RISMEDIA, August 20, 2008-Austin-area home prices continue their upward trend, according to the latest Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report from the Austin Board of Realtors®. The median price for single family homes reached a record high for July, up three percent from one year ago to $195,000.
In July, 2,071 single-family homes were sold, down 21% from one year ago. These sales contributed $534,206,166 to the local economy. July saw active listings rise 15% from one year ago to 10,913, representing five-and-a-half months of housing inventory.
“Unlike many other areas of the country, Austin continues to enjoy increasing home values,” says ABoR Chairman Socar Chatmon-Thomas. “This, coupled with low unemployment rates and a steadily growing population, makes Central Texas a great choice for home buyers.”
While housing sales relaxed, the leasing market remained strong. The 1,469 properties leased in July reflect a 20% increase from the previous year, while the median price of these properties rose by two percent to $1,200. The average number of days a lease property sat on the market totaled 37 in July, an eight percent decrease from July 2007.
July 2008 – Single-Family Homes
• 2,071 was the number of homes sold, a 21% decrease from one year ago
• $195,000 was the median price, a 3% increase from one year ago and a record for July
• $534,206,166 was the total dollar volume of properties sold, a 21% decrease from 2007
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