Since Joe Rogan made his high-profile move to Austin in mid-2020, the No. 1 podcaster on Spotify has been singing the city’s praises while convincing his buddies to follow his lead. And a chunk of them have obliged.
Rogan’s unofficial Austin-based squad now includes “The Drive” podcast host Peter Attia who moved with his family in 2021; “Kill Tony” podcaster Tony Hinchcliffe who moved in late 2020; “American Optimist” podcaster Joe Lonsdale who moved in November 2020; and comedian couple and “Your Mom’s House” podcasters Tom Segura and Christina Pazsitzky who relocated in late 2020.
Additionally, Tim Ferriss gets credit for making it to Texas before anyone else, landing here in 2017 after spending years in Silicon Valley. Known best for his book “The 4-Hour Workweek,” Ferriss is an investor, leadership guru and financial podcaster. He and Rogan seem to have great respect for each other, with Ferris saying JRE is a podcast that is "definitely worth doing."
The growing trend is causing other Hollywood podcasters to take notice: “Tigerbelly” host Bobby Lee remarked that while he intends to stay in Los Angeles for the rest of his career, “everyone followed Rogan to Austin.”
Likewise, “LongDays” podcaster Yannis Pappas said Rogan would be telling him to move to Austin if he was stranded with him on a deserted island, and “Uncle Joey’s Joint” podcaster Joey Diaz has been skirting Rogan’s cries for him to leave his New Jersey homestead.
These are the characters that have been flocking to Austin.
An MD focused on preventative exercise, Attia and Rogan are the gym rats of the group and are commonly posting gym Instagram pictures. They fit in well in fitness-loving Austin, one of the healthiest cities in America, and are big proponents of integrating exercise to extend your lifespan, nutrition for bulking and effects of COVID on the body. Attia was last on Rogan’s podcast in November 2021.
Known for his particular brand of insult comedy on his podcast, “Kill Tony,” Hinchcliffe and Rogan frequent each other's platforms and frequently do standup alongside each other. Hinchcliffe is one of Rogan’s most frequent guests, appearing regularly since 2013. Hinchcliffe last appeared on the JRE podcast in December 2021.
Lonsdale, a managing partner at 8VC who has a penchant for making right-wing statements, has mentioned he left sunny California to get away from high taxes and liberal ideals. Similarly, Rogan, who has been vocal about his own controversial opinions, reportedly saved up to $13 million on his $100 million Spotify deal by avoiding paying income taxes in Texas. Rogan and Lonsdale last united over criticizing U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for taking paternity leave when his twins were born.
Tom Segura and Christina Pazsitzky
A wild card who moves in and out of Rogan’s circle, Segura is one of few Rogan friends to outwardly disagree with his friend but remain close. Segura, Pazsitzky and Rogan all agree on two things: a desire to build up Austin’s comedy scene and a love of recreational marijuana. Segura was last on Rogan’s podcast in August 2021.
This is but one subgenre of podcasting that has settled in Austin—national sensation and “Atlas of the Heart” author Brené Brown is also in the capital city.
So you want to buy a house?
To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.
Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.
Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.
So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.
Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.
Holland says that while the 30-year fixed rate mortgage is often mentioned in the media, the most popular loan that he's seeing now is a 7/1 adjustable rate mortgage, which has a fixed rate for 7 years and then adjusts every year based on market rates, with a limit on how much it can increase each year. The interest is amortized over a 30-year period. Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARMs) offer lower rates than fixed rate loans.
Here are the numbers, which are examples. In practice, exact numbers vary with a buyer's credit rating and overall financial situation, and with the rate, which can move up or down at any time.
- $650,000 home purchase price
- 7/1 ARM at 5.875%
- 5% down payment, equals $32,500
- 95% financed, equals $617,500
- $4,990 payment, including principle and interest (P&I), insurance, and property tax
- Typically, a borrower's debt to income ratio needs to be at or below 45%. So for this mortgage, a borrower, or borrowers, would need income of roughly $11,100/month, or $133,200/year. That number could be higher, depending on the buyer's outstanding credit balances on things like credit cards and car loans.
Holland says he's had a lot of clients approved for loans who were house hunting but have put that on hold, hoping prices come down.
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