Dive into Your Dream Home: Tips for finding the Perfect Pool

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Summer is here. The enticing pull of crystal-clear water to plunge into as Texas starts to reach its peak temperatures has begun. Just as Texas starts to heat up, so does the pull to look at homes for sale with pools. Real Estate in Austin has about 3.5 months of inventory. There just aren’t a lot of homes to choose from in general. Add homes with pools for sale to the mix and there are even fewer.

The number of active single-family homes for sale with no private pool in Austin for all of 2023 as of the first week of June was 4,800. The same criteria with a pool rendered 860 results. Overall the amount of inventory homes for sale with pools is about 15%.

Homes for sale with pools vs. no pool

Not all neighborhoods are alike. Buyers can increase their chances of finding a home with a pool for sale by including neighborhoods that have a higher ratio of them. River Place, for example, has had 17 active listings year to date, without a pool versus 12 with one. Overall the amount of inventory houses for sale with pools in River Place is about 40%

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Contrast River Place, a master-planned community in Northwest Austin with the Tarrytown neighborhood in Central Austin, and the number of houses with pools for sale drops to about 20%.

Finding homes with pools

Looking for a home with a pool to buy, can be daunting in any season. The odds of finding one increase when a search includes neighborhoods that simply have more. The other option to consider is adding a pool. Pools come in all shapes and sizes with a variety of price points. While it may require missing the current pool season, it opens up inventory options greatly. With the supply so low and home prices continuing to increase, it is something to consider.

What else to consider
While it’s hard to imagine anyone not wanting a pool, I’m here to tell you most people don’t. They can cost more money to maintain than the lawn they are replacing. They can often limit your time in a house. When you stop spending time in the pool and more time wishing you didn’t have one, you’ve got a new project; either you are going to start planning to move or get rid of the pool.

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