Austin vs DFW

I work in two great real estate markets. I get asked all the time what are the differences. They are apples and oranges in my opinion. Here is the best breakdown I can give you. I did some of my Misti calculations according to the MLS numbers I have access to, and the following is what I see for sellers and buyers. I started with what a regular person who is approved for an FHA no down payment bond programs of about $130,000. Now, let’s go find a house.

There are 4722 properties available in the DFW market on the MLS at 1:30 this afternoon under $130,000. Here is what I can sell you in Arlington for $130,000 in the DFW market. Or take a look at my listing in Plano.

5611 Sarasota Drive, Arlington , TX 76017

SqFt: -1564

Beds:-3

Bath:-2

$83.12/ sq ft.

MUST SEE!! BEAUTIFUL, WELL-MAINTAINED HOME IN QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD. HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER ARLINGTON SCHOOLS–MARTIN, MOORE, AND BOLES. LAMINATE FLOORING AND TILE THROUGHOUT–NO CARPET. UPDATED FIXTURES IN BOTH BATHROOMS. ROOMY KITCHEN WITH BREAKFAST BAR. COZY DINING ROOM THAT LOOKS OUT OVER THE BACKYARD. LARGE FAMILY ROOM WITH BUILT-IN LIGHTED BOOKSHELF. FULLY FENCED LARGE PRIVATE BACKYARD WITH PLENTY OF ROOM FOR THE KIDS OR GRAND-KIDS TO PLAY. This will go FHA financing.

DFW home

Now, if you are a buyer in Austin, we have 226 properties available in the ATX market on the MLS at 1:30 this afternoon under $130,000. In areas surrounding Austin, this is what you can get. There is nothing in the city that is in this price range. There was one home that would go FHA in Georgetown, so I just selected the best one I see on the market.

6002 Turnstone CT

SqFt: 880

Beds:  3

Bath:  1

$136.6 0/ sq ft.

ABSOLUTELY NO CLOSING BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2015 – Amazing opportunity-fixer upper sold “AS-IS “with all faults” – NO DEDUCTIONS OR REPAIRS! — 3/1 w/converted garage. Price reflects the need for a complete makeover. Great margin for the investor, rehabber, flipper, owner occupant willing to take on a project. This will not qualify for FHA financing.

ATX Home

The following numbers are my research findings from the Austin Board of Realtors MLS and from the Metrotex Board of Realtors MLS at about 1:30 this afternoon (7/10/15).

  • There are approximately 29,000 listings in the DFW MLS residential market at the current time.
  • There are approximately 11,000 listings in the ATX MLS residential market at the current time.
  • 4,722 properties available in the DFW market on the MLS at 1:30 this afternoon under $130,000.
  • 226 properties available in the ATX market on the MLS at 1:30 this afternoon under $130,000.
  • There are 954 homes between $400,000 – $500,000 in ATX at the same time.
  • There are 2,397 homes between $400,000 -$500,000 in the DFW at the same time.
  • There are 1,591 homes between $500,000 and $1,000,000 in the DFW at the same time.
  • There are 3,777 homes between $500,000 and $1,000,000 in the ATX at the same time.
  • There are 1,461 homes between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 in the DFW area at the same time.
  • There are 674 homes between $1,000,000 and $5,000,00 in the ATX area at the same time.
  • There is one home in the ATX MLS for more than $20,000,000.
  • There are four homes in the DFW MLS for more than $20,000,000.

ATX chart DFW chart

 

 

Dallas/Fort Worth’s Booming Market

It is hard to name the metroplex. We call it DFW or Dallas Fort Worth. However, there is a lot more to the metroplex. South like Arlington, Grand Prairie and now a booming Mansfield.  These areas are hot, but the real growth is north! Plano, Frisco and Allen are on fire! Homes last less than 24 hours in those areas with multiple full-price offers. That is actually the case all over this big ol town.

It is a sellers market for sure. It is hard to find a home, and when one is available that a buyer likes, then the competition really begins.  For listings, some cannot even get the signs in the yard before the offers start rolling in – sight unseen at many times. This makes the hussle hard for buyers but easy for sellers. The reason? 4,000 people are moving here each week. That’s crazy!  According to the Dallas Morning News, Dallas-Fort Worth added more new residents than almost anywhere else in the U.S. in the latest population estimates.

