September 2008 Market Report: Home Sales Stabilize in Austin Area

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Central Texas home sales remain steady, according to the latest Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report from the Austin Board of REALTORS®. The median price for single family homes in September remained unchanged from one year ago, while the number of homes sold inched closer to 2007 sales totals.

The 1,670 homes sold in September reflect an eight percent decline from one year ago. These sales contributed $406,955,620 to the local economy, down 11 percent from 2007. Meanwhile, the median price for single family homes showed no change from last September, remaining at $182,600.

Active listings for September rose two percent from one year ago to 10,217, while pending sales dropped ten percent to 1,520 and new listings fell 11 percent to 2,617. The average amount of time these properties sat on the market rose 18 percent from 2007 to 71 days.

“National economic troubles and limited access to credit continue to impact the local housing industry,” says ABoR Chairman Socar Chatmon-Thomas. “However, Austin’s economy has avoided many of the ups and downs experienced by other parts of the U.S., and our city is poised to remain on the forefront of the country’s economic turnaround.”

September 2008 Single Family Homes

  • 1,670 was the number of homes sold, down 8 percent from one year ago
  • $182,600 was the median price, unchanged from September 2007
  • $406,955,620 was the total dollar volume of properties sold, down 11 percent from last year

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