8 Shocking Houston Real Estate Market Statistics

8 Intriguing Houston Real Estate Statistics


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The Houston real estate market is on fire.

Buyers encounter multiple offers, backup contracts and 40 people standing in line to get into an open house.

The 20 Most Expensive Houston Neighborhoods and 14 Hottest Inner Loop Neighborhoods lists show numbers that are both promising and intriguing.

The question is . . . IS THIS SUSTAINABLE? Here are 8 shocking Houston real estate statistics to give you some insight.

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1) Houston has the lowest home inventory in 13 years

Housing inventory has dipped to a 13-year low of 3.5 months as the number of available properties declined 22.1 percent. The number of available homes for sale is at its lowest point since 1999.


2) Houston Home Sales Jumped 17% From Last Year

Sales continue its strong push, marked by the 17% surge compared to last year. Currently on a 22-month roll, homes in Houston continue to soar with record-breaking numbers of single-family, condos and townhouses sales.


3) Condos & Townhome Sales Up 47% Year Over Year

Houston townhouses & condominiums sales rocketed up 47.1 percent from the number of sold units a year prior, with 550 units sold in March 2013. Inventory is also markedly down to 3.7 months from the prior year’s 6.8 months level.


4) Six “Close In” Houston Neighborhoods Posted 10%+ Appreciation Last Year

Comparing the average sold price per sq ft, six “Close In” Houston neighborhoods experienced double digit appreciation between 2011 and 2012: Westbury (20%), SouthSide Place (17%), Houston Heights (13%), Woodland Heights (12%), Southgate (12%) and Meyerland (11%).


5) 49,800 People Relocated To Houston Last Year

Forbes’ 2012 Migration Data shows that an average of 4,100 people moved to Houston per month last year. With companies like Chevron, Direct Energy and Exxon relocating employees Houston, the Houston housing market benefits from increased demand.


6) Home Prices Rose By 6.5% From Last Year’s Data

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Home rates are appreciating due to low supply and added demand. The single-family home median price rose to 6.5 percent, an all-time high. The average price rose 4.6 percent year-over-year, the second highest level ever.


7) Housing starts rose 32% during the first quarter of 2013

Builders started 6,442 new Houston homes in the first quarter of 2013 and are on track to start construction on 28,000 properties this year. Homes under construction are twice the size of recently finished homes (supply is at 1.9 months) and expected to address growing demand.


8) Houston Added 118,700 Jobs Over the Past 12 Months

With 118,700 new jobs and a full 1% drop in unemployment rate (to 6.3%), Metrostudy’s May 2013 report ranks Houston on top in annual job growth. With 75,000 more jobs expected before the year ends and a 3.2% annual job growth for the next 5 years, Houston’s economy is projected to expand and increase the employment base.


For a specific recommendation of neighborhoods, buildings or condos based upon your personal style, goals & price point, please contact Paige Martin, head of the Houston Properties Team & Broker Associate at [email protected] or 713-425-4194.

Resources for Houston real estate statistics in this article include: Houston Association of Realtors MLS database for the average price paid per square foot within select neighborhoods, Forbes America’s Fastest Growing Cities, Forbes Houston’s Business Climate Heats Up, Forbes Where Americans Are Moving, Metrostudy Report, 2013’s Top 10 Healthiest Housing Markets

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