The following chart is from the Dallas Morning News (with permission) and depicts what is going on up here.

I have clients ask me if the market is going to correct. I can only say that I cannot see it going anywhere here in this boom economy. Businesses are moving to Texas for the amazing tax breaks. People are moving here to work for those businesses and also because Texas has no income tax. I had several clients who wanted to purchase property just before the end of the year for that purpose alone. I do not think that the prices or housing stock are going to correct any time soon, so if you want to buy, do NOT wait a few months for things to calm down. The stats show that will not happen. If you buy now, and things continue as they are, you will have equity in your home in just a few minutes, pardon me months!

I am experienced and know this area very well – all over it! I am back home here in DFW most of the time, though I still work in the Austin market, mostly lake properties and student housing. I love helping people, so call, text or email me. I can help make this process fun and reduce the stress…

Condos and Townhomes for sale in the ATX!

I am getting a lot of chatter about home sales, record prices, etc. The interesting thing is that many of the stats that are out there in most of the news rags are not specifically about the condo and townhome stock in this crazy hot market. The number of listings are up for condos/ townhomes, so there is stock. The median price is higher than every historically in the downtown market. I have heard some conjecture about overbuilding and price correction in this area. The numbers do NOT tell that story. They tell a story of a great opportunity to buy a chic downtown condo with the data showing historical median price increases that have shown an impressive growth curve for three years in a row. If you look at how many condos/ townhomes have sold, you will see that not even half way through this year, we are looking at numbers indicating selling more in this market than ever before. And look at the median prices.

Matrix – Click here to view this chart that indicates the median sales prices over the past several years indicating a dramatic increase.

Historic Sales x Price Range – Click here to look at the median sales prices and how many condos and townhomes were sold during each month of each year.

Austin Student Housing

Hey parents, are your kiddos flying the nest and heading off to Austin to go to school? I have lived in Austin for over 20 years and am the proud mother of three children, the oldest of whom just graduated from college. Living expenses have been most significant in my college experience and many would agree! I am a licensed real estate professional in the Austin, Texas area working in the JB Goodwin REALTOR Westlake office – in an energetic, high-producing, award-winning office. If you have kids moving to Austin and need a place to lease, let me help you find the right property for their needs. The Austin real estate market is unbelievably dynamic (according to the City Demographer there are an estimated 110 people a day moving to Austin!).  I live in the West-central area of Austin, just a few blocks from the campus area, and know the area well.

If you are in a position, I highly recommend you look into purchasing a condo or other property near the university or downtown area. With the current market in Austin setting sales and price records for the past three years, now is a good time to buy. By offsetting some of the property costs by renting rooms to roommates and then adding in the property equity acceleration, purchasing is a great alternative to leasing. Contact me for more information and to discuss how I can help you with your property needs!  I do keep up with the current stock and can help you through a very complicated market down here! Best of luck to you all!

Great West Campus Property!

22nd-1

22nd-2

915 W 22 1/2 ST Unit#203

This property is new on the market and will not last long! It is in a great location and is ideal for students! Green building on the corner of San Gabriel and W 22 1/2. Huge penthouse condo in the heart of a vibrant West Campus neighborhood. 4 blocks to campus, shuttle stop right outside the front door. With 2 master suites upstairs and an extra half bath down, this is a perfect roommate floorplan that can comfortably accommodate 2-4 persons. The formal dining room is a big plus. 2 reserved parking spaces included. Washer and dryer in the unit. Ready for July 1 move-in.

Contact me to discuss this property!

512-507-1498

mistimeyers@yahoo.com

May Leasing Statistics

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The Austin leasing market is still VERY tight. Even with an increase in inventory, we still see MULTIPLE OFFERS on solid lease properties. Apartments are 95% occupancy city wide —– in popular areas they are at 97% and some have waiting lists.  So, if you are your college student is moving to Austin and plan to lease, start looking NOW! The markets changes on an hourly basis in some areas!

