Austin Real Estate Market Update

 

Sept. 29, 2021

Austin Real Estate Market Stats Aug 2021

 

 

Posted in Market Stats
Sept. 3, 2021

Austin Real Estate Update July 2021

We are starting to see a shift in the Austin Real Estate Market!

While this shift seems to be seasonal, we are seeing other factors that indicate we are headed back to a more balanced real estate market.

Number of Home Sales

The number of home sales for July is down 7.5% from June and down 9.5% from July of last year.  This downward shift is something we see this time of year, typically due to school starting.  Buyer demand is still strong however.  Our year-to-date home sales for 2021 is up 11.5% compared to last year.  

Number of Home Sales Austin TX July 2021 | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty

Median Home Prices

We continue to see a stabilization in home prices.  The median home price in Austin right now is $480k which is up 37% from July of last year.  Compared to last month, however, the shift was every so slight, from $482k to $480k.  Historically, prices soften a bit in the Fall and Winter. 

Median Home Prices Austin Texas July 2021 | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty

Homes for Sale

We are finally seeing a significant shift in the number of homes coming on the market - in fact, a 78% increase from June to July.  More homes to choose from has lessened the buyer competition and helped to stabilize prices. 

Number of Homes for Sale Austin Texas July 2021 | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams RealtyMonths Inventory

Even with the increase in listings, it is still a strong sellers market with less than one months of inventory.  In other words, if we continue to sell homes at the same pace as we have been, it will take less than one month to sell everything currently on the market.  A 6 month supply of homes is considered a balance ("normal") real estate market... which we actually haven't seen in the past 5 years.

Months Inventory Austin Texas July 2021 | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Reatly

If you or someone you know is in the market to buy or sell a home in Austin Texas, call me!  I would love the opportunity to help.

 
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Lori Wakefield

REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
512.657.4455
lwakefield@kw.com
www.loriwakefield.com
1921 Lohmans Crossing, Austin TX 78734
 
Oh, by the way, I'm never too busy for you, or your referrals!
 

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Posted in Market Stats
Aug. 11, 2021

2021 Mid-year Real Estate Market Update

Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty Austin Texas | 512-657-4455

Thanks again to David Tandy, CEO of Texas National Title for a great Economic Update highlighting the conditions, statistics, and projections of our Austin Real Estate Market.   This is a follow up from a previous conversation I had with him last month that you can read about here:  Are We Set For a Market Crash?

Population and Job Growth for Austin 

  • The US Population has been on a decline since the 2007 recession with fewer births over deaths.
  • TEXAS is #1 in the nation for population growth
  • AUSTIN is currently in growth mode with an uptick in population since 2018.

US Population Growth | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty Austin Texas

Texas Population Growth | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty Austin Texas

Austin Texas Population Growth | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Reatly

Where have all the workers gone? 

If Austin's population is on the rise, where are all of the workers?  People don't want to work due to COVID and Unemployment Payments.  

  • 22 million US jobs lost during COVID shut downs
  • 17 million jobs since created
  • We need 6 million jobs to get back to pre pandemic 
  • As of July 2021, there were 10 million US Job Postings
  • 8 million unemployed people

AUSTIN has the Top 3 healthiest job markets in the US.

  • 4.4% Unemployment rate (5& is considered full employment) \.  Everyone wh wants a job has one.
  • Austin has 90,000 job openings 
  • 55,000 unemployment people Austin Unemployment Rate | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty
  • Employed Persons Austin Texas July 2021 | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty

Which Employers are Expanding or Relocating to Austin?

Employers Austin Texas | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty

Companies Expanding Austin TX | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty

Companies Relocating Austin TX | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty

Home Inventory Shortage 

Why are there so few Resale Listings? 

  • People have been reluctant to list because of COVID
  • Where would they go???
  • People are staying in their homes longer
  • Impact of increasing Labor and Material Costs

Why is Inventory so Low?  

In the early 2000's, the US was building more homes than the population increase.  This was scaled back during the recession and we were not building enough homes.  This is not getting adjusted, but in Austin that variance is greater and we have had a 15 year shortfall.  We are only now, this year, starting to build enough homes.  US Single Family Building Permits | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty

Austin TX Single Family Home Building Permits | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty Austin Tx

Inflation

What is causing the jump in Inflation?

Core inflation has jumped to 4.5% where 2% is the goal.  (Core Inflation does not include food or gas which is typically volatile).  The Core Inflation jump has been caused by shortages of supply and supply chain issues which is temporary and should correct itself.  If the Fed decides inflation is a big deal, we will start to see mortgage rate rise.Core Inflation | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty Austin TX

Home Price Trends

We are not expecting to see home prices drop.  This is not a bubble that will burst because we don't have loans being made that people can't afford.  Home prices should not exceed inflation so we should see a slow down.  Austin is still considered affordable because personal income is high.  However, that could change as income hasn't increased at the same rate as home prices.  

