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Modest Increase in San Antonio Home Sales February 2017

0217-SABOR-mkt-stats-graphicSan Antonio area home sales picked up in February 2017 with 1,954 sales, a three percent increase over February 2016 according to the Multiple Listing Service Report from the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) which reports on all areas contained within the MLS.

Both the average and median sales prices of single-family homes remained steady with the average climbing just three percent to $234,040 and the median increasing six percent to $201,500. Meanwhile, February’s housing inventory was just 3.3 months, remaining below the four month mark now for 18 months straight.

“Though prices here have grown, the increases are steady and sustainable unlike many other large cities in the country,” said Michele Bunting Ross, SABOR’s 2017 Chairman of the Board.

In February, nearly 3,000 new homes were listed and the month ended with 2,059 sales still pending. Homes spent an average of 63 days on the market, which is an 11 percent drop from February last year. The price per square foot of a home grew four percent to $110 and 97.6 percent of homes sold for list price.

The majority of homes sold in the San Antonio area continue to be priced under $200,000 with those sales making up 49.5 percent of the month’s market. Homes priced between $200,000 and $500,000 accounted for 46.1 percent of February’s sales and homes priced over $500,000 made up 4.5 percent of the sales. Of the homes sold over $500,000, nine were priced at $1 million or above.

In Bexar County last month, a total of 1,441 single-family homes were sold for an average price of $220,377. Of the homes sold in the county, 1,262 were existing homes while 179 were new construction properties.

Meanwhile, for the whole state of Texas, total home sales remained consistent with the previous year’s figure, reporting 19,313 sales in February. However, the average price in the state increased 11.1 percent to $269,854 while the median rose 10.3 percent to $215,000.

For San Antonio area home buyers and sellers, SABOR’s President and CEO, Angela Shields offered this advice, “The key is to work with a Realtor. For sellers, they need to make sure they are pricing and marketing their home right to get it sold, and for buyers the expertise of an objective professional can help them navigate one of the largest purchases they’ll ever make. Especially in such a tight market, you’ll want someone who knows the ropes to help you through the process.”

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the San Antonio metropolitan area, and want to work with a trusted San Antonio REALTOR® throughout the process, contact Trudy Edwards of KELLER WILLIAMS Realty Heritage, at (210) 595-9801, or by email at TrueSARealEstate@gmail.com.

 SA Sales Recap Feb-15 Feb-16 Feb-17
Total Month Sales  1,717 (14% increase) 1,890 (10% increase)  1,954 (3% increase)
Average Price $220,202 (8% increase)  $227,812 (4% increase)  $234,040 (3% increase)
Median Price  $187,800 (9% increase) $190,800 (1% increase)  $201,500 (6% increase)
*Percentage increases are based on a year-over-year comparison.

San Antonio Housing Market Continues Steady Growth in July 2016

Home prices in the San Antonio and surrounding areas continued their steady growth in July with both the average and median sales prices reporting moderate increases, according to the Multiple Listing Service Report from the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) which reports on all areas contained within the MLS. The average price increased three percent from July 2015 to $246,032 and the median rose six percent to $211,900.

“The San Antonio area continues to be one of the most affordable markets in Texas,” said Bob Jacobs, SABOR’s 2016 Chairman of the Board. “For example, the median sales price of a home in Bexar County in July was $200,000 while the median was $335,000 in nearby Travis County and $219,250 in Harris County.”

About half the homes sold in July were priced between $200,000 and $500,000 while homes priced under $200,000 made up 45.3 percent of the market. Homes priced over $500,000 made up just 4.53 percent of the market, including 15 homes sold priced over $1 million.

July reported just 3.9 months of inventory, consistent with previous months. In fact, months of inventory in the San Antonio and surrounding areas has remained at or below four months for nearly two years and was last at six months of inventory in November 2012. Months of inventory is an indicator of where the balance of the market lies. “Typically, inventory below six months favors sellers while inventory between six to eight months is considered balanced. We’ve been experiencing a seller’s market for nearly four years in the San Antonio area,” explains Angela Shields, SABOR’s President and CEO. “With such a tight market, it’s important those looking to buy a home work closely with a REALTOR® to make sure they stay informed of the latest listings and find a home that suits their needs.”

In Texas, a total of 28,546 homes were sold last month, a 7.5 percent decrease from the amount sold in July 2015. The average price of a home sold in Texas increased 2.7 percent to $268,418 and the median rose 6.8 percent to $219,000.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the San Antonio metropolitan area, and would like to work with a trusted San Antonio REALTOR® throughout the process, contact Trudy Edwards of KELLER WILLIAMS Realty Heritage, at (210) 595-9801, or by email at TrueSARealEstate@gmail.com.

