The rental market for houses in Austin is still slowly improving, climbing out of the huge dip we took after the tech bust and 9/11. For October 2009, average and median rents are both up about 1%, but homes are taking longer to rent, averaging 42 days on market compared to 38 a year ago in October.
This is a macro view though. In talking with other property managers in Austin, it’s not uncommon for some homes to be renting for the same or less than a year earlier, while others can do a bit better. It’s really a function of the number of competing homes and the location of the property. It took 45 days for me to rent a central Austin home in 78704 recently and we had to take $50/mo. less than a year earlier. Had I accepted large dogs and/or poor credit, it would have rented right away, so rental criteria is also a determining factor in how long it takes and the amount attainable.
October stats are listed in the chart below.
|Austin Real Estate Rental Market Update October 2009|
|Houses only (condos, duplexes, etc. not included) compiled from Austin MLS data|
|Sep 2009||Oct 2009||Oct 2008||Yr % Change|
|Avg $ SQFT||$0.72||$0.72||$0.74||-2.56%|
|Not Rented %||23.48%||20.39%||27.77%||-26.59%|
Let’s have a look at 2009 year to date through October, compared to the same period in 2008.