Data shows people moving to Austin from out of state able to price out Austinites looking to move within city

According to real estate company Redfin, people moving to Austin have $200K more in spending money than locals buying a home.

AUSTIN, Texas — In a boomtown like Austin, homes barely last two weeks on the open market.

“January of 2021, houses started flying off of the market and they were flying off the market not at $10,000 or $20,000 more, but at $50,000 to $100,000 more than ask price,” Susan Horton, the president of Austin Board of Realtors (ABoR), said on Thursday.

ABoR released data Thursday showing homes last between eight and 12 days for sale before being bought; a historic low. Real estate company Redfin found a huge increase in searches for Austin homes from people not living in the area.

“Nearly 45% of home searches in Austin came from users in other metro areas in January,” the report said.

Local realtors say the percentage of people moving to the city compared to moving within Austin has jumped even from just six months ago.

“It was about 50-50 people moving inside of Austin,” Eric Meissner, a realtor from Realty Austin, said. “Now, the majority are inbounding from other states.”

Many in Austin and Texas have noticed, but Meissner finds many of the people moving in tend to be from California or New York.

Meissner says it’s a catch-22 situation for his clients. They can’t outbid out-of-town buyers without more cash, but if they don’t win the bid after selling their home to get that cash, they’re stuck.

“I won a multiple offer on Monday for a client of mine. I sold their house in October so we could compete better without a contingent offer,” Meissner said. “They’ve been in an Airbnb ever since. If I sell a client’s house before we have a house secure, there’s a real good chance they’re going to be homeless for a while.”

According to Meissner, people moving to the Austin area are coming for the jobs and big companies, and this is just the beginning of what he calls a “tsunami.”

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