SABOR Multiple Listing Service Report: July 2016
 Home Sales Recap Jul-14 Jul-15 Jul-16
Total Month Sales  2,482 (3% increase)  2,908 (17% increase) 2,850 (2% decrease)
Average Price $228,957 (5% increase) $239,222 (5% increase)  $246,032 (3% increase)
Median Price $187,000 (6% increase) $199,800 (7% increase) $211,900 (6% increase)
*Percentage increases are based on a year-over-year comparison.

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San Antonio Area Home Sales Increase in First Quarter 2016

The San Antonio area housing market continues to pick up steam with 5,911 homes sold in the first quarter of 2016. This is a 10 percent year-over-year increase in the number of sales according to the Multiple Listing Service Report from the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) which reports on all areas contained within the MLS.mkt-stats-graphic-0316sm

The average sales price for the quarter rose three percent to $227,971 while the median sales price increased four percent to $192,900. In just the month of March, sales increased 14 percent for 2,523 homes sold.

“As we head into the spring, it is common for sales to increase. The weather is warmer and people want to beat the summer buying frenzy,” said Bob Jacobs, SABOR’s 2016 Chairman of the Board. “We ended the month with 2,439 sales still pending, more than we had at our peak last year. This increased activity sets us up for a busy spring and summer.”

Since January, home sales across the state increased as well with sales jumping 8.1 percent for a total of 60,778 homes sold with an average sales price of $246,427, a 2.7 percent increase. In Bexar County, sales rose 13.2 percent for 4,596 total sales this quarter. The average price of a home sold in the county was $217,798, a 3.9 percent year-over-year increase.

In the San Antonio and surrounding areas, just over half the homes sold since January were priced under $200,000 with this segment making up 53.56 percent of sales. Homes priced between $200,000 and $500,000 made up 42.12 percent of the homes sold and homes priced over $500,000 accounted for 4.31 percent of the sales this year.

“Our prices continue to be affordable, particularly when compared to other large cities in the state and nation,” said Angela Shields, SABOR’s President and CEO. “We are fortunate to be in an area that offers all the amenities of a big city but with housing available at a broad range of prices. There is something for everyone here.”

If you’d like help finding the home that is right for you or if you need to sell your home before making a move, it pays to work with a REALTOR who knows the San Antonio area market. Contact Trudy Edwards, of Keller Williams Realty, at (210) 595-9801 or TrueSARealEstate@gmail.com to help make your next move.

San Antonio Reports Steady Home Sales Growth Feb. 2016

San Antonio Area Housing Market Reports Steady Growth in February 2016

San Antonio and surrounding areas continued to experience considerable growth in the housing market with February 2016 reporting a 10 percent year-over-year increase in total sales compared to February 2015.

According to the Multiple Listing Service Report from the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) which reports on all areas contained within the MLS, a total of 1,889 homes were sold in the area during February 2016. Prices maintained a steady rate of increase as the average sales price reached $228,992, a four percent (4%) increase and median price inched up just one percent (1%) to $190,400.

“Our price increases remain pretty even which is a good sign of our market’s stability,” said Bob Jacobs, SABOR’s 2016 Chairman of the Board. “While months of inventory remains low at 3.6 months, there are still enough homes available to keep prices from driving up like they do in other parts of the country, consistently making this an affordable area to live in.”

In Texas, a total of 19,013 homes were sold in February, a 9.9 percent increase. Average sales price rose slightly by 2.1 percent to $243,418 while the median edged up 4.3 percent to $195,000.

Meanwhile, Bexar County experienced a 10.6 percent increase in total sales for 1,431 homes sold. The average price of a home sold in the county increased 4.5 percent to $218,736 and the median price had a slight decline of 0.7 percent to $180,000.

In the San Antonio area, the majority of homes sold were priced under $200,000 with those sales making up 54.47 percent of the homes sold in February. Homes priced between $200,000 and $500,000 accounted for 40.92 percent of the month’s sales and 4.55 percent of the homes sold were priced over $500,000. Homes in the San Antonio area spent an average of 71 days on the market, four days fewer than in February of 2015. The average price per square foot was $106 and the month ended with 2,184 sales still pending.

“We had 3,087 new listings in February alone which is over three hundred more than this time last year,” said Angela Shields, SABOR’s President and CEO. “We continue to see a steady stream of people entering the housing market and taking advantage of the low rates and available inventory. For anyone who has been on the fence about buying and selling, this is a great time to get started.”

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the San Ant0nio area and would like to receive a no obligation consultation with an experienced REALTOR® to discuss the real estate market in more detail, contact Trudy Edwards of KELLER WILLIAMS Realty Heritage at (210) 595-9801 or TrueSARealEstate@gmail.com.

