Key Highlights

  • Zillow predicting Austin as out-performer among all others in price growth
  • Redfin’s recent migration trend report backs up Zillow’s prediction

Austin TX has been on many people’s radar as one of the hippest, hottest housing markets in the country for a while now…but the hottest housing market in the country?

84% of a panel of economists, investment strategists and real estate experts tapped via Zillow’s quarterly Home Price Expectations Survey believe that Austin has the highest likelihood of all cities to outperform national average home price increases in 2021.

Tom Brown, the CEO of The Agency Texas, said, “During the pandemic, I think a lot of people spending a big portion of their paychecks on rent or mortgage in cities like New York and San Francisco started working from home and suddenly had options.  Their dollar goes a lot further in the South, the climate is better, and Austin has a lot to offer – from the food scene to outdoor activities and live music.  Those factors are going to continue drawing people into the Austin market in 2021.”

Zillow’s quarterly Home Price Expectations Survey ranked Phoenix and then Nashville as the second and third hottest real estate markets for 2021.

Turns out that New York was predicted to be the coolest housing market…cool as in cold… with 82% of Zillow’s survey respondents anticipating its price growth to fall below the national average.  San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively, followed New York’s price growth coolness.

Redfin’s latest migration trend report backed up Zillow’s prediction that Austin could become the hottest housing market in terms of price growth in 2021.  Redfin indicated that almost 43% of Austin’s home searches in Q4 came from out of town markets.  32.5% of those home searches in Austin came from San Francisco residents.

This is the first time Austin topped Redfin’s list of most popular destinations since this tech-focused brokerage began tracking migration patterns.  Redfin’s other top destinations included Las Vegas, Phoenix, Sacramento and Dallas.



Thanks to Inman, Zillow and Redfin.

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