After a sizzling summer of home sales and rentals, the Houston housing market cooled in September, showing no apparent lingering effects of Hurricane Harvey as it did in August.
Thousands of people are still haunted by Hurricane Harvey’s devastating effects as they continue to rebuild their homes and lives. Even now, the storm is affecting the way housing numbers compare August 2018 to August 2017. The traditional year-over-year measurements that the Houston Association of Realtors® (HAR) uses to track market trends have been thrown out of whack because Harvey halted most real estate activity across the greater Houston market during the final week of August 2017 and beyond.
Houston home sales showed no let-up in July, but the pace was not enough to rival the record-setting volume and pricing set in June. Inventory remained constrained at a 4.2-months supply, and the lease market saw waning consumer interest.
Neither scorching temperatures nor vacation plans could stop homebuyers from pushing the Houston real estate market into record territory in June, as they generated the greatest one-month sales volume of all time and sent average and median prices to new highs. Single-family home rentals were also in strong demand.
The greater Houston real estate market remained in positive territory in May with a one percent rise in home sales and new record highs for both average and median prices. However, consumers showed waning interest in renting single-family homes and townhomes/condominiums.
According to the latest monthly report from the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR), 8,157 single-family homes sold in May versus 8,078 a year earlier. That represents a 1.0 percent increase and marks the second greatest one-month sales volume in history.
After a sluggish March, the Houston real estate market rebounded in April with a nearly seven percent jump in home sales and the highest average and median prices of all time. Consumers also kept the lease market humming with gains in the rental of single-family homes and townhomes/condominiums.
The Houston real estate market experienced its first sales slowdown since Hurricane Harvey last August, as 6,810 single-family homes sold in March versus 6,982 a year earlier. That represents a 2.5-percent decline. The rental market also saw waning consumer interest for both single-family homes and townhomes/condominiums. However, inventory of homes for sale reached the most plentiful level in four months.
Houston home sales enjoyed their second positive month of the new year, and after three months of declines, stability returned to the luxury market. However, the overall supply of homes across greater Houston shrank slightly in February, narrowing options for house hunters heading into the traditionally active spring home-buying season.