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Latest Austin Market Update: Inventory Rises & Golden Opportunities For First Time Homebuyers

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Mar 13 4 minutes read

Latest Austin Market Update: Inventory Rises & Golden Opportunities for First Time Home-Buyers

This February, we saw a significant leap in new listings, a 44.9% increase to be exact, elevating the total to 3,915. This surge has expanded the inventory to three months, a modest but noteworthy rise from the previous year. Highlighted in the latest Central Texas Housing Report from Unlock MLS, this trend not only illustrates a burgeoning confidence among sellers but also opens up a world of possibilities for buyers, particularly those stepping into home-buying for the first time.

Dr. Clare Losey, an esteemed housing economist with Unlock MLS and the Austin Board of REALTORS®, shines a light on an encouraging trend for more economically priced homes. In the face of climbing home prices and mortgage rates which have posed challenges for accessibility, February stood out as a beacon of hope. The influx of new listings, predominantly those priced below $400,000, marks a pivotal moment, offering a window of opportunity for Central Texans aspiring to own their first home.

Kent Redding, the 2024 president of Unlock MLS and ABoR, enriches our understanding by highlighting the seasonal ebb and flow of the market. Spring ushers in a dynamic period for Austin's real estate, accounting for over 35% of annual sales from March through June. This time of year is particularly appealing to buyers, drawn by the allure of enhanced curb appeal and optimal weather conditions, all while racing against the clock to secure their new home before the school year kicks off in August. 

As the inventory expands, it becomes increasingly crucial for sellers to ensure their home stands out as the premier choice within its price range. Presenting a property that captures the essence of value, quality, and appeal is essential in capturing the attention of prospective buyers. As Gary Keller once said "We are either in a beauty pageant or a price war!" You have to make your property stand out with inventory on the rise. On the flip side, buyers are greeted with a broader selection of homes, empowering them with options to find their ideal match.

Illustrating the current market's potential, we recently listed two homes in the sought-after $325,000 range. Both properties went under contract in the very first weekend, sparking multiple offers and buyers eager enough to waive appraisals. This not only underscores the competitive edge of well-positioned homes but also highlights the ripe opportunities for first-time homebuyers as more accessible inventory becomes available.

In essence, the Austin real estate market is teeming with possibilities, offering fertile ground for both sellers aiming to capture top dollar for their homes and buyers, especially those venturing into homeownership for the first time. As the new season brings opportunities and adventures, if you’re looking for a new setting to write the next chapter in your book, let’s connect and discuss your goals! If you’re ready for a new love story, let your heart lead you home with the Khani Zulu Group!

With Love from ATX, 

Khani Zulu Group 

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