Austin Mortgage Market Update – For the week of May 31, 2010

For the third month in a row, Existing Home Sales beat expectations, UP 7.6% for April and UP 22.8% over a year ago. A lot of the gain was put to the tax credit expiration that required a signed contract by April 30. But buyers have till June 30 to close, so observers feel sales will probably increase for the next couple of months, then take a short break before rising again. Inventories were up from 8.1 to 8.4 months, but this is similar to April gains in prior years, rather than evidence of some huge "shadow inventory" hitting the market. Meanwhile, the median price for an existing home went to $173,000, up 4.0% from a year ago.