Austin Business Journal shares, "The Austin-area housing market has reached a stalemate between buyers and sellers — and that's allowing much-needed inventory to catch up and prices to hold steady.

A few years ago it was common for some parts of Central Texas to have a week or two of housing stock. Home inventory in May was clocked at 4.9 months — 1.5 months more than a year ago. It's a level of inventory that hasn’t been seen in 13 years, according to the Unlock MLS report on the Austin Board of Realtors website. Housing experts often say six months of inventory is representative of a healthy market.

“The good news is that we are moving toward a more sustainable level of inventory, which will provide price stability for sellers and more choices for…

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The number of homes for sale in the Austin area has reached its highest level in 13 years. Photo by Kurt Harvey on Unsplash

CultureMap Austin writes, "Potential homebuyers on the prowl for a house in the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown area have a lot more inventory to choose from than usual. Active listings rose to over 12,000 residential properties in May, according to the latest real estate report from Unlock MLS and the Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR).

The spike in active listings is a 37.7 percent year-over-year increase from May 2023, the report said, with more than 5,200 new home listings added last month in a 16.3 percent increase from this time last year. Median prices for homes in the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown MSA dipped to $459,450 in May after they reached nearly $470,000 in April.

This glut of available housing allows buyers a greater level of…

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Hoodline Austin writes, "As rents across Austin experience an unexpected dip, the city is witnessing a shift, where rent decreases have ushered in a slowed momentum for new apartment constructions, revealed data from and insights from local experts. Rents in Austin have seen a near 10% reduction from May 2023 to May 2024, with average rent for small to medium apartments at $1,400, while the national median stood at $1,700, as noted by KVUE.

After a substantial uptick in rental prices, due in part to an influx of residents and low pandemic-era interest rates, construction boomed, yet this surge is tapering off as building costs increase alongside interest rates and market profitability becomes less certain, a situation underscored by a…

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A key housing metric just hit its lowest point in more than a decade. SIRAANAMWONG VIA GETTY IMAGES

Austin Business Journal writes, "The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment — a gauge of how good buyers feel about the housing market — fell to its lowest number since the agency began measuring it in 2010.

In May, just 14% of consumers surveyed by the agency said it was a good time to buy a home, down from 20% in April. Those who said it was a bad time to buy increased to 86%. 

Even seller optimism slipped, dropping from 67% who believed it was a good time to sell in April to 64% in May. The growing pessimism comes even as about 20% of those surveyed said their household income was higher than it was a year ago. 

The declining sentiments are yet another factor weighing on the housing market, which is fueling an affordability crisis in many…

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Homes in the Four Seasons Private Residences Lake Austin will start at $4.6 million. DBOX FOR AUSTIN CAPITAL PARTNERS

Austin Business Journal writes, "First there was the hotel. Then the condo tower next to the hotel. Soon, there will likely be an entire neighborhood here with the esteemed Four Seasons brand — 179 residences and nine villas in all on top of hills but with access to the lake via a funicular. Construction may begin soon.

Turnbridge Equities, a real estate investment and development firm responsible for major Austin projects such as Music Lane and the CitizenM hotel, has joined Austin Capital Partners and Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts as a development partner for the upcoming Four Seasons Private Residences Lake Austin, a luxury housing development on Bridge Point Parkway with views of Pennybacker Bridge, the West Austin hills and the downtown…

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From left, Heather Donahue, Jeremy Striffler, Hannah Rangel and moderator Stacy Armijo discussed affordable housing solutions in downtown Austin, Austin ISD and the surrounding communities during the Central Texas Affordability Summit. (Brittany Anderson/Community Impact)

Community Impact Austin shares, "Area leaders are continuing to look for creative ways to increase housing supply and create sustainable housing options in Austin, such as changing development codes and spearheading efforts to grow the local workforce.

Amplify Credit Union hosted its second annual Central Texas Affordability Summit on May 23 with Amplify members; Mayor Kirk Watson; and a panel featuring Heather Donahue of MOD Architecture and Design; Jeremy Striffler, director of real estate and asset management at Austin ISD; and Hannah Rangel of the Downtown Austin Alliance.

The gist

Watson said the city has undertaken a number of initiatives to address its housing supply and affordability. In December, City Council approved the first phase of the Home…

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Georgetown's Ragsdale Ranch will be home to over 1,100 homes once complete. SCREENSHOT OF CITY OF GEORGETOWN DOCUMENTS

Austin Business Journal writes, "Georgetown, recently crowned the fastest-growing U.S. city of over 50,000 people for the third year in a row, is getting a new housing development encompassing more than 300 acres.

The Georgetown City Council on May 28 approved the creation of a municipal utility district for Ragsdale Ranch, a housing development that would see more than 1,000 homes rise just a few miles north of Liberty Hill's Santa Rita Ranch — itself one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the metro.

Ragsdale Ranch is being developed by HK Ragsdale LLC, according to the meeting agenda, with Paul Kuo listed as the developer contact. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is a managing partner at HK Real Estate Development, a San…

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The U.S. cities with median home values above $1 million in 2024 has skyrocketed since the Covid-19 pandemic. ISTOCK/PICTAC

Austin Business Journal writes, "Nestled amid the palm trees of Jupiter Island, Florida, is a three-bedroom, five-bathroom house with a pool on a half-acre lot.

The 2,798-square-foot house, only steps to the beach and offering ocean views, is currently listed on the market for $5.1 million. As of the time of publication, it's the cheapest house for sale on Jupiter Island, which boasts the highest median home value in America, according to Zillow Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ZG).

The typical home value on Jupiter Island reached $9.98 million in February 2024, according to Zillow, beating out the exclusive neighborhoods of Golden Beach, Florida; Hunts Point, Washington; and Atherton, California.

While certain cities and neighborhoods have always seen…

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The median sale price of homes in Austin has outpaced local buying power, according to new data. BRANDON LAUFENBERG

Austin Business Journal writes, "Home prices in Austin are eclipsing the median buying power of local residents.

That's according to data from First American Financial Corp., which found the housing markets in at least half of the nation's major metro areas are overvalued compared to local buying power.

Home prices have soared nationally over the past decade — especially during the pandemic — and that's driving a significant affordability crisis in many regions. High interest rates and a sustained lack of inventory aren't helping matters.

Local buying power in Austin is $434,663, according to the data. Unfortunately for those in the market for a new home, the median sale price of a house in Austin was clocked at $466,867. That's about a…

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A backyard home, or accessory dwelling unit, designed by Propel Studio. ADUs are also often called granny flats. CARLOS CAMARENA

Austin Business Journal writes, "The new resolution, passed at the May 30 City Council meeting, tasks the city manager with identifying ways to improve access to the HOME program for low- and moderate-income households and expanding educational resources and technical help to households at risk of displacement due to gentrification. East Austin, where racial minorities were pushed about 100 years ago and gentrification concerns are top of mind, is likely to be a focus — though residents across the region have felt the effects of rising property values and urbanization.

Low-income households are those that earn 80% or less of the median family income, according to the Austin Housing Department. As of June 2023, 80% MFI for a three-person household…

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