Southwest Austin residential real estate sales drop by 31% in May, with 357 units sold

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The Southwest Austin housing market took a hit for second month in a row in May. (Community Impact staff)

The Southwest Austin housing market took a hit for second month in a row in May. (Community Impact staff)

The Southwest Austin housing market took a hit for second month in a row, while the Greater Austin area saw an overall decline of 29.2% in May, according to the most recent report by the Austin Board of Realtors.

In Southwest Austin, closed residential sales dropped by 31.6% year over year, with only 357 sales in the month. The cumulative dollars of sold homes in the market decreased by 33% to $161 million, according to the ABoR report.

However, median home prices in Southwest Austin increased by 9.3% year over year, reaching $416,500. Median home prices in the Greater Austin area also increased slightly in May, showing 0.7% growth.

According to a news release by ABoR, the drop in total sales is in part attributed to a lack of inventory. There is less than 2 months of inventory on the market in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties, according to the report, and Southwest Austin has 1.4 months of inventory.

"We're seeing home sales drop because we simply don't have enough inventory on the market," ABoR President Romeo Manzanilla said in the release. "We recognize there’s still an element of discomfort with listing one’s home during the pandemic, and Austin Realtors are taking every precaution to ensure safe and efficient practices across the market. There’s a lot of opportunity for sellers who are ready—new listings have increased visibility, and homes are spending less time on the market."


Overall, in 2020, Southwest Austin has seen a 5.8% decrease in sales volume, with 1,666 units sold through the end of May.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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