Falling Oil Prices: Impact On Houston Real Estate

We reviewed key trends from the 2015 oil crash and 2008 Great Recession to see how the recent oil price crash will impact the Houston housing market.

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Oil prices have dropped to a 25-year low. Since Houston holds 29% of the nation’s jobs in oil & gas, the Bayou City is more exposed to oil prices than most.

While there are no signs of a slowdown so far, we’ve compiled an analysis of what may happen from a continued and prolonged drop in oil prices on Houston real estate.

We based our research on current market data, Houston’s economic makeup, and the impact of the 2008 financial crisis.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Buyers from the peak of the pre-2008-crisis recouped their investment (including transaction costs) within 4-5 years on average.

In any downturn, there is a flight to quality. “In demand” neighborhoods outperformed.

Homes with good floorplans, not immediately located next to railways, highways or thoroughfares continued to hold value.

Certain areas of Houston are more exposed to energy jobs than others. It is likely that properties located near major centers (The Medical Center – Healthcare, Downtown – General Industry, The Galleria – Retail, etc.) could outperform.

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Any downturn (from oil prices or other negative events) creates a “flight to quality.” The value of a Top Houston Realtor is candid feedback on which areas and properties are most likely to hold value over time.

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Buyers from the peak of the pre-2008-crisis recouped their investment (including transaction costs) within 4-5 years on average.

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Table of Contents

  1. Not surprisingly, Houston is exposed to the energy industry.
  2. Houston’s energy exposure is down 70% since the 1980’s – thanks to growth in other sectors.
  3. Houston’s real estate market is so strong now, that 20-35% dip would create a “balanced market.”
  4. Global Financial Crisis Lesson #1: 18-Month Lag.
  5. Global Financial Crisis Lesson #2: Different Neighborhoods Trend Differently.
  6. Global Financial Crisis Lesson #3: Flight To Quality.
  7. Global Financial Crisis Lesson #4: Financing Terms Matter.
  8. Sources, Methodology & Disclosures
  9. The Best Houston Realtor to Sell Your Home

Not surprisingly, Houston is exposed to the energy industry.

Not surprisingly, Houston is exposed to the energy industry.

Not surprisingly, Houston is exposed to the energy industry.

Houston is currently more exposed to the energy industry than most US cities as nearly 45% of our employment is directly or indirectly tied to the sector (for comparison, New York City has approximately 10% exposure.


Houston’s energy exposure is down 70% since the 1980’s – thanks to growth in other sectors.

Houston’s energy exposure is down 70% since the 1980’s – thanks to growth in other sectors.

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Houston’s energy exposure is dramatically lower than it was in the past. 85% of Houston’s employed in 1985 was directly or indirectly exposed to the energy sector.

Houston’s primary other industries include: Trade, Transpo, and Utilities (19.9%), Educational and Health Services (12.8%), Government (12.4%). Recreation and Entertainment, Real Estate, Finance, Information and Other Services combine to make 14%.

The Health care industry alone accounts for one in every 10 jobs in the region, 9.5 percent of local payroll ($15.9 billion in ’13), and more than 48,000 jobs created since the end of the Great Recession.


Houston’s real estate market is so strong now, that 20-35% dip would create a “balanced market.”

Houston’s real estate market is so strong now, that 20-35% dip would create a “balanced market.”

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Houston is currently in a very strong seller’s market (2.7 months of inventory, compared to 5.1 months nationwide and 5-8 months being a balanced market).

A 20-35% drop (either based on a drop in demand or an increase in supply from new homes on the market) would bring us to a balanced market.

Historically, Houston’s “balanced market” appreciates at a rate between 3-5% per annum.

Based on the market report, we are still seeing a robust housing market. We recorded notable growth in total property sales (6.9%), total dollar volume (11%), and single-family home sales (8.2%).

We expect things to slow down considerably in the 2nd quarter (and possibly moving forward).


Global Financial Crisis Lesson #1: 18-Month Lag.

Global Financial Crisis Lesson #1: 18-Month Lag.

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While no one knows the direction or magnitude of future oil prices, we could extrapolate what a continued drop in oil prices may look like by evaluating the impact of the 2007/2008 financial crisis.

In August 2007, the interbank market froze completely, and major banks started looking for emergency funding.

Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008.

The average sales price per square foot of single-family home price of Houston's close-in neighborhoods increased in both 2007 and 2008.

In September 2009, the average price of single-family homes was 1.6% lower than the previous year.

Houston’s single-family home prices were up 4% by 2010 and returned to “pre-crisis” levels within 24 months.

The main trend that Houston real estate experienced was a drop in total VOLUME but not a massive decrease in the average or median sale price per square foot, like other parts of the country experienced.

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Global Financial Crisis Lesson #2: Different Neighborhoods Trend Differently.

Global Financial Crisis Lesson #2: Different Neighborhoods Trend Differently.

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Neighborhoods trend differently, as real estate is local (and in most cases hyper-local).

Certain areas, subdivisions, and condo buildings had an extremely muted impact (compared to Houston, Texas, or the nation) as these areas were (and are) consistently in high demand.

These areas benefited from two main factors:

Most sellers who lived there didn’t have to sell (they could either rent out their property or had the luxury of having financial resources to keep their home).

The areas were (and in nearly all cases “are”) in such high demand that they had a continual interest from new buyers (buyers “moving up,” buyers wanting to be close to their jobs, relocation buyers, investors, etc.)

Notable neighborhoods that fit these criteria include: West University, River Oaks, Bellaire, Timbergrove / Lazybrook,, Museum District, Houston Heights, Southampton, Rice Military, Afton Oaks, etc

As in most crises, real estate experiences a “flight to quality.” (If you want a collection of neighborhoods in consistently high demand in your price point, email me.)

Assuming a “bad case scenario” for oil prices, it’s likely that neighborhoods with close proximity to major job centers of other industries will trend better (e.g. Medical Center – Healthcare, Galleria – Retail, Downtown – General industrial).

Likewise, neighborhoods with a higher proportion of energy jobs than average, or neighborhoods located in further proximity to the major job centers could trend worse.


Global Financial Crisis Lesson #3: Flight To Quality.

Global Financial Crisis Lesson #3: Flight To Quality.

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High quality homes sell in nearly every market.

Disadvantaged homes sell more slowly or at larger discounts.

In the aftermath of the 2007/2008 financial crisis, we saw a flight to quality in nearly every asset class – including Houston real estate.

Several of the key factors that influenced the price and speed that homes sold in the downturn include:


Global Financial Crisis Lesson #4: Financing Terms Matter.

Global Financial Crisis Lesson #4: Financing Terms Matter.

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Mortgage financing terms are of critical importance. The primary drop in real estate sales from the 2008 crisis did not stem from a lack of demand – it came from the lack of ability to get financing.

Two notable items have the ability to mitigate a drop in oil prices:

If the Fed acts more “dovish” due to a drop in the energy industry, the impact of a drop in oil prices will be muted.

Any downturn (from oil prices or anything else) creates a “flight to quality.” The value of a Top Houston Realtor is candid feedback on which areas and properties are most likely to hold value over time.

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Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

Sources, Methodology & Disclosures

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- 2017: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
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- 2017: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2017: Top 25 Residential Realtors in Houston, Houston Business Journal
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- 2016: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, Texas
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- 2016: Texas’ Most Influential Realtors
- 2016: Top 25 Residential Realtors 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
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- 2015: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2015: Top 25 Residential Realtors in Houston, HBJ
- 2015: Five Star Realtor, Texas Monthly Magazine
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