Houston Residential Real Estate Has Bounced Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels

Published May 21, 2024

Houston Residential Housing Is Returning To Normal

Houston, United States - May 21, 2024 / Houston Home Buyers /

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"Home sellers and home buyers are back," declared Joe Huber of Houston Home Buyers, a cash home buyers company in Houston. "The COVID pandemic knocked the residential real estate market on its ear but things are close to where they were pre-pandemic. A healthy and functioning housing market is good news for everybody. We have seen the home sellers return despite facing higher mortgage rates when they re-enter the market as buyers. And we have seen home buyers accept the new reality of higher financing costs."

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How is the Housing Market in Houston Right Now?

The Houston Association of Realtors reported the number of single-family home sales in the Houston metro area rose 9.2 percent compared to the first quarter of last year. Median home prices in Houston are up 3% from a year ago and sit at $340,000. The Texas Real Estate Research Centerat Texas A&M University uses a larger area for metropolitan Houston and they reported a 1.9% increase in the median home sales price at $325,990. A median price is when half the prices are lower and half the prices are higher. Active listings on the MLS (home sellers) are up 30.5% from the end of the first quarter in 2023. The 3.7 Months of Inventory is below historical levels but it is a significant improvement over 2.6 from the end of the first quarter in 2023. Most real estate experts believe that a 4 to 6-month housing supply is a "normal" market that provides opportunities for both home buyers and home sellers. And the Days on Market is down 6 days to 89 days.

"The beginning of 2024 was less than encouraging but then we started to see people making decisions to buy or sell. The result was a pleasant spring season for Houston home buyers because there had been so little inventory in the past few years. Home sellers were able to ask for and receive higher selling prices. All housing price segments saw an increase in sales. The strongest results were in the high end of the housing market," stated Mr. Huber.

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Is Houston Real Estate Overpriced?

No, according to the Greater Houston Partnership. When housing costs in Houston are compared to housing costs in other large metro areas in the United States the numbers are startling. Houston's housing costs are approximately 85% below the average of these cities. Of course, this comparison includes expensive cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. When compared to the national average Houston's housing costs are 17.8% lower, ranking second lowest among all the large cities. Lower housing costs contribute to the overall lower living costs in Houston, which are 29.2% lower than the larger city average.

Houston's real estate statistics are often compared to those of Dallas to confirm trends statewide. Dallas also reported positive numbers ending in the first quarter of 2024. Median home prices were up 1.4% from a year ago with the median sales price being $390,000. The 3.0 Months of Inventory was up significantly from 2.1 a year ago. Active MLS listings were up 34.8% and Days on the Market were 6 days less at 89 days.

Condominium and Townhome sales usually lag behind the single-family housing market. During economic downturns, they typically are the first category of residential housing to lose value and during economic upturns, they typically are the last to gain value. This is currently true in Houston. Demand is weak for condominiums and townhomes and inventory levels grew to 4.5 months, which is the highest level in four and one-half years. Year-over-year sales and prices are also weak with a 1.3% decline in sales and a 1.8% decline in prices to $230,000.

Does Houston have a Housing Problem?

Yes. Demand for affordable residential housing in Houston is greater than supply and has been for some time. According to Habitat for Humanity Houston ranks #5 out of six states with the most severe housing shortages. One of the key driving forces of this situation is that Houston offers employment opportunities and has had an expanding population for decades. In addition, the lack of lower-priced, affordable housing contributes to the problem.

Houston Home Buyers is a cash home buyers company in Houston, Texas, and is locally owned and operated. Founded in 2003 it is the second oldest company in Houston buying houses in any condition with 100% cash. The company and its associates and investors remodel, rehab, rent, sell, and return housing stock to the residential market.

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