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Austin real estate market prepares for red-hot fall after record-setting August

Austin real estate market preps for fall after record-setting August

Home with for sale sign
Last month was the best August on record for Austin real estate. Photo by Phillip Spears/Getty Images

August's triple-digit temps temps only served to heat up Austin's killer real estate market even more. On September 18, the Austin Board of Realtors released its August 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report, and the numbers reveal a record-breaking month across the board. 

Demand for single-family homes continued to increase, leading to more than $1.2 billion in sales dollar volume — and the best August on record. Across the five counties in Central Texas, home sales increased 10.5 percent year-over-year while the median price for a house increased $322,478 with 3,034 total homes sold. 

“Last month’s housing market activity shows little evidence that the market is slowing as we move into the fall,” said ABOR 2018 president Steve Crorey in a release. “More homes are entering the market and pending sales growth remains strong year over year.”

In the City of Austin, home sales remained unchanged previous August (901 sales), the result, says Crorey, of a lack of housing inventory. "After a year of modest inventory gains in 2017, housing inventory growth has been flat or has declined in many local markets throughout this year," he said. "This is particularly evident in the Austin city limits, where housing demand is strongest.”

Despite the lack of inventory, sales dollar volume increased 11 percent to $446,067,482 within the city while the median price for single-family homes increased 9.2 percent to $393,000.

Travis County reflected Austin's trend. Though home sales only increased slightly to 1.1 percent year-over-year, the median price for single-family homes rose 7.2 percent to $375,000.

As we move out past the capital, however, home sales continue to skyrocket. In August, Williamson Country reported a 7.3 percent year-over-year in sales and a 7.2 percent increase in the median price for single-family homes to $294,612. Meanwhile, single-family home sales in Hays County rose 2 percent with a median sales price of $294,659, a 13.3 percent increase over last August.