Eleven Oaks Realty is proud to present their April 2016 Austin Real Estate Price Report measuring activity in the Austin single family home market.
Austin Median Home Price Up 7%
The biggest story in this month’s Austin Real Estate Price Report comes by way of median home prices. For the 20th month in a row, the median price of a home in Austin outpaced the previous year. The median price of an Austin home in April 2015 was $349,000 compared to $375,000 in April 2016, marking a 7% increase in year over year numbers.
Median home price helps us see the distribution of homes sold and does not really give us an indication of the increase or decrease in a particular home’s market value. To analyze market value, we’d have to take an in depth look at a neighborhood. If you’re looking for something like that, please check out our Austin Home Values Report.
What does this mean to buyers? With 20 straight months of price increases, it doesn’t look like we’re going to see a pricing slow down any time soon. If you want to buy a home in Austin, start the home buying process as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the more competition you’ll face. And, if prices continue to increase, the more you’ll pay for the same home. If you are persistent and diligent with your search, you will be successful.
What does this mean to sellers? If you’re thinking of selling, you should be pleased to see competitive buyers continue to strengthen the Austin real estate market. But, even though prices are going up, that doesn’t mean you just pop a sign in your yard today and cash a big check tomorrow. The most successful sellers spend some time preparing their homes to sell. Work with a Realtor to help you make smart improvements and maximize the return on the dollars you spend preparing your home to meet its next owner.
No Change in Time to Sell Home in Austin
In April 2016, it took 32 days to sell a home in Austin, on average, compared to 32 days in April 2015, marking no change in year over year numbers.
Number of Homes Taken Off the Market Up 26%
In April 2016, there were 201 homes taken off the market compared to 160 in April 2015. This marked a 26% (41 home) increase in year over year numbers. We’ve seen this trend of an increasing number of homes taken off the market for several months now. It seems that sellers opt to take their homes off the market rather than reduce their asking prices to try to find a buyer.
If you need to sell and your home was priced right, maybe there was something else going on. The biggest culprits we see are incorrect info in the MLS and poor marketing. Check out our Austin Home Marketing Plan to see how your homes would be marketed.
Having trouble selling your home? Check out our Austin Home Not Selling resources page to find out why.
Number of Sold Homes in Austin Down 6%
In April 2016, Austin saw a 6% decrease in the number of homes sold from April 2015 to April 2016. In April 2016, we saw 981 homes sell in Austin compared to 1,047 in April 2015 marking a 6% (66 home) decrease in year over year numbers. This month we saw a small decrease in the number of closed sales. It will be interesting to see what next month’s numbers show.
Austin Housing Inventory Down 2%
In April 2016, we saw 1.8 months of inventory on the market, compared to 1.8 months of inventory in April 2015, marking a 2% decrease in year over year numbers. Inventory in the Austin real estate market is very lean.
Austin Homes Under Contract Up 8%
In April 2016, 1,247 homes went pending (under contract) in Austin compared to 1,152 in April 2015, marking an 8% (95 home) increase in year over year numbers. Though we saw a decrease in closed sales this month, we saw a pretty significant increase in pending sales.
7% Increase in Number of Homes on the Market
In April 2016, we had 3,688 homes for sale in Austin, compared to 3,433 in April 2015, showing a 7% (255 home) increase in year over year numbers. Though we are seeing an increase in the number of homes on the market, we’re still seeing extreme seller’s market levels of inventory. Buyers are probably feeling the pinch, especially in neighborhoods that are more competitive.
Number of Homes Listed for Sale Up 3%
In April 2016, we saw 1,539 homes introduced to the market compared to 1,496 in April 2015, marking a 3% (43 home) increase. It seems this year sellers are just as confident as they have been in years past at their ability to find a buyer for their home.
Supply Up 7% and Demand is Down 6%
This month we saw a 7% increase in supply (number of properties for sale) and a 6% decrease in demand (number of sold properties). Last month we saw an increase in both supply and demand while this month we saw an increase in supply and decrease in demand. Buyers who sneak in and take advantage of the increased supply and decreased competition might be able to negotiate a better deal.
