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Summer Home Buying Season Off to a Strong Start San Antonio

May-2015-SA-mkt-stats-graphicThe San Antonio home sales numbers for May 2015 show that the summer home buying season got off to a strong start. According to a recent Multiple Listing Report from the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR), May 2015 home sales in San Antonio totaled 2,574, a nine percent increase from the same month in 2014. Home spent an average of 59 Days on Market which was 11 percent less than in May 2014. Despite the strong sales activity the number of months of inventory increased to 3.9 months, the highest inventory figure all year.

Home prices in San Antonio showed a year over year increase of 10 percent with May’s average sales price at $246,772. Meanwhile, the median sales price climbed above $200,000 for the first time, with a price of $202,500.

“Our population has been surging as companies continue to relocate to San Antonio, bringing higher income jobs in the technology, military and medical fields,” said Mary Ann Jeffers, SABOR’s 2015 Chairman of the Board. “An increase in income levels as well as higher quality homes being built are translating into price increases. However, there does not appear to be any slow-down in the market. Inventory has edged up slightly, meaning there are more homes available for buyers, and sellers are able to get close to asking price.” In fact, according to the National Association of REALTORS®, the residential real estate market is on track for its best year since 2006, but this time without threat of a housing bubble.

More than three million jobs have been created across the country in the last year, and that growth has fueled the demand for homes. With low inventory and high demand, prices have increased in many markets around the nation. Low interest rates have also contributed to the higher sales as buyers can afford more house for their money.

In May in San Antonio, homes priced over $500,000 made up 5.75 percent of the market, a record for that price bracket and slightly above the previous high of 5.70 percent in July 2010. Meanwhile, homes priced below $200,000 accounted for 49.18 percent of sales and homes priced between $200,000 and $500,000 accounted for 44.99 percent of the total homes sold in May.

“Already this year, 10,269 homes have sold in San Antonio which is 11 percent more than this time last year,” said Angela Shields, SABOR’s President and CEO. “Our market has always been steady and with our warm weather, booming job growth and affordability, we expect to see continued demand for homes in San Antonio this summer.”

San Antonio Home Sales Recap May-13 May-14 May-15
Total Month Sales 2,499 (31% increase)  2,358 (6% decrease) 2,574 (9% increase)
Average Price $216,337 (10% increase)  $224,515 (4% increase) $246,772 (10% increase)
Median Price $175,900 (7% increase)  $184,400 (4% increase) $202,500 (10% increase)
*Percentage increases are based on a year-over-year comparison.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in San Antonio and would like to find out if now is a good time for you to buy or sell, contact your San Antonio real estate resource, Trudy Edwards of Keller Williams Realty Heritage at (210) 595-9801 or truesarealestate@gmail.com.

Downpayment Assistance for San Antonio Home Buyers Through City Homebuyer Incentive Program

Row of HomesAre you tired of paying for rent and want to become a homeowner but need some help with down payment for your home purchase? If you are looking to buy a home in the San Antonio area there are several down payment assistance programs available to choose from, including the San Antonio Homebuyer Incentive Program (HIP) offered though the City.

The San Antonio Homebuyer Incentive Program helps eligible residents who are buying a new or existing home within the program area with up to $12,000 for down payment or closing costs. As of May 31st 2015 the program area was expanded to include all areas of San Antonio that are within the City of San Antonio tax district. To be eligible for the down payment assistance home buyers must meet program income limit guidelines. The buyer’s home purchase amount cannot exceed $120,000.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this program one of the first steps is to participate in the Homebuyer’s Club, which is a home buyer education program that will provide a better understanding of the purchasing process, requirements, credit, home maintenance, etc.

After completing the Homebuyer’s Club classes your next step would be to shop for your loan and choose a mortgage company or bank to finance the purchase. It will be important for you to choose a lender that has familiarity with and experience of working with the SA HIP program.

Once you are pre-qualified by a lender you will be ready to start looking for a home within the price range that your lender has pre-qualified you for. While it is not required for you to use a REALTOR® for you to take advantage of the SA HIP down payment assistance program, a local REALTOR® familiar with the market and the guidelines of the program can be your best resource to help you find your new home and to guide through the process of making an offer, having the property inspected, negotiating repairs or contract changes, and keeping the sale on track through to closing. There is usually no cost to you to have a Buyer’s Agent represent you throughout the buying process.

Home Buyer education classes are held once a month over a couple of evenings. To register for the next class it is best to call to register at the beginning of the month as classes are usually held mid-month and they fill up quickly. If you want to register for this program, contact the City of San Antonio HIP program at (210) 207-5420 or view more information about classes and email through the website link at http://www.renewsa.com/ProgramsServices/HomebuyersClub.aspx 

If you want to find out more about taking advantage of this or other down payment assistance programs in San Antonio or would like to request a no obligation Buyer Consultation with a knowledgeable, local REALTOR® contact Trudy Edwards of KELLER WILLIAMS Realty Heritage at (210) 595-9801 or TrueSARealEstate@gmail.com.

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Despite Recent Increases, San Antonio’s Housing Remains Affordable

April 2015 San Antonio Housing Market Statistics

April 2015 San Antonio Housing Market Statistics

There was plenty of activity in the San Antonio real estate market as single-family home sales increased 13 percent over the number of homes sold in April 2014.

Homes priced under $200,000 accounted for the majority of sales according to figures in the April 2015 Multiple Listing Report recently released by the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR).

The number of days homes are staying on the market is now down to just 59 days while months of inventory rose slightly to 3.8 months from 3.6 months in March.  April’s average price edged up six percent year-over-year to an average of $224,426 and the median price rose 7 percent to $189,300.

“Though our prices continue to show increases and our supply remains low, San Antonio is still an affordable market compared to what we are seeing nationally,” said Mary Ann Jeffers, SABOR’s 2015 Chairman of the Board. “During the first quarter, the national median sales price for existing single family homes was $205,200 while San Antonio’s was just $184,200.”

According to Realtor.com, the increases seen around the country in prices are correcting for severe price declines in the recent past. These higher prices are to be expected as the economy improves. Home sales have strengthened as more buyers have entered the market during the spring buying season, and sustained job growth and interest rates below four percent have also been a catalyst behind the improvement in sales.

Growing prices coupled with low supply have not deterred local buyers who continue to flood the market seeking their dream homes. In April, the month ended with 2,390 sales still pending, a 13.6 percent increase from April 2014.

“With so many sales still pending, we head into the summer buying season with a healthy start and expect to keep seeing strong sales figures,” said Angela Shields, SABOR’s President and CEO. “Higher prices should encourage more owners to put their homes on the market and builders to start more construction. Already our inventory has edged up slightly and we hope to continue to see the steady demand result in an increased supply.”

San Antonio Home Sales Recap April 2013 April 2014 April 2015
Month Total # of Sales 1989 2123 2398 
Average Price $204,222 $210,941 $224,426
Median Price $168,300 $177,000 $189,300

*Percentage increases are based on a year-over-year comparison.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in San Antonio and would like to find out if now is a good time for you to buy or sell, contact your San Antonio real estate resource, Trudy Edwards of Keller Williams Realty Heritage at (210) 595-9801 or truesarealestate@gmail.com.