How Much Salary You Need To Buy A Home In Houston’s Top Neighborhoods

How Much Salary You Need To Buy A Home In Houston's Top Neighborhoods

Find out where you can afford to live in Houston.


How Much Salary You Need To Buy A Home In Houston's Top Neighborhoods

According to Forbes, Money Magazine, and the US Census Bureau, Houston is one of the most affordable major cities in the United States(1).

Cost of living in Houston ranks second lowest among the nation’s top 20 most populous US metropolitan areas(2).

To help you answer the question “where can I afford to live in Houston?”, we analyzed median home prices for 52 top neighborhoods and estimated salary requirements to live in each.

2021 Summary

2021 Highlights

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Table of Contents

  1. Summary: Annual Salary & Houston Neighborhoods Matrix
  2. Under $80,000: Best Neighborhoods
  3. $80,000 To $150,000: Where Can I Afford To Live?
  4. $150,000 To $250,000: Cost Of Luxury Homes
  5. Over $250,000: Most Expensive Areas
  6. Sources, Methodology & Disclosures
  7. Top Ranked Realtors: Paige Martin & The Houston Properties Team

Summary: Annual Salary & Houston Neighborhoods Matrix

Summary: Annual Salary & Houston Neighborhoods Matrix

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Salary Range Central Houston Suburbs
Under $80k Brays Oaks, Denver Harbor, Five Corners, Medical Center, Medical Center South, Northside, Northwest Houston, University Area, Willow Meadows Brookshire, Clear Lake, Copperfield, Humble, Jersey Village, Kingwood, Missouri City, Spring/Klein, Stafford, Waller
$80k-$150k Briargrove Park, Downtown, Galleria, Garden Oaks, Houston Heights, Oak Forest, Rice Military, Spring Branch, Timbergrove / Lazybrook, Washington East/Sabine Cypress, Fulshear, Galveston, Katy, League City, Manvel, Pearland, Richmond, Sugar Land, The Woodlands
$150k-$250k Bellaire, Braeswood Place, Briar Hollow, Briargrove, Greenway Plaza, Montrose, Rice / Museum District, River Oaks Shopping Area, Upper Kirby
$250k+ Frostwood, Highland Village / Midlane, Memorial Close In, Memorial Forest, Memorial Park, Memorial Villages, River Oaks, Royden / Afton Oaks, Tanglewood, West University

Note: We’re only displaying the first ten neighborhoods per section here. For the full list, please refer to the tables under each respective salary range below.


Under $80,000: Best Neighborhoods

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Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
Friendswood $341,150 $80,000 33%
Clear Lake $315,000 $77,000 57%
Jersey Village $295,277 $73,000 53%
*Medical Center $257,500 $73,000 22%
Spring/Klein $292,500 $73,000 39%
Denver Harbor $292,450 $72,000 50%
Willow Meadows $305,500 $72,000 31%
Waller $310,000 $71,000 N/A
Copperfield $280,000 $69,000 60%
Kingwood $280,000 $69,000 30%
University Area $285,000 $68,000 14%
Northside $249,000 $66,000 48%
Brays Oaks $269,953 $65,000 32%
Mission Bend $261,825 $63,000 65%
Missouri City $254,000 $63,000 33%
Humble $225,000 $57,000 18%
Northwest Houston $237,000 $57,000 37%
Brookshire $220,900 $56,000 N/A
Five Corners $212,000 $55,000 32%
Alief $224,000 $54,000 16%
Medical Center South $218,295 $53,000 44%
Stafford $220,000 $52,000 23%

Friendswood

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
Friendswood $341,150 $80,000 33%

Friendswood Map

Friendswood is an independent city covering a 20-square mile area just south of Beltway 8. Located 22 miles south of downtown Houston, it has been recognized twice in CNN’s “100 America’s Best Places to Live” list.

Friendswood is known for its:

  • Gated and Master-Planned Communities: Friendswood is home to several master-planned communities. These include West Ranch, Friendswood Trails, The Forest, and Creekwood Estates.
  • Top-Rated Schools: The city is zoned to both Friendswood and Clear Creek ISDs. Residents can attend highly-rated schools like Cline Elementary, Friendswood Jr High, and Friendswood High School.
  • Variety of Home Options: West Ranch features around 1,300 homes from Village Builders, Partners In Building, and Perry Homes. The Forest, on the other hand, features slightly older homes on large, expansive lots.
  • Great Accessibility: Residents have easy access to key employment centers like downtown Houston, the Texas Medical Center, and Greenway Plaza.

