Austin Unemployment and Austin Real Estate Market Update March 2009
published on April 17, 2009
I’m pleased to announce that the Austin unemployment rate (Austin-Round Rock) slightly decreased from 6.3% in February 2009 to 6.2% in March 2009 with 4,800 more people employed in Austin-Round Rock in March 2009 than the previous month. This is the second consecutive month of unemployment decreases in Austin. In comparison, during the same time period the State of Texas unemployment rate increased from 6.6% in February 2009 to 6.7% in March 2009. The United States unemployment rate increased from 8.9% in February 2009 to 9% in March 2009.
Between January 1st and April 17th of 2009 there were 1,665 single-family homes sold within the Austin city limits with a median sold price of $114.17 per square foot ($223,642) and averaging 77 days on the market. During the same time period in 2008 there were 2,301 homes sold (28% more than 2009) with a median sold price of $118.70 per square foot ($230,000), which is a 3.8% reduction in the median sold price compared to 2008, and averaging 64 days on the market.
Bank rates for a 30 year fixed mortgage remain very low at 4.86% as of 4/17/09 according to bankrate.com. With mortgage rates at all time lows and with the $8000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers now in place, and there are plenty of reasons to buy an Austin home during 2009.
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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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