They are out there, generally in far south and far north Austin. They tend to sell very quickly because that is a price point that more people can afford. You may have more options if you go further out into Cedar Park and Leander, plus you will get a lot more house for the money.
If your heart is set on being in Austin proper, you may consider a condo or townhome. They would give you the more central address but without the hassle of keeping up a big yard. Some condos/townhomes do have small yards or big patios if you need outdoor space for a pet. If I can be of further help please let me know.
You're doing he smartest thing - researching - because the market is very hot so knowledge allows you to move quickly when things come up. I have a Homebuyer Q&A scheduled at our Hyde Park office on the 13th at 6pm - please come by - no obligation whatsoever. See website for details and good luck to you!
Would you please clarify which area you desire? Do you know about Leander TX and would that work for you?
Jeffrey Nyland, REALTOR®, GRI, SRS, ABR
The Nyland Team
Prudential Texas Realty
Jeffrey Nyland TX AUC# 16644
Good day to you. There is actually a fair amount of inventory out there right now that meets your basic requirments. This inventory consist of both re-sale and new home construction. The KEY is that you will have to be a little farther out from downtown Austin. You will have to be willing to make a commute as these homes are in the suburbial areas. There are some good deals too. Please feel free to visit our web site at WWW. CORNERSTONENEWHOMESOLUTIONS.COM where you can search for inventory based on your requirements without obligation. If you have questions orneed guidance or assistance feel free to contact us at your convenience. 1st Time Homebuyers are one of our specialities.
Stephen B. McClain, Broker Owner
Cornerstone New Home Solutions
If you don't yet have a Realtor, I would be happy to work with you (at no cost to you), and help you find something that fits your criteria. I have a great team of lenders, inspectors, etc. and work with first-time homebuyers all of the time and have some great resources and tools to help you navigate the process and make it a lot less stressful and complicated than it needs to be.
If you would like some excellent, professional assistance, feel free to call on me!
Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Ranked #1 by Buyers and Sellers (JD Power & Assoc. 2012)
If you're not working with an agent, you should be. It's hard enough for us to find these, let alone someone trying to do it on their own driving around. Call or E-mail me for a list and to talk about what you're trying to accomplish.
GRI, CRS, ABR, CLHMS, e-Pro