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Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown Housing Affordability OutlookAustin-Round Rock-Georgetown Housing Affordability OutlookClare Losey, Harold D. Hunt, and Reece Neathery2022-08-01T05:00:00Ztechnical-report
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​Purchase Affordability

The second quarter saw an uptick in both the median sales price and first-quartile sales price for the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown MSA (Figure 1).1 The year-over-year (YOY) growth in the median sales price and first-quartile sales price in the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown MSA measured a robust 16.1 percent and 17.4 percent, respectively (Table 1). However, while still significantly higher than average YOY growth for the second quarter, YOY growth for 2Q2022 measured much lower than that of 2Q2021. The median sales price measured $585,000; the first-quartile sales price, $455,000.

Meanwhile, following years of generally sluggish growth, family income increased considerably. From 2021 to 2022, median family income in the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown MSA increased 11.5 percent (Table 2). However, as long as the rise in home prices continues to outpace the increase in income, purchase affordability, or the ability of a household to buy a home, will continue to diminish.




At the same time, mortgage interest rates ticked upward, averaging 5.27 percent in 2Q2022 (Figure 2). All other things being equal, lower (higher) mortgage interest rates translate into lower (higher) monthly mortgage payments and ease (diminish) purchase affordability. The Federal Reserve is widely anticipated to continue to raise interest rates over the near-term to reduce inflationary pressures, which will likely prompt additional increases in mortgage interest rates. The average rate on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage increased nearly 3 percentage points in the first half of 2022. For more information on the effect of mortgage interest rates on purchase affordability, see​ “How Higher Interest Rates Affect Homebuying."


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1 The first quartile reflects the lowest-priced 25 percent of homes sold in a particular geography. The first-quartile sales price represents the highest home price among those lowest-priced 25 percent of homes sold. If the price of the lowest 25 percent of homes sold ranges from $100,000 to $150,000, then the first-quartile sales price would be $150,000.


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Previous reports: 

2022: 1Q2​022​

2021: 4Q2021

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