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Austin-Round Rock MSA housing market on track for record year despite dip in November home sales 

published on December 16, 2021

Majority of homes sold between $250,000-$500,000 in November, indicating accessibility in housing market 

AUSTIN, TX — According to the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) November Central Texas Housing Report, closed listings dipped 4.9% to 3,215 across the Austin-Round Rock MSA in November. This occurred even as the housing market remains on track for a record-breaking year, with closed listings outpacing 2020 by 3.1% last month.

In November, 53% of the 3,215 closed listings — 1,694 homes — sold between $250,000 and $500,000, today’s typical price range for first-time and first-time move-up homebuyers. This data indicates that despite a fast-paced market and record-low inventory, opportunity still exists to find the right home

“We have all seen the headlines about our housing market and the Austin Board of REALTORS® knows that it is competitive, however, when you dig a little deeper, you can see that there is plenty of opportunity and our market is still readily accessible for homebuyers across all price levels,” Susan Horton, 2021 ABoR president, said. “This doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done to ensure everyone has equal opportunity to find a home here, but it does demonstrate that by working with a licensed REALTOR®, homebuyers and renters can find something that works for their budget and housing needs.”

In November, median sales price rose 29.7% to $470,000 — a record for the month of November — and sales dollar volume rose 20.5% to $1,882,296,166. New listings increased 6.7% to 2,950 as active listings ticked down 2.2% to 2,768. Concurrently, pending listings rose 7.6% to 3,407 as inventory dropped 0.1 months to 0.8 months of inventory. Homes spent an average of 22 days on the market, down 13 days from November 2020. 

Horton added that while housing demand is keeping inventory low, more properties are being listed and sold in the Austin area than ever before.

“We are selling a record or near record number of homes every month because of the popularity of our region, driven by economic opportunities and the quality of life we are so accustomed to. While inventory is still low, we can attribute this to the high demand for our market and the churn of new homes being listed and selling in just over three weeks in most cases. We have a high-demand market that can still be accessible for first-time and move-up buyers and, because of that, the real estate industry is helping contribute to the economic growth across the region.”

City of Austin 

In the city of Austin, the median home price rose 24.2% year over year to $540,000––a record for the month of November. Home sales decreased 4.3% to 1,053 sales, while sales dollar increased 17.6% to $705,190,726. During the same period, new listings decreased 1.9% to 880 listings, active listings dropped 22.2% to 822 listings, while pending sales increased 3.6% to 1,049 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory decreased 0.3 months year over year to 0.7 months of inventory.

Travis County 

At the county level, home sales also decreased 5.5% to 1,622 sales, while sales dollar volume increased 16.4% to $1,112,101,674. The median price for a home also increased 24.6% year over year to $529,500. During the same period, new listings decreased 2.7% to 1,356 listings, while active listings declined by 13.6% to 1,311 listings. Pending sales increased 5% to 1,672 pending sales as monthly housing inventory decreased 0.1 months year over year to 0.8 months of inventory.

Williamson County 

In Williamson County, November homes sales decreased 1.3% to 1,105 sales, while sales dollar volume rose 37.2% to $549,681,505. The median price rose 36.5% to $445,000, and new listings increased 12% to 1,011 listings. During the same period, active listings rose 24.7% to 753 listings, and pending sales also increased 13% to 1,151 pending sales. Housing inventory increased 0.2 months to 0.7 months of inventory. 

Hays County 

In Hays County, November home sales decreased 16.3% to 329 sales, while sales dollar volume dropped 3.8% to $159,743,802. The median price for homes rose 27.9% to $390,000. During the same period, new listings increased 24.4% to 418 listings, while active listings also rose 7.6% to 466 listings. At the same time, pending sales increased 2.2% to 417 pending sales. Housing inventory stayed level at 1.1 months of inventory.

Bastrop County 

In November, Bastrop County home sales increased 3.4% to 122 sales, and sales dollar volume rose 44.4% to $47,225,012. The median price also increased 32.2% to $345,000. During the same period, new listings increased 6.5% to 115 listings, while active listings decreased 11.7% to 182 listings. Pending sales increased 6.9% to 124 pending sales and housing inventory decreased 0.5 months to 1.4 months of inventory.  

Caldwell County 

In Caldwell County, November home sales increased 5.7% to 37 home sales, and sales dollar volume increased 58.9% to $12,023,519. The median home price increased 29.3% year over year to $265,109. At the same time, new listings increased 117.4% to 50 listings, while active listings decreased 17.7% to 56 listings. Pending sales increased 38.7% to 43 pending sales, and housing inventory decreased 0.6 months to 1.8 months of inventory.  

For more information or to download the November 2021 Central Texas Housing Market Report, visit 

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