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Homes sales in the city of Austin decreased by 33.1% in April when compared to last year, showing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the local stay-home orders that took effect in late March, according to the Austin Board of Realtors.

While the number of sales were down, median prices increased 12.3%—to $421,000—compared to April 2019.

"It could have been much worse," ABoR President Romeo Manzanilla said in a press release, adding that home listings and showings are already on the rise. "We're hopeful this growth will continue in the coming weeks and months."

In the Austin metro area, the change was significant but less extreme, with home sales down 21.6% over April 2019 and median sales price up slightly—3.2%—to $325,000.

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A mortgage banker walks us through the math on purchasing a 'mid-price' Austin home
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So you want to buy a house?

To anyone trying to get on the "housing ladder," it's been a discouraging couple of years as prices skyrocketed in a market crowded with buyers bidding against each other for just about any available home.

Things may be calming down, with the Austin Board of REALTORS reporting fewer sales and more available homes this summer.

Mortgage rates have more than doubled in the last year, from around 3% to well over 6% on a 30-year fixed rate loan, getting even more of a bump this week after the Federal Reserve raised bank rates on Wednesday.

So how affordable are homes right now? That, of course, depends on what you want and how much you're able or willing to pay, but here are some rough estimates of what a typical buyer would pay to buy a $650,000 home, which would be considered "mid-price" in today's market.

Mortgage banker Chris Holland (NMLS 211033) of Austin's Sente Mortgage ran some numbers for Austonia to illustrate a typical purchase.

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