Median for Sale Up 6% vs Median Sold Price Up 7%
This chart compares the Median for Sale Price vs the Median Sold Price to show their relationship. In Austin, we saw a 6% increase in the median for sale price and an 7% increase in the median sold price of a single family home in year over year numbers. Even though supply is up and demand is down, buyers are still making very competitive offers on homes.
Source: Clarus Market Metrics, ACTRIS Sold Data
April 2016 Austin Real Estate Price Report – Strictly Numbers
For those of you who prefer to see the actual numbers, we’ve included the figures for April 2016 Austin home sales below. The most expensive home that sold in April 2016 sold for $4,000,000 and the least expensive home sold for $28,500. Homes ranged in size from 336 sqft – 7,538 sqft with an average size of 2,224 sqft. The average price per square foot for a home that sold in Austin in April 2016 was $208.67 with the lowest being $10.96/sqft and the highest being $822.92/sqft. It took, on average, 35 days to sell a home in Austin and sellers received, on average, 98.49% of their original list prices.
|Single Family Homes
|ABoR Sales Data
Time to Buy? Sell?
As we always say, the best time to buy or sell a home is when you need to buy or sell. If you have a house to buy, buying when its a sellers market may hurt you on the buying end, but you’ll make it up on the selling end. If you’re trying to get into the market for the first time, the only way you’ll know that we’ve “hit bottom” is when its in the rear view mirror. Work with professionals who can help you analyze your financial and lifestyle to determine if now is the right time to buy or sell.
Looking strictly at the numbers, it appears the recommendation for this month is – it’s time to buy. Supply is up and demand is down, which is something we haven’t seen in a few months. Though we still have very limited inventory, the decreased demand might give buyers the slight edge they need to be successful in this market if they can be decisive. Though the average time on market is about a month, the best homes are selling quickly. Be proactive with your search. Go inside homes as soon as they’re listed. If the home is the perfect match for you, make an offer. Don’t wait too long or the home might be gone.
If you haven’t started your home search, get started now. Though we’re starting to see multiple offers, it doesn’t seem to be at the level it was last year. Could be buyers are waiting until later in the buying season to start their search. By starting yours now, you may be able to find something and close before the market really heats up. If you’re looking to buy, we can help you be successful, even in this competitive market. We know the market and know how to get the best deal for a buyer. For more info about buying a home, visit Buy a Home in Austin.
If you need to sell, we’re entering the best time of year to do so. Spring and early Summer has historically brought sellers more money than any other time of year. As more buyers enter the market, they’ll have to be more competitive in their offers to be successful. Time to sell is at just over one month and inventory is at extreme seller’s market levels. Spend a little extra time preparing your home to sell so it really stands out as a value when it hits the market.
If you’re a seller who needs to sell, work with a professional Realtor who can help you position your home as the best value on the market. There are still highly motivated buyers in the market who are ready to make stronger offers than they were last year. With 1.8 months of inventory, we are in a strong seller’s market. Check out our 88 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster and For More Money for some tips on how you can prepare your home to meet the market. For more info about our Home Selling Program and why it is the best in Austin, check out Sell My Austin Home.
Curious How Much You Could Sell Your Austin Home For?
Our Market Snapshot Tool is for you. With just your zip code, we’ll email you a detailed report showing what homes in your neighborhood sold for, how long it took to sell and how the market is trending. Though our Austin Real Estate Price Report is helpful in gauging the overall trend of the market, it doesn’t address neighborhoods specifically. If you’re looking for that type of report, put in your name and zip code below and our system will email you a Neighborhood Market Report.
Questions About the Austin Real Estate Price Report?
Do you have questions about this Austin Real Estate Price Report? Call us at (512) 827-8323 or email us at info@11OaksRealty.com and we’ll help you in any way we can. If you’re looking to buy or sell Austin real estate, don’t forget to check out our Buyer Resources and our Seller Resources for more tips.