September 2018 Housing Report
Monday, October 15, 2018
Written By: Kent Prickett

Home sales in Williamson County decreased 9.3% in September 2018; however, median home prices slightly rose by 1.1% (when compared year over year), according to the September 2018 Williamson County Housing Market Report released today by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®.

According to the September 2018 Williamson County Housing Market Report, the median home price for all residential properties was $271,000, a modest increase of 2.1% when compared to September 2017. The median price in Williamson County is 8.5% (or $28,900) less than the Austin MSA Median Price of $299,900. County is 8.5% (or $28,900) less than the Austin MSA Median Price of $299,900.

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Elections Notification
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Written By: Kent Prickett

Included on the agenda will be the Election of Officers and Directors to serve in 2019, as well as proposed bylaws changes. This e-mail communication shall serve as your notification and report of the nomination.

Pursuant to the Bylaws, Article XI, Section 3 (f):

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Market Statistics - August 2018
Friday, September 14, 2018
Written By: Kent Prickett

Home sales in Williamson County increased 6.9% in August 2018. Additionally, median home prices jumped 6.1% (when compared year over year), according to the August 2018 Williamson County Housing Market Report released today by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®.

According to the August 2018 Williamson County Housing Market Report, the median home price for all residential properties was $289,640, an increase of 6.1% when compared to August 2017. The median price in Williamson County is 8.5% (or $25,360) less than the Austin MSA Median Price of $315,000.

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CTXMLS & Your Listings
Thursday, September 06, 2018
Written By: Kent Prickett

We are two years into Central Texas MLS and look how far we’ve come. WCREALTORS has almost 700 members in CTXMLS, a feat that was unimaginable three years ago. But what does this mean for the Association and for those that use CTXMLS on a daily basis?

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Candidate Interviews
Thursday, February 01, 2018
Written By: Kent Prickett

It’s that time again, WCREALTORS will be interviewing candidates for Williamson County Commissioner, Judge and Justice of the Peace beginning next week. This is a vital part of belonging to an Association - we are always watching out for your business. The following candidates have submitted their questionnaires and are scheduled for interviews.

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Mortgage Interest Deduction & NAR
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Written By: Kent Prickett

A majority of Americans believe they pay too much in taxes. Currently, Ways and Means Committee of the United States House of Representatives is discussing ways to overhaul the U.S. tax system. The current speaker of the house, Paul Ryan, and fellow house republicans have put together a blueprint for their idea of tax reform.

Their blueprint, titled, A Better Way, has three basic principles

  • It reduces the number of tax brackets to four
  • eliminates all but two itemized deductions – the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) & the charitable giving deduction
  • it increases the standard deduction

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Williamson County home sales and prices increase in March
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Written By: Kent Prickett

Round Rock, Texas – 12 April 2017 – Home sales in Williamson County increased 3.8 % in March 2017. Additionally, home prices increased 0.9% (when compared year over year), according to the March 2017 Williamson County housing market report released today by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®.

According to the report, 908 homes were sold in Williamson County during March 2017, a 3.8% increase from the year prior. The median price for Williamson County homes increased only 0.9% year-over-year to $260,874 during the same period.

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Updates from the 3/9/2017 Cedar Park City Council Meeting
Friday, March 10, 2017
Written By: Kent Prickett

Last night the Association attended the Cedar Park City Council meeting to speak out against the section in their sign ordinance policy banning temporary signs off premises!

If you remember two weeks ago, the Association spoke out against multiple items on the proposed changes to the city’s sign ordinance. Due to the actions of Christy Gessler two weeks ago, the city changed time frames for stakes and wood signs which affected the ability to place a for sale sign on property. The City Council unanimously passed the proposed changes on that section.

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Status Options in Central Texas MLS
Monday, February 27, 2017
Written By: Kent Prickett

Belonging to two MLS systems is not a new business practice for most REALTORS.  Prior to the creation of the Central Texas MLS Regional, many of our members belonged to two, three, or even four MLSs. This new consolidation of data has been extremely effective in helping agents market their properties to a wider pool of agents.  But with consolidation comes confusion about what certain fields mean in the new CTXMLS system.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have had many questions on what the different statuses in CTXMLS mean and how to use them correctly. In addition, we’ve even had some agents who have had issues closing out a listing because of the status codes.

CTXMLS has 8 status codes, and each of them represents a different array of data. The current codes are A, B, O, T, W, U, S, and X.  The descriptions of each are listed below, including how to make some of the codes available in the Listing Input & Edit Screen.

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Despite low rates, market is tough on first-time buyers
Monday, July 11, 2016
Written By: Kent Prickett

Many prospective homebuyers are feeling frustrated. They love the super low interest rates of today’s mortgages, but the rising prices and related qualification requirements are preventing them from making a purchase.

This dilemma was recently addressed in a report from the National Association of Realtors.

“Home sales will grow modestly this year, but a continuing inventory shortage will keep upward pressure on prices and make it hard for many people to buy, even though interest rates remain low. That’s according to NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun.

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