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2010: in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health Continue reading

Home prices decline, but …

The Case-Shiller index of 20 major cities showed a decline of 0.8% from August to September, and 18 of 20 cities experienced declines …. but focusing on a single month-to-month change in average prices can be misleading. Continue reading

How’s the market in your part of town?

I just posted an article on my website with recommendations for home buyers during this recessionary market period. Most are good, but there are important differences between the Austin/Central Texas real estate market and the hard-hit markets that rightly get so much attention in the national press. Continue reading

Foreclosure myths …

If it’s your time to buy or sell, don’t wait for some imaginary sea-change in the Central Texas real estate market. The outlook for home values and mortgage interest rates us UP, and we are not facing a flood of low-priced properties in the coming months. Make your move because it’s right for you, not because of external factors you read or hear about. Continue reading

Austin-Area Pending Home Sales

Pending home sales were down in September, but the Austin metropolitan area shows signs of strength. Continue reading

Homes Sales Off in Austin Area

According to the Austin Board of Realtors® , pending homes sales in the Austin metro area down27% in September 2010 compared to September 2009. Year-to-date sales, however, were down only 1%.

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Austin could be lower on this list, but …

The Wall Street Journal recently had an article about a “housing stress indicator” that compares many U.S. cities and their pain and continuing vulnerability in the ongoing real estate downturn. Continue reading

Even in Austin, tax credits reduced summer demand

The number of new contracts signed in May and June in the Austin Metro area were down significantly from the April peak created by tax incentives, but there is still residual demand. August data may tell whether a trend is developing. Continue reading

Austin Home Sales and Listing Inventory

An feature article in the Business section of today’s Austin American-Statesman highlighted a decline in home sales in the Austin area and growth in listing inventory. As noted by the Austin Board of Realtors the very small sales decline is really reason for optimism for the Austin/Central Texas real estate market. Consider listing inventory relative to current demand. Continue reading

Pricing Homes To Sell

Price it right! Properly priced homes seller faster and for higher prices than those that age — even for a few weeks — at above-market prices. Continue reading