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Housing Rentals in Austin
Austin, Texas is the capital of the state of Texas, and is the 15th most populous city in the United States with a population of about 790,000 people. Austin is the home of major industry and is a culturally-diverse place to live. Austin, Texas is a great choice for a new city to call home.
A good idea for a first stop in your search for a rental place in Austin is to go by the official website for the city of Austin located at this web address: www.ci.austin.tx.us. This is a very helpful resource and includes information about public transportation and education, as well as a variety of other civic services.
There is an entire section of the following webpage devoted to housing and renter’s assistance: www.ci.austin.tx.us/site/neighborhoods_portal.htm. Also worth considering are the websites which offer free classified ads such as craigslist.org. In addition there are the online editions of the major newspapers and periodicals in the area to consider. With all these free resources available, it might be a good idea to think twice before paying for an apartment finding service.
After you have made a good start with some internet research, the next logical step is to get out and explore your new city. The best way to get a feel for the area you’ll be calling home, and to begin to narrow down which neighborhood might be right for you, is to go out and see it firsthand. This is a great way to learn the street names around Austin and the layout of the local highway system. As you explore, make sure to keep an eye out for “apartment for rent” signs. Building managers and landlords will sometimes skip advertising their listings altogether if they find that they can generate enough of an applicant pool by simply putting out a “for rent” sign. These "hidden gems" can often be the best deal on the market. You won’t know about them if you don’t get out and explore.
Austin is a diverse and interesting city. It is economically robust and is still striving forward in an economy where most cities are standing still or slipping. There is a wealth of strong industry presences here, including companies from the high-tech sector as well as four Fortune 500 companies: Whole Foods, Freescale Semiconductor, Forestar Group, and Dell.
Austin was founded on the banks of the Colorado River, so nearby is a natural resource ready for weekend boating and fishing. There is also a wealth of culture to enjoy. Austin bills itself as “The Live Music Capital of the World.” There are innumerable music venues and the annual South by Southwest Music Conference which draws thousands to the city each year.
Austin is a competitive market for rental housing and it might be a good idea to get up early in the morning to start your search. With a little luck and some determination, you’ll find the right rental property for you in Austin, Texas.