Austin home prices: Need some help understanding why they appreciate?

Over time, the worth of a piece of real estate will go up and down. Home values appreciate in the long term almost always. But, of course, there is always a certain amount of risk in real estate.

When your house appreciates you have more resources to borrow against, and you'll create a larger profit when you sell. But how can you be sure what you're investing in this year will appreciate over time? Property values in Austin vary for different reasons. The most important factor is that you select an agent in Austin who understands the factors that affect local prices.


The economy is assumed to be the most important factor impacting real estate appreciation. Naturally, there are quite a few factors on a national level that impact your property's value: unemployment, interest rates, business growth, 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 Westbank Realty help you with your first home purchase in Austin Location in a community - Many consumers prefer to live in regions with the most accommodating traits for households to do well, such as a close proximity to jobs and schools. So these areas typically appreciate, or keep their value consistently, year to year.

Recent home sales - You should receive reports on the recent real estate sales in the regions that you're interested in from your real estate agent. You'll need to analyze things like time on market and listing price versus selling price.

Appreciation history - Have house prices increased or decreased over the last 5 to 10 years? Is the neighborhood thought of as desirable because of its location or affordability?

The local economy - Are local businesses hiring? Have businesses moved into or away from an area? Is there a nice mixture of work in an area, or does it rely on just one industry? Is the blend of commercial and residential development changing? All these play a part.

It's vital to know the factors that influence your house's value. Click here to receive an assessment of your house's value. Please call me at 512-444-1300 or e-mail me with any questions.