February 1, 2010 - Austin.
Release From Texas Association of Realtors Summarized by Troy Corman, t2realestate.com
The Texas A&M University Real Estate Center has released data that show that Texas' sales volume increased 16% from the fourth quarter of 2008. The average home price also jumped 2.35% to $143,400 from $140,100 in the previous year.
Jim Gaines, Ph.D., and economist with the Texas A&M Real Estate Center said, "while figures throughout the first quarter of 2009 were positive compared to 2008, they were particularly positive in October and November, which makes it clear that the first-time homebuyer tax credit is having an impact in Texas. The increase in median price also stands out, particularly compared to national figures, which are down substantially."
Texas also enjoyed a decrease in the number of homes of inventory on the market. It dropped from a 6.6 months' supply to 6.5 months. The Texas A&M Real Estate Center typically uses 6.5 months' supply as a target point for a healthy, balanced market.
To view the Texas Quarterly Housing Report for 2009, visit texasrealestate.com.