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Austin Market Dashboard – update

Followers of my blog know that I have not been keeping up with this space over the past several weeks — a testament to the busy-ness of the Austin/Central Texas real estate market.  Amidst continuing discouragement from national news reports, our local economy is growing and creating jobs, and the real estate market is moving well as a result.

I have posted a complete discussion at, but I’ll offer a couple of highlights here.

First, for three consecutive months — July, August, and September — 2011 home sales were up more than 30% compared to the same months in 2010:

Year-Over-Year Unit Sales Change

That is good news, especially considering that this is the first year in three years in which seasonal sales patterns were not distorted by temporary tax incentives aimed at encouraging home purchases.

Second, although sales and average prices have dipped recently those changes represent very typical seasonal market behavior.  The market indicator that I find more meaningful is the absorption rate, or “odds of selling”:

Odds of Selling 1990-Present

That absorption rate has dipped over the past couple of months too, but this is the fiirst time since 2005 that we have seen this metric bouncing around the long-term average of 21% rather than a much lower level.  With continuing uncertainties in the U.S. political and economic scene, and in the world economy, these Winter months may remain a little soft, but if history is an indication then we are poised to enter a new growth phase in the local real estate market.

Feel free to visit for more detail and discussion, or just call or text or email me if you have any questions.

About Bill Morris, Realtor

Many years of business experience (high tech, client service, business organization and start-up, including almost 20 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. Learn more about my background and experience, my commitment to my clients, my profession, and to the real estate industry at


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