Record Breaking Year for Milwood in 2013!

The real estate market in Milwood has seen consecutive years of growth in 2011, 2012 and 2013, but 2013 was more than just a good year, it was a record breaking year in two key areas! Home prices have been recovering since seeing their peak in 2008 and subsequent slide, but 2013 marks the first year we are breaking pre-recession levels and the highest average sales price in Milwood EVER! The housing market in Milwood saw improvement in more than just average sales prices – here is a break down of each of the key numbers…

Historic Avg Sales Price Trend

Like noted before, the average sales price in Milwood in 2013 was higher than in 2009 ($187,945) and the highest ever. The 2009 record was actually shattered, with the average sales price for a home in Milwood coming in at $214,285, 12.4% higher than 2009 and 17.9% higher than 2012! The number of homes sold in Milwood also increased to 264, a 15.2% increase over 2012 when 229 homes sold.

The average price per square foot of homes sold usually gives us a better overall idea of appreciation/depreciation in an area that the average sales price. In 2013, the average price per square foot of a home sold in Milwood was $115.23, an increase of 9.1% over 2012 when that number was only $105.59.

The other record broken in 2013 was the average number of days each home took to sell (average DOM) in Milwood. The previous record was in 2007 when the average DOM was 30 days. That number had climbed to 58 days in 2011 and came down a lot in 2012 to 38 days. In 2013, the record set in 2007 was broken with an average DOM of only 18 days, 12 days quick than 2007 and 20 days quicker than last year!

If you would like information more specific to your home, drop me a note and I would be happy to get that for you. Thinking of selling this year and taking advantage of this record breaking market? To receive your copy of my Strategic Guide for Savvy Home Sellers – Timing the Market in 2014 fill our the form below…

by Kyle Pfaffe, REALTOR®      e:      m: 512-636-9707      w:

Housing Market Recap for 2013

The Austin Board of REALTORS recently released the housing market’s final statistics for 2013. The trend of strong growth continued last year with improvements in every key area of measurement. The number of homes sold in 2013 grew +19% over 2012, to 30,710 homes with an average sales price of $284,614 – 7.6% higher than last year. Two of the most significant metrics are average price per square foot – a better measurement of property appreciation than average sales price – and average day on market – the average amount of time homes sold for in Austin. The average price per square foot of homes sold in Austin in 2013 grew 9.4% versus 2012 to $133/sq.ft. Also, homes in Austin sold in 2013 in an average of 47 days, down 27% from 2012 the average time to sell was 65 days.

Downtown Austin

The strong 2013 housing market should see continued growth in 2014 as the demand for homes continues to rise while inventory of homes available for purchase struggles to catch up. These numbers are reflective of

the Austin area housing market as a whole and certain neighborhoods saw slightly stronger or weaker growth than the average. For specific information on your neighborhood, drop me a note and I’ll be happy to help! Considering selling this year? Check back for my upcoming post on knowing the BEST time to sell in 2014 (Can’t wait? Just give me a call…).

by Kyle Pfaffe, REALTOR®      e:      m: 512-636-9707      w:

The Kyle Pfaffe Real Estate Team

Austin Board of REALTORS Pulls Listings from Zillow, Trulia & Others…So What?


This month, the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR) made the decision to end their agreement with List Hub at the end of their current contract next summer. List Hub is a syndication service which has distributed the home listings in ABoR’s MLS to various 3rd party websites like Trulia and Zillow. This effectively means that homes listed by Austin REALTORS will stop showing up on 3rd party websites next summer.

Why does this matter? About 95% of all home buyers begin their home search on the internet. Zillow and Trulia and 1 & 2 respectively for most visited real estate websites in the US. If you are considering listing your home for sale in the Greater Austin area any time during or after next summer, you definitely need to be asking any REALTOR you interview how they will market you home online and how they will offset this potential loss in visibility for your home.

Why did ABoR make this decision? Two major issues are driving this change – data inaccuracies on 3rd party websites & lost leads. There has been a history of data inaccuracies on the listings on most 3rd party websites and it can be very difficult and frustrating for REALTOR’s to try to fix. These errors ultimately reflect poorly on the REALTOR’s who are left to answer for the mistakes, even when they had nothing to do with them. ABoR also came to this decision because many of the home buyer leads are going to agents who pay those 3rd party websites for them, instead of the agents who hold the listings or who are trying to drive the web traffic to their own websites.

Will this affect people who list with me? NO! First of all, I am already marketing my listings on a wide variety of web platforms BEYOND what most REALTORS use that is getting exposure for my clients homes that others might never receive. Second, as a agent at Keller Williams, my listings are distributed on over 350 online search engines and 76,000 websites – ABoR’s decision will have essentially no effect on the exposure I get for my clients!

If you have more questions about this change or would like information on how I use an array of online platforms to maximize my clients homes for sale, contact me and I would be happy to help however I can!

by Kyle Pfaffe, REALTOR®      e:      m: 512-636-9707      w:

The Kyle Pfaffe Real Estate Team

September Real Estate Update for Austin, TX

The Austin Board of Realtors recently finalized their numbers for September and those numbers bring more good news for the overall health of the Austin area housing market. In the Austin
area, 2,391 single-family homes were sold in September, a 34% increase vs 2012 and the most sales for September since 2005! The number of days a home was on the market in the Austin area in September was down 22% vs last September and sold in only 44 days. The median sales price this September rose more than 13% from last year to $223,000.

Downtown Austin

Almost more significant are the statistics surrounding the Austin areas housing inventory and will have a impact as we close out the year. This September, Austin had 2,487 new single-family homes come on the market, 17% more than last September, and a total of just under 6,000 total active single-family home listings, 12% less than last year this same month. All of this results in 2.7 months supply of single-family homes, 1 month less than September 2012. In a market balanced between supply and demand, there is about 6.5 months of supply. At only 2.7 months supply, Austin’s  market continues to be a strong seller’s market and is desperate for new listings!

If you would like information specific to your neighborhood, drop me a note and I would be happy to help. If you are considering selling your home and taking advantage of this great seller’s market, let me know and I would love to discuss how I can help sell your home for the highest net to you!

by Kyle Pfaffe, REALTOR®      e:      m: 512-636-9707      w:

The Kyle Pfaffe Real Estate Team