The Central Texas real estate market is headed for record-breaking sales this year. November home sales throughout the five-county Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) pushed the year-to-date total to 30,561 sales, which is approximately 300 homes shy of last year's total sales volume. Each county experienced a double-digit increase in home sales; the city of Austin slightly rose 4.5% to 670 sales, according to the Austin Board of REALTORS® latest Central Texas Housing Market Report.
"Because the demand in Austin continues to outpace the supply, the market is experiencing increased urban sprawl," Kevin P. Scanlan, 2019 president of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, said. “Limited and pricey housing within the urban core is driving residents to relocate to the suburbs. Until we adopt a refreshed land development code that focuses on diverse housing options for all income levels within the city, homebuyers will continue to flood surrounding towns.”
This November’s home sales are considerably stronger than 2018 numbers, indicating the demand for housing in the greater Austin area has not ebbed despite projections for a slowdown, Vaike O’Grady, Austin regional director for Metrostudy, said.
“This time last year, we expected the housing market would slow, but that’s not been the case. We’re seeing very strong numbers for new homes across the board,” she said. “Because Austin is severely constrained, home builders are moving outward in search of lower land costs and development opportunity. The surrounding counties are going to continue to emerge with the current demand.”
City of Austin
In the city of Austin, the median price for a single-family home increased 10.6% to $405,000—the highest median price for any November on record. Single-family home sales increased 4.5% to 670 sales and sales dollar volume increased by 12.7% to $329,203,254. The median price for single-family homes rose 10.6% year over year to $405,000. During the same period, new listings decreased 15.1% to 595 listings; active listings decreased 33.3% to 997 listings; however, pending sales jumped 14.1% to 688 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory decreased 0.6 months year over year to 1.3 months of inventory.
At the county level, single-family home sales rose 14.8% to 1,197 sales and sales dollar volume spiked by 16.9% to $553,727,472. The median price for single-family homes slightly increased 0.6% year over year to $355,000. During the same period, new listings decreased 10.3% to 1,061 listings, while active listings decreased 22.5% to 2,357 listings. However, pending sales increased 17.1% to 1,164 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory decreased 0.6 months year over year to 1.8 months of inventory.
In Williamson County, November single-family home sales increased 13.2% to 927 sales; sales dollar volume jumped 18.6% to $290,815,364. The median price for single-family homes slightly decreased 0.4% to $278,000. New listings increased 5% to 838 listings while active listings decreased 14.7% to 2,075 listings. Pending sales spiked 32.5% to 959 pending sales. Housing inventory declined 0.6 months year over year to 2.1 months of inventory.
In November, Hays County single-family home sales experienced a double-digit increase of 11.4% to 303 sales and sales dollar volume increased 21% to $109,558,416. The median price for a single-family home increased by 3.6% to $260,000. During the same period, new listings jumped 17.8% to 325 listings while pending sales increased 17.9% to 303 pending sales. Active listings dropped 3.9% to 894 listings. Housing inventory decreased 0.3 months to 2.8 months of inventory.