Friendswood has ten city parks complete with sports fields and amenities for hiking, jogging, biking, and fishing. The city is also mixed-use and features commercial areas with plenty of dining, retail, and entertainment options.

Map of Friendswood

Friendswood Real Estate Trends


Clear Lake

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
Clear Lake $315,000 $77,000 57%

Clear Lake Map

Situated approximately 20 miles southeast of downtown Houston, Clear Lake includes several neighborhoods and communities spanning from the Greater Houston Bay Area to Gulf Freeway.

Clear Lake is popular for its:

  • Master-planned Communities: Clear Lake has plenty of home options in its luxury home neighborhoods. Among its most notable communities are Bay Oaks, Bay Forest, and The Reserve at Clear Lake.

  • Proximity to Employment Hubs: Clear Lake is home to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. Biochemical, biotechnology, and petrochemical companies put up base in the area.

  • Outdoor Recreational Areas: The area offers access to waterfront restaurants, attractions, and activities. Marinas line the Bay Area, including the Watergate Yachting Center.

  • Green Spaces: Clear Lake City boasts amenities like parks, picnic areas, and recreation areas. The Armand Bayou Nature Center and the Sylvan Rodriguez Park are top choices for outdoor activities.

Clear Lake is the second-largest master-planned community in Houston with plenty to offer. It features a great mix of communities, recreational areas, and commercial centers. The Clear Creek Independent School District, considered one of Texas’s highest performing large school districts, serves most of the neighborhood.

Map of Clear Lake

Clear Lake Real Estate Trends


Jersey Village

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
Jersey Village $295,277 $73,000 53%

Jersey Village Map

Jersey Village is one of the better golf course communities in Houston. This suburban neighborhood provides residents several recreational activities and great accessibility to business and commercial hotspots.

This Northwest Houston neighborhood is one of the best suburbs to live in in Houston for its:

  • Fun Outdoor Activities: Jersey Village is home to the Jersey Meadow Golf Course and other recreational amenities. Residents have access to a small lake, a park with playground facilities, and a swimming pool.

  • Central Location: Houston’s key districts are close and nearby. CityCentre Plaza and Memorial City Mall are accessible within 15 minutes, while Energy Corridor and Downtown Houston are less than 30 minutes from the neighborhood.

  • Easy Commute: The community conveniently stands at the junction of Beltway 8 and US 290. Homeowners have quick access to nearby major roads, including N Eldridge Parkway, Jones Road, and West Road.

Jersey Village offers a quiet, peaceful community vibe. This up-and-coming community features a mix of modern custom-built homes and upgraded vintage properties. Rapid developments are also happening in the commercial and real estate front of the area.

Map of Jersey Village

Jersey Village Real Estate Trends


$80,000 To $150,000: Where Can I Afford To Live?

Many of Houston’s most popular neighborhoods are also, historically, the best performers in real estate appreciation. Contact us for a custom list of homes in these areas.

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
Pearland $315,609 $81,000 61%
Eldridge North $337,000 $82,000 -2%
*Galleria $298,500 $85,000 18%
*EaDo $330,000 $85,000 51%
Katy $343,500 $86,000 31%
Gulfton $324,500 $87,000 8%
Tomball $345,500 $88,000 72%
Shepherd Park Plaza $355,597 $88,000 18%
Cypress $350,000 $90,000 45%
Spring Branch $370,000 $91,000 74%
Energy Corridor $382,250 $91,000 37%
*Downtown $250,000 $92,000 19%
Sienna (Area) $368,512 $96,000 35%
Oak Forest $411,000 $96,000 80%
Sugar Land $403,000 $97,000 52%
*Midtown $334,500 $98,000 37%
Meyerland $415,000 $98,000 32%
League City $370,868 $98,000 54%
Fulshear $385,000 $103,000 10%
Knollwood/Woodside $443,925 $104,000 37%
Cottage Grove $430,000 $107,000 47%
Manvel $384,995 $107,000 70%
Washington East/Sabine $457,450 $110,000 55%
Riverside $453,000 $114,000 59%
The Woodlands $480,000 $115,000 60%
Rice Military $494,000 $119,000 29%
Briargrove Park $519,500 $123,000 57%
Timbergrove / Lazybrook $539,750 $132,000 86%
Houston Heights $559,950 $133,000 68%
Garden Oaks $625,000 $145,000 98%

Pearland

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
Pearland $315,609 $81,000 61%

Pearland Map

Pearland is a 47.5-square mile city that is located south of Houston. It borders Brookside Village (north east) and Manvel (south west). The city is also on the list of “Top 50 Most Livable Mid-Sized Cities in the US”.

