Impact Of Hurricane Harvey To The Houston Real Estate Market

Based on historical data, we looked at Harvey’s possible impact to the Houston housing market. Plus, see condos and neighborhoods that didn’t flood.

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Our heart goes out to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you or your family experienced flooding, please read these Hurricane Harvey Resources & Clean Up Tips.

If you’re a real estate investor or are considering a purchase now, please keep reading. We’ve received a lot of inquiries about this topic and have tried to provide a comprehensive overview below.

We have a database of over 100 neighborborhoods and 115 condos in Houston. We have been working with other agents of the Houston Properties Team to actively map out specific subdivisions and buildings that did well (and those that did poorly). We have listed the areas and buildings that were largely unaffected by flooding below.

If you’re looking at specific homes or buildings and want to confirm if the property is in a flood zone, please email the Houston Properties Team.


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NOTE: Based on our calls and outreach, we have compiled a list of the condo buildings and areas that flooded and those that did not (below). If you have any information we can add or anything that appears wrong, please email us, and we’ll update this page.

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Houston Flooding

Based on what happened during the last hurricane, here’s likely what the Houston real estate market will likely look like for the next few months. There will likely be a:

  • Major spike in rentals (especially short term rentals).
  • Spike in activity in condos (see the benefits of living in a Houston condo).
  • Spike in interest in homes and neighborhoods that did not flood (details below).
  • Massive decline in sales in areas that flooded.

Generally speaking, it is a good time to be a buyer as there will be less buyers in the market, due to several main reasons:

  • Some buyers were impacted by the flooding, are not able to carry two mortgages, and they will need to fix their home before they can sell it (or consider moving).
  • Some buyers did not have their home impacted, but their business, family or friends were. As such, they’re unable to consider making a move now.
  • In addition, a group of buyers will pause and not do anything, out of general concern and uncertainty.

There are also typically a number of deals that come on the market after a natural disaster like this. They are rare in non-flooded areas, but they often come from the following type situations:

  • Vacant homes (especially if the buyer lives out of the area or out of state).
  • Homes where the buyer is willing to take on work (renovations/repairs/etc.) Note: this has a financing implication as these would need to be covered out of pocket.
  • If builders are close to their lines of credit or had inventory that fared poorly, they may be willing to discount or provide more allowances on their new construction inventory as they’ll need more cash flow.

Also, we spend a lot of time studying the data on long term trends (see page #3 of our Houston Real Estate Investing Trends Report – email me for a copy). As we’ve clearly seen this past week, close in homes in the flood plain (or too close to the floodplain) can be hugely impacted in a negative way. This situation is a good reminder for buyers about the importance of buying a quality home in a quality location. While that doesn’t prevent a disaster, most of the Houston close in areas that flooded were in the known floodplains.


Houston Flooding

We started by focusing on the 52 Houston neighborhoods from: Houston’s Best Neighborhoods: Where Can I Afford To Live and have added neighborhoods by request.

If you have specific questions or updated information, please email us.

Neighborhoods And Communities That Did Exceptionally Well:

(Defined as no known flooding problems.)

Neighborhoods And Communities That Did Quite Well:

(Defined as water on the street, but no known home flooding problems.)

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