October 2018 “If Priced Correctly, It’s Going to Sell”

October 2018 “If Priced Correctly, It’s Going to Sell”

Austin Area, Buying, Real Estate News, Selling, Solds
Home Sales Start Strong in Fourth Quarter Early demand for single-family homes in the fourth quarter led to a record-breaking month of home sales for Central Texas, according to the October 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Single-family home sales in the Austin-Round Rock MSA were the highest on record for any October, generating more than $900 million in sales dollar volume—another record for October. “Over the past several years, Austin's housing stock and home sales have become opposing forces that are widening our housing gap,” Steve Crorey, president of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, said. “We saw slight inventory increases across the market, particularly in the suburbs, but they’re not enough to offset ongoing demand.” Crorey added, “With the strong passage of the…
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September 2018 Home Sales show signs of a slower market

September 2018 Home Sales show signs of a slower market

Austin Area, Buying, Real Estate News, Selling
Home Sales Growth Stalls in September, Remains Strong Year-to-Date AUSTIN, TX – Single-family home sales growth across the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) was flat last month but did not impact strong year-to-date home sales numbers, according to data released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS® in its September 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report. “Austin-area housing market activity has bucked the trend of a cool-weather slowdown over the last several years, maintaining much of the momentum from the summer months through the end of the year,” Steve Crorey, 2018 president of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, said. “Home sales growth declined five percent last September, so it’s good to see that the area housing market held steady in September 2018. Austin continues to be one of the fastest-growing markets…
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End of Summer Reports Record-Breaking Sales – August 2018

End of Summer Reports Record-Breaking Sales – August 2018

Austin Area, Real Estate News
Central Texas housing market ends summer selling season with record-breaking sales AUSTIN, TX– Continued demand for single-family homes in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) led to the highest-grossing August on record for Central Texas home sales volume, according to the August 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Strong sales led to double-digit gains in sales dollar volume for homes sold in the five-county MSA, which totaled more than $1.2 billion in August. “Last month’s housing market activity shows little evidence that the market is slowing as we move into the fall,” Steve Crorey, 2018 president of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, said. “More homes are entering the market and pending sales growth remains strong year over year.” Crorey added, “At the same…
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Single-family home sales experience double-digit growth in July 2018

Single-family home sales experience double-digit growth in July 2018

Austin Area, Real Estate News
Austin Board of REALTORS® releases July 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report Strong homebuying activity throughout the summer led to double-digit home sales growth in July, according to the July 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. The five-county Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) experienced the highest volume of home sales since July 2011, and the highest median home price on record for any month. “Strong pending sales activity in June contributed to a big uptick in home sales growth last month, and pending sales growth was strong again in July, too,” Steve Crorey, 2018 president of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, said. “This means we could see another uptick in home sales growth in August to end the summer selling season on a high…
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Home Sales dip in June after Increase in the first half of 2018

Home Sales dip in June after Increase in the first half of 2018

Austin Area, Real Estate News
Austin Board of REALTORS® releases June & Midyear 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report AUSTIN, TX– Single-family home sales in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) experienced strong and steady growth in the first half of this year but declined in June 2018, according to the June & Midyear 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. In the first half of the year, area home prices continued to increase and housing inventory levels slowly declined amidst strong housing demand. “Despite a decline in home sales volume across Central Texas in June, 2018 is on track to be another record-setting year for the region’s housing market,” Steve Crorey, 2018 president of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, said. “Consecutive years of record-breaking sales activity have…
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Single-family home prices rise, inventory declines in May

Single-family home prices rise, inventory declines in May

Austin Area, Real Estate News
34-year-old Land Development Code continues to hold back housing market AUSTIN, Texas – Decreasing housing inventory paired with strong demand continues to drive Austin’s growing affordability crunch, according to the May 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report from the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR). In the city of Austin, the availability of housing compared with demand — as measured through inventory — continues to be historically low while median home prices have reached historic heights. The median price for single-family homes in the city of Austin increased 3.7 percent year-over-year to $389,000 in May, an all-time high for the city. While home sales rose 5.9 percent to 1,037 sales, housing inventory decreased from 2.1 months last year to 2.0 months during the same time frame. There were fewer active listings as well,…
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Home sales, prices continue to climb

Home sales, prices continue to climb

Austin Area, Real Estate News
Inventory remains critically low for most price classes AUSTIN, TX–The Austin-area housing market’s declining inventory and robust sales trends are creating an increasingly competitive housing market across all price classes, according to the latest Central Texas Housing Market Report from the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR). “In the Austin-Round Rock MSA, price classes across the board are seeing an increase in demand with a decrease in inventory,” Steve Crorey, 2018 president of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, said. “While new listings are up year-over-year, homes are selling faster than they can be listed on the market. This has led to a smaller number of active listings and an increasingly competitive market for homebuyers.” Within the Austin-Round Rock MSA, new listings increased 5.6 percent to 4,139 listings; active listings decreased 2.8 percent to…
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4 Things a First Time Renter Needs to Know

Austin Area, Real Estate News, REnting
[embed]https://youtu.be/kSM2ouv4HAI[/embed] 4 Things a first-time renter needs to think about are: Budget The Lease Honesty Renter's Insurance Figure out your budget As I said last week, you are responsible for more than just rent, PLUS there are often additional expenses and deposits when you move in. To Move In: Application fee, lease security deposit, pet deposit, first month’s rent, possibly deposits for electricity, gas, cable, phone, and internet. Some apartments may have a fee for parking especially if you want to park in a garage or a covered space near your front door. Also, if you’re coming from your bedroom at your parent’s house, you will need furniture, lamps, dishes, silverware, towels, cleaning supplies, soap, shower curtains, trash cans, toilet paper, and the list goes on. You might even need…
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Top 7 Things to Know Before Moving out of your Parent’s House

Real Estate News, REnting
[embed]https://youtu.be/3GRiqUiKi5I[/embed] You’re done with high school, possibly about to graduate from college, and you want to get a place of your own… possibly with roommates. Whether your folks prepared you for it or not, it’s likely that you have no clue how costly living on your own can be. EVEN IF you have roommates to share the expenses! With a little bit of planning, and a checklist like this one, you can get yourself started on the right foot. Most young adults look forward to renting, but most of these steps can also get you well on the road to purchasing a home. One of the major influencers on setting a foundation for a successful first-time lease application process is showing the prospective landlord that they are making a good…
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Tax Appraisals vs. Lender Appraisals

Home Care Tips, Real Estate News
[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HePrCZNW2YU[/embed]   This time of year, there is a lot of discussion (or complaining, in our region) about APPRAISALS.  There are two types of appraisals that we generally talk about when we are focused on home ownership: Tax appraisals and Lender appraisals. Because property tax bills tend to arrive in our mailboxes in the spring, the question ‘Why is my house value so high?’ or ‘Why is my house value so low?’ is common come April. Then, when going through the process of buying a house, the Lender Appraisal comes into question. So which is which, and do we want either of them to be higher or lower than what we think our house is valued at?   What is a tax appraisal? In Texas, each county has a tax…
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