 

San Antonio Area Home Sales Break Record in 2015

2015-SA-mkt-stats-graphic-smSan Antonio area home values increased by an average of six percent in 2015. The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) recently released its final analysis of Multiple Listing Service reports for San Antonio area home sales for 2015. SABOR reports on all areas contained within the SABOR MLS system, including Alamo Heights, Boerne, Converse, Fair Oaks Ranch, Garden Ridge, Hollywood Park, Leon Valley, Terrell Hills and many other municipalities in the San Antonio Metropolitan area.

Market activity was strong throughout 2015 and the year ended with a record high in the total number of homes sold in the San Antonio area with 27,154 homes sold. Prior to this, the year with the most recorded sales was 2006 in which 26,169 homes were sold.

The average sales price of a San Antonio area home in 2015 was $231,976 and the median sales price was $192,800, a six and seven percent increase respectively. In 2015 the average number of days that homes stayed on the market decreased to just 60 days, which is a twelve percent decrease when compared to the 2014 average days on market.

The average price per square foot of a San Antonio area home increased five percent over 2014 numbers to an average cost of $106 per square foot.

Homes priced under $200,000 made up 52.9 percent of the homes sold in 2015 while those priced between $200,000 and $500,000 accounted for 42.26 percent of sales. Homes priced over $500,000 made up 4.77 percent of the homes sold.

In just the city of San Antonio, a total of 12,231 single family homes were sold in 2015. This is a seven percent increase over the previous year’s sales. Of these sales, 11,569 were existing homes while 661 were new construction. The median sales price of an existing home was $165,000, a 6.5 percent year-over-year increase and the median sales price of a new construction home increased two percent year-over-year to $197,748.

“We continue to see more and more people getting into the housing market, whether they are buying or selling, and with homes at affordable prices all around the city and surrounding areas, there really is something for everyone in this market,” said Bob Jacobs, SABOR’s 2016 Chairman of the Board. “In fact, while the majority of homes sold are still below $200,000, we have seen a gradual shift in more homes being sold in the range between $200,000 and $500,000.”

“Not only was this a record-breaking year in our real estate market in terms of sales, but December ended with 1,401  sales still pending as we headed into the New Year,” said Angela Shields, SABOR’s President and CEO.

Across Texas, total home sales also experienced year-over-year increases with 4.4 percent more homes sold in 2015 than in 2014. The average price of a home sold in the state in 2015 was $253,208, a 5.3 percent increase and the median price was $198,000, a 7.3 percent increase.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the San Ant0nio area and would like to receive a no obligation consultation with an experienced REALTOR® to discuss the real estate market in more detail, contact 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.

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.

San Antonio Home Sales Surged in February 2015

San Antonio February 2915 Home Sales Statistics infographicReporting 1,724 San Antonio area homes sold in February 2015, a 14 percent year-over-year increase from 2014, the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) remarked in their February 2015 Multiple Listing Service report that this boom in home sales indicates a steady spring market on the horizon.

At the end of the month there were 1,881 sales still pending. This was a 21.5 percent increase from 2014 and a strong lead into March.

The San Antonio housing inventory remains low, at just 3.6 months. Days on market dipped down to 74 days while the average price per square foot edged up five percent to $101.

“We continue to see unprecedented growth in the San Antonio housing market in just about every area,” said Mary Ann Jeffers, SABOR’s 2015 Chairman of the Board. “Nationally, improved buyer demand at the beginning of 2015 pushed pending home sales in January up and buyers closed on homes at a swift pace despite tight inventory.”

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, total existing-homes sales in 2015 are forecast to be around 5.26 million, an increase of 6.4 percent from 2014. The national median existing-home price for all of this year is expected to have an increase near five percent.

Low interest rates as well as growth in jobs and income continue to play a role in San Antonio’s housing market boom. According to the recently released 2014 Profile of Texas Homebuyers and Sellers by the Texas Association of REALTORS®, the median household income among homebuyers in Texas increased 5.9 percent year-over-year. This is more than four times the increase in median household income among homebuyers nationally.

Locally, this increase in household income is likely a contributing factor to the shift towards more sales of homes priced in the mid-range ($200,000 – $500,000). Homes sold in this range grew seven percent from last year and made up 40.7 percent of February’s sales. Homes priced under $200,000 made up 55.6 percent of the market and homes priced over $500,000 accounted for 3.5 percent of the homes sold.

“An increase in income is a great asset for buyers who are looking to get pre-qualified for a mortgage and calculating their ability to afford the costs of homeownership,” said Angela Shields, SABOR’s President and CEO. “With people steadily moving into the city for jobs, including our military and medical personnel, there is always a market for both buyers and sellers at many different price points.”

