Best Performing Houston Housing Segments Over The Past Decade

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Average data is misleading. Read this if you’re considering buying or selling a home in Houston.

Best Houston Housing Segments

This year brought a lot of changes to the Houston real estate market: market adjustment due to Harvey (view neighborhoods that did not flood during Harvey), fluctuation of oil price, 10 neighborhoods posted good appreciation rates (see best neighborhoods in Houston), and the impact of major tax changes.

All in all, Houston’s real estate is on pace for another strong year (which is fantastic when you consider the impact of the flooding).

However, there were more winners and losers than normal (averages are very misleading). We analyzed 503,480 Houston property sales to help you see the one, five and ten year sales trends on twelve different segments of the market.

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Executive Summary

AVERAGES: For Houston, over the past 12 months:

  • Total property sales were down 0.3%;
  • Single-family home sales were down 2%;
  • The median single family home sales price increased 4.4%;
  • There is now 3.9 months of single-family inventory on the market (as compared to 3.6 months last year).
  • As an fyi, a “Balanced Market” occurs when there are 5 – 7 months of inventory.  Less is better for sellers; more is better for buyers.
“Looking at the headline numbers, it would appear that the Houston market is pretty status quo, growing at a rate a bit above inflation. DIG DEEPER: The data is anything but average.”

Property sales broken out by price points:

  • $750,000+ increased 12.3%
  • $500k – $750k increased 1.9%;
  • $250k – $500k increased 7.2%;
  • $150k-$250k increased 2.3%;
  • $100k-$150k decreased 24.3%;
  • Single family leases increased 15.3%;
  • Townhome/condo leases increased 0.6%

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Below, we’ve analyzed 12 different segments of the Houston real estate market, separating Single Family Homes, Townhomes & Condos by price point.  Then we compared these results over the prior 1, 5 and 10 years.

The results are pretty dramatic.

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Houston Housing Segments: Absorption Rates

The absorption rate shows how many months it will take to sell out the current supply of homes available (excluding any new listings) based upon the current rate of sales.

As a sample, if there are 10 homes for sale on your block, and 1 home sells every month, then there are 10 months of inventory (e.g. it should take 10 months to sell all of the homes on your block.)

5 – 7 months is a “balanced market.”

A smaller number is better for sellers.  A larger number is better for buyers.

Right now, in Houston, it’s a good time to be a buyer of:

  • $1M+ condos
  • $1M+ townhomes
  • $500k – $1M condos

Right now, in Houston, it’s a good time to be a seller of:

  • $100k – $250k townhomes
  • $250k – $500k single-family homes
  • $100k – $250k single family homes
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Houston Housing Segments: 10 Year Appreciation Rates

Over the past decade, nearly all types of Houston real estate have performed well.

Condos between $100K-$250K are top performers. This can be attributed to the rapid growth in the Inner Loop areas, and due to more people looking to move to flood-proof homes.

Luxury townhomes over $1,000,000 are starting to pick up, along with other luxury properties. This may be partly due to the median price dipping slightly, and the fact that many of these luxury townhomes are within neighborhoods that did not floood during Harvey.

Despite this, this housing segment is still lagging behind performance-wise, due partly to certain developers over-pricing new construction listings a decade ago, and the fact that when comparing Houston townhomes for sale vs Houston single family homes for sale appreciation of land values typically exceeds appreciation for any given structure.

Single family homes under $250,000, however, have been seeing a decline.

Read more about Houston Best Real Estate Investment Themes.

Houston Housing Segments: 5 Year Appreciation Rates

Over the past five years, lower priced properties in close proximity to major job centers (e.g. Downtown, Medical Center or Galleria) have appreciated very well.

In addition, here are some of the key success themes for the three property types that appreciated the most over the past 5 years:

  • School zoning;
  • Close proximity to a major job centers (Downtown, Galleria or Medical Center).
  • The Medical Center area has also been in continual high demand.
  • Two bedrooms are often easier to resell or rent out, as it can be rented to people with a roommate.
  • Access to public transportation (METRORail or good bus lines).
  • Try and avoid being right on a railroad or freeway.
  • Having a good floor plan matters.

Houston Housing Segments: 1 Year Appreciation Rates

When comparing 2017 results to YTD 2018 data, the trends are very notable, including:

  • The luxury condo market is seeing a slight drop. Several new construction mid-rise condo projects are impacting the market. More units mean higher competition. Many of these buildings are also selling units below its developers’ expectations, contributing more to the decline.
  • Condos at some of the older buildings have struggled, making it increasingly important to buy a condo in one of Houston’s premier condo buildings. (For a detailed report on which buildings are performing better, contact us.)
  • Townhomes and single-family homes over $1M are performing well.
  • Single-family homes and townhomes in the $250K-500K range showed little movement.

Please contact me if you’re interested in seeing how your home, neighborhood or area of interest has performed over the last decade.

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