I lived in Houston for 25 years and Austin for just over 20. In my opinion austin is the better choice. There is a thriving economy and the outlook for new jobs is good, raising 4% this year. Catipiller is building a new plant in Seguin 30 min south of Austin. Prices here have been steady so far. There are plenty of people to lease homes. In my experience centrally located homes lease faster than ones further out. If I may be of further service just give me a call. I wish you the best of luck with your purchase!