Austin Home Prices | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty

 

 

 

Posted in Market Stats
July 27, 2021

Austin Real Estate Market Stats 2Q 2021

Buyer demand is still strong.  The number of homes sold is up 27% over the 2Q 2020 and up 8% comparing June of last year to June of this year.  

We are seeing a stabilization of home prices.  While average home prices are up 43% from this time last year, the increase from May to June was only 1.7%.  

We still have a shortage of inventory.  The number of homes on the market is down 129% from this time last year!  However, there seems to be more home coming on the market each month and we are up 16% from where we ended 2020.  The increase in the number of homes means more  choices for buyers and fewer multiple offers for sellers.  

Homes are still selling  quickly.  There is currently 0.6 months of inventory on the market which is a very strong sellers market.  Six (6) months of inventory is considered a normal, balanced market.

 

 
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Lori Wakefield

REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
512.657.4455
lwakefield@kw.com
www.loriwakefield.com
1921 Lohmans Crossing, Austin TX 78734
 
Oh, by the way, I'm never too busy for you, or your referrals!
 

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Posted in Market Stats
July 9, 2021

Are We Set for a Market Crash? | Austin Texas Real Estate

Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Realty Austin Texas 512-657-4455

07/09/2021 - I received a text message from a client concerned about the economy and how it could effect the sale of their home that we are putting on the market next week.  Specifically, they are concerned about interest rates dropping, the market will shift in a decline and could crash or cause an extreme correction. 

This concern is something I addressed in a recent post that you can read here:  Is This a Bubble? but I thought it was worth exploring again.

I shared my clients concern with David Tandy, President of Texas National Title.  He was on vacation, but I love that he took the time to respond so I could help my clients feel comfortable and confident in their decision to sell their home.

Here is what David had to say:

I’m on vacation so I can’t write much. Here are important points to highlight. 

1) Low interest rates help offset the increase in home prices. Ultimately the Fed wants to keep rates low for many reasons which helps home buyers. 

2) The economy is driven by having a healthy job market. And there has never been a hotter job market. Google “Austin chamber of commerce job report” and look at the most recent report. It shows there are almost 90,000 job postings per month. Far and away the highest it’s ever been. The economy is very hot and there are not enough employees with the needed skills. 

3) There is no danger of a bubble bursting. Mortgages have high underwriting standards. Loans have not been made to people who cannot afford them. Many sales have been for cash and many people have had to put down large down payments. People do not walk away from mortgages when they have large amounts of equity. 

 4) Forbearance is not an issue. There are only about 2 million loans still in forbearance. And all of those have equity. 

 5) Inventory will remain an issue for the next 6 years at least. It will take at least that long for builders to catch up to our population growth. 

 6) Austin is in really good shape for jobs. Google, Apple, Tesla have yet to really start the hiring. 

I’ll send more when I get back on the 14th 

 

In addition to David's comments, Austin is currently ranked as the #3 Best City to Live in the US in 2020 and 2021 AND Austin has been named THE #1 CITY to Start a Business in 2020 for the third consecutive year!  There is not a better place to be than Austin Texas!

If you or someone you know is in that market to buy or sell in the Austin area, I would love the opportunity to help!

 
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Lori Wakefield

REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
512.657.4455
lwakefield@kw.com
www.loriwakefield.com
1921 Lohmans Crossing, Austin TX 78734
 
Oh, by the way, I'm never too busy for you, or your referrals!
 

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June 29, 2021

Is This a Bubble? | June 2021

What are the most asked real estate questions on Google right now?

1.  Is this a bubble?  

NO!  The reasons both local and national economists do not believe a crash is likely, is because:

  • Inventory is at record lows
  • Developers and builders cannot build quick enough to meet demand - Austin has on average 150 families per day moving here!
  • Mortgage rates are still near historic lows
  • Lending parameters are still strict
  • Foreclosure activity is near nonexistent
  • Job creation - Austin has a long list of major companies moving or expanding here

2.  When is the housing market going to crash?

There are no current economic indicators pointing to a crash anytime soon because of all the reason we aren't in a bubble.  

3.  Why is the market so hot?

  • There is very little supply of existing homes
  • Builders can not keep up with demand to help bridge the supply gap
  • Mortgage Rates are at records low
  • Demographic trends - 62 million Millennials are now at home buying age adding to the already 55 miilion Gen X'ers
  • COVID lockdowns made people re-evaluate their lifestyles and the increased ability to work from anywhere has opened up buying options.

4.  How much over asking should I offer?

I hate to say that it depends, but that's the answer... Inventory is low and buyer demand is high which is causing multiple offers on many homes.  While we are seeing a slow down from the frenzy we experienced at that beginning of the year, demand is still outpacing supply so buyers should expect to compete with multiple offers.  In the Austin market, every neighborhood and price point is behaving a little differently. 

This market can seem difficult to navigate to the average consumer because it is fast paced and transactions are becoming increasingly complex.  That is why it is so important to work with a REALTOR who understands the market and can help you find a home that fits your needs and your budget.  If you are thinking of buying a home, I'd love to chat with you about your specific situation.  

