January 2021 Central Texas Housing Market Report

Homes sales jump 23.9% in January

Impact from winter storms likely to increase housing demand 

Austin-Round Rock MSA home sales jumped 23.9% to 2,523 sales in January, according to the latest Central Texas Housing Market Report.

“The last week has shown us, once again, that our homes are more important than ever,” Susan Horton, 2021 ABoR president, said. “Austin REALTORS® are not just local market experts in buying or selling a home but we can also provide guidance and resources for home repairs if your current home has been impacted by the winter storms. If you are currently in process of buying or selling a home, talk to your REALTOR® about how recent events might impact your closing timeline and what the appropriate next steps should be – this can include insurance policy terms or additional inspections that may be required.”

Across the five-county MSA, home sales dollar volume skyrocketed 53.5% to $1,161,692,362 while pending sales increased 15.9% to 3,365 in January. Despite 2,878 new listings in January—an 11% decline from 2020—active listings dropped 73.9% to only 1,369 properties across the region. Housing inventory fell 1.3 months to a record-low 0.4 months of inventory as homes spent an average of 33 days on market, 33 fewer days than in 2020.

Vaike O’Grady, regional director with Zonda, said that high demand across all price classes, housing types and geographies means that low inventory and a lightning-fast market conditions are not going away soon.

“There is strength across every price point and demand for every product,” O’Grady said. “Despite developers building as quickly as they can throughout the region and more than 6,000 homesites projected to come online within the next six months, the overall number of lots in development is only just able to keep up with current demand. This means that homes will continue to sell as soon as they hit the market, and prices will continue to rise steadily in the months to come.”

Horton added that the recent winter storms are only likely to increase housing demand in Central Texas, emphasizing the importance of working with a REALTOR® to buy, sell, or rent a home.

“While it will be weeks before we know the full impact of the winter storms on our communities, the disruption in transactions and the high demand for repair services will further complicate an already complex housing market. It is of the upmost importance to have a REALTOR® on your side to help you understand all options available to you. That includes down payment resources and ways that you can bridge the gap between selling your home and buying your next one.”

City of Austin

In January, residential sales increased 23.8% to 811 sales, a record for the month of January, as sales dollar volume jumped 58% to $466,444,738. The median sales price in the city of Austin rose 19.7% to $455,000, a record for the month of January. During the same period, new listings decreased by 7% to 956 listings, while active listings fell 46.9% to 589 listings, and pending sales jumped 14.8% to 1,066 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory decreased 0.6 months year over year to 0.5 months of inventory.

Travis County 

In Travis County, residential sales increased 23.5% to 1,292 sales, while sales dollar volume spiked 60% to $718,269,389. The median price for residential homes rose 22.2% year over year to $427,750. Last month, new listings declined 12.7% to 1,411 listings as active listings dropped 63.5% to 819 listings, and pending sales jumped 10.1% to 1,576 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory fell 0.9 months year over year to 0.5 months of inventory.  

Williamson County  

In January in Williamson County, residential sales increased 11.2% to 763 sales, and sales dollar volume jumped 28.7% to $272,029,213. The median price increased 16.4% to $322,750. During the same period, new listings declined 14.9% to 921 listings, while active listings tumbled 85.9% to 252 listings. Pending sales increased 5.3% to 1,059 pending sales. Housing inventory declined 1.5 months year over year to 0.2 months of inventory.  

Hays County  

In Hays County, January home sales increased 50% to 324 sales, and sales dollar volume spiked 78.2% to $128,186,266. The median price for homes increased 18.1% to $301,250. During the same period, new listings decreased 4% to 360 listings, while active listings fell 80.8% to 156 listings. Compared to January 2020, pending sales increased 40.4% to 483 pending sales. Housing inventory decreased by 2 months to 0.4 months of inventory.  

Bastrop County  

In January, Bastrop County home sales climbed 66.7% to 115 sales, and sales dollar volume increased 81% to $34,195,517. The median price for residential homes increased 10% to $265,000, as new listings increased 29% to 160 listings and active listings declined 70.7% to 93 listings. Pending sales skyrocketed 151.7% to 224 pending sales and inventory decreased by 2.6 months to 0.8 months of inventory.   

Caldwell County  

In Caldwell County, January home sales increased 45% to 29 sales and sales dollar volume increased 45.7% to $8,217,616. The median home price increased 10.6% year over year to $257,450. During the same period, new listings fell 29.7% to 26 listings, while active listings dropped 44.9% to 49 listings. Pending sales also declined 28.1% to 23 pending sales, as housing inventory decreased 1.9 months to 1.6 months of inventory.   

For more information or to download the January 2021 Central Texas Housing Market Report, visit ABoR.com/MarketStatistics. All information taken from the Austin Board of Realtors January 2021 Central Texas Housing Market Report.

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Austin Market Update – July 2016

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The Austin Board of Realtors just released the official numbers for the month of July and in the City of Austin, the average sales price hit $345,000 in July 2016, a 4.6 percent increase from last year, while the number of homes sold in July declined by 7.3 percent. Housing inventory rose slightly from 2.1 months in July 2015 to 2.4 months in July 2016 and homes spent four more days on the market than the previous year.

What do those numbers mean? Well, home values in Central Texas continue to increase, which is great news for homeowners, but I believe those rising prices are starting to have cooling effect on the number of homes sold because of affordability. Home buyers, especially first time home buyers are being pushed further and further from Central Austin because they can’t afford the high prices. This will effect demand in Austin which should slow rising home values in Austin.
If you want to know more about the market in Williamson County, check out this post. If you have any questions about real estate or are thinking of buying a home, drop me a note or call me and I’d be happy to help!

What is the BEST Open House Question?

KEY TAKEAWAYS

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  • Ask the WHY, not the WHAT
  • Get the Sellers’ Insight

Every weekend, thousands of people leave their air conditioned homes to visit open houses. If you are going to give up a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to look at houses, I’m sure you want it to be profitable – useful – and feel like your time was worth it (Are you thinking of a move? I can make it easier – Let’s Connect!). If you want your open house visits to be as valuable as possible, you need to ask the right questions. What is the most common question I get at an open house? I already answered that in this blog post. 

The best questions will always focus on information you can’t find in a flyer or MLS listing – they will focus on the hidden details. So, what is the best question to ask? I couldn’t narrow it down to only one so here are the top two:

What do the sellers like MOST about this home?

The answer to this question can be very valuable because it will often highlight something about the home of area that you would be very hard to convey or understand unless you are actually at the home. Maybe the sellers love the floor plan or the neighborhood. Maybe they like the schools or the back yard has an amazing sunset view that you could never truly appreciate unless you saw the backyard for yourself. The answer could be any number of things, but it is most likely something that you would never learn from a flyer, MLS listing or the information I have already shared in social media leading up to my open house (Follow me on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube!).

The second best question to ask is…

Why are the sellers moving?

If you read my other post, you know that this is also the most common question I get at an open house. It is also a very good question that I recommend you ask on a visit to an open house. This is information that probably only the agent knows and it can be super helpful. The reasons the seller is moving is moving might be the same reasons that the home wouldn’t be a good fit for you but you haven’t considered yet. Also, maybe the home is a great fit for your needs, but knowing the answer to that question can give you extra insight into the house, neighbors or neighborhood!

If you have any questions about real estate or are thinking of buying a home, drop me a note or call me and I’d be happy to help!

By Kyle PfaffeREALTOR® e: KPfaffe@cityscapepg.com

m: 512-636-9707 w: AustinHomes4You.com