[VIDEO] In Austin it Pays to Procrastinate

AustinSkyline-Lou-Neff-Point-2010[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

Here’s a video from a local news channel in Austin, Texas, about what the city’s three-month-old short-term rental ordinance has been met with by the the multitude. In a word: Procrastination.  Continue reading

Geek Out at Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas


Courtesy of blog.mondotees.com

[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

Austinites! Those visiting Austin on business! Don’t commit the geek sacrilege of not paying a visit to the famous Mondo Gallery, featuring a mix of original artwork and limited edition screen prints.  Continue reading

Metrosetter.com Predicts Increased Regulation of the “Short-Term” Rental Industry

Short Term Rentals Conditional Use Permit Taxes

[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

The “offline” world’s assimilation of Internet technology is effecting changes in nearly every industry. Universal accessibility of the Internet and the increasing amount of user-friendly, intuitive Internet technologies that allow individuals to instantly market their products to consumers around the world has created new business opportunities that were previously untenable and/or too cumbersome to undertake. This is especially relevant in the industry of real estate and, specifically, “short-term” rentals. Continue reading

Lack of Grace Period in Austin’s Ordinance on Short-Term Rentals

Short Term Rentals Ordinance

Courtesy of kutnews.org

[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

Now that Austin’s short-term rental ordinance has taken effect, some property owners are expressing their concerns about the unexpected complications they’ve been faced with as a result of the now-required application process. Continue reading

Short-Term and Vacation Rentals On The Lawbooks

History Of Short Term Rentals Laws

Credit: Austin Business Journal

[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

What started in Austin in July seems to be having a ripple effect across the country.  Prior to Austin’s decision to treat residences being used as short-term rentals as commercial properties and taxing them as hotels, short-term renters were relatively free to do as they pleased, tax-free, when renting their properties for less than 30 days. Continue reading