 

San Antonio Home Sales Recap Feb. 2013 Feb. 2014 Feb. 2015
Total Month Sales 1,411 (8% increase)  1,509 (3% increase)  1,724 (14% increase)
Average Price $196,721 (5% increase) $203,355 (4% increase) $219,808 (8% increase)
Median Price $160,200 (4% increase)  $169,800 (5% increase)  $185,800

*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 learn more about the San Antonio real estate market, contact your San Antonio real estate resource, Trudy Edwards, for more information.

Trudy Edwards is a real estate sales and marketing professional and an Accredited Buyer Representative with Keller Williams Realty Heritage. Contact Trudy Edwards at (210) 595-9801 or truesarealestate@gmail.com.

 

San Antonio Average Home Price Hits All-Time High in May 2014

mkt-stats-graphic-0514smIn the San Antonio real estate market the average price of a home in May 2014 reached an all-time high with a sales price of $225,114, according to the May 2014 Multiple Listing Service report by the San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR). This is a four percent increase from May 2013. The average number of days San Antonio homes stayed on the market dropped to just  65 days, a 17 percent decrease from May of last year. In all a total of 2,355 homes were sold in San Antonio in May 2014.

“Home prices continue to remain strong,” said Missy Stagers, SABOR’s 2014 Chairman of the Board. “The price per square foot has also increased to its highest – $102 – and inventory remains low at 4.7 months.”

A recent report from CoreLogic ranked Texas as the number one state with the highest percentage of residential  properties with a mortgage holding equity. According to the report, 96.7 percent of Texas homes hold equity.

San Antonio’s median price of a home sold in May was $183,800, a four percent increase from May 2013 and higher than last year’s peak median price in June of $180,400. Year-to-date the average price of a home sold is $211,990 and the median is $174,600. A total of 9,179 homes have been sold since January.

“Our total sales year-to-date have remained considerably higher this year than in previous years,” said Angela Shields, SABOR’s President and CEO. “We credit the strength of the housing market to San Antonio’s  continued job growth, affordability and low interest rates.”

Sales Recap May 2013 May 2014
Total Month Sales 2499 2355
Average Price $216,337 $225,114
Median Price $162,201 $175,900

San Antonio Housing Inventory Hits a Six Year Low

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San Antonio Market Statistics, September 2013

According to the statistics for September 2013, the housing inventory in San Antonio hit a six year low in September with just 4.6 months of inventory. Homes listed for sale spent an average of only 70 days on the market and 97 percent of homes sold for the listed price. According to the September 2013 San Antonio Board of REALTORS® (SABOR) Multiple Listing Service Report,  a total of 2,031 homes were purchased during the month, which is a 20 percent increase over September 2012.

“We have seen our inventory getting smaller and smaller all year, making this more of a competitive market,” said Steven Gragg, 2013 SABOR Chairman of the Board. “Low inventory could result in sellers receiving multiple bids on homes located in prime locations or being able to sell closer to their asking price.”

The average price in San Antonio of a home sold in September 2013 was $205,728 and the median price was $168,700. Both median and average prices are seven percent increases from the same month in 2012. Year-to-date the average sales price also increased by seven percent to $207,103 and the median grew by six percent, to $169,900.

The price breakdowns showed a slight increase in September from previous months for homes sold in the low range (below $200,000), with those accounting for 62.24 percent. Homes priced in the mid-range (between $200,000 and $500,000) made up 33.97 percent of sales and homes costing over $500,000 accounted for 3.69 percent of homes sold.

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, the Texas housing market largely avoided the crisis other states experienced over the past few years, crediting Texas’ vibrant job market and growing population. Texas has also seen substantial declines in foreclosure notices filed. In fact, according to Realty Trac, between July and September, Texas experienced a decline of 44.6 percent in foreclosure filings, compared to 29 percent nationwide.

“Interest rates have been at historic lows for some time now allowing many people to take advantage of the opportunity. Although the rates have started to inch up, they still remain below five percent making home buying affordable for a wide range of people,” said Angela Shields, SABOR President and CEO.

San Antonio Home Sales Recap        
    Sep- 2011   Sep- 2012 Sep-2013
Total   Month Sales  1,576       1,686   2,031
Average   Price                      $189,723   $193,026   $205,728
Median   Price                       $154,600   $158,400   $168,700

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in San Antonio and would like to learn more about the San Antonio real estate market, contact you San Antonio real estate resource, Trudy Edwards, for more information. Trudy Edwards is a real estate sales and marketing professional and an Accredited Buyer Representative with Keller Williams Realty Heritage. Contact Trudy Edwards at (210) 595-9801 or truesarealestate@gmail.com.