Is this a bubble? | Austin Real Estate | Lori Wakefield Realtor Keller Williams

Lori Wakefield | Austin Texas Realtor | Keller Williams Realty

June 12, 2021

Austin Real Estate Update May 2021

Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Austin TX | 512-657-4455

Is the Austin Real Estate Market slowing down??  Leading report indicators tell us it's starting to look that way!

While multiple offers are still common, homes are receiving fewer offers than we've seen over the past few months.  Additionally, we are seeing the number of new listings outpace the number of homes going under contract and surprisingly, mortgage applications are the lowest we've seen since February 2020.  Lastly, according to a recent survey of local real estate agents, nearly 62% feel that the market is normalizing or cooling down.  

graph of agent market confidence

What does that mean for you? 

Despite the "slow" down, what we are seeing is shift from an "Ultra Strong" Sellers Market to a "Strong" Sellers Market.  Home prices are still going up and buyer demand is still strong, but we are seeing a stabilizing of the market.  It is still a great time to buy and a great time to be a seller.

Here's a quick look at the monthly activity trends:

Austin Real Estate Number of Homes Sold May 2021

Austin Real Estate Median Home Prices May 2021

Austin Real Estate Total Listings May 2021

And, of course, everyone's favorite - Check out the May 2021 >>> MEDIAN SALES PRICE APPRECIATION BY ZIP CODE

If you are curious about what is happening in your neighborhood or have been thinking about buying or selling real estate in the Austin area, call me!  I'd love the opportunity to help you!

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Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Lake Travis

Posted in Market Stats
April 30, 2021

Austin Area Appreciation by Zip Code March 2021

Curious about how much homes have appreciated in your zip code?  Check out this Heat Map for the Median Sales Price Appreciation from March 2020 to March 2021. 

Appreciation by Zip code Mar 2021 | Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Austin TX

It's an extraordinary time in Austin to sell!  Call me if you have been considering listing your home.  I'd love the opportunity to help you with a quick sale at top dollar. 

Lori Wakefield REALTOR | Keller Williams Austin TX

Lori Wakefield, REALTOR | Keller Williams Austin TX | 512.657.4455 

And Oh, by the way, I'm never too busy for your referrals!

Posted in Market Stats
April 25, 2021

Austin Real Estate Market Stats 1Q 2021

While the number of homes sold is up about 7% over the 1Q of 2020 we are actually  DOWN 22% from where we ended in the 4Q 2020.  This is due to a lack of inventory—lots of buyers in the market and no homes to sell.

 Austin Texas Number of homes sales by year Mar 2021

 

Year-to-date Average Sold Price increased 32% to $554,481.  We are still seeing homes going into multiple offers and selling over asking.

 Austin Real Estate home prices by year as of Mar 2021

 

Listings are down 78% from this time last year!  For the last four(4) years, we have averaged about 6,300 homes for sale this time of year.  Today, we have about 1,200.

Austin real estate number of listings by year as of March 2021

 

There is currently 0.4 months of inventory on the market which is a very strong sellers market.  Six (6) months of inventory is  considered a normal, balanced market.

 Austin real estate inventory by year as of mar 2021

 

 

Posted in Market Stats
Jan. 8, 2021

Lori Wakefield named to AMERICA’S TOP 100 REAL ESTATE AGENTS

Lori Wakefield Keller Williams Realty Austin TX named Americas Top 100 Real Estate Agents

Contact Kevin Wieser – Membership Director

Telephone (714) 409-8126

Email Membership@Top100RealEstateAgents.com

Website www.Top100RealEstateAgents.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AMERICA’S TOP 100 REAL ESTATE AGENTS®

January 5, 2021 – Announcing the selection of Lori Wakefield, Keller Williams Realty, Austin Texas among America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents® for 2020.  Selection to America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents® is by invitation only and is reserved to identify the nation’s most esteemed and skilled Real Estate Agents and Brokers with a history of routinely selling homes above market value. 

Members are selected through a comprehensive multi-phase selection process involving proprietary algorithms using advanced data analytics to assess a broad array of criteria and data for each candidate, including (but not limited to) the Real Estate Professional's total yearly sales volume, notable above market value sales, luxury home sales, efficiency rating for closing sales, lifetime professional experience, client satisfaction ratings, and other notable recognitions, among many other proprietary factors.  Based on these criteria, a measure/rating for each Real Estate Professional is established indicating their relative effectiveness in closing high-value sales above market value in comparison to other Real Estate Professionals in their region.  Accordingly, the most efficient and effective Real Estate Professionals among the community are then identified for selection among America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents®.

Only the Top 100 qualifying Real Estate Professionals in each region will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents®.  With these extremely high standards for selection, less than one percent (1%) of active Real Estate Professionals in the United States will receive this honor — truly the most exclusive and elite level of Real Estate Agents and Brokers in the community.

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If you would like more information about America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents® or the selection process, please visit our website at www.Top100RealEstateAgents.com or contact Kevin Wieser – Membership Director at Membership@Top100RealEstateAgents.com.

 

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