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The JBGoodwin team perusing over the Austin real estate MLS statistics

January 2018 real estate statistics for Austin are in. It looks like Austin can expect continued real estate appreciation, despite a few dips in average home sale costs from the same month last year.

The average cost of sold homes in January dropped from $293,200 in 2017 to $289,500 this year. However, December 2017 sales were up 11% from the previous year, emphasizing the continued average growth of home values in the area.

Other highlights:

  • Inventory is up 3% from last January
  • Total units sold is up 9% from last year
  • Inventory is still down from 2010's supply highs

Want to learn more about the Austin real estate market? Get in touch with the JB Goodwin team today!

Austin Real Estate MLS Statistics by JBGoodwin
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You finally found the perfect Central Texas home.

The house checks all your boxes: it is the right style and size, has an entertaining kitchen, and even boasts an awesome master bedroom. To make things even better, your offer was accepted by the homeowner. Congratulations!

You’re one step closer to owning your first home.

The next step in your home buying journey is the home inspection. The job of a home inspector is to provide interested homebuyers an unbiased report about the utility and safety of the home they are preparing to purchase.

While a home inspection is not required, it is highly recommended. A home inspector gives you the chance to understand a property through the trained scrutiny of someone whose job it is to notice problems, risks, and…
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homes in San Antonio

According to 2016 census data, San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the United States in terms of population. San Antonio has many of the characteristics that people love about big cities: diverse cuisine, interesting businesses, culture, and fun activities to do and places to explore.

But San Antonio stands out from other major cities because of one unusual big-city quality: its affordability. The city has a low cost of living, which enables more middle-income families to enjoy the homes and lifestyles that might be way out of their budget for a comparable property in another place. is a website that compares the cost of living in cities across the United States. Its data reflects costs of transportation, healthcare, food, and other…
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JBGoodwin team crunching Austin real estate statistics

The JBGoodwin Team Does It Again...

JB Goodwin successfully gets homes leased faster than the MLS again for another month as demand remains level and the supply of properties in Austin gains nearly 500 more properties over 2017’s numbers.

Take a look at some of the key statistics below:

  • The total number of properties for lease is up a dramatic 20% over 2017.
  • The total number of leases closed however dropped three percent, which means that it could be more difficult for prospective landlords to lease their property out as quickly as the past.
  • There are 27% more single-family detached homes that are available for lease than there was in February 2017.
  • The price per square foot for apartments and other properties dropped 6 cents per
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Millennial Home Buyers

Compared to previous generations, millennials have been cautious to enter the real estate market. Coming of age right at the most spectacular housing boom and bust in modern history—the 2008 Recession—made for a generation of observant and media-savvy homebuyers. But the tide is finally turning.

Based on recent data from Nationwide Mortgages, 66.1% of Millennials' report that they plan to buy a home in the next 5 years. Are you ready for this dynamic demographic of homebuyer?

It’s good news for the real estate world that 65.3% of millennials associate home buying with achieving the American Dream. That’s more than any other generation! Millennials put a high personal value in achieving the milestone of buying a home—precisely because it is harder

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happy Central Texas home owners - father and a young child

Search Home Tips To Help With Your 2018 Resolution

1. Eating Healthily

2. Spending Time With Family

3. Saving Money

4. Stop Procrastinating

5. Keeping Organized

The fireworks have burst into the sky to welcome the New Year, and the Christmas decorations are coming down. Most of us are returning to work after vacation.

As you return home from holiday travels or finish the last of that leftover turkey, it’s time to mull over what you hope to create in 2018. As a Texan, your dreams can be as large as the state itself.

New Year’s resolutions are easiest to fulfill when your home fosters an environment that pushes you toward those goals. Here are some ways to prepare your home for making the most of 2018:

1. Robust kitchen =

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Why Move to Texas?

Texas has become one of the most popular places for relocation in the United States, according to The Fiscal Times. Our state is home to sprawling cities, temperate weather, and an ethos that is still punctuated by the independence and adventure of Louis L’Amour novels and John Wayne films.

On their way to their new Texas homes, families drive through the dips and winds of the Texas Hill Country, passing horses and farms, city lights and towers. Texas is still a place where independence and new beginnings draw families from across the country to experience fresh starts that are filled with adventure.

No matter the city you choose, finding a new home in Texas is thrilling. It also comes with a handful of challenges.


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Texas is a goliath state that encompasses more area than many nations. You can start driving from one side of the state, and can continue for 10+ hours to still find yourself looking at Texas cacti, cities, and farms.

Within this vast state, we boast both beaches and mountains, rolling hills and agrarian farmland. We are the home to a diverse breadth of flora and fauna, as well as headquarters to some of the most recognized corporations in the world. It is no surprise, then, that our state has caught some attention.

There are many incentives to living in Texas, and families from across the country have noticed and are responding by moving here. According to data from GenFKD, “The statistics reveal Texas is the new hottest state to live in...”

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Austin has grown into a sprawling, innovative place. It is a magnet for many young people wanting to jumpstart their careers, raise their kids in a healthy and fun place, and foster an enjoyable lifestyle in one of America’s most popular cities.

With a thriving job market, regular accolades from top media outlets across the country, and rich culture and cuisine, Austin attracts new residents every day from across the country. As some have put it, Austin is where young people go to retire.

Among the many praises Austin receives, it has been recognized as a choice city to invest in real estate. It turns out that year-round temperate weather, great academic institutions, and local incentives for business development can really attract many people

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Prepping your home for a showing can be a bit surreal. It’s likely that your house has been a home to you and your family for years; saying goodbye can be difficult. As bigger and better things come your way, however, you will need to sell a home and move! At JB Goodwin, we created this checklist to give you a go-to resource as you setup your home for a showing or an open house.

Unfortunately, staging a home is not as simple as vacuuming, making the bed, and putting away the dishes. As we wrote in our article about how to sell quickly in San Antonio, you can’t just spruce for 10 minutes and then hope for the best.

If you want to get top dollar for your property, it will take some work to prep your home—work that will absolutely pay off in the long run.

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