The Austin Board of REALTORS, the organization that manages the Austin multiple listing service data, recently modified the Austin MLS area boundaries. For example, the old central Austin areas 1b & 4 have given way to the new areas DT & UT with the old area 4 moving up to northern part of area 1b all the way to Hwy 183. Confusing? Here’s a real life example for fans of central Austin. A home in Rosedale north of 35th street and a home in the Allandale area south of Koenig lane used to be considered area 1b. Now, those same homes would be listed in the new area 4. (On a side note… I believe the 1b area designation helped the value of those homes because it grouped those homes in with Tarrytown, Brykerwoods, and the always tony, Pemberton. That’s another

Catellus Development Corp, the master developer behind the redevelopment of the old Robert Mueller Municipal Airport into a 711 acre “mixed-use urban village”, today announced the process for getting on the list to purchase a new home. (If you don’t yet know about the Mueller project, I recommend visiting the site, http://www.muelleraustin.com.) Because of the great demand for these homes, the developer has a instituted a registration program called the Mueller Pioneer program. An important note about this process is that it is not on a “first come, first serve” list. There is timeframe to register and after the deadline, a company will be hired to randomly create a priority list of buyers.

This is the process to registering as a Mueller Pioneer.

From the AUSTIN REALTOR, February 2007. Published by the Austin Board of REALTORS

Austin Home Sales Show Steady Growth in 2006
Single-family home sales in December were higher than during the same period in 2005, capping another record year for the Austin-area housing market. Certain parts of the Austin metropolitan proved especially popular with buyers in 2006. Houses in Areas N and SW, which respectively border Hays and Williamson counties, sold particularly quickly. Homes in Area N decreased their average time on the market by 20 days, while the amount of time those in Area SW sat on the market dropped by 21 days.Hays County also posted notable gains, with Area HH’s record 1,125 home sales besting the previous year by 236. Average days on market for

Article published in Feb 2007 AUSTIN REALTOR, a publication of the Austin Board of REALTORS.

Economists Expect Healthy Market in 2007
The Local View
While the national real estate market suffered a downturn in 2006, single-family home sales in Central Texas remained strong, posting record numbers throughout the year. More homes were sold in the Austin-area during the first two quarters of 2006 than in the first six months of any other year. Between January and June, 13 percent more single-family homes were sold than in the first half of 2005. March marked the first recordbreaking month in 2006, a trend that continued through the end of the year. The 2,373 singlefamily homes sold in March remained on the market for an average of 68 days, which is 18

Special Note from the Owner of www.AustinHomeListings.com

I think we offer the best Austin home search experience on the web.  As you may already know, we have the cool mapping feature, predefined neighborhood queries, virtual tours and more. To top it off, we don’t even make you register unless you want to use the advanced features like setting up your own favorite’s folder or signing up for regular email alerts.

Of course, we created the best Austin Home Search tool so we could meet new clients, provide outstanding service, and of course, earn a decent living. We always believed that if someone likes our site, they will probably like working with us.  We are customer focused, and detailed oriented much like this site. Of couse, we recognize that

The annual magazine rankings are out and Austin has faired quite well again. For the last five or six years, it seems like the bevy of business and personal magazines that do these rankings have been pretty hot on Austin.  Who can argue with them? Austin is a great place to live.

BEST PLACES TO LIVE - Kiplinger.com

1. Nashville, TN
2. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
3. Albuquerque, NM
4. Atlanta, GA
5. Austin, TX

BEST BIG CITIES - CNN.Money.com

1. Colorado Springs, CO
2. Austin, TX

SMARTEST CITIES - Austin Business Journal

1. Seattle, WA
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Austin, TX

What is the MLS?
The MLS, or officially the Multiple Listing Service, is an agreement among cooperating REALTORS® to share their agency’s listing information for the benefit of their clients. REALTORS® do this using a professionally run database of information about homes for sale within the area that their Board serves. For instance, Austin and surrounding area properties are served by the MLS system managed by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. Because the MLS system is run by a local REALTOR® organization with permissions and rules regarding its use, the accuracy of information in an MLS system is far greater than a open community database could ever achieve. Funds to maintain the MLS system come from REALTORS® in the form of dues paid throughout the year.

The latest MLS report from the Austin Board of REALTORS indicates that the Austin real estate market continued to grow at a record pace in Nov 2006. Single family home sales increased six percent from one year ago, a record for the period. The median price for single family homes in the Austin area was $175,000, a 3% increase from last November. The $454,953,216 these sales contributed to the local economy reflects a 12% increase from last year. Current active listings increased by 3%, while new listings decreased by 3%.

This is what is known as a Seller’s Market. Plain and simple, seller’s are in better position to sell their home today than almost any other time in Austin’s history.  You may have heard that the nation is experiencing a housing slow

Thank you for using www.AustinHomeListings.com. This site was built to simplify and empower your Austin home search. How do we do that? Let me explain.

1. Your Search Simplified - We spent a lot of time (and money) designing a nice, clean layout with serious thought as to how a user would interact with the site.  We talked to friends and asked them what home search sites they have used in the past and what they wanted in a new site. For example, many people told us that they already know what neighborhood they want to live in, but there was no online tool to find homes for sale for their desired subdivision. For those users, we built the Quick Search with pre-defined queries for homes in over seventy Austin neighborhoods. We are adding neighborhoods to