Understanding Austin home prices

Over time, the worth of a property will go up and down. Over a long enough period of time, house values , in most cases, go up. But, of course, in real estate there are no guarantees.

When your home appreciates you have more equity to borrow against, and you'll make a better profit when you sell. Property values in Austin shift for different reasons, so how will you be sure what you're purchasing presently won't depreciate the day after you close? The most important element to consider is that you select an agent in Austin who is familiar with the factors that affect local prices.

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What is the most critical factor impacting real estate appreciation? Many are convinced that it's the economy. Obviously, there are some factors on a national level that alter your property's value: unemployment, mortgage rates, consumer confidence, and more. However, your house'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 Access to services - Convenient access to schools, jobs and amenities like shopping, restaurants and entertainment is a priority to a lot of families and will greatly influence home values. So when it comes to holding their value, these communities typically appreciate the best.

Real estate sales trends - How quickly are houses selling? What was the final sales amount compared to the asking price? Some information can be obtained from public records, but a good agent with a login to the local MLS will often be able to provide a more complete picture.

The appreciation history - Is the area believed to be desirable because of its location or affordability? Have house prices gone up or down over the last 5-10 years?

Economic factors - Have businesses moved into or away from an area? Are local companies hiring? Is there a fair mixture of work in an area, or does it depend on just one industry? Each of these things plays a part.

It's wise to understand the factors that play into your home's value. Get an evaluation of your property's value here. Please call me at 512-834-1600 or e-mail me with any questions.

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