September 20, 2019
Austin tops the list of U.S. markets for overall real estate prospects, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2020 report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC. The Texas capital vaulted from sixth place last year, due partly to its first-place position for projected population growth over the next five years.
Rounding out the top five are Raleigh/Durham, Nashville, Charlotte and Boston. ULI notes that the top 10—which also includes Dallas/Fort Worth, Orlando, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Seattle—shows “a strong representation of midsized markets.”
The ULI report, which takes a deeper dive into each of the 80 top metro areas, observes that markets in the top 10 have consistently attracted investor capital. “From 2016 to 2018, these markets collectively account for 25.8% of total transaction volume; and during the first half of 2019, they kept pace with 26% of aggregate investment,” according to the report.
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