Austin-area home sales hit all-time high, inventory levels rising in July 2015
Austin Board of REALTORS® releases real estate statistics for July 2015
AUSTIN, Texas – August 20, 2015 – According to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR), Austin-area home sales hit an all-time high, increasing 12 percent year-over-year to 3,149 sales for the month of July.
Barb Cooper, 2015 President of the Austin Board of REALTORS¬®, explained, “We’re in the midst of one of the most active summer selling seasons to-date, with more single-family home sales than ever before. Home prices remain high, but inventory levels have increased steadily throughout 2015, perhaps taking a step toward a more
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The current building is considered one of the nation’s grandest state capitols. The design was chosen by a national contest in 1881. Elijah E. Myers, who also designed the Colorado and Michigan capitols was the winning architect.
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