Investors, it is a good time to buy MORE rental property, even though supply is up.  US Census figures show from July 2013 to July 2014 the number of people moving to the Austin area was 157 new people per day and City of Austin Demographers estimate 110 per day. Either way, there are a lot of people moving here EVERYDAY! Opportunities are abundant…Angelos Angelou (angeloueconomics.com/) predicts the Austin area will add 70,000 ate a create conducive investment market! The following table gives a graphic snapshot of the hot Austin leasing market…from both sides:

Total Lease Properties Median Price per Single Family Median Price per Total Total Home
Home, Condo, TH & Dpx Price Foot Homes for Lease Price Foot Leases Leases
1-May 1,281 2014 1.29 675 2014 1.08 Total Houses
2014 12 mo 12 mo 3,757 2,404
$1,395 $1,595 2014 2014
4 mo 4 mo
1-May 1,563 4 mo 1.44 687 4 mo 1.18 Total Houses
2015 $1,500 $1,600 3,823 2,385
2015 2015
4 mo 3 mo
% ^ 22% 7.50% 2% Level 2% Level
1 year

Sources:

Texas Real Estte Center                http://recenter.tamu.edu/Data/hs/hs140b.htm

Multiple Listing Service

REALTOR.com          www.reltor.org/

MetroStudy Austin  www.metrostudy.com/view_market.php?id=10

MPF Research Greg Willett   www.realpage.com/market-research/mpf/

Capital Market Research  http://cmraustin.com/

JB Goodwin REALTORS®  

Austin-area home sales, prices hit monthly records in February 2015

Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) released real estate statistics for February 2015 – The following is the ABoR Press Released Report/ Statement: 

AUSTIN, Texas – March 20, 2015 – Austin-area single-family home sales and home prices hit an all-time high for the month of February according to the February 2015 Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released by the Austin Board of REALTORS®.

Barb Cooper, 2015 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, explained, “The first two months of 2015 have broken monthly records for single-family home sales, yet nearly half of the homes sold in the Austin area in February 2015 were purchased outside of Austin’s city limits. This growing urban sprawl has put a strain on our region’s infrastructure. Long-term and sustainable solutions for statewide transportation funding in addition to policies that allow more affordable housing options inside Austin’s city limits will be critical to making Austin an affordable place to live for all residents.”

According to the report, 1,775 single-family homes were sold in the Austin area in February 2015, a year-over-year increase of five percent and the highest number of homes sold for the month of February. In February 2015, 69 percent of single-family homes sold in the Austin area were priced $200,000 or higher, outside of an affordable price range for many Austin homebuyers.

Home prices also set new records for the month of February. The median price for Austin-area homes in February increased eight percent year-over-year to $248,640 and the average price rose five percent to $307,928 during the same time period. While less than the double-digit price increases seen in previous months, the pace of home price appreciation in February 2015 remains higher than the historical norm of around four-and-a-half percent.

Austin-area monthly housing inventory ended February 2015 at 2.2 months, an increase of 0.2 months from the same time period last year but still only one-third of the 6.5 months inventory level the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University says equals a balanced housing market. Homes spent more time on the market in February 2015, increasing three days year-over-year to an average of 58 days.

Active listings in February 2015 rose nine percent year-over-year to 5,142 listings, while new listings increased three percent to 2,619 listings from the same time frame last year. Pending sales in the Austin area increased eight percent to 2,278 sales.

Cooper concluded, “The Austin area continues to see more homes on the market, rising housing inventory and homes spending more time on the market. While these trends would typically create more favorable market conditions for buyers, most all of the available housing stock within Austin proper continues to be unaffordable for the typical homebuyer. The Austin Board of REALTORS® urges statewide and city leaders to enact solutions now that will ensure the long-term sustainability of our region’s housing market and economy.”

February 2015 Statistics

  • 1,775 – Single-family homes sold, five percent more than February 2014.
  • $248,640 – Median price for single-family homes, eight percent more than February 2014.
  • $307,928 – Average price for single-family homes, five percent more than February 2014.
  • 58 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, three days more than February 2014.
  • 2,619 – New single-family home listings on the market, three percent more than February 2014.
  • 5,142 – Active single-family home listings on the market, nine percent more than February 2014.
  • 2,278 – Pending sales for single-family homes, eight percent more than February 2014.
  • 2.2 – Months of inventory* of single-family homes, 0.2 months more than February 2014.
  • $546,572,200 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, 10 percent more than February 2014.

The following sections describe trends in other sectors of the Austin real estate market.

Townhouses & Condominiums

The volume of townhouses and condominiums (condos) purchased in the Austin area in February 2015 was 201, a four percent decrease from February 2014. The median price for condos was $196,580, which is five percent less than the same month of the prior year. When compared to February 2014, these properties spent the same amount of time on the market, or an average of 50 days.

