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The median home price in the city is up 7.2 percent over a year ago to $369,900 and the median price for the Austin metro area is $301,332, a increase of five and a half percent over a year ago.
Hays County’s median home price had shot up 13.1 percent to $270,000 as of last month, the biggest increase over the last year in the area. Travis County’s median home price was up 7.4 percent to $359,865, and Williamson County was up 4.4 percent to $274,450.
As the prices went up, home sales were down a bit in Austin, but they were up dramatically in Hays and Williamson Counties. However, Austin’s sales were up over last year by 2.8 percent, Hays County’s home sales went up 15.3 percent, and Williamson County saw a 2.3 percent increase.
The stock of single-family homes in the area is the highest it’s been since Fall 2012. The Austin Metro had 3.2 months of supply, Hays County had 3.6 months of supply, Travis County had 3.2 months, and Williamson County had 3 months. Inventory of 6 to 6.5 months is ideal.
Experts caution that while home building is booming across the region, new construction has to be at a variety of price levels to slow down the meteoric rise of home prices in the area. Otherwise the new housing stock will still be out of reach of many residents.
Millennials cannot afford to buy houses in Central Austin and in fact are struggling to save the down payment necessary to buy a home anywhere, Community Impact reports.
Texas A&M’s Real Estate Center’s research found that an affordable starter home for millennials is $150,000. However the high costs of construction and land in the state of Texas has made it nearly impossible for anyone to build a single-family home under $200,000. The median home price for a Central Austin home this June was $460,000.
According to data from a study from Fall of last year, the average Austin millennial made $48,700 and the average for student debt for a young resident in the Austin Metro was $16,324. The combination of stagnant wages, high student loan debt, and high home prices mean that it’s very difficult for millennials to buy a home.
A study by Apartment List found that Austinites who were born between 1981 and 1997 would have to save for 21 years to afford a 20% downpayment on a condominium at the median price in Austin. As a result, most millennials aren’t purchasing homes. Only the highest earners, those making six figures and up, are able to afford to buy.
Millennials are looking for smaller homes with less upkeep that are convenient to their work. However, that sort of housing just doesn’t exist in the urban core of Austin.
Developers are also struggling to build housing in Austin. Dealing with many of the city’s regulations extends their time frame and subsequently the cost. Hassles and frustrations often lead to builders concentrating their efforts on the suburbs.
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