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: KylePfaffe@kw.com      m: 512-636-9707      w: AustinHomes4You.com

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: KylePfaffe@kw.com      m: 512-636-9707      w: AustinHomes4You.com

The Kyle Pfaffe Real Estate Team

Milwood Homes Are Selling Faster Than Ever in 2013!

Milwood

Milwood real estate has shown rapid growth through the first 3 months of 2013. The Austin Board of REALTORS recently finalized their statistics for January through March of this year, giving us the opportunity to look at the real estate market

In Q1 2013, the number of homes sold jumped 38.5% to 54, 15 more than last year. The largest change is the average sales price for Q1; the average home in Milwood sold for $201,752 – an 18% increase over 2012! While not as much of an increase as the average sales price, the average price per square foot increased as well. That number rose to $108.84, a +7.4% change. Perhaps the most significant change this year has been in the average amount of time a home took to sell. In Q1 of 2013, the average home in Milwood sold in only 29 days, a 56.1% decrease vs. last year when homes were on the market over 65 days on average!   in Milwood for the first quarter (Q1) for 2013 vs. the first quarter of 2012.

All of these numbers show strong growth in the Milwood real estate market, but none so strongly predict the future trends as much as the number of active listings vs last year. There are currently 16% less homes available for purchase in Milwood this year vs. 2012. Sales prices and time on the market in Q1 show how values have increased, but the number of listings suggests that low inventory and high turnover will continue to drive prices and home values up!

NOW can be a great time to sell your home in Milwood and take advantage of the strong seller’s market and added equity! If you are considering selling your home this year, drop me a note and we can discuss the value of your home and how I can help you get the most equity possible as you look to move out or move up to another home.

by Kyle Pfaffe, REALTOR®      e: KylePfaffe@kw.com      m: 512-636-9707      w: AustinHomes4You.com

The Kyle Pfaffe Real Estate Team

Round Rock Ranch 2012 Real Estate Market Report

How was the Real Estate Market in Round Rock Ranch for 2012?

The real estate market in the Greater Austin area and Round Rock saw some incredible growth in 2012. Round Rock Ranch also saw some growth and, after an extremely busing January, I finally had time to put this information together. The graph below gives a good summary of most of the information I have. Round Rock Ranch Real Estate

In 2012, 22.9% more homes sold in Round Rock Ranch versus 2011. While the number of homes sold increased, that growth has not yet translated to much growth in sales prices as the average sales price was $156,679 (+.8%) and the average price per square foot was $75.36 (+2.5%). Whiles values remained unchanged, the average home for sale in Round Rock Ranch sold in 5 less days in 2012 versus 2011 (41 days, -11% vs 2011).

What do these numbers mean for you if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Round Rock Ranch 2013? If you are looking to buy a home,  the number of homes on the market is shrinking and homes are selling faster so you will likely have less options and more competition from other buyers. Because homes are selling more quickly, you should also move fast to put a strong offer in once you have found a home you really like.

If you potentially looking to sell you home in Round Rock Ranch this year, I would expect to sales prices increase in 2013 because of the strong demand and limited inventory. You have chosen a great time to sell! Drop me a note to learn about how my progressive marketing plan can go to work for you!

by Kyle Pfaffe, REALTOR®      e: KylePfaffe@kw.com      m: 512-636-9707      w: AustinHomes4You.com

The Kyle Pfaffe Real Estate Team

2012 Real Estate Market Report for Austin, TX

How was the Real Estate Market in Austin for 2012?

The real estate market in Austin, TX saw incredible growth in 2012. After an extremely busing January, I finally had time to put this information together and wanted to get it out as soon as I could with it being late already. The graph below gives a good summary of most of the information I have put together.Austin 2012

In 2012, the number of homes sold increased 19% to 10,406 from only 8738 in 2011. The average sales price increase was equally as impressive – in 2012 the average sale price was $342,206 versus $320,868 in 2011, a 6.7% increase. In 2012, the average price per square foot grew to $145.72, a 5.9% increase from the $137.58 average price per square foot from 2011. While each of these numbers illustrate the rapid change in the Austin real estate market in 2012, none are quite as significant as the average time a home was on the market before it sold. The average days on market shrunk to only 52 days in 2012, a 27% decrease from the average 71 days in 2011.

What do these numbers mean for you if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Austin in 2013? If you are looking to buy a home, home prices are rising and inventory is shrinking, meaning that you might pay more than in 2012 and have less options. Because homes are selling more quickly, you should also move fast to put a strong offer in once you have found a home you really like.

If you potentially looking to sell you home in Austin this year, your equity has likely grown and there is likely a strong demand for your home. You have chosen a great time to sell! Drop me a note to learn about how my progressive marketing plan can go to work for you!

by Kyle PfaffeREALTOR®      e: KylePfaffe@kw.com      m: 512-636-9707      w: AustinHomes4You.com

The Kyle Pfaffe Real Estate Team

2012 Milwood Market Report

How Was the Market in Milwood for 2012?

The real estate market in Milwood had some tremendous growth in 2012. After a crazy January month for me, I finally had time to sit down and look at how the market performed and wanted to share some number with you. All of this information is visibly represented in the graph below. Milwood 2012

First of all, the real estate market in Milwood was much more active – 229 homes sold in 2012 vs 194 in 2011, a 18% increase. While the number of homes sold grew remarkably, the average sales price increased only 1.3% to $181,764 vs $179,476 in 2011. The average price per square foot of homes sold in 2011 was $99.68 but grew to $105.59 in 2012, an increase of almost 6%. By far, the most significant change in the Milwood real estate market in 2012 was the average time a home was on the market before it sold. The average days on market shrunk from 58 days to 38 days, a decrease of 35%.

What do these numbers mean to you if you are looking to buy or sell a home in Milwood in 2013? If you are looking to buy a home in Milwood, you will likely be paying slightly more than you would have in 2012. You will also need to be decisive and move quickly once you find a house you like – the lower number of homes on the market and quicker selling times mean your competition (other buyers) might get a home first if you’re not careful. Drop me a note if I can help you find a great home in Milwood this year.

If you are considering selling your home in the Milwood area of Austin, you should definitely be able to walk away with more money this year. If you price your home too low, you might get multiple offers as soon as you go on the market. Marketing can have a lot do with getting your home sold quickly and for the highest net to you. Drop me a note to hear about how my progressive marketing plan can go to work for you!

by Kyle PfaffeREALTOR®      e: KylePfaffe@kw.com      m: 512-636-9707      w: AustinHomes4You.com

The Kyle Pfaffe Real Estate Team

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.

Obama Blog

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: KylePfaffe@kw.com m: 512-636-9707 w: AustinHomes4You.com