Leasing

In February 2015, a total of 1,265 properties were leased in Austin, which is 10 percent more than February 2014. The median price for Austin-area home leases was $1,450, which is four percent more than the same month of the prior year.

The Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) builds connections through the use of technology, education and advocacy to strengthen the careers of its 11,000 members and improve the lives of Central Texas families. We empower Austin REALTORS® to connect their clients to the region’s most complete, accurate and up-to-date listings data. For more, contact the ABoR Marketing Department at marketing@abor.com or 512-454-7636. For the latest local housing market listings, visit AustinHomeSearch.com.

* The inventory of homes for a market can be measured in months, which is defined as the number of active listings divided by the average sales per month of the prior 12 months. The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites that 6.5 months of inventory represents a market in which supply and demand for homes is balanced.

Now Is A Great Time To Lease Apartments Downtown!

20150117_182509_HDR_resized (1)I love living near downtown Austin. If you are looking for an apartment in the downtown or surrounding areas, this is a good time to look, in my opinion. It is just after the holiday lul in real estate followed by the wait period that a lot of apartments experience between now and May-ish. Though my building is reporting 96% occupied. It is amazing, but to beat this lul, I am seeing a lot of incentives, like a month free rent and/or almost no deposit.  I also offer various incentives for using me as your agent. So, if you are interested, just email, text or call me, and I will help you drill down your search. There are so many choices down here, that it takes a little information to get it to a reasonable search for you to look through and decide which ones are best for you. I love showing down here too.

Austin-area home sales set records again!!!

This report is a direct copy and paste from the Austin Board of Realtors site. Click here for a direct link to the article on ABoR site.
Austin-area home sales set records for the month of December, annual home sales volume in 2014

Austin Board of REALTORS® releases real estate statistics for December 2014 and 2014 year-end totals

AUSTIN, Texas – January 21, 2014 – According to the December 2014 and Year-End 2014 Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS®, the Austin-area housing market set a record for single-family home sales volume for the month of December, as well as a record for annual home sales volume in 2014. This marked the fourth-straight year of annual home sales increases.

Barb Cooper, 2015 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, explained, “The Austin area experienced a strong, stable housing market in 2014, with year-end 2014 showing similar market conditions to those one year ago. Last month, the U.S. Census Bureau named Austin the third-fastest growing big city in America since 2000. That steady job and population growth has continued to drive increases in home sales volume and, combined with low housing inventory levels, home prices as well.”

According to the report, 2,283 single-family homes were sold in the Austin area in December 2014, a 14 percent increase compared to December 2013 and an all-time high for Austin-area home sales in the month of December. In 2014, home sales volume slightly exceeded 2013 levels to set a new record for the number of Austin-area homes sold in a year with 27,768 homes sold, a two percent increase from 2013.

Over the course of 2014, median price increased eight percent over 2013 to $242,500. In December 2014, the median price for Austin-area homes was $246,530, 10 percent higher than December 2013. As a result, the total sales dollar volume for single-family homes in 2014 topped $8.6 billion, an increase of more than $673 million from 2013.

Housing inventory levels remained low in 2014, despite breaking an 18-month trend of monthly decreases in the second quarter of 2014. In December, Austin-area monthly housing inventory was 2.2 months, 0.2 months higher than December 2013 but still well below the 6.5-month inventory level the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites as a balanced housing market.

This slow rise in housing inventory was driven by an influx of listings throughout the last half of 2014. Active listings in December 2014 jumped 12 percent year-over-year to 5,077 listings, while new listings rose 10 percent to 1,546 new listings from December 2013. Throughout the year, new and active listings each rose four percent in 2014 to 35,423 and 5,734 listings, respectively.

In 2014, homes spent an average of 47 days on the market, or three days fewer than homes sold in 2013, while pending sales increased one percent from 2013 to 28,325 sales. Homes sold in December 2014 spent three more days on the market than December 2013, or an average of 55 days, and pending sales increased 18 percent to 1,623 sales during the same time frame.

Cooper concluded, “The Austin-area housing market is consistent, but so are its challenges. More homes on the market, at all price ranges and throughout all areas of Austin, will be crucial to maintaining Austin’s affordability in 2015. As one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. we must look to our new city council for a regulatory environment that stimulates and grows housing stock in a healthy, sustainable way.”

