Houston’s housing market refuses to lie down and take it. After the first decline in three years in May, home sales charged back into the black in June, most likely the result of an increase in new listings of properties. Those new listings may finally be helping feed the voracious appetites of home buyers who have been stymied by the lowest inventory levels in 40 years.
While inventory improved slightly to a 2.9-months supply, the month of May also saw home prices reach new record highs, with sales among homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000 showing the greatest strength. Days on Market, or the number of days a home takes to sell, reached the lowest level of all time – 46.
Single-family home sales totaled 7,553 units in June, up 4.5 percent compared to June 2013, according to the latest monthly report prepared by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR). New listings rose 6.7 percent, helping nudge inventory up from May’s 2.8-months supply to 2.9 months. However, that is still lower than the 3.3-months supply of inventory in June 2013 and significantly below the national supply of 5.6 months of inventory.
The average price of a single-family home jumped 6.6 percent year-over-year to $283,697. The median price—the figure at which half the homes sold for more and half for less—soared 11.3 percent to $214,000. Both are historic highs for Houston.
“June’s positive sales performance is a testament to the strength of the Houston housing market,” said HAR Chair Chaille Ralph with Heritage Texas Properties. “We were thrilled to see home sales rebound after May’s decline and we hope that as new listings come onto the market and home construction continues, inventory levels will rise to a point where we can truly say that balance has been restored.” Read the rest of this entry »
Here we go again! Adding jobs, spurring home sales and new construction. Katy continues to flourish with the announcement of Chevron adding a division on the Grand Parkway in Katy. This is a major land acquisition, 103 acres at the southwest corner of the Grand Parkway at Clay Road in Katy.
According to The Houston Chronicle, “The acquisition, which is expected to close in the third quarter, will give the company “future research and development facilities flexibility,” Chevron spokesman Justin Higgs said in an email.”
In addition to this development, a very busy Costco recently open at the intersection of I-10 and the Grand Parkway. Memorial Hermann is also expanding its facilities at this intersection.
Pictured above is a Cinco Ranch Southwest home that I listed in late February. We had 18 showings the very first day and four offers. It sold for $10,000 above list price cash!
I have never, in my 24 years of selling Katy real estate, seen a market as ferocious as this one! It’s a seller’s dream come true and a real challenge for buyers. Buyers definitely need to be working with a Realtor so they can get into see the new listings as soon as they go on the market!
March brought about the 34th consecutive month of positive home sales, despite the record low 2.6-month supply of inventory that has prevailed throughout 2014.
According to the latest monthly report prepared by the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), home sales rose 3.7 percent year-over-year, with March single-family home sales totaling 5,971. That is the largest one-month sales volume recorded since last September.
The supply of homes first reached 2.6 months of inventory in December 2013 and has held steady ever since. However, it is down from the 3.5-month supply in March 2013 and significantly lower than the national supply of 5.2 months of inventory.
The average price of a single-family home increased 11.0 percent year-over-year to $261,329. The median price—the figure at which half the homes sold for more and half for less—climbed 9.8 percent to $189,900. Both figures represent the highest prices Houston has ever seen in a March.
Single-family homes priced from $250,000 through the millions saw the greatest sales activity and accounted for the latest jump in prices. Homes priced at $150,000 and below experienced declines.
“Houston home sales rose again in March, with most of the buying taking place at the higher end of the market,” said HAR Chair Chaille Ralph with Heritage Texas Properties. “We’ve also seen Read the rest of this entry »
Gov. Rick Perry joined GEICO Chairman Tony Nicely and Lance LaCour, President and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council, to announce the opening of a GEICO claims office in Katy.
The office is located at 21420 Merchants Way in Katy. GEICO expects the office to employ 400 associates by 2015 and up to 1,000 associates within the next three years. The company will fill positions for entry-level claims representatives, degreed candidates for liability claims representatives and college graduates for GEICO’s fast-track management development program with a focus on claims operations.
“We are energized by GEICO’s decision to establish its Houston Claims Center and 1,000 new jobs in Katy, Texas,” said Lance LaCour, president and CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council (EDC). “Katy Area EDC’s targeted focus on recruiting quality companies, such as GEICO, will Read the rest of this entry »
You won’t find signs of the traditional autumn slowdown in the Houston real estate market as August provided a 27th consecutive month of positive home sales. Following July’s small uptick in home inventory, buyers once again outpaced sellers in August, sending months of inventory from 3.4 to 3.3 months versus 4.9 months at the same time last year.
According to the latest monthly report prepared by the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR), home sales climbed 16.2 percent year-over-year, with contracts closing on 7,504 single-family homes. Monthly home sales volume has topped the 7,000 mark for four straight months, matching levels last seen in the spring of 2007.
The median price of a single-family home—the figure at which half the homes sold for more and half for less—rose 12.8 percent to $186,200. The average price increased 16.4 percent year-over-year to $260,607. Both figures represent the highest prices ever seen in an August in Houston.
August brought gains to all housing segments except the under-$80,000 market. Homes selling from $250,000 through the millions registered the greatest increase in sales volume.
