• Buying in Austin,  Real Estate Tips,  Selling in Austin,  Stats

    Market Quick Hits = Opportunity

    Market Quick Hits “We often miss opportunity because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work” ― Thomas Edison Units closed in April 2017 decreased 3.8% compared to April 2016. Year to date we’re up 1%. The Austin MSA inventory is up 16.9%, 15.1% in Travis County and 14.6% in Austin City Limits. Year to date condo sales are up 13%. Condos currently represent 10% of the total sales in the Austin MSA and 20% of the total sales in Austin city limits. Current interest rates for a 30-year fixed are 4%; down 0.125% from the beginning of May. Builder incentives and seller concessions are on the rise once again. Percentage of sold price…

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    1Q17 Market Watch

    How’s that real estate market, you ask? 1Q17 single family units sold were 0.5% higher compared to 1Q16.  This is a clear continuation of the market slowdown we noted previously, but make no mistake, we are still on pace to beat last year’s numbers. Even if it’s just by 0.5%What continues to raise my eyebrow is the interest rate increases over the last 9 months. Consider the graph above that shows the interest rate fluctuation for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage over the last 5 years. If you are considering a home  purchase, think about this: A July 2016 homebuyer had an average interest rate of 3.41%, an average price of $353K, and a monthly principal and interest (PI) payment of $1,560. Today,…

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    A Note From Scott, October2016

    A Note From Scott Howdy, y’all! The peak home sales season may have passed but our little team of Real Estate professionals hasn’t slowed in the least. To the contrary, our buyers, and many of our homeowners for that matter, are busier than ever. To me, the fall is the best time of year to consider all of your options as a homeowner or prospective homeowner. Regardless of your situation, we would love to visit with you to see if we can make your current situation even better! Considering a move-up or relocation? We should build that plan today! Ready to enter the marketplace as a first time home buyer? With today’s interest…

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    2015 Housing Statistics For Central Texas

    Once again, 2015 was another amazing year for the Central Texas housing market for homeowners as well as those in the housing industry. Now that the final numbers for 2015 have been released, we can see that 2015 bested 2014 in every major category. Median and average prices are both up 8.6% and 7.6% respectively. All signs point to more of the same yet again for the Central Texas housing market. It’s a wonderful time to be a homeowner for sure! Of note, the number of sales for October, November and December look remarkably similar to those of 2014. However, local loan officers that we work with suggest that numbers for…

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    2015 1st Quarter Market Update

    April In ATX Good afternoon and happy belated Easter! The week immediately following Easter Sunday always represents the beginning of the busy season for Realtors. As the inventory starts its annual climb and the sales really kick into overdrive, let’s take a brief moment and look back at the first quarter of 2015. Today, our local board has roughly 5,675 active single family listings (stand-alone houses, condos & townhouses). That’s an increase of just under 7% compared to this time last year. The first quarter sales numbers also appear to be increasing in every major category. 6,019 units closed in the first quarter, a 3% increase for the same period last year. The average sold…

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