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Austin, TX Economic Outlook: No Longer a Secret

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Austin as we know it today

Last month I had the honor of listening to David Tandy, CEO of Gracy Title, talk about the Austin economy, the Austin real estate market outlook and where we’re going. Hold on … the Austin we know today will not be the Austin of 2023. Some of the numbers I will reference in this post include articles, posts & research from the Austin Business Journal, 2013-2014 Angelos Angelou Economic Forecast, and the Austin Chamber.

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My biggest takeaway was that the Austin growth, momentum, economic outlook numbers are quite possibly understated. The main premise here is that most of the economic forecast, growth projection numbers were researched and posted PRIOR to the F1 Circuit of Americas airing in November (which had an estimated $483M economic impact to Austin) where 600 million people worldwide heard about Austin, TX and what an amazing city we are. Austin is no longer a secret.

The Numbers

  • At a 2.9% growth rate, we are the fastest growing city in the US.
  • In 2013, there will be 60-70,000 people moving to Austin. This growth will continue.
  • For every 2.5 people, we need one housing unit (home or apartment) which equals a 28,000 demand this year. This demand will continue.
  • In 2012, we created about 12,000 housing units, demand was 28,000; we currently have a 30,000 housing deficit. This deficit will continue.
  • low supply, high demand = sellers’ market

California

Californians are moving to Texas, a lot of them. Recent headlines involve Governor Perry’s poaching tour of CA (real classy move, Gov). California’s tall state income tax, increasing sales taxes and suffering schools are fueling the 3rd coast migration. Besides #sxsw, watch for more CA license plates in TX.

Real estate tips for our new residents

First, welcome (ignore the don’t-move-here t-shirts). Second, we are still much cheaper than CA. And a few other things you should know:

  • no income tax in TX, we make up for it in property taxes (they will be much higher than you experienced in CA)
  • prices are going up
  • Multiple offers are commonplace right now and expected to continue
  • Find out about homes before they hit the market (we call this the silent market or pocket listings or, simply, coming soon). How to do this? A good Realtor has a solid network of Realtors and they exchange information all the time. You may want to consider aligning yourself with an office that has the largest market share in the area. (Shameless plug: Keller Williams Realty began in Austin, TX in 1983 … they dominate the Austin market, most listings, most sold, most luxury market, most agents.)

Summary

The growth in Austin over the next 3-10 years is going to be huge, dare I say explosive. Jobs are fine … best job growth in the country. We will continue to feel it with housing supply, multiple offers, increasing prices, affordability and traffic.

Buyers have to be very strategic and on-the-ball with making an offer. The demand & low supply is pushing prices up. There is a ton of CASH out there right now. Gracy Title says 30% of their closings right now are all cash. This translates to disadvantage for contingent and low down-payment offers.

Connect with your favorite savvy and qualified Realtor to customize your real estate strategy and successfully navigate Austin as we know it today.

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March 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm 7 comments

Market Review & Housing Affordability

Wanted to give you some links that provide good information on the Austin real estate market, 2010 summary and what we’re seeing right now early into 2011.  These are some of the main data resources we use in tracking the market.

One thing that we watch with interest is what we call the Housing Affordability Index (HAI). Published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the HAI is the ability of the average family to afford the average home with only 20% down. It measures whether a typical family could qualify for a typical mortgage on a typical house. The index is up, meaning affordability is up mainly because of 2 of these 3 factors … pretty sure the typical family income is not up so it’s the seriously low mortgage rates and the downward effect of home prices creating the increased HAI. From 1990 – 2008, the index was around 115-140; it’s over 180 right now. When interest rates go up, the index will creep back down.

One of the best sources for Texas and Austin real estate stats is the Texas A&M Real Estate Center. Here is a link to the Austin data page: http://recenter.tamu.edu/data/hs/hs140.asp.

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The Austin Board of Realtors has an excellent report out, Implications & Expectations for Austin’s Market, that outlines the overall 2010 market results.

One of the main things we’re seeing in Austin is price softening but volume of sales creeping up. These are averages for Austin and your local neighborhood market may have different trends with many neighborhoods holding steady. Buyers will pick up this spring but so will the number of homes on the market.

Again, we’re always saying real estate is local and we are happy to run stats & strategy specific to your neighborhood.

 

The Nelson Project at Keller Williams Realty in Austin strives to provide valuable real estate information and news through this blog and our other online resources.  Find more about The Nelson Project and search for Austin homes at www.TheNelsonProject.com.  If you like this blog, you may want to visit our totally useful Austin neighborhood portal.  We think you may also like www.tacomap.info (tacos first, real estate second).  If you really like what you see, tell your friends to call us with their Austin real estate needs.
 
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February 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

Quick Study Austin Market

grass sky Small I just ran 15 quickie pending / sold analysis around Austin comparing sold the last 60 days and current pending and found some interesting and optimistic data.

If you say that 30 homes sold in area 4 in the past 60 days, that tells us that 15 homes are selling per month recently. Then you see that there are currently 20 area 4 homes pending … that means, in theory, that 20 homes will close in the next 30 days. That would be a slight increase in activity.

When we see the pace pick up like this, it indicates that we are moving inventory through the system, lowering the number of homes on the market. This is a good thing. If the market is saturated, it softens prices; when the market has fewer homes available, it increases demand … basic economics and something we watch closely.

Of the 15 snapshots I ran, 14 were up, 1 was even. Meaning, they all are showing that homes sold for the next 30 days will outpace the rate at which they sold the past 60 days.

