The Obama Effect and the Austin Real Estate Market

A Four Year Review of How the Austin Real Estate Market has Performed During the Obama Presidency

Today is Inauguration Day, the 4 year anniversary of when Barak Obama was first sworn in as the 44th presided of the United States of America. On this day, I wanted to take a look at the real estate market in Austin and see how it had performed over the past four years. Whether you approve or disapprove of Obama as president, whether you agree with his policies or disagree, you cannot argue with RESULTS.

I have taken a simple look at how the real estate market in Austin has changed from the year prior to Obama taking office (2008) to last year (2012) and also looked at some of the market data for the years in between to give us a good picture of how the market has changed. While you cannot disagree with results, I am not contending that any change, good or bad, is a direct result of any Obama policies or directly correlates to the changes he has made. This just a look at how the Austin market has performed during his term.

Number of Homes Sold

The year prior to Obama taking office (2008), 8585 homes sold in Austin. In 2010, home sales in Austin dropped to only 801, their lowest point during Obama’s tenure, but grew to 10,356 in 2012. Austin home sales in 2012 represented a 21% versus 2008, a tremendous increase.

Homes Sold

Average Sales Price and Average Price Per Sqft.

In 2008, homes in Austin sold for an average sales price of $310,417 but the number dropped to only $300,226 in 2009. By 2012, the average sales price had rebounded to $342,517, the highest point in the past 5 years and a 10% increase over 2008. The average price per sqft. (PPS) had similar changes to average sales prices but not quite as much change. Homes in Austin sold for an average of $141.83 PPS in 2008, shrunk to $134.83 in 2009 and grew to $145.83 last year.

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Average Days on Market

In 2008, homes took 59 days on average to sell. That time period peaked at 69 days in 2009 but was down to only 52 days in 2012, a 12% reduction from 2008. While I have not included median vs average numbers for most of these statistics, for days on market it is definitely noteworthy because a few homes that sat on the market for an extended period of time can skew the average numbers. For median numbers, homes sold in Austin in an average of only 24 days, down 38% from 2008 (39 days) and down 47% from 2011 (45 days).

I hope that this information is insightful. If you have questions about your particular neighborhood and how your home’s value might have changed over the past few years, drop me a note or give me a call and I would be happy to discuss this with you and get this information to you. If you found this interesting, please Like My Page on Facebook!

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

Northwest Austin Real Estate Update – June 2012

The Austin Board of Realtors recently released the statistics for the month of June for Austin. This report is going to focus on the recent activity in northwest Austin (NW) which includes but is not limited to the neighborhoods of Milwood, Rattan Creek, Anderson Mill, Jollyville and Balcones.

In June, there was one less sold listing in NW (89 vs. 90) but the average sold price increased 7.3% to $263,812.  The average days on market for a home sold in June in the northwest were 43 compared to 51 in 2011. Also, homes are selling for 98.3% of their list price, an increase from 97.4% in 2011. In summary, while about the same number of homes sold in 2012 as 2011, those home are selling on average for a higher price and more quickly than they did in 2011. The higher sale prices drove the total volume up 6% in 2012 to $23.5 million.

Year-to-date, 10% more homes have sold in the NW with over $93.2 million in real estate transactions being finalized. Austin’s market is HOT! Please contact me if you are interested in receiving a free market analysis of your home or interested in buying a home. With historic interest rates available, now is a great time to buy a home!

Kyle Pfaffe, REALTOR®
Keller Williams Realty
m: 512-636-9707

Crestview Real Estate Market Report, 2002-2011

Crestview Market Report (78757)

Real estate in the Crestview neighborhood of Austin, TX (within 78757), has seen phenomenal growth and changes in the last 10 years. Looking at only homes, condos and townhomes in Crestview, there were numerous changes in significant real estate metrics, including units sold, average and median sales prices, average and median prices per sqft., days on the market (DOM) and the average percent for sold-to-list price. Please call or email me for information on your particular home or on opportunities to buy or sell property in Crestview.

Sales Prices
In 2002, the the average sales price in Crestview was $159,702. At the Austin real estate market’s peak in 2006, when the most units were sold, the average price was $220,506. While total units sold dropped to only 122 in 2008, the average price still climbed to $263,876, a 65% increase vs. 2002! There has been some contraction since 2008, but prices have recently rebounded to be only -3% down from the peak, still +62%!

Units Sold & Days on Market
Number of units sold increased from 173 in 2002 to 246  in 2006, but then dropped sharply to only 122 in 2008. The average Crestview home sold in only 35 days in 2006, but that period grew to 63 days in 2010. The DOM remained constant in 2011 despite the +35% increase in units sold from 2010 to 2011.

Price Per Sqft. & Average Sold/List Price Percentage
The average price per sqft. grew from $142.69 in 2002 to $188.54 last year, a +32% increase. At its highest point in 2008, the avg. price per sqft. was $207.35. In 2011, the average sale price was only 96.45% of list price vs. 97.69% in 2002. The only time it was lower was in 2010 at 95.15%.

*Data Source: Austin MLS, 3/2/2012;  information is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed.

Kyle Pfaffe, REALTOR®
Keller Williams Realty
m: 512-636-9707