Beyond Austin’s City Limits

490 W Overlook Mountain RoadI held an open house in Elliott Ranch last week, which is located in the City of Buda. About 25 people toured the home which was a pretty strong showing for a 2-hour open house right in the middle of Sunday football.

Buda borders Austin on its southern end, so some visitors were not even aware they had left the city limits. The mindset of many people who live in Central Texas is that Buda is a suburb in South Austin.

Austin Real Estate and Beyond

From a market perspective, Buda is considered part of the greater Austin area and has been experiencing the same growth challenges and low inventory of homes for sale. Buda is an area I reference, along with Kyle, Dripping Springs, Manor and Cedar Park when I talk about how Austin is growing up and growing out. Buda offers buyers a little more for their money when compared to Austin. The dollar goes further in Buda, offering a larger home, maybe a newer home and/or larger lot size for buyers when compared to the City of Austin.

Featured Home: 490 W Overlook Mountain Road, Buda Texas

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2.5 baths
  • 2,566 square feet (tax record)
  • 2.269 acres
  • in-ground pool
  • fire pit
  • 3-car garage

Located in the gated community of Elliott Ranch

Austin City Limits Music Festival Real Estate Recap

Austin City Limits Music FestivalThe Austin City Limits Music Festival has come and gone for 2014 leaving a large boost for Austin’s economy in its wake. Headliners including Outcast, Eminem and Pearl Jam contributed to both 3-day weekends selling out to roughly 75,000 visitors per day. The estimated total in revenue was $175 million for Austin in 2013.

Much of the economic contribution is from out of town guests visiting and staying in Austin for the festival. Roughly sixty-six percent of ACL festival attendees are from out of town and spend an average of nearly $900 per day on food, lodging and retail.

For attendees curious to know what homes are worth near the Austin City Limits Music Festival, below lists up-to-date market data specific to real estate for sale located within 1 mile of Zilker Park:

Austin Condominiums for Sale near Zilker Park:

  • Current Number of Active Homes: 23
  • Total Number of Pending and Active homes: 31
  • Average List Price: $487,884

Austin Single Family Houses for Sale near Zilker Park:

  • Current Number of Active Homes: 14
  • Total Number of Pending and Active homes: 25
  • Average List Price: $1,465,393

Other Zilker Park events include the Zilker Kite Festival, Blues on the Green and the Zilker Trail of Lights lending it to be a source of  consistent entertainment year round.  Homes located near Zilker Park are considered prime real estate and are consistently low in supply and high in demand.

Holiday Season Home Inventory in Austin

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Once upon a time November and December were the months that home buyers slowed down and investors came out of hibernation. During the holiday season days are shorter, not only because of the amount of daylight hours, but because of the added tasks taken on this time of year. Shopping for presents, food, cleaning, parties and travel can add to the daily grind and often put the thought of buying a home on the back burner. Historically, with fewer buyers in the real estate market this time of year, inventory would tend to rise a bit because houses would tend to stay on the market longer than spring and summer. With a larger supply of homes available, prices would tend to fall and investors would enter the market to get a good deal or two.

Austin Home Sales

That was then, this is now. The Austin real estate inventory hasn’t really grown that much in the past month and in many select markets, it has only gone down which has pushed prices up. The home buyer that expected to be settled by now who had plans to host Thanksgiving dinner is still in the real estate market. Interest rates and home prices have gone up in the last 6 months, but inventory has not.

Inventory on Austin Investment Properties

The inventory of multiple family units, like duplexes, has not increased either. The buyer pool albeit is smaller, but the supply and demand is not any more level in that market which is leading to multiple offers, even for investors.

Keep the New Home Bug Alive during the Holidays

Do not cross that new home off your holiday wish list. Stay in the market at whatever level you can. It is a lot easier to find the time to see one or two houses a week you really might like, than to see 10 you really won’t, which is what happens when buyers start over. Buyers who bow out this time of year with too much to do will literally be starting from scratch in January along with a new crop of people with New Year’s resolutions to buy a new home.

Finding the perfect home is often about being in the right place, at the right time. If it’s meant to be while everyone else is at the mall, then so be it.

Austin is Hot

hot earthAustin is hot and I’m not just talking about the weather.  Austin’s growth is outpacing the supply of homes in inventory which is making it a competitive market to buy and even rent in.  Over 25,000 people moved to Austin between July 2011 and July 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  The growth moved Austin’s ranking of the nation’s largest cities from the 13th spot to number 11.

Austin Real Estate Market sees more new construction

Austin is expecting to 27,000 people moving into town each year for the next 3 years.  The Austin Board of Realtors has reported a 32% increase year-over-year in new home construction in the second quarter of this year.

