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San Antonio Home Sales Heat Up in July 2015

It’s been a busy summer for home buyers and home sellers in the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area. San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR)’ recently reported a total of 2,978 sales of existing and new homes in July in the area representing a jump of 18.6 percent in a year-over-year to comparison. Home prices moved up also in July with the average sales price increasing by 4.7 percent to $240,469 and the median home price by 6.4 percent to $200,000.

“Our market this summer continues to outperform previous years,” said Mary Ann Jeffers, 2015 Chairman of the San Antonio Board of REALTORS®. “In addition to the rise in sales and prices, months of inventory in July remained low with 4.1 months while days on market plummeted to just 48 days, 3 days less than the Texas average of 51.”

The majority of the month’s sales were existing homes which experienced an 18.7 percent increase with a total of 2,642 existing homes sold.  Existing homes sold for an average sales price of $231,371, a 4.6 percent year-over-year increase, while the median was $190,000, a 6.4 percent increase from 2014.

New home construction also saw significant growth in July. Sales of new home construction shot up 17.5 percent for a total of 336 homes sold with an average sales price of $311,886, a 5.5 percent increase from 2014. Median price was $280,000, a 4.8 percent year-over-year increase.

These increases come on the heels of a recent report from WalletHub which ranked San Antonio’s housing market as the third healthiest in the country due to affordable prices and equity levels. In fact, of the three Texas cities that made the list, San Antonio claimed the highest spot.

Bexar County alone reported significant growth with 2,204 homes sold in July, a 14.3 percent increase from 2014. In Bexar County the average sales price increased by 4.5 percent to $230,489 and the median sales price increased 6.0 percent to $189,000.

“Not only is the San Antonio area reporting strong numbers, but the whole state has experienced immense growth as well,” said Angela Shields, SABOR President and CEO. “Texas reported 169,757 homes sold since January, a 5.8 percent year-over-year increase with total dollar volume up 12.4 percent. We continue to be one of the fastest growing states due to our affordability, strong economy and warm weather.”

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.

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.