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A quick follow-up: Austin growth

Big challenges require big solutions, but I believe we can get this done. 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

Case-Shiller Index and Austin

In 2010 and 2011 the Case-Shiller cities experienced market weakness more dramatically than Austin did, and the Austin market maintained faster growth since the 2012 recovery than the Case-Shiller cities. Continue reading

Pricing to Sell

Buyers may begin to think that if a listing lasts too long there must be something wrong with the property. They may make a discounted offer or simply choose not to see it at all. Both options cost sellers real money. Continue reading

Housing affordability in the Austin area

Earlier this year I wrote about the distribution of sales prices in Central Texas (Home Prices in Austin and More on Austin-area Home Prices). Since housing affordability is so often a topic of conversation these days, I want to offer some thoughts on that subject now. As a starting point, this chart shows the relative … 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

Market Dashboard – 1st Quarter 2019

As long as growing employers and their employees want to move here and are willing to accept the challenges that come with fast growth, we may well have a couple more years ahead like the last couple. Buckle up! Continue reading

Days to Sell by Price Range

The percentage of total unit sales in the $200,000 to $400,000 range grew from 46% in 2014 to 62% in 2018, and to 66% in the 1st quarter of 2019 because the availability of homes under $300,000 fell dramatically. 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

More on Austin-area Home Prices

A few days ago I posted a look at how the price distribution of homes sales in the Austin Metropolitan area have changed over the past several years.  Now, I want to break that down by city within the region, focusing just on reported sale prices in 2018. Continue reading