Houston gets hot in June – Real Estate Market Simmers

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Single family home sales declined 3% in June with 8,097 homes sales recorded.  Despite the decline for the month, year-to-date sales are still in positive territory. The market is up 1%.  Homes that went under contract and are pending to close rose 13% in June which indicates that July could be a healthy closing month.  The table below indicates what to expect in the next half of the year.  More inventory chasing flat sales will continue to put a damper on home price appreciation in most price classes and increase days on the market in most price classes.

Here’s a glance at the trends for the month and year:

*Pending sales are homes that are under contract and have not closed and indicate current buyer demand.

T op Selling Home Sales by Price Class for 2019 YTD

  1. $150,000-$199,999 – 8,236 sales YTD – 2.0 Months of Inventory
  2. $200,000-$249,999  – 8,196 sales YTD –  3.4
  3. $300,000-$399,999  – 6,608 sales YTD –  5.8
  4. $250,000-$299,999  – 5,793 sales YTD – 4.9
  5. $400,000-$499,999  – 2,966 sales YTD – 6.9

Based on the above top selling price classes, homes priced below $399,999 are in sellers’ markets, homes above that price are in a buyers’ market.

The Houston overall market is so large; it rarely reflects the same trends as a submarket area located within its boundaries.  Some areas are exceeding Houston’s overall growth in sales while others are lagging behind.  For a breakdown of activity by area with a map, CLICK HERE.

To see the hottest selling geographical areas for the month in Houston, CLICK HERE.

To search for homes by price range and map, go to www.GaryGreene.com.

Data provided by the Houston Association of Realtors® Information Services™, and The Real Estate Center for Texas A&M and written by Toni Nelson, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene

 

 

 

 

May experiences 3% increase in home sales.

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May single-family [new and existing] home sales as reported by HAR-MLS experienced a 3% increase in sales and 3% YTD.  It seems like the summer sales engines are gearing up for a more impressive June because pending sales for May closed with an 11% increase. This indicates that sales will continue to be healthy at least through June.

Here’s a glance at the trends for the month and year:

*Pending sales are homes that are under contract and have not closed and indicate current buyer demand.

As the table depicts, listings are up 11% for May in comparison to last May, so there is a plentiful supply of inventory heading into the summer market.  Due to this increase in supply, the average sales price will rise at a much slower pace than has been seen in years past.  The highest demand prices ranges can be viewed below.

Highest % Increase of Top Selling Home Sales by Price Class for 2019 YTD

As you can see, although these homes sales by price class have experienced the largest increase in sales from 2018, they vary tremendously in terms of months of inventory.  The lower the price class, the less time it takes to sell and the higher the price class, the longer it takes to sell.  The $400,000-$499,999 is the median price class where homes below that price class are in a sellers’ market and homes above that price class are in a buyers market.

The Houston overall market is so large; it rarely reflects the same trends as a submarket area located within its boundaries.  Some areas are exceeding Houston’s overall growth in sales while others are lagging behind.  For a breakdown of activity by area with a map, CLICK HERE.

To see the hottest selling geographical areas for the month in Houston, CLICK HERE.

 

To search for homes by price range and map, go to www.GaryGreene.com.

 

Data provided by the Houston Association of Realtors® Information Services™, and The Real Estate Center for Texas A&M and written by Toni Nelson, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene

 

 

 

 

April Brings 8% Increase in Home Sales

Houston single-family home sales in April closed 8% ahead of 2018. And even better news – contracts written but not closed went up 18%. This indicates that sales will continue to grow at least through May.  The number of listings has increased which means less home price appreciation in some price ranges.   Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted.

Here’s a glance at the trends for the month and year:

*Pending sales are homes that are under contract and have not closed and indicate current buyer demand.

Top Selling Home Sales by Price Class for 2019 YTD

  1. $200,000-$249,999 – 4,844 sales YTD – 2.9  MOI
  2. $250,000-$299,999  – 3,389                     4.3  MOI
  3. $750,000-$999,999  – 1,215                    10.1 MOI
  4. $1,000,000 +               1,731                   12.9 MOI
  5. $400,000 – $499,999   3,097                     6.3 MOI

As you can see, homes priced below $300,000 have the lowest months of inventory, are in a sellers’ market and therefore will enjoy the highest home price appreciation.  Homes with 6.3 months of inventory are in a balanced market and those above 7 MOI are in a buyers’ market.

The Houston overall market is so large; it rarely reflects the same trends as a submarket area located within its boundaries.  Some areas are exceeding Houston’s overall growth in sales while others are lagging behind.  For a breakdown of activity by area with a map, CLICK HERE.

To see the hottest selling geographical areas for the month in Houston, CLICK HERE.

To search for homes by price range and map, go to www.GaryGreene.com.

 

Data provided by the Houston Association of Realtors® Information Services™, and The Real Estate Center for Texas A&M and written by Toni Nelson, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene

February YTD Single-Family Home Sales Up 4%

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Houston single-family home sales in February closed flat – meaning no increase or decline from last year.  Despite being flat, year-to-date sales are up 4%. The market is about to break loose for the Spring market based on February pending sales which closed up 15%.  Although the year seems off to a slow start, statistics below indicate it will wake up and run in March. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted.

Here’s a glance at the trends for the month and year:

*Pending sales are homes that are under contract and have not closed and indicate current buyer demand.

What we’re seeing in the first two months of the year is an increase in inventory and a slowing of rising average sales prices.  This is a natural progression as inventory rises. The most positive sign is the increase in pending sales which indicates that more buyer demand is on the horizon.

 

Houston Home Sales by Price Class for 2018

The following price classes experienced the only increase in sales over February 2016:

  1. $250,000-$299,999 – up 7% with only 4 months of inventory
  2. $200,000-$249,999  – up 5% with only 2.9 months of inventory
  3. $500,000-$749,999    up 3% with 6.7 months of inventory

Keep in mind that homes priced below $500,000 are in a sellers’ market with at least 5.8 months of inventory or less as the price class declines in value .  Example:  Homes priced below $250,000 have less than 4 months of inventory.  Homes priced above $500,000 are in a buyers’ market with 6.7 months of inventory or more.  Months of Inventory is a statistic used to express how long it will take to deplete the inventory if no new homes come on the market.

The Houston overall market is so large; it rarely reflects the same trends as a submarket area located within its boundaries.  Some areas are exceeding Houston’s overall growth in sales while others are lagging behind.  For a breakdown of activity by area with a map, CLICK HERE.

To see the hottest selling geographical areas for the month in Houston, CLICK HERE.

To search for homes by price range and map, CLICK HERE.

Data provided by the Houston Association of Realtors® Information Services™, and The Real Estate Center for Texas A&M and written by Toni Nelson, Director of Strategic Initiatives for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene