I see a lot of savvy business people, in an effort to get more information and negotiate a better deal, they sometimes go directly to the listing agents for information. The thought process is that they can "cut out the middle man", get information directly from the horse's mouth and negotiate a better deal directly with the seller. Having bought multiple houses in the past, many buyers feel well prepared to go direct to buy one of their largest investments--their home. Unfortunately, what you don't know here will often come back to bite you in the end. You may not realize it until you get ready to sell, but the great deal that you negotiated may have all kinds of red flags that you did not see or realize at the time of purchase. Possible survey issues. Boundary or easement questions. Foundation concerns. Inspection conditions that did not get properly worked out. Future or current value questions. (Texas is a non-disclosure state; not even the County record shows you what houses have sold for in Texas). And a host of other issues and concerns that an experienced Buyer's Agent Realtor might red-flag and/or negotiate when you have proper representation. This is true for new home purchases as well. As for the cost savings--forget it. The listing agent has already contracted with the seller for both agents--whether you use an agent or not and Texas buyers don't have access to sold data online--it is against the law to publish this information. The only person who really wins when you don't have a Buyer's Agent representing you is the Listing Brokerage and Listing Agent--who received twice the commission. Don't make this mistake. Call me. Let's Talk.
Now to the weekly numbers:
- 8,098 homes for sale (Single Family, Condos, Townhouses) (down 84 homes)
- 3,275 homes under contract!
- 17,856 homes have closed so far this year (+360 homes over last week!)
- YTD compared to 2011: +2,516
- ~16% increase over 2012 YTD numbers
- Median Sold price across Greater Austin: $210,000
- -up $13k over YTD 2011
- Median price as a percentage of list price: 98%
- Median days on market YTD: 33
- -18 days faster than YTD 2011
- Median days on market during past month: 34 days
- Most expensive home sold YTD: $7.75M
- Median SOLD in Travis County past 30 days: $265,000
- Median SOLD in Williamson County past 30 days: $190,000
Houses that are priced right and show well are selling in as little as one day or one week--often times with multiple bids. Many buyers are being surprised by how fast homes are selling. Many houses are selling so fast that only the buyers who see it during the first day on the market have a chance to bid on it. Of course, not all houses fall into this category. The home has to show well and be priced to market. Otherwise, the competition will handily squash it.