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Outdoor Home Projects Offer Financial Returns and Owner Satisfaction

Friday, May 25th, 2018 at 10:50am. 102 Views

austin home landscape Thinking about remodeling? Homeowners should consider looking outdoors for their next upgrade, as outdoor projects can bring both financial reward and owner satisfaction, according to the National Association of Realtors®’and National Association of Landscape Professionals’ 2018 Remodeling Report: Outdoor Features.

The report looked at 13 outdoor residential projects and found that Realtors® ranked standard lawn care service as the most financially productive at resale, with a recovery rate of 267 percent of the project cost. Landscape maintenance and tree care came in second and third, with recovery rates of 100 percent. Installing an irrigation system was next most productive, at 86 percent recovery.

“Realtors® understand that a home’s first

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Austin Housing Starts Up Almost 18 Percent in First Quarter of 2018

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 at 11:37am. 128 Views

Austin new construction homesAustin housing starts for the first quarter of 2018 were up 17.6 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017, for a total of 4,064 housing starts, according to Metrostudy. Annual new home starts increased 4.5 percent to 16,457. Attached homes, generally more affordable than single family homes, have seen significant gains, with 353 percent growth in the last five years.

New homes also are selling more quickly, and closings have outpaced housing starts for the last two quarters. In the first quarter of 2018, there were 4,118 closings, compared to 3,108 in 2017, a 32.5 percent increase. Annual closings increased 15.1 percent, from 13,634 after the first quarter of 2017 to 15,699 after the first quarter of 2018.

Metrostudy’s Austin Regional Director

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics May 2018

Friday, May 18th, 2018 at 1:43pm. 213 Views

Austin real estate statisticsABOR report says all price ranges experiencing competition

All Austin area real estate price ranges are experiencing pressure due to limited inventory and high demand, according to the Austin Board of REALTORS® Central Texas Housing Market Report based on data from April 2018.

Pending sales in the Austin-Round Rock MSA increased 14.3 percent in April 2018 to 3,320 pending sales, while new listings were up 5.6 percent to 4,139 listings and active listings decreased 2.8 percent to 6,154 listings. Median price within the Austin-Round Rock MSA increased 3.8 percent compared to April 2017, for a median of $316,000. Inventory decreased 0.2 months to 2.4 months, well below the approximately 6.5 month supply that is believed to be balanced, according to the

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Texas Economic Outlook

Monday, April 30th, 2018 at 3:05pm. 200 Views

Austin downtownThe Texas economy continues to be strong, according to the Outlook for the Texas Economy Report by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. A strong United States economy and stable energy prices were the predominant factors cited in the report. Texas produces 39 percent of national crude oil and accounts for 84 percent of its exports. Here are a few of the key findings in the April 2018 report:

For the Dallas Fed’s Business-Cycle Index, the Texas Urban Triangle was led by Austin, with an 8.5 percent metropolitan business cycle index. Dallas and San Antonio came in at 3.6 percent and 3.7 percent, respectively. Houston declined but still hit 5.9 percent.

The Texas Consumer Confidence Index reached a record high, with an increase of two

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Texas Economy Continues to Outpace U.S. Economy

Friday, April 27th, 2018 at 11:59am. 222 Views

Austin downtownThe Texas economy is continuing to outpace the United States economy in job creation, even with a strong performance nationally, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University’s Monthly Review of the Texas Economy.

From March 2017 to March 2018, Texas gained 294,100 nonagricultural jobs for a 2.4 percent growth rate, compared to a U.S. growth rate of 1.5 percent. During the same time period, Texas gained 289,100 nongovernment sector jobs for a 2.8 percent growth rate, compared to a U.S. growth rate of 1.8 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Texas for March 2018 was four percent, compared to a 4.6 percent rate in March 2017. The unemployment rate nationally was 4.5 percent, compared to 4.1 percent in March 2017. Austin

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics April 2018

Friday, April 20th, 2018 at 10:57am. 322 Views

Austin real estate statisticsRecord-breaking March for Home Sales, Strong Summer Expected

Over 2,700 homes sold in March 2018 in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area, a 10.5 percent increase compared to March 2017 and the most sales ever in that month, according to the Austin Board of REALTORS® Central Texas Housing Market Report. Total sales dollar volume increased 18.4 percent over March 2017 to a total of $1,071,274,938, and median home price was up 3.5 percent to $305,233. Inventory was down 0.2 months compared to March 2017 for 2.2 months of inventory.

“Last month, 2,714 single-family homes were sold in the five-county Central Texas region, which is more sales than any March we’ve seen on record,” said ABOR President Steve Crorey. “This type of growth early

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Texas’ Economic Outlook March 2018

Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 3:50pm. 457 Views

Austin downtownA new report has been issued by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University for the Texas economy, and results continue to look strong overall thanks in part to a strong United States economy and increasing energy prices. Issued in mid-March based on January data, the report stated that housing affordability, potential volatility in energy prices, and trade uncertainty would be potential headwinds going forward into 2018.

Texas’ labor market continued to tighten, pushing the economy towards a full employment level, with Texas adding 16,000 jobs. Austin had the largest proportional increase in jobs at 0.5 percent. Unemployment was four percent across the state and even lower in many metropolitan areas.

Austin led the state in the metropolitan

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics March 2018

Friday, March 16th, 2018 at 2:24pm. 570 Views

avery ranch homes austinAustin Area Home Prices Spike in February 2018

Wondering if this spring would bring a slowdown in the red hot Austin real estate market? Not so far, according to the February 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Prices spiked across the area, according to the report, with the most in-demand areas reporting double digit increases.

With the city of Austin, median price increased 12.2 percent compared to February 2017, to $367,701. With an inventory decrease from 1.4 months in February 2017 to 1.3 months in February 2018, home sales decreased 6.7 percent to 599 sales. A balanced market is considered approximately 6.5 months of inventory, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

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Austin Named the Top Place to Live in the United States

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 7:01pm. 501 Views

town lake austinIn its 2018 rankings, U.S. News & World Report has named Austin, Texas the number one place to live in the United States. With a score of 7.8, the capital city was compared to the 100 most populous metro areas in the U.S. and scored based on value, desirability, job market, and quality of life.

Austin’s individual rankings included a score of 8.4 for desirability, 7.3 for value, 7.5 for job market, 7.3 for quality of life, and 9.8 for net migration. About 50 people per day move to Austin, according to the report, and the latest data put the area at a population of 1,889,094.

Austin’s unemployment rate was listed at 3.2 percent, with the top employment industries being Health Care and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific, and Technical

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Expect 6.6 Percent Growth in Texas Home Sales in 2018, Says Real Estate Center

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at 7:37pm. 597 Views

Anderson Mill homes AustinSingle family home sales in Texas are expected to increase by 6.6 percent in 2018, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, even as builders statewide are continuing to struggle to meet affordable housing needs.

It’s a “difficult task” to build homes priced less than $300,000, due to rising land costs and shortages in skilled labor, said Real Estate Center Research Economist Dr. Luis Torres. However, “The state’s economic acceleration and employment growth bode well for housing demand. Prices should ease slightly as homebuilders stretch to build more entry-level and first move-up homes, generally priced from $150,000 to $250,000,” he said.

Housing permits were up 8.2 percent in 2017 statewide, with Austin permits increasing 12

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