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Austin-area home sales decline due to COVID-19 pandemic, report says; Realtors stay optimistic

According to the report, continued declines in listing activity in April 2020 could mean a second consecutive month of declining home sales.

TEXAS, USA — Home sales declined for much of the greater Austin area in April due to the impact of coronavirus and local shelter-in-place orders, according to the Austin Board of Realtors' (ABoR) latest Central Texas Housing Market Report.

The report stated that when comparing April 2020 to April 2019, residential sales in the five-county Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) decreased 21.6% to 2,611 sales, while sales dollar volume fell 18.3% to $1,060,228,668. A reported 7.3% decline in active listings to 6,349 listings drove housing inventory down further to 2.1 months, 0.2 months lower than in April 2019, according to ABoR.

The report also showed median sales price increased 3.2% to $325,000 and homes spent nine fewer days on the market, or an average of 43 days.

"We anticipated a sharp decline in April home sales activity, as it directly correlates with the decline in listings activity recorded in March due to government stay-at-home orders,” ABoR President Romeo Manzanilla said. “Even with the impact on home sales, homes still spent less time on the market and sold at higher prices than last April. Austin’s housing demand is undeterred, and possibly strengthened by declining inventory."

According to the ABoR report, continued declines in listing activity throughout April 2020 could mean a second consecutive month of declining home sales. During the same period, active listings dropped 7.3% to 6,349 listings, new listings declined 21.1% to 3,516 listings, and pending sales declined 25% to 2,801 sales. 

Lawrence Yun, chief economist and senior vice president of research at the National Association of Realtors, expressed that while Central Texas has not been more negatively impacted than the U.S. housing market, he still anticipates improvement in the market.

"As the economy steadily reopens, expect more listings to pop up, which will help ease the housing shortage. By the end of this year, home sales could be at levels comparable to 2019," Yun said. "The local economy will also get an additional boost from more home construction that is needed for improving the market going into the next year."

Credit: Austin Board of Realtors
Credit: Austin Board of Realtors

Manzanilla stayed optimistic about the resiliency of Austin’s housing market, however. 

"It could have been much worse," Manzanilla said. "Efforts to recognize real estate as an essential business helped lessen the negative impact of the pandemic during April. Now listing and showing activity are already on the rise again. We’re hopeful this growth will continue in the coming weeks and months."

Manzanilla added that the numbers could continue to trend back upward. 

"It’s all trending showing an optimistic perspective as far as where the markets going because, again, I think, you know, consumers now are seeing that businesses are opening, the government has been very proactive and with ordinances and there’s light at the end of the tunnel," he said.

The ABoR report broke down the home sales by each of these regions:

City of Austin

In the City of Austin, the median price for residential homes experienced a double-digit increase of 12.3% year over year to $421,000, according to the ABoR report. Residential sales decreased 33.1% to 759 sales, and sales dollar volume dropped by 23.9% to $387,921,787. During the same period, new listings decreased 24.8% to 1,158 listings, active listings fell 6.2% to 1,631 listings and pending sales declined 39% to 814 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory decreased 0.1 months year over year to 1.6 months of inventory.

Credit: Austin Board of Realtors
Credit: Austin Board of Realtors

Travis County

When looking at all of Travis County, residential sales declined 28.6% to 1,223 sales, and sales dollar volume dropped 23.7% to $602,124,601, according to the ABoR report. The median price for residential homes increased 9.7% year over year to $395,000. During the same period, new listings decreased 26.5% to 1,779 listings, while active listings declined 12.8% to 2,929 listings. Pending sales also dropped 34.4% to 1,331 pending sales. Monthly housing inventory decreased 0.3 months year over year to 1.9 months of inventory.

Credit: Austin Board of Realtors
Credit: Austin Board of Realtors

Williamson County

For Williamson County, April residential sales decreased by 23.1% to 887 sales, and sales dollar volume declined 19.2% to $292,880,025, according to the ABoR report. The median price showed resiliency and rose by 6.6% to $300,000. New listings declined 16.4% to 1,140 listings, while active listings slightly decreased 4.4% to 2,046 listings. Pending sales decreased 17.8% to 982 pending sales. Housing inventory declined 0.2 months year over year to 2.0 months of inventory.

Credit: Austin Board of Realtors
Credit: Austin Board of Realtors

Hays County

In Hays County, residential sales in April spiked 16.2% to 395 sales, and sales dollar volume jumped 18.6% to $136,147,504, according to the ABoR report. The median price for residential homes declined by 1.6% to $284,950. During the same period, new listings increased 4.4% to 475 listings, and active listings increased 4% to 945 listings. Pending sales slightly decreased 1.9% to 368 pending sales. Housing inventory decreased 0.1 months to 2.8 months of inventory.

Credit: Austin Board of Realtors
Credit: Austin Board of Realtors

Bastrop County

Bastrop County residential sales dropped 6.5% to 87 sales in April 2020, while sales dollar volume marginally increased 3.1% to $24,229,255, according to the ABoR report. The median price for residential homes increased 10.6% to $260,000. During the same period, new listings tumbled 41.7% to 98 listings, active listings slightly increased 0.9% to 339 listings and pending sales fell 9.3% to 98 pending sales. Housing inventory decreased 0.3 months to 3.6 months of inventory. 

Credit: Austin Board of Realtors
Credit: Austin Board of Realtors

Caldwell County

Finally, for Caldwell County, April residential sales declined 36.7% to 19 sales, and sales dollar volume decreased by 45.2% to $4,095,899, according to the ABoR report. The median home price slightly dropped 1.9% year over year to $202,500. During the same period, new listings fell by 51% to 24 listings, active listings decreased 10% to 90 listings and pending sales declined by 12% to 22 pending sales. Housing inventory decreased 0.5 months to 3.6 months of inventory. 

Credit: Austin Board of Realtors
Credit: Austin Board of Realtors

FULL APRIL 2020 CENTRAL TEXAS HOUSING MARKET REPORT: 

For more information or to download the April 2020 Central Texas Housing Market Report, visit http://www.abor.com/statsapr20. 

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