Looks like the new starter home segment of Austin’s sales market is slowing down a bit, which is great news for landlords. The renters who would otherwise be purchasing those homes are remaining in the rental pool. Also, many of the starter homes were being purchased by investors, which means the rental supply won’t be gaining that additional inventory, which is no doubt why we’re seeing strong activity in the rental market.
The $300K+ end of the sales market is still very strong. Overall, the ABJ article paints a good and accurate picture of what we are experiencing in our actual business.
Austin Business Journal – 2:30 PM CDT Thursday, June 28, 2007
The slowdown continues on new home starts in the Austin area as homebuilders put the brakes on entry-level product.
Builders started 3,367 units in the second quarter, down 27 percent from second quarter 2006, according to the most recent report from Dallas-based housing consultancy Residential Strategies Inc. The start rate for new homes over the last 12 months is also down 12.6 percent to 14,568 compared with the previous 12-month period.
“Builders have reported to us that buyer traffic under $200,000 remains sluggish,” says Mark Sprague, Austin partner for Residential Strategies. “The $250,000 to $600,000 price points remain strong, but not as frothy as in recent quarters.”