Pearland is known for its:

  • Strategic Location: Pearland has convenient access to the Texas Medical Center and the Hobby Airport. Hwy 288, Beltway 8, and I-45 are minutes away.
  • Master-Planned Communities: Pearland is home to several planned communities, including Silverlake, Silvercreek, Green Tee Terrace, and Shadow Creek Ranch.
  • Outstanding Schools: Pearland homes are zoned to some of best schools in Houston. Several school districts serve the city, including Pearland, Alvin, Fort Bend, Pasadena, Clear Creek, and Houston ISDs.
  • Golf Courses: Residents are minutes away from Southwyck Golf Club, Pearland Golf Club, Clear Creek Golf Club, and Golf Crest Country Club.

Homes in Pearland range from traditional to luxury homes in gated communities, from waterfront estates to homes in golf courses. The east section of Pearland is made up of established neighborhoods while the west section features newer master-planned communities.

Map of Pearland

Pearland Real Estate Trends


Katy

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
Katy $343,500 $86,000 31%

Katy Map

Katy is one of Houston’s top-ranked suburbs. Katy homes are popular thanks to:

  • Top-ranked schools. According to Houston’s Best Public Schools, many of Katy’s public schools are ranked amongst the top in the state of Texas.
  • Affordability. Katy is ranked as one of Houston’s Best Suburbs based upon community ratings for public schools, affordability, commute time, livability, and amenities.
  • Real estate appreciation. Katy’s real estate market has been one of the best performing Houston neighborhoods over the past one-, five-, and ten-year periods.
  • Activities. Katy is ranked as one of the top communities in the state for “Fun Family Activities” with shopping and entertainment venues like Katy Mills Mall, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, and Typhoon Texas Water Park.
  • Master-planned communities. Katy is home to some of the top-ranked master-planned communities in the Houston area, including Cinco Ranch, Falls at Green Meadows, Firethorne, Grand Lakes, Seven Meadows, and over a dozen more.
  • Golf courses. Katy has some of Houston’s Best Golf Courses & Golf Communities, including Cinco Ranch (public course), Meadowbrook Farm (public), Falcon Point (private), and Willow Fork (private).

Due to the Greater Katy area’s size and number of communities, its real estate market can be tricky to navigate. Consulting with the best Katy realtor can greatly benefit homebuyers.

Map of Katy

Katy Real Estate Trends


Tomball

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
Tomball $345,500 $88,000 72%

Tomball Map

Tomball is a 12-square mile incorporated city located miles northwest of Houston. It borders Hockley (west), Magnolia (north), Spring/Klein (east), and The Woodlands (northeast).

Tomball is known for its:

  • Luxury Gated Communities. Several luxury gated communities with wide estates can be found in Tomball. Some of its master-planned communities are Saddlebrook Estates, Huntington Woods, and Haven Lake Estates.
  • Top Ranked Schools: Tomball students may attend highly ranked Doerre Intermediate, Rosehill Elementary, and Tomball Memorial High School.
  • Lush Wooden Lots: Homes are built on wide acres of land. These areas range from 9,000 to more than 500,000 square feet, with lush greenery and fully-developed trees.
  • Easy Accessibility: Residents have convenient access to The Woodlands, Energy Corridor, and Grand Parkway 99.

Tomball is home to parks, sports arenas, and nature reserves. They feature amenities such as pools, ponds, and walking trails. The Tomball Country Club also features an 18-hole golf course.

