Author: johnegan

John Egan is a freelance writer, editor and content marketing strategist in Austin, Texas. Aside from Urban Land, his work has been published by, Bankrate, Credit Karma, LendingTree, PolicyGenius, HuffPost, National Real Estate Investor, and other online outlets. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in communications from Southern New Hampshire University.

Articles by johnegan

  • After the Storms: How 2017 Storms Affected Forecasts for Texas, Florida, and Elsewhere
    Published on January 22, 2018 in Market Trends
    The surveys and interviews for the Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2018 report were complete; the data had been compiled, and the reports had been written. Then, for some of the major U.S. Sun Belt cities, everything changed. Historic storms raged across the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean, destroying property and lives and upending all the forecasts and predictions for property markets in the Southeast. Investors and developers were sent scrambling to reassess their analysis and financial models.
  • Pearl Mixed-Use Development: A San Antonio Gem
    Published on December 22, 2017 in Mixed-Use
    When three national magazines — U.S. News & World Report, Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure — give you glowing reviews, you must be doing something right. Such is the case with Hotel Emma, a 146-room luxury hotel that’s one of the numerous fascinating facets of San Antonio’s mixed-use Pearl complex, which rose from the historic but neglected Pearl Brewery.
  • How Amazon’s Moves Could Affect Cities Like Austin
    Published on December 18, 2017 in Market Trends
    The highly coveted second corporate headquarters of e-commerce giant would be a welcome addition to Austin, but the $5 billion project undoubtedly would produce more housing and transportation woes in one of the fastest-growing regions of the United States, said panelists at a ULI Austin event.
  • In San Antonio, Two Former Military Installations March Ahead with Redevelopment
    Published on December 15, 2017 in Development
    San Antonio proudly waves the banner of Military City USA. In fact, the City of San Antonio recently secured a registered trademark for the Military City USA moniker and unveiled an accompanying logo that’s appropriately red, white and blue.
  • Tighter Labor Markets, Higher Material Costs Could Follow Hurricane Season
    Published on November 13, 2017 in Development
    In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, development costs—not only up and down the Gulf Coast of Texas but also in areas that escaped the storm’s wrath—are poised to jump as builders grapple with a tighter labor market and higher material costs, according to speakers at a ULI Austin event in October.
  • San Antonio Focusing on Revitalizing Downtown with Office, Residential, and Green Space
    Published on August 10, 2017 in Development
    Ten years ago, San Antonio’s bond program dedicated a mere $10 million to downtown improvements. By 2012, that number had jumped to $90 million, and the most recent bond initiative, passed in May, earmarks $170 million for downtown projects.
  • How Food Fed the Vision for San Antonio’s Pearl Complex
    Published on July 24, 2017 in Development
    Once among San Antonio’s largest employers, the Pearl Brewery closed in 2001, and the surrounding area had been neglected as development focused on the suburbs. A local firm took a chance on converting the property into a mixed-use destination.
  • As Austin Grows, Preserving a Live (and Lively) Music Scene
    Published on July 17, 2017 in Market Trends
    Amid rising venue rents, housing affordability woes, and ever-present construction cranes in Austin, local music venues—and, therefore, local musicians—fear extinction.