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More Evidence of the Strong Austin Market

I have written frequently over the past year about the underlying strength of the Central Texas real estate market, and I have discussed Austin’s relative economic strength with all of my clients for most of the past two years.  Not only have we suffered less than many other areas in the mortgage mess and the resulting market downturn, but we entered a recovery phase earlier than most and we continue to add jobs, slowly but surely.

Today, I added an article at from The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce that provides some specific comparisons.  Here are some high points:

  • Through October 2009, year-to-date home sales (units) is down 5.7% from the same time in 2008, but in each of the past three months, that year to year sales gap has narrowed.
  • The comparison to “pre-recession” activity will surprise many:  YTD sales in 2009 are UP 38% compared to 2007!
  • We still have a healthly six-month inventory of homes on the market.  (I have commented a number of times, however, about how “spotty” the overall market can be — fast-moving sellers’ markets in some  neighborhoods, and badly overstocked neighborhoods elsewhere.)
  • Our area’s median home price is down 0.9%  versus last year — compared to a decline of  12.8%  nationally.
  • Over the past five years, the Austin area has been among the best-performing metros in the country in terms of  home values:

There is every reason to be bullish about the future of Central Texas real estate as we enter a new market growth phase. With this market perspective, historically low mortgage interest rates, and tax incentives for first-time homebuyers and current homeowners, the coming months are an excellent time to make your move!

About Bill Morris, Realtor

More than thirty years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including many years in real estate) tell me that service is the key to success and I look forward to serving you. I represent both buyers and sellers throughout the Austin metropolitan area, which means first-hand market knowledge is brought to bear on serving your needs: -- Seller Representation is a comprehensive process that begins with thorough market analysis and consultation, continues with properly staging the home to achieve the highest price possible in a reasonable time on market, a complete program of marketing and promotion, ongoing updates and communication, closing coordination, and follow-up throughout (and after) the sale. -- Buyer Representation is also full service: shopping, previewing, price and market consultation, contracting, negotiating, coordination of inspections, appraisals, repairs, and closing details, and follow-up beyond the closing of your purchase to ensure your lasting satisfaction. Because the real estate industry is becoming more sophisticated and challenging every day, you need a professional that understands the industry and is positioned to stay ahead of the game. I go the extra mile to help you achieve your goals. That's why I constantly research the market and property values so your home is priced effectively from day one. I also make sure the public knows your home is for sale by using innovative advertising and marketing techniques to attract potential buyers.


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