Austin Real Estate Market Update for August 2009 Sales
Austin Real Estate values for August 2009 are down about 5% from the same month last year. Average sales prices for the 1,657 houses that sold are down 5.12%. Median sold prices are down 4.80%. The number of houses sold is down 15% from August 2008, which is less of a decrease than we’ve seen for most of the past 12+ months. The sold to list price gap is 96%, which is the same as a year ago and the same as last month. The average list price was $257K and the average sold price $247K, so the average home is selling for about $10K below the final list price. Note that this measures the gap only between the last list price, not the original list price. Unfortunately I have to work harder to obtain the ration of sold to original list price so I don’t calculate it monthly, but my best guess is that it’s probably somewhere between 90% to 92%.
The Days on Market keep climbing, now at 73 days average and 43 days median on market. Even though that’s higher than last year, those are still fairl decent DOM numbers.
The Not Solds (Expired and Withdrawn listings) continue to be fairly high at 45%. This means that of all the listings that departed the MLS in August (no longer Active for Sale), 45% of the listings departed as failed sales efforts. This tells us what we already know, which is that many sellers are not desperate and they refuse to drop their list price below whatever mental threshhold they’ve established, regardless of what the market data says. This in turn is keeping our sold prices reasonably stable but also may be creating a shadow inventory of pent up future listings that will come online in the next 2 or 3 years once seller perceive a better selling environment.
Below is the chart comparing August with the month and year before. Further below is the usual collection of monthly charts and graphs.
|Austin Real Estate Sales Market Update August 2009|
|Homes only (condos, duplexes, etc. not included) compiled from Austin MLS data|
|Jul 2009||Aug 2009||Aug 2008||Yr % Change|
|Avg $ SQFT||$114.00||$112.36||$118.85||-5.47%|
|Not Sold %||39.75%||45.64%||45.34%||0.65%|
Next is the Year to data chart showing how our Austin real estate market is doing compared to the market at the same point in 2008.
|Austin Sales Market YTD Update – Jan-Aug 2009|
|Homes only (no condos, duplexes, etc) – Data from Austin MLS|
|Jan-Aug 09||Jan-Aug 08||Yr % Change|
|Avg $ SQFT||$112.27||$118.53||-5.28%|
|Not Sold %||43%||40%||7.13%|
As you can see above, Austin’s average sold price for houses from Jan through Aug 2009 is down 3.25%. The median sold price is down 0.72%. These are good numbers, really. Nothing to complain about here at all. I’m interested to see how things look as the year winds down. Remember it was a year ago that the financial markets nearly collapse, and buyer went home and locked their doors. That really showed up in October sales, which I won’t be able to report for 2 more months, but stay tuned.
Next let’s look at Austin’s August sales broken out by price range.
|August 2009 Sales by Price Range|
|Price Range||Number Sold||Avg Days on Mkt||Active Sept 2009||Months inventory|
|$149,999 or under||452||57||1634||3.31|
|$150,000 – $199,999||430||62||1711||3.57|
|$200,000 – $249,999||231||73||1112||4.02|
|$250,000 – $299,999||178||90||995||4.70|
|$300,000 – $349,999||96||87||641||5.69|
|$350,000 – $399,999||88||99||619||6.56|
|$400,000 – $449,999||44||87||403||7.33|
|$450,000 – $499,999||32||97||406||10.88|
|$500,000 – $549,999||29||108||228||7.60|
|$550,000 – $599,999||12||147||244||13.07|
|$600,000 – $699,999||24||82||323||10.31|
|$700,000 – $799,999||11||136||215||13.72|
|$800,000 – $899,999||13||76||178||14.83|
|$900,000 – $999,999||5||105||132||23.29|
|$1,000,000 or over||12||155||596||31.93|
What we see above is that market performance and price range have almost a perfect inverse relationship to one another. Homes priced below $200K have less than a 4 month inventory, which is a seller’s market (unless you are too far from Austin in an area with bad schools). As we get to the $450K/$500K range, to turns to a clear buyer’s market, provided a buyer can find a non-stubborn seller who won’t negotiate (that’s the 45% Not Sold crowd).
Homes in the $300Ks are back to a balanced market, depending, again, on location and the desireablity of the area and whether or not there is too much competing inventory, such as in Steiner Ranch.
Let’s see how the average and median sold prices look on a graph of the past 18 months.
Looking at the graph above, it appears the Austin market is slipping back somewhat. I think we’re going to have a bump for Sep-Nov though as all the first time buyer scramble to beat the $8,000 tax credit deadline. That is if Congress doesn’t step in it by extending it. I think it should be extended, but not until after November 1st otherwise the urgency currently being created by the Nov 30th closing deadline will evaporate and we might actually see a slowdown as buyers decide to wait again.
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