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Winning Streak Continues: Houston Home Sales Up in January

HOUSTON – Following up on the strongest year ever for home sales in Houston, the winning streak continues in the new year with single-family sales rising in January 2017. The Houston Association of Realtors reported 4,080 single-family homes were sold in January, up 1.7 percent from the 4,011 sold in January of 2016. Last month was the second-best January in ... Read More »

Trump, Oil Prices and a Record-Setting Year for Home Sales: Q&A with Houston Association of Realtors Chair Cindy Hamann

HOUSTON (By Dale King) – Houston Realtors just finished up their best year ever. Even though the local economy – and the energy industry – had a bumpy ride, 76,449 single-family homes were sold in 2016, shattering the previous annual sales record set two years earlier. With an abundance of optimism, Cindy Hamann kicked off 2017 as the new chair ... Read More »

Houston Home Sales on a Record Pace in 2016

HOUSTON — Houston’s home sales are on a record-setting pace in 2016, according to new sales totals from the Houston Association of Realtors. Year-to-date through October, 63,973 homes were sold, a 1.2 percent increase over the sales in the comparable period of 2015, the HAR reports. “The Houston housing market continues to demonstrate its strength by holding steady in the ... Read More »

Houston’s Home Sales are on a Record-Setting Pace, HAR reports

HOUSTON – Houston’s home sales are on a record-setting pace this year. With three quarters of 2016 in the record books, Houston single-family homes sales are running ahead of last year. Year-to-date through September, home sales are up 1.3 percent over the comparable nine-month period of 2015, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. “With home sales ahead of where ... Read More »

August was Best Month for Home Sales in Houston Real Estate History

HOUSTON – August was the best month for home sales in the history of Houston real estate, with a record 7,914 homes sold, the Houston Association of Realtors announced Wednesday. The monthly sales total surpassed the previous monthly sales record set in July 2015 when 7,898 homes were sold, HAR reported. The strong August continued an exceptionally strong year for ... Read More »

Survey: Houston is a Prime Location for First-Time Homebuyers

(By Dale King) HOUSTON – The housing crisis brought on by last decade’s Great Recession has softened, but hasn’t gone away – and certainly isn’t forgotten. Today’s home ownership rate of 64 percent is still slightly anemic compared to the 69 percent of people who called their personal domiciles their own in 2005. The drop was particularly steep among young, ... Read More »

Boosted By Population Growth, Houston Home Sales Continue to Churn, Despite Energy Crash

HOUSTON – Houston’s home sales, boosted by robust population growth, are keeping pace with last year, despite the downturn in the energy industry. Last year was one of the strongest years on record for Houston home sales, so the 2016 market is showing resiliency and strength by keeping up with 2015. The Realtors said the $150,000 to $250,000 price band ... Read More »

Houston Housing Market Ekes Out a 2.2 Percent Gain, the First Since Sept.

HOUSTON — The Houston real estate market eked out a 2.2 percent gain in single-family home sales in February, the first gain since in sales volume since September of last year, the Houston Association of Realtors reported Wednesday. The association reported that the softness in the Houston market appears to be focused on the upper-end homes. Single-family homes priced between ... Read More »

Falling Prices Hurt Houston Home Sales, But 2015 was the Second-Best Year Ever

HOUSTON – Last year was second-best year for home sales Houston, where a decline in the energy industry has battered the region’s economy in recent months. According to the Houston Association of Realtors, 73,724 single-family homes were sold last year, down 2.4 percent from the 75,535 homes sold in 2014. Inventories had been tight and Houston’s job growth had been exceptionally ... Read More »

Despite Oil Crash, June was Strongest Month Ever for Houston Home Sales

HOUSTON – June was the strongest month ever for home sales in Houston, with an all-time record sales of 7,935 single-family homes, Houston Association of Realtors reported. Industry experts had been predicting that the Houston real estate market would stumble in 2015, after oil prices dropped sharply last year. But the predicted downturn has failed to materialize. “We started this ... Read More »

Strongest Monthly Sales Total Ever: July Home Sales Hit Record High in Houston

HOUSTON – The Houston real estate market hit a new monthly sales record in July, with 7,769 single-family homes sold. It was the highest monthly sales total on record for the Houston Association of Realtors, which has been keeping records for decades. Housing inventory, which fell to 40-year lows earlier this year, has edged up each of the last three ... Read More »

Texas Realty Alert: HAR Becoming a Statewide Website for Home Listings

HOUSTON – HAR.com, founded by the Houston Association of Realtors almost 20 years ago, will begin carrying listings of homes for sale across Texas. HAR has signed an agreement with List-Hub to make the Texas listings available in a beta version later this month. The statewide version of the website reportedly will be operating with the “Homes And Realtors” marketing ... Read More »

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