Exclusive: October Downtown Condo Sales

We've updated the AustinTowers | urbanspace Downtown Austin Condo Market Index for October, 2009. For the fourth month in a row, MLS sales were higher than the previous year's numbers. The most recent numbers suggest that the bottom of the downtown Austin condo market was likely hit this spring. Over the last few months, sales, prices, and price-per-square-foot have all been on the rise.

Month
Sales
Avg. Price
$/SF
Avg SF
Avg Year
% Ask
ADOM
Oct-08

9

$456,839

$307
1,483
1991
94%
108

Oct-09

13

$444,173

$323
1,376
1988
94%
151

Change

44%

-3%

5%
-7%
-2.54
1%
40%

In the month of October, 13 downtown Austin condo units were transacted on the MLS: 4 more than in October of 2009 with a 5% higher price per square foot. The percentage of asking price remained constant year-over-year at 94%. Average days on market for units that sold came in at a painful 151, a 40% increase over last year and tied for the highest number on record.

As always, the results show the weakness of the MLS. While 13 units sold through MLS, additional units likely sold at Spring and other new projects outside of the MLS. In peak months, we know that dozens of units have been transacted outside of the MLS at projects like Shore, Spring, and 360. As ratio of resale units to units increases, the MLS will begin to show a more accurate picture of market transactions.

Over the last few months, an amazing proportion of sold units have been priced under $250K. This trend started to reverse in October as only 3 units sold for less than $250K v. 6 units in this price band during September. Similarly, 5 units sold for more than $450K including one for $915K in Austin City Lofts and one for $1.37M in the Nokonah. The Nokonah unit sold for $452/sf --- the highest $/SF we have seen on the MLS in more than a year.

All in all, the numbers show renewed strength in the downtown resale market. For the full details, visit the AustinTowers | urbanspace Downtown Austin Condo Market Index.

February, 2009 Downtown Condo Sales

We've received the latest monthly downtown Austin condo sales report from our friends at urbanspace realtors. Here are the results from February, 2009:

Month
Sales
Avg. Price
$/SF
Avg SF
Avg Year
% Ask
ADOM
Feb-08

6

$279,017

$309
897
1977
98%
89

Feb-09

6

$400,833

$322
1,258
1998
90%
116

Change

0%

44%

4%
40%
21.00
-8%
30%

Despite a substantial increase in downtown units over the last year, February sales remained flat year-over-year. The market, however, showed surprising strength given the world changes that have occurred over the last twelve months.

February sales included two transactions greater than $600k -- one in the Nokonah and one in Austin Citty Lofts -- a positive sign for the upper end of the market. Dollars per square foot increased to $322 from $309 last year. There were three transactions under $300K, two of which were in 360. With four transactions so far this year, units in 360 have sold for an average of $368 / square foot. The range has been a very broad $327 to $405 / square foot.

While the February downtown condo sales numbers are generally positive, "% of ask" dropped substantially to 90% (from 98%) and "Average Days on Market" increased 30% to 116 -- both of which suggest sluggishness.

As usual, these results do not include units sold directly by developers in buildings such as 360, the Austonian, Spring, etc. The monthly MLS data tends to under-report sales, especially of high price units.

The full results and current inventory are available on the new AustinTowers | urbanspace Downtown Austin Condo Market Index.

January, 2009 Downtown Condo Sales


We've received the latest monthly downtown Austin condo sales report from our friends at urbanspace realtors. Here are the results from January, 2009 :

Month
Sales
Avg. Price
$/SF
Avg SF
Avg Year
% Ask
ADOM
Jan-08

5

$384,600

$315
1,172
1991
93%
73

Jan-09

4

$358,225

$321
1,129
1996
93%
85

Change

-20%

-7%

2%
-4%
5.00
-1%
16%

While 4 units is a small number no matter how you look at it, January has been a historically slow month for the downtown market. Last year, in a much healthier market, only 5 units were sold. While there were small price shifts, the sample is really to small to be meaningful

Most notably, the January results include the first two units from 360 to hit the MLS resale market. The units sold for an average price-per-square foot of $353 with an average of less than 30-days on the market. The sellers received 96% of their asking price.

As usual, these results do not include units sold directly by developers in buildings such as 360, the Austonian, Spring, etc. The monthly MLS data tends to under-report sales, especially of high price units. Still, other market reports, have confirmed that downtown sales slowed during the final months of last year.

The full results and current inventory are available on the new AustinTowers | urbanspace Downtown Austin Condo Market Index.