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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

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

Home Prices in Austin

Although the pace of price appreciation has slowed, it is still a very real part of our market environment and will likely continue for at least another year or two.  As part of my look back at our real estate market, it’s worth seeing how home price distribution has changed in the Austin metro area over the past eight years: Continue reading

Building Permits and Housing Mix

The Austin metropolitan area is on track to issue a record number of residential building permits in 2018, but the mix of housing types has changed dramatically over the past 30 years, and that has seriously implications for housing affordability and future growth. Continue reading

Affordability and Austin-area schools

Not only do rising home prices in the city of Austin cause urban sprawl and exacerbate transportation/mobility issues throughout the region, but they are also contributing to an ongoing loss of students in Austin ISD. Continue reading

Housing supply in Austin?

Calendar year 2017 was unusual — mostly for its similarity to the previous few years in limited residential real estate inventories.  It was the fifth year in a row with housing supply at or below half of what most market economists consider “normal” or “balanced.”  Austinites have come to understand “seller’s market” in a very … Continue reading

Austin 2015 – Economic Summary

Last week, Angelos Angelou (Angelou Economics) presented his recap of how Texas and Austin fared in 2015, and his outlook for 2016 and 2017. As always, it was an excellent and insightful review. There was far too much information to include here, but there are a few points related to Austin’s housing market that I do want to mention Continue reading

Affordability Pressures in Austin

Much has been said over the past couple of years about housing affordability in the Austin area, and rightfully so. This is not hopeless, however. There are ways to address this trend, by allowing the addition of much more, and more varied housing stock throughout the area. Continue reading

More on Austin-area prices and affordability

How much do homes really cost here? In the metro area, the highest average and median prices are in neighborhoods near the close-by south shore of Lake Travis, not in the city itself. At the other end of the market, there are six suburban cities with average and median home prices at or below $200,000. Continue reading

Austin’s not on this list

While Austin isn’t the most affordable community in the U.S., we’re far from the least affordable. Continue reading