Map of Tomball

Tomball Real Estate Trends


$150,000 To $250,000: Cost Of Luxury Homes

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Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
*Greenway Plaza $555,000 $151,000 51%
Montrose $665,000 $159,000 51%
River Oaks Shopping Area $724,950 $172,000 53%
*Briar Hollow $630,000 $195,000 28%
Upper Kirby $842,500 $197,000 41%
Memorial West $833,500 $197,000 60%
Rice / Museum District $892,500 $209,000 40%
Bellaire $950,000 $219,000 26%
Briargrove $936,250 $221,000 47%
*Braeswood Place $1,026,750 $240,000 116%

Montrose

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
Montrose $665,000 $159,000 51%

Montrose Map

Known for its Bohemian and diverse culture, Montrose is a vibrant neighborhood offering hip and stellar stellar restaurants, lounges, bars, art museums, 1920s mansions, new homes, and upscale condos. It competes with The Heights for the #1 highest Walk Score in Houston.

Montrose homes are constantly in high demand thanks to its:

  • Vibrant Street Scene: A plethora of retail, dining, and nightlife hubs line the 1.7-mile stretch of Westheimer Road that runs through Montrose. Shepherd Drive, Montrose Boulevard, and West Alabama Street also offer hundreds of Yelp-ranked retail options.
  • Unique Atmosphere: Montrose is home to museums, parks, and historic neighborhoods. Often considered one of Houston’s cultural centers, the area also holds festivals and art exhibits.
  • Highly Regarded Schools: The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Lanier Middle School have earned top public school rankings.
  • Strong Appreciation: Montrose has had one of Houston’s best real estate appreciation rates over the past decade.

Located south of the Buffalo Bayou and north of Southwest Freeway, Montrose is about 3 miles away from Downtown Houston. The area showcases several historic neighborhoods, including Courtlandt Place. Homes in these communities are beautifully restored and carefully maintained.

Map of Montrose

Montrose Real Estate Trends


River Oaks Shopping Area

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
River Oaks Shopping Area $724,950 $172,000 53%

River Oaks Shopping Area Map

River Oaks Shopping Area is nestled between the luxurious neighborhood of River Oaks and the vibrant community of Montrose. Rice Military borders the north side, while Upper Kirby is on the southwest of the neighborhood.

The district is highly in-demand thanks to its:

  • Excellent Location: Centrally located within the Inner Loop, River Oaks Shopping Area has easy access to all major job centers, including Downtown, Galleria, and The Medical Center. Along with the Highland Village, boutiques and restaurants in Westheimer and San Felipe are minutes away.

  • Shopping, Dining, & Entertainment: With the River Oaks Shopping Center at its heart, the area boasts convenient access to retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. The River Oaks Theater is one of the shopping center’s most defining markers.

  • Top-ranked Schools: The neighborhood boasts access to River Oaks Elementary and premier private schools. It is zoned to IB World Schools, including Lanier Middle and Lamar High.

  • Parks & Recreation: Located in the heart of Buffalo Bayou, the River Oaks Shopping Area allows residents to enjoy the various hiking, walking, and bike trails in the vicinity. The River Oaks Country Club is approximately one mile away from the neighborhood.

River Oaks Shopping Area stands nearby major thoroughfares, including Katy Freeway (I-10), Loop 610, and Southwest Freeway (US 59).

Map of River Oaks Shopping Area

River Oaks Shopping Area Real Estate Trends


Briar Hollow

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
*Briar Hollow $630,000 $195,000 28%

Briar Hollow Map

Located south of Buffalo Bayou and Memorial Park, Briar Hollow is home to upscale gated communities, luxury high-rise condominiums, and world-class retail centers. The neighborhood is nestled between the Galleria and River Oaks, one of Houston’s most expensive neighborhoods.

The community is known for its:

  • Proximity to Galleria: Briar Hollow provides quick access to The Galleria, one of the city’s vibrant retail and business districts. The area is home to over 23 million sq ft office space and around 5 million sq ft of retail spots.
  • Highland Village & River Oaks District: The neighborhood is blocks away from River Oaks District and Highland Village, offering a mix of premier boutiques and high-end dining. Other exciting retail centers nearby are Uptown Park and Post Oak Plaza.
  • Memorial Park: Residents can enjoy miles of hike and bike trails, the Memorial Park Golf Course, and the Seymour Lieberman Exertrail. Memorial park has facilities for croquet, volleyball, skating, swimming, and tennis, along with playgrounds and picnic spots.
  • IB World Schools: Briar Hollow is zoned to the Houston Independent School District. Three IB World Schools serve the area: the School at St. George Place, Lanier Middle School, and Lamar High School.

