Bill Morris: Case-Shiller through May -- DC and Austin still gaining

Case-Shiller through May -- DC and Austin still gaining

This is just a quick update. Earlier this week I wrote about how home values in Austin compare to those in cities that comprise the S&P Case-Shiller 10-City and 20-City home price indices. At that point, the lastest Case-Shiller data available was for April 2011. Now we have one more month's information.

My previous discussion (see Ausin continues to outpace Case-Shiller) remains valid, so I'll just offer this chart showing year-over-year changes in home values:

Case Shiller-Austin Yr-Yr Chng Comparison 072811

One month further on, it is still true that the home price indices are falling compared to last year. The only city in Texas that is included in those indices is Dallas, and prices there declined again in May as well.

Austin and Washington, DC, however, continue to buck the trend, gaining value year-over-year. As I pointed out in my last post, the magnitude of the gain in Austin remains impressive, even compared to Washington, DC.

Sales volume remains soft in Austin and Central Texas, but listing inventory continues to adjust to allow a healthy balance. Moreover, distressed sales (short sales and foreclosures) remain a much smaller portion of our market activity than in most Case-Shiller cities. Combined, those factors translate into a market environment in which sale prices, on average, continue to rise.

Austin and Central Texas real estate markets will certainly benefit from a broad recovery of the economy and real estate nationally, but we continue to create jobs and attract new residents, and that's good for everyone concerned here.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsBill Morris • July 28 2011 11:56AM


Notice the disturbing trend on the 10 and 20 city graph last summer a slight increase in prices and this summer the similar amount in decrease. That is not a good sign for the direction we are supposedly heading. Where is leadership? Where is action? Is this the change promised?

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) almost 9 years ago


Great commentary and good news for Austin. The 20 city study isn't a broad-enough-brush to paint the whole country's real estate market. lol



Posted by Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain (Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain) almost 9 years ago