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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics November 2016

Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 6:14pm. 217 Views

Austin Home Sales Increase, Central Texas Sales Decrease in October 2016

avery ranch homesIn a reverse trend of recent months, sales for single family homes within the City of Austin rose in October 2016 and sales declined across the larger Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to the Austin Board of REALTORS®’ October 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report.

Austin home sales increased 7.5 percent compared to October 2015, to 703 home sales. Median price increased 6.5 percent year-over-year to $332,250, and inventory saw a 0.2 month increase to 2.2 months.

In the Austin-Round Rock MSA, home sales decreased 3.1 percent to 2,219 home sales. Median price increased 9.3 percent compared to October 2015 to $279,000, and inventory was up 0.1

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Third Quarter Shows Home Price Increases and Slight Dip in Sales

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 at 5:57pm. 158 Views

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Single-family home prices in the Austin-Round Rock area were up 7.7 percent to $279,900 in the third quarter of 2016, according to the Texas Association of Realtors®’ Texas Quarterly Housing Report. The number of single-family homes sold was down one percent compared to the third quarter of 2015, to 9,249 sales.

Of the homes that sold, 19.98 percent were $199,999 or less, 65.78 percent were between $200,000 and $499,999, and 14.24 percent were over $500,000. Previous reports have attributed the slowdown in sales in the Austin market to tight inventory supply and higher prices, which are leading buyers to the small cities around Austin.

The number of active listings was up 12.4 percent to 7,579. There was an inventory supply of 2.8

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Austin-area Home Starts Near Pre-Recession Levels

Monday, November 7th, 2016 at 5:29pm. 182 Views

Austin new home constructionAustin-area home starts hit their highest level in six years in 3Q16, nearing the peak level that occurred in 2006, according to Metrostudy. Its survey of the Austin housing market showed a total of 4,067 home starts, near the 4,387 home starts that occurred 1Q06. The report stated the third quarter numbers imply a “ramping up” of spec inventory in order to meet year-end goals. The new home starts pace for the year is 13,402 units, the highest in almost nine years.

“Though Austin is growing more competitive given the recent and pending opening of new subdivisions as well as new builders in the market, overall the market is performing well,” said Vaike O’Grady, Regional Director of Metrostudy’s Austin market. “Demand shows no signs of easing, and supply

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics October 2016

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 5:13pm. 294 Views

Austin-area Home Sales and Prices Continue to Rise

regents house austinThe median price for Austin-area single-family homes increased to $275,250 in September 2016, an increase of 7.5 percent compared to September of last year, according to the September 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Home sales in the Austin-area rose 1.3 percent to 2,576 home sales.

Days on the market was unchanged at 47 days, and inventory increased .1 month to 2.7 months. The total dollar volume of Austin-area home sales was approximately $887 million, an increase of eight percent.

Most of the Central Texas residential real estate activity is occurring outside the city limits. In September 2016, fewer than 20 percent of homes sold in Central Texas

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What’s the Least Expensive Month to Buy a Home in Austin?

Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 1:17pm. 429 Views

Rollingwood homesHome buying in January might land buyers a much better deal. This is according to Nerd Wallet, which used Realtor.com data to determine that the least expensive month to buy a home in Austin, Texas is in January. And it’s no small matter: based on a two-year average of median sales prices, buying a median-range home in January could save buyers about $24,000.

In Austin, the report found that the summer house price (the two-year average of the median sales price) was $256,132. The fall price was $250,565, a drop of 2.2 percent. The cheapest month to buy was January, when the median house price was $232,500, a drop of 9.2 percent.

The report found that home sale prices in all large United States metro areas typically peak in the summer, dip in the

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Austin Number Two in Nation for Net Migration

Friday, October 7th, 2016 at 1:28pm. 311 Views

austin skylineAustin takes the number two spot in the nation among large metro areas for its net migration, according to U.S. News and World Report’s list of the “The 20 Best Places People Are Moving to in the U.S.”

Austin, which also has been named the #2 best place to live in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, had net migration growth of 8.86 percent between 2010 and 2014. The report says Austin ranks “highly for desirability and has a blossoming job market for the high tech industry.” According to the report, Austin has a population of 1,835,016, a median home price of $240k, and median income of about $48k. 

The rankings were based on population growth by net migration for the 100 largest metro areas in the United States from 2010 to 2014, using U.S.

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International Homebuyers Pump More than $10 Billion into Texas Real Estate

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 4:11pm. 363 Views

Tuscan homes austinInternational homebuyers pumped more than $10 billion into the Texas economy from April 2015 to March 2016, according to the 2016 Texas International Homebuyers report. This amounted to more than 21,000 Texas homes purchased by international buyers, compared to the previous year’s 16,720 Texas homes for a total of $8.32 billion. 

Of those international buyers, 36 percent were from Latin America (including Mexico), 34 percent were from Asia/Oceana (including China and India), 12 percent were from Europe, eight percent were from Africa, and four percent were from Canada.

Of the states, Texas had the third highest percent of international homebuyers with 10 percent. Florida had 22 percent, and California had 15 percent. Texas had the highest percentage

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics September 2016

Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 1:32pm. 418 Views

Austin-area Median Home Prices Up Over Nine Percent

Austin homesAustin-area home prices rose to $289,990 in August 2016, a 9.4 percent increase compared to August 2015, according to the Austin Board of REALTORS® August 2016 Central Texas Housing Market Report. Austin-area home sales also rose in August 2016, with a 5.3 percent increase resulting in 2,985 home sales.

“Austin, and now the Central Texas region at large, continues to be a magnet for jobs and new businesses across multiple industries,” said ABOR President Aaron Farmer. “This continues to keep housing demand at an all-time high and inventory at near-record lows despite strong housing development and a greater number of listings on the market.”

Within the city limits of Austin, prices continued to

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Few Underwater Homes in Austin, Texas

Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 4:47pm. 506 Views

central austin homesAustin, Texas is among the top United States cities with the highest percentage of homes with positive equity, according to CoreLogic and The Home Story. The San Francisco area leads the way with 99.4% of homeowners having positive equity, with Boulder and Urban Honolulu at 99.1%. Fort Collins came in at 98.6%, with Austin, Fort Worth, and San Jose coming in next with 98.5%. Houston was also in the top ten, with 98.3%.  

“In just the last four years, equity for homeowners with a mortgage has nearly doubled to $6.9 trillion,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “The rapid increase in home equity reflects the improvement in home prices, dwindling distressed borrowers and increased principal repayment. These are all positive factors that

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Austin Rents Continue to Rise, Making Home Ownership More Affordable

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 3:05pm. 449 Views

Austin rent pricesRent prices in Austin, Texas continue their steady upward climb, rising 0.6 percent between June and July 2016 and up 3.7 percent year-over-year, according to Apartment List’s August 2016 Austin Rent Report. And with 71 percent of Austin renters planning to purchase a home in the future – well over the national average of 60 percent – rent prices may be a defining factor in making the move to homeownership.

The median rent for a one-bedroom in Austin is $1,200, and the median rent for a two-bedroom is $1,500. However, in the most popular areas, rent is even higher.

Downtown is the most expensive part of Austin, with the median two-bedroom costing $3,080, and the median one-bedroom costing $2,140. Downtown did see a 0.3 percent decrease in rents

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