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Houston, TX: Real Estate Market & Trends 2016

Published on Tuesday - August 16, 2016

The Houston real estate market has enjoyed slight gains in the first quarter of 2016 and is on par with the national average. The median home price for the Houston area is $208,000; compared to the national average of $215,767, but price growth remains relative to last year. The next 12 months are forecasted to a be a lucrative year for Houston investors and homeowners as appreciation, unemployment and affordability rates are expected to grow more favorable in 2016 and beyond.

Houston, TX Real Estate Market Statistics:

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For Houston investors, the Houston real estate market has experienced decent appreciation gains in the first quarter of 2016. Despite a 3.8 percent appreciation rate in Q1, which is below the national average of 6.1 percent, the Houston real estate market in the past three years has witnessed appreciation rates rise higher than the national average. For those looking to invest in the Houston real estate market, the following provides a breakdown of appreciation rates in previous years:

  • Homes purchased in the Houston real estate market one year ago have appreciated, on average, by $11,062. The national average was $15,781 over the same period.
  • Homes purchased in the Houston, TX housing market three years ago have appreciated, on average, by $53,161. The national average was $49,356 over the same period.
  • Homes purchased in the Houston real estate market five years ago have appreciated, on average, by $70,871. The national average was $68,727 over the same period.
  • Homes purchased in the Houston, TX housing market seven years ago have appreciated, on average, by $84,639. The national average was $59,758 over the same period.
  • Homes purchased in the Houston real estate market nine years ago have appreciated, on average, by $79,484. The national average increased $16,435 over the same period.

The largest differentiating margin between equity gains in the Houston housing market and the national average is found in the seven-year equity mark. Houston investors and homeowners earned $69,500 compared to the national average of $48,200. This could be attributed to the number of foreclosure filings for the Houston real estate market in the first quarter of 2016, which was 48 percent lower than the same period in 2015, according to RealtyTrac. In addition, home auctions have dropped 52.7 percent from the previous year, while Houston real estate investors saw the number of bank owned properties (REOs) fall 40.9 percent from the same period in 2015.

Houston, TX: Real Estate Market Summary:

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  • Current Median Home Price: $208,000
  • 1-Year Appreciation Rate: 3.8%
  • 3-Year Appreciation Rate: 27.1%
  • Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
  • 1-Year Job Growth Rate: 0.2%
  • Population: 2,239,558
  • Median Household Income: $59,354

Houston, TX: Real Estate Market (2016) — Q1 Updates:

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The first quarter of 2016 has seen minimal gains for the Houston real estate market — particularly in terms of home prices and equity gains. The biggest advantage is home affordability, which continues to see Houston rank among the best in the nation. Homeowners in the Houston area paid approximately 7.7 percent of their income to monthly mortgage payments in the first quarter of 2016, while the national average paid 14.5 percent. To top it off, home affordability in Q1 was considerably less than its historical average of 9.3 percent.

Another improvement the Houston real estate market saw in the first quarter of 2016 was its unemployment rate, which remains lower than the national average. Unemployment in Houston has risen slightly since the same period last year, and the current unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, which is 0.1 percent less than the national average. Although Houston’s employment growth eased during the first period of 2016, it still remain positive moving forward, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR),

As for new housing construction, the Houston real estate market is currently 25.6 percent above its long-term average, which doesn’t bode well for potential homebuyers. To make matters worse, the number of single-family housing permits in Q1 2016 was -4.7 percent compared to the national average of 11.3 percent. According to the NAR, housing construction in the Houston area is down from previous years and appears to have bottomed out. For Houston investors, however, it may be the perfect time to make some additional investments.

The last 12 months have seen home prices increase 3.9 percent, which is equal to the national average. However, the first quarter of 2016 saw price expectations drop to 3.7 percent. Moving forward, the National Association of Realtors has forecasted the Texas real estate market to see weaker home prices in the next 12 months.

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