Houston Real Estate Update: May 2015 – Home Sales Remain Strong
Prices reach April highs and inventory grows slightly.
HOUSTON HOME SALES EDGE UP IN APRIL
The following is the most recent Houston MLS Report, published by the Houston Association of Realtors. The data covers Houston homes for sale and real estate trends from the last twelve months (April 2014 – April 2015).
April Houston Real Estate Milestones:
- Single-family home sales rose 1.9 percent versus April 2014;
- Total property sales were up 1.5 percent year-over-year;
- Total dollar volume increased 6.0 percent, rising from $1.9 billion to $2.1 billion;
- At $281,724, the single-family home average price reached an April high;
- At $209,790, the single-family home median price also achieved a record high for an April;
- Single-family homes months of inventory ticked up to a 2.9-months supply;
- Days on Market for single-family homes was 51 days versus 56 days a year earlier;
- Townhouse/condominium sales rose 6.5 percent versus April 2014.
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Houston Real Estate Updates in April
Houston home sales held to positive territory in April and inventory edged up to levels last seen in September 2014. Sales of single-family homes rose 1.9 percent year-over-year, with the greatest volume taking place among homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000.
According to the latest monthly report prepared by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), April single-family home sales totaled 6,502 units compared to 6,380 a year earlier. Months of inventory, the estimated time it would take to deplete the current active housing inventory based on the previous 12 months of sales, increased to a 2.9-months supply versus 2.6 months last April. That remains well below the current national supply of 4.6 months of inventory.
Home prices achieved record highs for an April, with the average price of a single-family home climbing 4.3 percent year-over-year to $281,724. The median price—the figure at which half the homes sold for more and half for less—jumped 7.0 percent to $209,790.
April sales of all property types totaled 7,907 units, up 1.5 percent compared to the same month last year. Total dollar volume increased 6.0 percent to $2.1 billion versus $1.9 billion a year earlier.
“The Houston real estate market is doing quite well despite low inventory levels and concerns about the effects of declining oil prices,” said HAR Chair Nancy Furst with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties. “Realtors I speak to regularly tell me that business remains strong, and April’s uptick in inventory means consumers had the benefit of more homes hitting the market. We will have to watch and see how layoffs in the energy industry affect home sales in the months ahead.”
April Monthly Market Comparison
The Houston housing market saw across-the-board gains in April, with single-family home sales, total property sales, total dollar volume and pricing all up compared to April 2014.
Month-end pending sales for all property types totaled 6,717, a 39.8 percent increase versus one year earlier. Active listings, or the number of available properties, at the end of April rose 4.9 percent to 29,486.
Houston’s housing inventory grew slightly in April to a 2.9-months supply versus the 2.6-months supply of one year earlier. That matches the inventory level from September 2014. According to the National Association of Realtors, the current supply of homes nationally stands at a 4.6-months supply.
|CATEGORIES||APRIL 2014||APRIL 2015||CHANGE|
|Total property sales||7,788||7,907||1.5%|
|Total dollar volume||$1,977,514,048||$2,096,329,216||6.0%|
|Total active listings||28,114||29,486||4.9%|
|Total pending sales||4,806||6,717||39.8%|
|Single-family home sales||6,380||6,502||1.9%|
|Single-family average sales price||$270,167||$281,724||4.3%|
|Single-family median sales price||$196,000||$209,790||7.0%|
|Single-family months inventory*||2.6||2.9||9.6%|
* Months inventory estimates the number of months it will take to deplete current active inventory based on the prior 12 months sales activity. This figure is representative of the single-family homes market.
Single-Family Homes Update
April single-family home sales totaled 6,502, up 1.9 percent from April 2014. That represents the second consecutive monthly gain since a 6.4 percent drop in February
Home prices reached record highs for an April in Houston. The single-family average price increased 4.3 percent from last year to $281,724 and the median price climbed 7.0 percent year-over-year to $209,790. The average number of days it took to sell a home, or Days on Market (DOM), was 51 in April, down slightly from the DOM of 56 a year earlier.
Broken out by housing segment, April sales performed as follows:
- $1 – $79,999: decreased 23.5 percent
- $80,000 – $149,999: decreased 14.3 percent
- $150,000 – $249,999: increased 9.7 percent
- $250,000 – $499,999: increased 9.9 percent
- $500,000 and above: increased 4.8 percent
HAR also breaks out the sales figures for existing single-family homes. In April, existing home sales totaled 5,571. That is up 2.6 percent from the same month last year. The average sales price rose 4.9 percent year-over-year to $262,967 while the median sales price increased 7.8 percent to $194,000.
Sales of townhouses and condominiums experienced a third straight monthly gain in April, increasing 6.5 percent. A total of 657 units sold compared to 617 properties in April 2014. The average price, however, tumbled 6.2 percent to $196,122 and the median price dropped 12.0 percent to $139,950. Inventory shrank slightly from a 2.7-months supply to 2.6 months.
Lease Property Update
Demand for single-family homes and townhouse/condominiums for lease was flat in April. The average rent for a single-family home rose 5.9 percent to $1,764 and the average rent for a townhouse/condominium increased 8.0 percent to $1,595.
The computerized Multiple Listing Service of the Houston Association of REALTORS® includes residential properties and new homes listed by 25,000 REALTORS® throughout Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, as well as parts of Brazoria, Galveston, Waller and Wharton counties. Residential home sales statistics as well as listing information for more than 50,000 properties may be found on the Internet at http://www.har.com.
The information published and disseminated to the HAR Multiple Listing Services is communicated verbatim, without change by Multiple Listing Services, as filed by MLS participants.
The MLS does not verify the information provided and disclaims any responsibility for its accuracy. All data is preliminary and subject to change. Monthly sales figures reported since November 1998 includes a statistical estimation to account for late entries. Twelve-month totals may vary from actual end-of-year figures. (Single-family detached homes were broken out separately in monthly figures beginning February 1988.)
Founded in 1918, the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) is a 26,000-member organization of real estate professionals engaged in every aspect of the industry, including residential and commercial sales and leasing, appraisal, property management and counseling. It is the largest individual dues-paying membership trade association in Houston as well as the second largest local association/board of REALTORS® in the United States.