Appreciating property values in Austin

Real estate values are constantly moving up and down. House values appreciate in the long term in most cases. But, of course, there is always a certain amount of risk in real estate.

When your home appreciates you have a bigger asset to borrow against, and you'll produce a better profit when you sell. There are various reasons why property values in Austin go up and down. So, how will you be sure what you're investing in right now will appreciate over time? Choosing a real estate agent in Austin who recognizes the factors that drive local prices is the most important thing to consider.

What is my home worth?

Many are convinced that the economy is the most critical factor affecting real estate appreciation. Naturally, there are many issues on a national level that influence your house's value: unemployment, interest rates, consumer confidence, and more. However, your property's value and the features that play the biggest role in its appreciation are specific to the local Austin economy and housing market.

Let John Horton Realty help you with your first home purchase in Austin Location in a community - Proximity to schools, jobs, and amenities also have a great effect on almost all home buyers' choices. So when it comes to holding their value, these areas typically appreciate much more reliably than areas lacking key features.

Prior home sales - Are homes on the market 30, 60, or 90 days or even longer? Are sellers having to discount much? Some information can be retrieved from public records, but a good agent with access to the local MLS will often be able to provide a more complete picture.

The appreciation history - Is the area considered desirable because of its location or affordability? Have house prices risen or declined over the past 5 to 10 years?

The local economy - Are local businesses hiring? Have companies moved into or away from an area? Is there a good blend of business in an area, or does it depend on just one industry? Is the mix of commercial and residential zoning changing? Each of these things plays a role.

It's smart to know the factors that affect your home's price. Click here to receive an estimation of your house's value. Please call me at 512-834-1600 or e-mail me with any questions.

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