December 2014 Statistics

  • 2,283 – Single-family homes sold, 14 percent more than December 2013.
  • $246,530 – Median price for single-family homes, 10 percent more than December 2013.
  • $311,082 – Average price for single-family homes, six percent more than December 2013.
  • 55 – Average number of days single-family homes spent on the market, three days more than December 2013.
  • 1,546 – New single-family home listings on the market, 10 percent more than December 2013.
  • 5,077 – Active single-family home listings on the market, 12 percent more than December 2013.
  • 1,623 – Pending sales for single-family homes, 18 percent more than December 2013.
  • 2.2 – Months of inventory* of single-family homes, 0.2 month more than December 2013.
  • $710,200,206 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, 21 percent more than December 2013.

2014 Year-End Totals

  • 27,768 – Single-family homes sold, two percent more than 2013.
  • $242,500 – Median price for single-family homes, eight percent more than 2013.
  • $309,975 – Average price for single-family homes, seven percent more than 2013.
  • 47 – Average number of days that single-family homes spent on the market, three days fewer than 2013.
  • 35,423 – New single-family home listings on the market, four percent more than 2013.
  • 5,734 – Active single-family home listings on the market, four percent more than 2013.
  • 28,325 – Pending sales for single-family homes, one percent more than 2013.
  • $8,607,385,376 – Total dollar volume of single-family properties sold, nine percent more than 2013.

The following sections describe trends in other sectors of the Austin real estate market.

Townhouses & Condominiums

The volume of townhouses and condominiums (condos) purchased in the Austin area in December 2014 was 222, which is six percent more than December 2013. In the same time period, the median price for condos was $229,750, which is five percent more than the same month of the prior year. When compared to December 2013, these properties spent five additional days on the market, or an average of 55 days.

Over the course of 2014, 3,150 Austin condos were sold, which is statistically unchanged compared to 2013; the median price was $215,000, or 10 percent more than 2013; and condos spent an average of 43 days on the market, nine days fewer than 2013.

Leasing

In December 2014, a total of 1,214 properties were leased in Austin, which is 17 percent more than December 2013. The median price for Austin-area leases was $1,450, which is five percent more than the same month of the prior year. In all of 2014, a total of 16,960 properties were leased in Austin, which is four percent more than 2013, and the median lease price was $1,480, or six percent more than 2013.

Great Loan Programs Available!

I get a lot of emails about various real estate products, but at least one really caught my eye from a mortgage broker at BBVA Compass. They are advertising a loan for 3% down payment with NO mortgage insurance for eligible borrowers.  BBVA Compass even advertises that they may even pay certain closing costs (excluding discount points and prepaid items) up to $4,500 (Great FHA alternative)

There are three separate ways advertised by BBVA Compass to qualify for this loan.
  • Property is located in a LMI area (Low-to-Moderate Income Census Zone)
  1. 100% financing available for Single Family Home
  2. 97% financing available for Condo and Non Warrantable condo
  3. Up to $4500.00 Lender credit to help pay for buyer’s closing costs 
  4. 620 mid credit score
  5. 43% debt to income ratio
  6. NO PMI
  7. Current rates are 4.00% on a 30 year fix – according to BBVA Compass flyer that was distributed and dated January 17, 2015.
  • Borrower is a HERO (Fireman, Policeman, Teacher, Nurse)
  1. Income restriction: not to exceed HUD median income (Austin is 75400.00)
  2. 100% financing available for Single Family Home
  3. 97% financing available for Condo and non warrantable condo
  4. 620 mid credit score
  5. 43% debt to income ratio
  6. NO PMI
  7. Current rates are 4.00% on a 30 year fix
  • Any Borrower who makes less than 80% of HUD median income (Austin is 60,320.00)
  1. Income restriction: not to exceed 80% pf HUD median income (Austin is 60,320.00)
  2. 100% financing available for Single Family Home
  3. 97% financing available for Condo and non warrantable condo
  4. Up to $4500.00 Lender credit to help pay for buyer’s closing costs 
  5. 620 mid credit score
  6. 43% debt to income ratio
  7. NO PMI
  8. Current rates are 4.00% on a 30 year fix

If you are interested, contact me, and I will put you in contact with the Mortgage Broker who has provided me with all of this information. She seems very knowledgeable, and she can help you make a decision to see if home ownership may be in your near future.

…your expert and friend in real estate!