The 2010 Amarillo Real Estate Tale

The Long Version  (Want the Short Version? Scroll to the Bottom)

Recession, Depression, Foreclosure, Unemployment, Stimulus, Bailout, Cutbacks, Layoffs, Short Sale…..

These are just some of the words that have been blasted all over the national media in 2010, you would think that the sky had fallen by the way that economy had been portrayed. However things are a little bit different in Amarillo TX, so if that was the national picture for 2010 what did real estate look like in Amarillo TX … here is your comprehensive report for 2010

January 2010
January kicked the year off with a bang!....Not Really, let’s try that again; January stared the year with the lowest amounts of units sold in a month in over 15 years at only 107 units. That coupled with a boost of new listings at 446 units shot our inventory level to a 14.21 month supply, the highest number that Amarillo has ever seen. Not a great start to the year.

February, March, April 2010 – Can anyone say “Tax Credit”
The Government came out with an (up to) $8000 tax credit for all first time homebuyers and in some cases repeat homebuyers. The tax credit was part of the Obama Stimulus plan to boost the economy. So the big question is…did it work?

February brought an increase in sales of 180 units with the slight decrease in new listings from January.

March saw yet another increase in sales to 207 units and also a boost in new listings (due to influx of new buyers) which left the inventory levels at 8.59 months.

April came with a large increase in home sales at 301 units and a slight increase in new listings at 595.

May 31st was the deadline to have a home under contract to be eligible for the tax credit, so keep in mind that most homes close within 30 – 60 days from the time the home was placed under contract. We saw carryover activity into the following months from the tax credit.

!!!MAY!!! With the carryover from the tax credit May had the 4th single largest number of homes sold in Amarillo history!

Top Months of Amarillo Closings
#1 August 2006 with 356 Closed
#2 May 2007       with 351 Closed
#3 May 2006       with 340 Closed
#4 May 2010      with 339 Closed

With the end of the tax credit we saw a decline of new listings in May down to 429 and with the huge sales volume at 339 units the inventory dropped to a low of 5.62%.

June and July
Ok so tax credit was over what happened? The same after stimulus effect that cash for clunkers experienced hit the Amarillo real estate market in the months to follow.

June experienced a slight downturn in sales with a slight increase in listings causing inventory levels to rise to a still very low 6.22 months (keep in mind that much of the activity was still from homes that went under contract back in April)

July felt the full blow of the after tax credit effect. Sales dropped all the way down to 182 units (same number we were seeing in February in the natural slow season) and the number of new listings went up slightly to 496 leaving the inventory back up a high 10.4 month supply.

August saw an increase in sales with a decrease in new listings however September, October and November formed a trend of consecutive decreasing sales and new listings with a larger slowdown in sales than listings leaving the inventory at 11.37 months at the Start of December.

December wrapped up the year with a stronger than average numbers at 184 units sold and with the number “under contract listings” the indicators show there will be a nice boost of activity carrying over to the new year.

The Short Wrap up!

The 2010 Amarillo            Sold Volume   $351,733,686 (down 6%)
                                             Number of Sales 2453 (down 7.6%)
                                             Average Sales Price $144,560 (up 1.9%)

2010 saw a slight downturn in the Amarillo real estate market (down 5-8%), however Amarillo stood head and shoulders above the National trends (down 10-35%)

Amarillo is a solid place to work and live, we will see a strong increase in activity in 2011 and may see the strongest market since 2007. 

Wish of you a blessed and Prosperous 2011!

Dirk van Reenen
806 654 3842

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