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Strong March performance … Next?

Some buyers are still waiting out the Covid-19 issue and/or are unwilling or unable to obtain mortgage financing right now, and the number of homes available remains at its lowest point since January 2001. How the regional economy reopens and confidence that Covid-19 is more controlled will affect buyer activity and real inventory growth. Continue reading

Market Dashboard – Year-end 2019

If you follow media reports about residential real estate in the Greater Austin area you know that we are still in a very “unusual” market environment. “Crazy,” some might say. 2019 was the seventh full year of significant imbalance between housing demand and housing supply. Compare this market cycle to others over the past thirty years. Continue reading

First-half 2019 Market Performance

A few weeks ago I promised to update my market dashboard through June. I’ll add some comments later about the dashboard and about what how our market behaved January-June 2019. To start, here are the primary metrics I have watched for many years: The first chart isn’t as complicated as it looks. The orange line … Continue reading

Entering the 2019 selling season … with challenges

Demand is not the problem. We have a lot of new jobs being created and steady population growth. We simply don’t have enough homes to meet the demand, and the perceived price vs. value equation for many buyers got out of hand as a result. Continue reading

1st Quarter 2019 – Market imbalance continued

There is no sign now of the kind of disruption we saw in 2007-2008. We are simply being held back at this point by a shortage of housing available for sale. Continue reading

2018 Market Recap

2018 finished strong, and with low inventory conditions continuing 2019 looks like another fast-paced year in Austin-area real estate. I continue to believe we’ll see slower year-over-year price increases than in recent years, but I’ll keep you informed. Continue reading

Thoughts on this Market Cycle – Trends to Watch

I have written recently that we might be seeing some signs of movement in the direction of more normal market conditions. The latest local data seems to reinforce that opinion. Continue reading

Market Shift?

I have heard recent comments from a few real estate agents that the market seems slower this year.  I have “felt” something different in recent weeks myself, but I trust data so I decided to check on that from 30,000 feet … Continue reading

Austin Market Dashboard — 3 HOT Quarters of 2014!

Actually, we’ve had much more than three calendar quarters of HOT market conditions in Central Texas, but I really want to comment on January – September 2014 here.  Since it has been a long time since I made time to write, though, I’ll remind readers that are new to my market dashboard, that the Greater … Continue reading

No cooling off for Austin’s apartment market

No cooling off for Austin’s apartment market.