Single-family home sales in the Austin-Round Rock MSA increased 2.2 percent year-over-year to 2,292 home sales in October 2017. During the same time frame, single-family home sales in the city of Austin declined 1.7 percent to 699 home sales. At the county level, home sales volume increased 1.4 percent year-over-year to 1,124 home sales in Travis County, increased 5.4 percent to 794 home sales in Williamson County, and increased 6.2 percent to 274 home sales in Hays County.
Home prices continued to rise at a steady pace in October 2017. The median price for single-family homes increased 4.3 percent to $286,742 across the Austin-Round Rock MSA and increased 9.1 percent to $360,000 in the city of Austin during October. Housing inventory levels continued to edge upward across the five-county MSA in October, increasing 0.2 months to 2.8 months of inventory.
In the city of Austin, single-family housing inventory increased 0.1 months to 2.3 months of inventory. Housing inventory levels across the region continue to be well within a seller’s market, compared to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University’s estimation of 6.0-6.5 months of inventory as a balanced housing market.
Looking Ahead to 2018:
As the low inventory and affordability concerns continue to pressure home sales, new opportunities are being considered. “Developers and builders are beginning to experiment with lower-cost, higher-density products between $200,000 and $300,000 in suburban markets, where products like townhomes and smaller single-family homes can be built more easily,” said Vaike O’Grady, Austin Regional Director for Metrostudy. “Shortages of vacant developed lots and regulatory hurdles in Austin make it difficult for meaningful housing development activity to occur within Austin’s city limits.”
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