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Austin Real Estate Report


Austin-area home sales remain high, could signal record year for Central Texas real estate
Austin Board of REALTORS® releases real estate statistics for October 2015 

AUSTIN, Texas – November 19, 2015 – Austin-area single-family home sales increased year-over-year for the fifth consecutive month in October 2015, according to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR). Austin-area single-family home sales increased by two percent year-over-year to 2,378 home sales and median price increased five percent by the same measure to $252,790 in October 2015.

Barb Cooper, 2015 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, explained, “We’re on pace for another record year and while home sales typically slow each fall, housing demand has remained strong far past the typical peak selling season. This demand stems from strong employment and our area’s high growth rate—factors that help create a stable housing market.”

In a recent Freddie Mac report, Austin was ranked the second-most stable housing market in the U.S. The report ranked Austin’s housing market as “improving,” with positive gains in employment and mortgages in good standing.

“A stable housing market bodes well for Central Texas,” added Cooper. “But we need to find ways to give more Austin-area homeowners access to that stability by increasing our density, preserving our existing housing stock through stronger code enforcement and creating more affordable housing options.”

New listings remained unchanged year-over-year at 2,847 listings and active listings increased by three percent compared to October 2014 to 6,342 listings. In addition, pending sales increased four percent to 2,339 single-family home sales. Homes remained on the market for an average of 50 days in October 2015, one day fewer compared to October 2014.

Monthly housing inventory decreased by 0.1 months year-over-year to 2.6 months. Housing inventory remains at less than half of what the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University considers a balanced housing inventory level of approximately 6.5 months.

October 2015 Statistics
  • 2,378 – Single-family homes sold, 2% more than October 2014.
  • $252,790 – Median price for single-family homes, 5% more than October 2014.
  • $333,452 – Average price for single-family homes, 7% more than October 2014.
  • 50 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, 1 day fewer than October 2014.
  • 2,847 – New single-family home listings on the market, statistically unchanged from October 2014.
  • 6,342 – Active single-family home listings on the market, 3% more than October 2014.
  • 2,339 – Pending sales for single-family homes, 4% more than October 2014.
  • 2.6 – Months of inventory* of single-family homes, 0.1 months less than October 2014.
  • $792,948,856 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, 10% more than October 2014.
The following sections describe trends in other sectors of the Austin real estate market.

Townhouses & Condominiums
The number of townhouses and condominiums (condos) sold in the Austin area in October 2015 was 230, a 15 percent decrease from October 2014. The median price for condos was $234,680, which is four percent more than the same month of the prior year. These properties spent an average of 48 days on market, unchanged from October 2014.

Leasing
In October 2015, a total of 1,384 properties were leased in Austin, which is one percent more than October 2014. Properties spent an average of 41 days on the market, or two fewer days than in October 2014. Active property listings increased by five percent compared to October 2014, reaching 1,891 listings.
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The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) builds connections through the use of technology, education and advocacy to strengthen the careers of its 11,000 members and improve the lives of Central Texas families. We empower Austin REALTORS® to connect their clients to the region’s most complete, accurate and up-to-date listings data. For more, contact the ABoR Department of Public Affairs at marketing@abor.com or 512-454-7636. For the latest local housing market listings, visit AustinHomeSearch.com.

* The inventory of homes for a market is measured in months, which is defined as the number of active listings divided by the average sales per month of the prior 12 months. The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites that 6.5 months of inventory represents a market in which supply and demand for homes is balanced.