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Texas Economic Outlook

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 at 9:57pm. 386 Views

Austin new construction homesThe Texas economy continued to expand in November 2018, but did lose some steam, according to a Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University report. Factors weighing down the expansion included lower oil prices, lower home sales, and weaker hiring in the service sector. Factors elevating the expansion included upward wages due to low unemployment and historic levels of crude production. Manufacturing also created a record high number of jobs.

Austin and Houston business-cycle indices “boomed,” according to the report, with 7.4 and 6.4 percent growth, respectively, while Dallas slowed to four percent and Fort Worth slowed to 2.7 percent growth. The overall Dallas Fed’s Texas Business-Cycle Index was up five percent, for the first time since January 2015.

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics January 2019

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 at 6:16pm. 528 Views

Austin-area Home Sales Break Record in 2018

Home sales in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area broke an all-time record in 2018, with 30,713 homes selling for a total of $11.9 billion in sales dollar volume, according to the Austin Board of REALTORS®. This was a 2.1 percent increase in sales and was impacted by a 3.6 percent increase to $310,400 in the median price of homes.

“2018 was the highest-grossing year on record, and for the first time ever, the median price for single-family homes in the Austin-Round Rock MSA (metropolitan statistical area) stayed above $300,000 for 10 consecutive months,” said ABOR President Kevin P. Scanlan.

The annual highs were despite down numbers in December 2018. For the month, sales of homes in

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Texas Housing Sales Down Slightly Following Double-Digit Increase

Friday, January 18th, 2019 at 4:03pm. 484 Views

Austin housesTexas housing sales were down 1.1 percent in November 2018, after a double-digit increase in October 2018, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University’s Texas Housing Insight.

San Antonio was the only metro area in Texas to see an increase, with a record-high 2,920 sales and a 5.2 percent increase compared to December 2017. Austin experienced a 0.2 percent decrease, and Houston experienced a 2.8 percent decrease. Dallas experienced a continued “correction” with a 12.8 decrease, and Fort Worth experienced a 4.3 decrease, according to the report.

Even with this slight drawback, the median price for a Texas home reached a record high of $235,727. Dallas and San Antonio both experienced price increases, to $288,468 and $227,750,

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics December 2018

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 at 2:47pm. 886 Views

November 2018 Home Sales Notch Austin Area Closer to Record Year

The Austin-area housing market looks to be on track for another record-breaking year, following a slight increase in sales volume in November 2018. Sales volume in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area increased 0.7 percent compared to November 2017, according to the Austin Board of REALTORS® Central Texas Housing Market Report. Sales dollar volume increased 5.6 percent, while median price ticked up 2.2 percent to $301,391.

"Sales are up 3.3 percent year-to-date for 2018,” ABOR President Steve Crorey. “Pending sales volume in December, the Central Texas housing market is on track to have one of the highest-grossing years on record."

For the month of November 2018,

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2018 Texas Luxury Home Sales Top $8.3 Billion

Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 12:11pm. 708 Views

Austin luxury home pricesDouble digit increases in both Texas luxury home sales and home sales volume made this segment of homes “a strong driver of the Texas housing market” during the first 10 months of 2018, according to a release from the Texas Association of REALTORS® based on information in the 2018 Texas Luxury Home Sales Report.

Homes priced $1 million and higher that sold in the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio metropolitan statistical areas increased 11.5 percent to a total of 5,123 sales from October 2017 to November 2018, and total sales dollar volume experienced a double digit increase of 11.3 percent, reaching $8,361,918,994.

In Austin, luxury home sales volume increased 12.6 percent to a total of 968 sales from November 2017 to October

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Technology and Realtors® Comprise Today’s Home Buyer Process

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 at 3:09pm. 700 Views

austin homesHomebuyers today are relying heavily on both technological resources and their Realtors® as they navigate the process of home shopping and closing, according to the National Association of Realtors®' Real Estate in a Digital Age report.

According to the report, finding the right home ranked as the most difficult step in purchasing a home, and 44 percent of buyers in 2018 started their home search by looking at properties online. This was the same level as in 2017. Rates of utilizing the internet varied by age: 99 percent of millennials used the internet to search homes, as did 90 percent of older boomers, while older boomers used mobile devices at only 21 percent compared to 58 percent of boomers.

Even with the boost of technology, however, 87

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Texas Housing Construction Highest since 2008

Friday, November 30th, 2018 at 3:20pm. 787 Views

Austin new construction homesIn September 2018, current home construction activity in Texas reached the highest level since 2008, according to the latest report from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. While the Residential Construction Cycle (Coincident) Index reached a recent high, the Leading Index ticked down for the first time in 2018.

Austin developed 11,339 new lots through the third quarter of 2018 and “showed signs of trending upward.” New permits in Austin dropped to 1,187 after a strong summer, but Austin maintained four percent growth for the year. Construction values were up 3.5 percent for the quarter in Austin, while values in the state were up 2.6 percent. Texas still remains the top state in the nation for new construction permits, with 16 percent of

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Texas Job Growth Outpaces U.S.

Friday, November 30th, 2018 at 3:12pm. 787 Views

Austin jobs employmentNonagricultural job growth in Texas nearly doubled that of the United States, with a 3.1 percent increase from October 2017 to October 2018, compared to 1.7 percent for the U.S., according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M’s Monthly Review of the Texas Economy. Nongovernment jobs also increased: 3.7 percent in Texas compared to two percent in the U.S.

Texas unemployment was 3.7 percent in October 2018, down from 3.9 percent in October 2017. National unemployment decreased from 4.1 percent to 3.7 percent.

Midland experienced the largest percent growth in employment among Texas metros, at 9.3 percent. Tyler, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Austin-Round Rock, Sherman-Denison, and Dallas-Plano-Irving followed, all 3.1 percent or higher.

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics November 2018

Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 5:45pm. 2,491 Views

Austin real estate statisticsAustin-Area Experiences Record-Breaking Home Sales for October 2018

October 2018 home sales in the Austin area were the highest on record for any October, increasing 8.8 percent to top $900 million, according to the Austin Board of REALTORS® October 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report. Additionally, sales volume increased 4.3 percent compared to last October, and median price increased approximately eight percent to reach $308,355.

New listings were up 3.7 percent compared to October 2017, while active listing increased 8.2 percent and pending sales increased 2.8 percent. Inventory inched up 0.1 months to a 2.9 month supply.

ABOR President Steve Crorey said, “We saw slight inventory increases across the market, particularly in the suburbs,

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Texas Almost Doubles U.S. Job Creation Rate

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 at 10:11pm. 899 Views

Texas gained nonagricultural jobs at a rate of 3.3 percent from September 2017 to September 2018, almost doubling the nation’s growth rate of 1.7 percent, according to the Monthly Review of the Texas Economy by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. Nongovernment jobs also almost doubled that of the United States’ rate, with an annual growth rate of 3.9 percent in Texas and two percent in the U.S.

The unemployment rate in Texas in September 2018 was 3.8 percent, down from four percent in September 2017. The unemployment rate was lowest in Midland, with only 2.2 percent unemployment. Amarillo and Odessa tied for second at 2.7 percent, and Austin-Round Rock and College Station-Bryan tied for fourth with 2.9 percent.

Texas mining and logging

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