“This has definitely been a summer sales season unlike any we have seen before,” said HAR Chairman Danny Frank with Prudential Anderson Properties. “Our small bump in inventory in July was short-lived as consumers bought faster than homeowners sold in August. It’s difficult to say exactly when Houston’s boiling real estate market will begin to cool down.”
Foreclosure property sales reported in the HAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS) dropped 47.0 percent compared to August 2012. Foreclosures currently make up just 7.7 percent of all property sales, down Read the rest of this entry »
The most important home features buyers want are the ones that keep them cool, entertained and give them room to store their stuff.
Central air conditioning, (a “given” in Houston), a walk-in closet in the master bedroom and being pre-wired for home entertainment and Internet were the three home features most valuable to buyers according to the 2013 National Association of Realtors Profile of Buyers’ Home Features Preferences.
If resale is important to you, the survey offers insights on improvements that can help when you’re ready to sell and add to your enjoyment of your home now.
Chances are your home already has air conditioning — most owner-occupied U.S. homes do. But you can add a master closet
for roughly $3,000 to $10,000. Get the most from your new master closet by including a laundry area, Read the rest of this entry »
Ashfield Gardens is an exclusive new area within Cinco Ranch. It offers easy access to freeways, shopping, entertainment, restaurants, 11 swimming pools, tennis courts, bike/walking trails and an 18 hole golf course. Set right in the heart of Cinco Ranch, this luxury development has its own “residents only” Clubhouse.
The Clubhouse offers a wonderful center in which to entertain when residents don’t want to entertain at home. It features a great room, game/card room, kitchen, outdoor kitchen with living space and a full exercise room. There is also a gorgeous fire pit. It’s a grand gathering place in which to hold club functions. A part-time activities hostess is coming soon.
David Weekley Homes has especially designed new home plans with this section in mind. The David Weekley Homes incorporate an open, (no wasted space concept), which includes living space both inside and outside. There is an understated sense of luxury!
Plans range from 2255 square feet up to 3200 square feet. All can be personalized to fit the Read the rest of this entry »
Heritage Grand in Cinco Ranch is a grand lifestyle for active adults over 55-years old!
Part of the master-planned community Cinco Ranch
, this gated community is in an ideal location, just west of Houston in Katy. Heritage Grand offers spacious Luxury Homes so residents can spend time enjoying their new life.
Heritage Grand active adult community sets the standard for lifestyle, fulfillment and value. This unique resort-at-home community provides a private world where friendships flourish.
Today, there are five patio homes on the market ranging in price from $200,000 to $372,300. There are eight homes that are sale pending!
This is indicative of the bustling market in Heritage Grand. If you are shopping for a home in Heritage Grand, call me so we can get started looking right away! Read the rest of this entry »
Construction on expanding FM 1093 and the Westpark Tollway is scheduled to begin in November once the design and environmental clearance processes are completed, according to an update from Fort Bend County.
The project is split into two phases with Phase I stretching more than four miles from FM 1463 to the Grand Parkway, and has a price tag of more than $60 million. An update released on Feb. 21 announced that the survey and property mapping are complete, and the design is pending approval by various entities.
If the process remains on schedule, the design will be finalized in June, construction will start in November and finish in summer 2015.
Phase II runs from James Road to FM 1463, and the schedule is currently under development.
If you would like to discuss touring tour Katy, Cypress or Houston homes or selling your home, contact me at 713-818-2404 or [email protected] I have sold local real estate for over 23 years. Experience does matter!
Before you try any of these methods, be sure to pre-test the carpet or stain; do this somewhere inconspicuous, like inside a closet.
First, to really get it clean, sweep the carpet with a broom, which will make the nap stand up and loosen embedded dirt. Next, vacuum the carpet. Your carpet should show a noticeable improvementjust from taking these two steps.
If you have pets and need help neutralizing strong odors, mix one cup Borax with two cups cornmeal. Sprinkle the carpet with this mixture. Let stand one-hour, then vacuum. To freshen the carpet, combine three-quarters of a cup of baking soda, two tablespoons cornstarch, and one-quarter cup perfumed talcum powder. Sprinkle on the dry carpet, let stand five to fifteen minutes, then vacuum.
Spot cleaning tips:
- Do use a clean white, absorbent terry towel
- Do blot or tamp the spot
- Do pretest the carpet in an inconspicuous area
- Do clean the stain from the edge to the center
- Do apply cleaner to the towel
- Do clean with modest amounts of cleaning solution
- Do adhere to product safety guidelines and general instructions
- Do remove the stain as soon as it is noticed
- Do remove the dirty excess before cleaning.
- Do use cleaning compounds at lukewarm temperature
- Don’t saturate the carpet with cleaning compounds
- Don’t apply heat or vigorously scrub the stain
- Don’t leave the stain until later
- Don’t fail to remove dried excess stain prior to cleaning
Don’t forget to pre-test the carpet or stain. Follow these tips and your carpet should look good as new again in no time!
If you would like to discuss touring Katy, Cypress or Houston homes or selling your home, contact me at 713-818-2404 or [email protected] I have sold local real estate for over 23 years. Experience does matter!