San Antonio Home Prices

July 16, 2012

The median price of an existing home jumped 7.9 percent, compared with the same month last year, to $168,800, according to sales data released Wednesday by the San Antonio Board of Realtors.

The previous all-time price high was in July 2010, which saw a median of $161,800, according to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

It was the best June for home prices since the summer of 2008, just before the financial crisis hit the real estate market. And the number of home sales rose 3.7 percent, to 2,018 transactions.

“The numbers are much better than we anticipated,” said Angela Shields, president and CEO of SABOR. “It’s proven to be a really good summer for us.”

Shields said that 40 percent of the market in June was for homes priced higher than $200,000. Traditionally, that number has been closer to 30 percent of the market, with 70 percent of house hunting happening below the $200,000 mark.

“I think what we’re really seeing from the agents is that consumer confidence is having buyers look above the $200,000 mark,” Shields said. “It’s pushing the average and median price up.”

The average home price in June was $209,820, up from $192,514 last June.

The market for resale homes is most active during the summer, as people try to time moves during school summer vacations. Prices usually hit their highest points of the year during June and July.

Tom Patterson of North Loop Inc. Realtors said it is obvious there is more activity in the market this year, with some homes selling within days of listing, although that’s not typical.

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