New Year New Home

New yearsSellers had much to do leading up to Christmas, which created a slowdown in terms of new inventory for Austin Real Estate coming on the market. Have no fear your search will render new results over the next few days as people are able to clean up from the holiday, family and friends go back to the daily grind and our schedules go back to normal. I expect your inventory will pick up over the next week and buyers will as well.

If you aren’t on a custom home search with me and are considering purchasing a home in 2013, now is the time to contact me.

Real Estate Austin

The Austin real estate market is booming! Here are some fun facts:

  • Austin will have 60,000 new jobs over the next 2 years.
  • The Austin unemployment rate dropped to 4.9% (the national average is 7.8%)
  • 130,000 people will be moving to Austin over the next 2 years
  • Apple may become Austin’s largest employer
  • Austin home sales could increase 20% to 25% over the next 12 to 18 months.
  • All-cash transactions made up 30 percent of all home sales in November 2012
  • 30 percent of November home purchases were first-time buyers
  • Investors made up 19 percent of all closings in November

Homes for Sale in Austin

From what I have read the future over the next 2 years looks very bright. As the price of homes rise in Austin, the how far your dollar will go decreases. For example, if economists are right, you will need to pay $240,000 in the future to get a house that is now worth $200,000.

I wish you a safe, happy and prosperous 2013!

Austin Real Estate Spotlights

I have selected random subdivisions in Austin Texas real estate market areas and listed current data on active listings. The data is subdivision specific, so there may be additional homes available for purchase in the neighborhood.  Average Days on Market below 90 days are considered Seller’s markets, because homes are moving quickly.  Austin neighborhoods with homes on the market between 3 and 6 months are considered neutral.

Real Estate Austin

The data below is specific to Austin single family homes for sale. If there is an area you want me to spotlight -please let me know.

Barton Hills (Zilker Park Area)

Number of Active Houses on the Market: 2

Average Days on Market: 37

Median List Price: $ 444,450

Circle C Ranch (Southwest Austin)

Number of Active Houses on the Market: 24

Average Days on Market: 50

Median List Price: $ 359,450

Hyde Park (Central Austin)

Number of Active Houses on the Market: 7

Average Days on Market: 95

Median List Price: $ 549,000

City of West Lake Hills

Number of Active Houses on the Market: 18

Average Days on Market: 196

Median List Price: $ 1,224,925

Jester (North Austin)

Number of Active Houses on the Market: 4

Average Days on Market: 88

Median List Price: $ 475,250

Northwest Hills (North Central Austin)

Number of Active Houses on the Market: 11

Average Days on Market: 164

Median List Price: $ 675,000

Tarrytown (Central Austin)

Number of Active Houses on the Market: 14

Average Days on Market: 119

Median List Price: $ 1,049,750

Travis Heights (Central Austin)

Number of Active Houses on the Market: 11

Average Days on Market: 104

Median List Price: $  599,000

Moving to Austin

Moving to Austin? I have selected randam subdivisions in the greater Austin area and listed some current real estate market data. Average Days on Market below 3 months are considered Seller’s markets, because homes are moving quickly. Neighborhoods with homes on the market between 3 and 6 months are considered neutral. As you can see, the Austin Real Estate market is very strong. Buyers are moving to Austin and with interest rates still low…buyers are moving within Austin.

Moving to Austin?
The data below is specific to single family homes. If there is an area you want me to spotlight -please let me know.

Tarry Town (Central Austin)
Number of Active Houses on the Market: 16
Average Days on Market: 80
Median List Price: $ 797,000

Legend Oaks (Southwest Austin)
Number of Active Houses on the Market: 8
Average Days on Market: 52
Median List Price: $ 291,725

Plum Creek (Kyle)
Number of Active Houses on the Market: 37
Average Days on Market: 41
Median List Price: $ 171,827

Great Hills (Northwest Austin)
Number of Active Houses on the Market: 25
Average Days on Market: 51
Median List Price: $ 495,126

Pemberton Heights (Central Austin)
Number of Active Houses on the Market: 6
Average Days on Market: 120
Median List Price: $ 1,687,500

Circle C Ranch (Southwest Austin)
Number of Active Houses on the Market: 22
Average Days on Market: 43
Median List Price: $ 352,400

Downtown Condos (Central Austin)
Number of Active Houses on the Market: 102
Average Days on Market: 82
Median List Price: $ 455,500

Travis Heights (Central Austin)
Number of Active Houses on the Market: 12
Average Days on Market: 64
Median List Price: $ 694,700