sometimes it will not look like any progress is being made. Houses are places to raise a family, they are not a Wall Street commodity, it’s just taking my generation a longer time to realize this.

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