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September 2020 Market Snapshot

We all know the real estate maxim of Location, Location, Location. The wider economic corollary may well be Supply, Supply, Supply (or Demand, Demand, Demand – depending on the date.) The national trend is a Months-Supply-of-Inventory pegged well below the balanced...

August 2020 Market Snapshot

The demand for housing in Texas continues to be evident. The Texas Association of Realtors recently published their annual Texas Homebuyers and Sellers Report (story here, report here). One nice part of the reporting is the contrast between Texas and the nation as a...

July 2020 Market Report

The National Association of Home Builders reported that new home sales in July “posted the strongest seasonally adjusted annual rate since the end of 2006.” That pretty wells sums up sentiment we are seeing as well. (Does it scare you that 2006 is pre-Great...

May 2020 Market Report

What effects about re-opening can we tease from the local data? A look at preliminary MLS data for May showed a 19.7% decline YoY in units for sale (935 vs. 1164), and a 27.8% YoY decrease in May sales (397 vs. 550). However! Homes placed under contract in May 2020...

April 2020 Market Report

Very strange times. Anecdotal evidence is that, despite very low rates, mortgage applications for purchases or refis are contracting a bit in light of underwriting scrutiny of borrower income. Recent paychecks are a must. MLS date through the end of March showed an...

March 2020 Market Report

We know this quarantine is tough. We are open and servicing our customers to the best of our ability, consistent with efforts to keep our staff safe. We have instituted several steps in this regard and encourage you to refer to this statement. Our Mover’s Moving...

February 2020 Market Report

Since February 2020 now feels like years ago and miles away, I will keep it short. First, the Secretary of the Treasury gave guidance that title companies are part of the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers category. As such, we are trying to protect our staff...

January 2020 Market Report

Early year predictions: We will continue to experience an existing home inventory constriction through 2020. We will experience an upsurge in subdivision plats in advance of the City’s adoption of an Impact Fee system. We will see moderate residential refinance...

December 2019 Market Report

What do we know about the general trend of housing to close out 2019? In a tweet thread Nobel-laureate economist and NYT commentator Paul Krugman takes on an argument that housing price gains relates primarily to low mortgage rates. He points out a basic economic...