The Wilshire and the Arabella are two new upscale high-rise developments with lavish amenities located within Briar Hollow. Audubon Hollow, Eaton Square, and River Hollow are among the best-gated communities in Houston.

Map of Briar Hollow

Briar Hollow Real Estate Trends


Over $250,000: Most Expensive Areas

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Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
Highland Village / Midlane $1,299,000 $302,000 86%
West University $1,350,000 $307,000 64%
Royden / Afton Oaks $1,352,500 $318,000 145%
Memorial Villages $1,604,087 $365,000 37%
Memorial Park $1,595,000 $375,000 54%
Tanglewood $1,725,000 $406,000 45%
Memorial Close In $1,837,000 $438,000 30%
River Oaks $2,400,000 $566,000 63%

Highland Village / Midlane

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
Highland Village / Midlane $1,299,000 $302,000 86%

Highland Village / Midlane Map

Highland Village is a small neighborhood located near the Galleria/Uptown area and River Oaks. Due to its central location, Highland Village homes are highly sought after.

Highland Village is known for its:

  • Rising Land Values: Land value appreciation in this neighborhood is among the best in Houston. Its HOA (Highland Village Civic Club) has helped maintain an exciting yet private atmosphere, further adding to its exclusivity and appeal.
  • Top Schools: Students are able to attend Lamar High, Lanier Middle, and St. George Place Elementary School. These are among Inner Loop’s best schools.
  • Close Proximity to Business: Residents are minutes away from the Galleria/Uptown area and Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza. Downtown Houston and the Texas Medical Center are also easily accessible from the neighborhood.
  • Luxury Retail and Shopping: Highland Village homes are mere blocks away from the Highland Village Shopping Center. The shopping center is home to more than 60 luxury boutiques, dining, and entertainment options.

Highland Village is deed-restricted, allowing for residents to enjoy a consistent look and feel in the village. Luxury homes are typically well maintained with manicured lots.

Map of Highland Village / Midlane

Highland Village / Midlane Real Estate Trends


West University

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
West University $1,350,000 $307,000 64%

West University Map

Covering a total area of 2 square miles, West University Place is a “city within a city”, subdivided into 26 sections called blocks. It has Bellaire to the west, Southside Place to the south, and Houston to the east and north. It was also once named the “Number One Best City to Live In” by USA Today.

West University is known for its:

  • Security: The area has one of the lowest crime rates in Houston. The West University Police Department watches over their communities’ residents and their properties.
  • Community: Facilities such as libraries, recreation centers, and parks make for one of Houston’s most accessible communities.
  • Central Location: West University enjoys close proximity to Rice University, Texas Medical Center, the Galleria, Downtown Houston, and the Museum District.
  • Real Estate Appreciation Rates: Home prices are well over $1M, with one of the highest 10-year land value appreciation rates in Houston.

West University also goes by “The Neighborhood City” because of the above qualities, in addition to its family-friendly subdivisions. The neighborhood exudes a small-town look and feel that makes West University homes for sale highly desired.

Map of West University

West University Real Estate Trends


Royden / Afton Oaks

Area Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 10 Year %
Royden / Afton Oaks $1,352,500 $318,000 145%

Royden / Afton Oaks Map

The Royden/Afton Oaks area comprises two upscale deed-restricted communities nestled east of Loop 610 and north of Southwest Freeway. The Royden Oaks area, in particular, is right next to the River Oaks neighborhood.

The Royden/Afton Oaks neighborhoods are known for their:

  • Exclusivity: Royden and Afton Oaks real estate are among the most expensive in Houston. They continue to enjoy strong appreciation rates year after year.
  • Convenient Location: Residents are minutes away from Downtown Houston, Uptown, Greenway Plaza, and Texas Medical Center. A few blocks away is the Galleria area, an upscale shopping district with a variety of retail stores and establishments.
  • Top Ranked Schools: The Royden/Afton Oaks area is zoned to River Oaks Elementary, Laniel Middle, and Lamar High School.
  • Easy Accessibility: These neighborhoods are located near two major freeways, providing excellent access to other key districts.

