Austin Real Estate News for March

Austin real estate in March continues to tell the tale of what happens to the housing market when supply and demand drastically become out of balance. According to a recent article from the National Association of Realtors, the market nationally needs about $2.7 million homes to level out. That’s not only a lot of homes but considering there is a lumber shortage, even new home production cannot adequately make up the deficit. Continue reading

How to Buy a House in Austin

Want to buy a house in Austin? The Austin real estate market is very fluid right now. It is data-informed and not as data-driven as I would like. A non-data-driven market is volatile when it comes to home values and hard to predict because much of it is based on how much cash someone has available and how much emotion is driving the decision. Continue reading

Austin Real Estate News l January Home Sales jump 23.9%

Austin Home SalesAUSTIN, Texas – Austin-Round Rock MSA home sales jumped 23.9% to 2,523 sales in January, according to the latest Central Texas Housing Market Report by the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR).

Austin continues to turn heads with its newsworthy headlines showing the upward trend in prices and the continuous downward trend in inventory.

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Austin Real Estate Continues to Outpace Itself

Austin Round Rock December 2020 Real Estate Housing statisticsThe Austin real estate market continues to outpace itself.  The Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) closed 2020 by continuing to break records as housing market demand across Central Texas reached historic levels.  Austin real estate market activity, according to the December 2020 and Year-End Central Texas Housing Market Report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR), a record-breaking 40,165 homes totaling $17,579,802,503 in sales volume were sold across the Austin area last year. Continue reading

Homes in Austin basically out of stock

Finding a  single-family home, condo, or townhouse to buy in Austin right now is kind of like looking for toilet paper at your local grocery store.  According to the November Central Texas Housing Report released by the Austin Board of Realtors®, the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) posted a record-breaking month of sales this November.  Austin – RoundRock MSA home sales jumped 23.8% year over year to 3,397 sales, indicating no sign of slowing down heading into 2021.

Understand, houses are entering the market, new listings increased 5.7% to 2,762 listings, but active listings dropped 55.2% to 2,842 listings and pending sales increased 23.9% to 3,269 pending sales. Homes for sale in Austin are getting scooped and purchased up as soon as they hit the market due to the number of buyers out there. 

For the first time ever, housing inventory dipped below one month across the five-county MSA, falling from 1.2 months year over year to 0.9 months of inventory. Continue reading

A holiday season like never before

Like most of the world, Austin is preparing to celebrate the holidays like never before. For some, that means drive-thru events and virtual get-togethers. For others, it is beginning to look a lot like an early Christmas as trees are already coming out of storage and being decorated, It’s “Festivus for the rest of us”, as the late great Jerry Stiller gifted us in that memorable Seinfeld episode. That grievance pole is certainly coming out this year for sure, as everyone has a bone to pick with the year 2020. Continue reading

Austin area real estate hits a perfect storm as a blizzard of buyers meets a hot market

The holidays bring out a plethora of emotions and this year real estate is doing that as well.  There just aren’t enough homes out there for everyone who wants to move.  The Austin Board of Realtors® does a great job creating the infographics I post every month.  The data certainly tells the story, but the graphics really paint the picture.  It is hard to express how hot the market is to people until I can actually show them.  Some buyers think only the particular market they are looking in is hot. We are in a collective buyers’ blizzard right now. It is hot all over the Central Texas real estate market right now with no signs of cooling off. Continue reading