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Austin Unemployment and Austin Real Estate Market Update July 2009

published on August 23, 2009

Austin Real Estate vs Unemployment

The Austin unemployment rate (Austin-Round Rock) increased from 7.1 % in June 2009 to 7.3% in July 2009 with 5,400 more people employed in Austin-Round Rock in July 2009 than the previous month. In comparison, during the same time period the State of Texas unemployment rate increased from 8.0% in June 2009 to 8.2% in July 2009.  The United States unemployment rate remained at 9.7%.  As you can see Austin-Round Rock continues to be significantly lower than the National Average.
Between January 1st and August 23rd of 2009 there were 5,213 single-family homes sold within the Austin city limits with a median sold price of $117.20 per square foot ($235,000), which is a 2.5% reduction in the median sold price compared to 2008, and averaging 70 days on the market.  During the same time period in 2008 there were 6,091 homes sold (16.8% more than 2009) with a median sold price of $122.44 per square foot ($241,000), and averaging 57 days on the market. 

Bank rates for a 30 year fixed mortgage remain very low at 5.35% as of 8/23/09 according to With mortgage rates at all time lows and with the $8000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers now in place, there are plenty of reasons to buy an Austin home during 2009. Remember that you have to close on your new home by November 30 in order to take advantage of the $8000 tax credit, so now is the time to find that perfect home.
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Source: Raw real estate data provided by the Austin Board of REALTORS® and interpreted by
Austin REALTOR® Brian Talley of Regent Property Group.  Unemployment data provided by the Texas Workforce Commission.  Although the above information is deemed reliable, it is not guaranteed to be reliable or accurate.  The information contained herein is subject to errors and/or omissions and are not in any way guaranteed as accurate or reliable by Brian Talley or by Regent Property Group LLC.


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