5 of them have almost doubled: areas 1B, 1A, downtown condos, 78704 condos and area 5 (east).

The next healthiest: Anderson High School, 78704 homes, area 10N.

A little further down the list but showing stability: areas 4, 2, Hays and Pflugerville over $200k.

This is not an indication of prices creeping up (that is another study), but it indicates stability.

 

October 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm 2 comments

Crestview Allandale Violet Crown: What’s up with that market?

Today’s neighborhood analysis is Crestview in north central Austin. I constantly study Crestview and today’s focus is because I am working with owners about to put their home on the market. So what’s going on in that popular neighborhood?

First, Crestview, as the public perceives it, roughly runs from Burnet to Lamar and Anderson to Koenig and involves 8 or so actual subdivisions, most of which you have most likely not heard of including Vallejo, Violet Crown, Burnet Heights, Northridge Terrace, Bellair Heights. When analyzing the Crestview area, I generally will dip south of 2222 into a slice of Allandale as well as near McCallum Highschool in the Sunshine & Roosevelt streets as a buyer looking in Crestview will most likely also be looking in those neighboring neighborhoods.

It is a very popular north central location due to it’s proximity to downtown and UT without the DT / UT / Hyde Park / Rosedale prices. It has become a trendy destination for young professionals and contemporary remodels. It is gentrification meets octogenarian original owners meets the I-am-not-moving-to-the-suburbs crowd. Built in the late 40’s to the early 60’s, Crestview is grandma meets mid-century modern meets organic gardener. You should see some of the vintage bathroom tile. 

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So, the market. Crestview really went up in value in the 2000’s and has flattened out the last few years. We are waiting to see if 2010 will dip in average price but right now it’s holding. However, right now there is a higher inventory than we have seen in the neighborhood for a long time and that will, most likely, increase time on market and bring prices down a bit. In the chart below, you’ll see that the median sold price increased 9% from 2006 to present.

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 % Diff
# Sold 231 170 114 144 64  
Avg Sold $234,830 $269,193 $270,396 $265,115 $267,467 14%
Med Sold $227,250 $262,150 $259,000 $256,162 $248,450 9%
Avg $ SQFT $189 $213 $218 $204 $198 5%
Med $ SQFT $190 $213 $220 $210 $203 7%
Med Days on Mkt 17 15 29 42 28 65%

This chart is all sold data but the active / for-sale data is very important as we assess the market. For example, right now there are 25 homes on the market in the area in the $200k – $250k price range and only two pending. 18 sold in the last 90 days but we are still seeing the first-time tax credit buyers move through the system. July and August should be very telling but that is another article.

The good news: interest rates (omg) and buyers should be paying attention cause it’s a virtual candy store out there. The not so good news, for sellers, is that inventory needs to go down before prices will come up. The best news: we live in Austin, TX and people are moving here and will continue to move here. I am personally cheering for the game developers and Google and Facebook as they grow their businesses in our fine city … I think they’ll fit in quite nicely in Crestview.

The Nelson Project at Keller Williams Realty in Austin strives to bring you valuable real estate information and news through this blog and our other online resources.  Find more about The Nelson Project and search for Austin homes at www.TheNelsonProject.com.  if you like this blog, you may want to visit our totally useful Austin neighborhood portal.  If you really like what you see, tell your friends to call us with all their Austin real estate needs.

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June 24, 2010 at 5:59 pm 1 comment

2009 First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit

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The above chart includes the major modifications to the home-buyer tax credit effective 2009. There are more details and requirements for the credit that are not listed but can be found at http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=187935,00.html or

http://www.federalhousingtaxcredit.com/2009/faq.php

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August 6, 2009 at 7:12 pm 2 comments

This Month In Real Estate (US): February 2009

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March 3, 2009 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

Facts, Figures, Rankings, and Statistics about Austin, TX:Survive and Thrive

360 bridge14 Austin companies made “Tech Fast 50” list, Deloitte & Touche LLP (October, 2008 )

 

The list, which the consulting firm compiles each year, ranks companies based on 5-year revenue growth. Austin, with a population of 1.6 million, has a higher concentration of these companies than any other metropolitan area in Texas.

 

12 Austin companies made the list “Inc. 500” list, Inc. magazine (August, 2008 )

The compilation features the country’s fastest-growing privately held companies, which was based on revenue growth from 2004 to 2007.

 

Austin’s “Tech Fast 50” list:

  • Zebra Imaging – 8,515%
  • Anue Systems – 2,261%
  • Zilliant Inc. – 1,497%
  • Surgient Inc. – 1,138%
  • Convio Inc. – 707%
  • NetQos – 671%
  • Perficient Inc. – 623%
  • Valence Technology Inc. – 552%
  • Medical Present Value Inc. – 440%
  • SolarWinds Inc. – 311%
  • Troux Technology Inc. – 264%
  • Quick Arrow Inc. – 248%
  • QuantimDigital Inc. 187%

 

Austin “Inc. 500” list:

  • Genesis Today
  • On Tme Electric & Air
  • BabyEarth
  • Zebra Imaging
  • C&Z Enterprises
  • Adlucent
  • C.L. Carson
  • Austin GeoModeling
  • Apogee Search
  • Intelligent Logistics
  • ProfitFuel
  • Ascendant Technology

 

 

Some of Austin’s notable Inc. 5,000 companies are: Sweet Leaf Tea, Convio, Netspend Corp. and CreditCards.com.

 

 

(5-year percentage growth rate included after the dash)

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