The Royden/Afton Oaks area has approximately 700 homes. These neighborhoods are largely residential, featuring single-family homes with generous lot sizes between 8,000 to 10,000 square feet.

Map of Royden / Afton Oaks

Royden / Afton Oaks Real Estate Trends


Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

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  • https://www.houston.org/living/
  • *Default median housing price values are from single-family homes, except these neighborhoods (where condos, townhomes and single-family homes are considered due to the fact that there’s an above average of condos/townhomes in these market areas).
  • We used the following assumptions for calculating monthly PITI (principal, interest, taxes and insurance) using data from http://www.mortgagecalculator.org:
    • 20% down payment
    • 3.05% interest rate with a 30 year mortgage with no PMI
    • The neighborhood tax rate, per HAR MLS data, per area
    • A 20% average Texas Homestead discount (per HCAD.org, fbcad.org & https://mcad-tx.org)
    • The neighborhood median HOA fee (If applicable. This mostly applies to * communities where condos or townhomes are included like Downtown Houston.)
    • 0.5% annual insurance costs
  • Annual home prices are based on HAR MLS reported sales for the prior year during January 1 and May 31. Starting on June 1, current year HAR MLS sales data is used.
  • For annual appreciation or depreciation salary requirement rates, we did not make any modifications based on the most recent tax reform act. We assumed taxes rates were constant in our calculations between monthly PITI costs and salary requirements.
  • For “can comfortably afford” salary assumptions, we used that 28% of gross income could be used toward monthly PITI costs because financial planners often say that 25-33% of income can be used toward monthly PITI payments. For qualification purposes underwriters typically defer to their “back end” ratio which includes liabilities on credit reports (all revolving, installment, and mortgage liabilities). For this ratio 36% is normally used in planning and around 43% is around the maximum allowed.
  • Reporters or news outlets, please contact [email protected] for an Excel export of every neighborhood’s associated data and calculations.
  • Data is deemed accurate, but is not guaranteed. Information is provided for informational purposes only.

Top Ranked Realtors: Paige Martin & The Houston Properties Team

Top Ranked Realtors: Paige Martin & The Houston Properties Team

The Houston Properties Team has a well-defined structure based on the individual strengths of each member. Each member is a specialist in their role – which is why our homes sell faster and for more money than average.

Paige Martin, Broker Associate with Keller Williams Realty, and the Houston Properties Team are ranked amongst the top residential Realtors in the world.

They have been featured on TV and in dozens of publications including: The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Reuters, Fox News in the Morning, Money Magazine, Houston Business Journal, Houstonia, and Houston Chronicle.

Paige Martin was just ranked as the #5 agent in the world with Keller Williams, and has completed over $1,000,000,000 in Houston residential real estate sales.

Houston Properties Team awards

Recent awards include:

  • 2021: America’s Top 100 Real Estate Agents
  • 2021: Top Real Estate Team (Houston Properties Team), Houston Business Journal
  • 2021: Best Houston Real Estate Team, Best of Reader’s Choice
  • 2021: Top Real Estate Team (Houston Properties Team), Houston Business Journal
  • 2021: #1 Real Estate Team, Keller Williams Memorial
  • 2020: Top Real Estate Team (Houston Properties Team), Houston Business Journal
  • 2020: #6 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
  • 2020: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas (Top Keller Williams Realtor)
  • 2020: #1 Real Estate Team, Keller Williams Memorial
  • 2019: Top Residential Realtors in Houston, Houston Business Journal
  • 2019: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2019: #5 Individual Agent, KW Worldwide
  • 2019: #1 Individual Agent, KW Texas
  • 2018: #5 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
  • 2018: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
  • 2018: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
  • 2018: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2018: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, Houston Business Journal
  • 2018: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
  • 2017: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
  • 2017: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
  • 2017: #10 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
  • 2017: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2017: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, Houston Business Journal
  • 2017: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
  • 2016: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
  • 2016: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
  • 2016: #20 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Worldwide
  • 2016: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
  • 2016: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, HBJ
  • 2016: Five Star Realtor, Featured in Texas Monthly
  • 2016: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2015: #9 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, United States
  • 2015: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
  • 2015: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Houston
  • 2015: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2015: Top 25 Residential Realtor in Houston, HBJ
  • 2015: Five Star Realtor, Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2014: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
  • 2014: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams Memorial

. . . in addition to over 318 additional awards.

Paige also serves a variety of non-profits, civic and community boards and was appointed by Houston’s Mayor to be on the downtown TIRZ board.

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Our Team, composed of distinguished and competent Houston luxury realtors, has a well-defined structure based on the individual strengths of each member.

We find team approach as the most effective way to sell homes. We have dedicated people doing staging, marketing, social media, open houses and showings. Each Houston Properties Team member is a specialist in their role – which is why our homes sell faster and for more money than average.

The benefits of working with a team include:

  • ability to be in two or three places at one time: a member can handle showings, while another answer calls
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  • efficient multi-tasking: One agent takes care of inspections and/or repair work, while another agent is focused on administrative details
  • multiple marketing channels using members’ networks
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Paige Martin

Our Recent Awards

Why We’re Different

  • #1 Keller Williams Realtor in Houston
  • #1 Keller Williams Realtor in Texas
  • #6 Keller Williams Realtor in the U.S.
  • "One of Houston's Top 25 Realtors," Houston
    Business Journal
  • "One of America's Best Realtors," RealTrends.com / WSJ
  • Over $1 Billion in Houston residential home sales
  • We know this market, and this property.
  • We're candid.
  • We'll tell you the "bad' and the "ugly" about any property we show you.
  • Most often, we talk our clients into NOT BUYING.
- Gretchen & Brad Richter- Gretchen & Brad Richter
“We relocated to Texas from out of state 3 years ago, and Paige’s intimate knowledge of Houston neighborhoods, valuations, trends, and pitfalls was simply unmatched. We would never have been able to find our perfect home without her. She was calm and focused when everything seemed most challenging — a true professional and advocate who has become a dear friend. We are grateful to have met her!

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- Peter McGillivray & Jillian Jopling- Peter McGillivray & Jillian Jopling
“Paige demonstrated all qualities you want in a realtor – knowledgeable, attentive, responsive, patient. She put us into our first dream home, and due to that experience, we’ve returned to her time and again for our other real estate needs. You will quickly realize after working with Paige that while she focuses on completing your deal, her endgame is to ensure her clients’ needs are preserved and satisfied.

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- Gail & Ian Mackey- Gail & Ian Mackey
“As first time buyers in the US, we are delighted to have worked with Paige. She is a delight to work with, and I would recommend anyone to enlist her help if you’re looking to either buy or sell a property.

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- Dr. Jen Shroff- Dr. Jen Shroff
“Paige is simply the best. She was patient with us throughout the process and took time to answer all of our questions! She knows so much about the housing market so we felt very confident that we were in great hands!

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- Travis LeConey- Travis LeConey
“Paige has helped my wife and I twice now. I couldn’t think of a better person to have in your corner when buying or selling! She guided us through the process, and made it seem so easy that selling/buying was fun! Paige is a great person, very responsive, and great at what she does. I recommend Paige to all my friends and co-workers. If you are buying or selling in the area Paige covers, give her a call. You won’t regret it!

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- Xavier Refunjol- Xavier Refunjol
“Paige is dedicated, thorough and caring to where you feel you’re their only client. Their best asset is their honesty, based on experience and data. We had a great time buying our first home largely because of them. We would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone.

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- Taylor Lamb- Taylor Lamb
“Paige was wonderful to work with. She was thorough, knowledgeable and patient. I would highly recommend Paige to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.”

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- Jeremy & Lynn Greene- Jeremy & Lynn Greene
“Paige Martin is the best Realtor. She is highly experienced and very knowledgeable. She made our buying experience an enjoyable one, not only for us, but for our daughter, son-in-law and several of our friends. We have bought and sold many houses, and Paige has been the best realtor we have ever worked with. We highly recommend her.

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- Dr. Forrest Roth, MD- Dr. Forrest Roth, MD
“Paige is the best of the best when it comes to real estate! She has bought & sold many properties for us & we couldn't recommend her more highly!

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- Tina Spiller, Chevron- Tina Spiller, Chevron
“I really enjoyed working with Paige on the sale of my townhome. The HAR listing was perfect and went up quickly and the sale was closed within 30 days. I definitely recommend Paige for any real estate transaction.

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