Despite Hurricane Harvey, Texas home sales and prices break records again – Austin Business Journal

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AUSTIN, Texas, March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Texas home sales volume and home prices reached all-time highs for the third year in a row, according to the 2017 Texas Real Estate Year in Review report released today by the Texas Association of Realtors.

“Despite the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas housing market had a very strong fourth quarter, helping solidify 2017 as another record-breaking year in Texas real estate,” said Kaki Lybbert, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “The strong growth in the housing market can be attributed to the sizable influx of residents and job growth across the state in 2017. With more than half a million people moving to the Lone Star State each year, we anticipate the Texas housing market will remain a hotbed for activity.”

Texas home sales jumped 4 percent in 2017, with 336,502 homes sold statewide. Home prices also experienced steady increases in 2017, with the median sales price increasing 6.7 percent from the year prior to $223,990.

Jim Gaines, Ph.D., chief economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, explained, “Across the state, we are projecting sales activity to be even more robust in 2018. One of the big drivers will be from first-time homebuyers finding opportunity in the market with more builders focusing on the entry-level price point and lenders relaxing the requirements for first-time homebuyers. Additionally, the likelihood of more volatile interest rates in 2018 will influence homebuyers to buy now rather than later.”

Housing inventory across the state dipped 0.1 months to 3.1 months of inventory in December 2017. According to the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, a market balanced between supply and demand has between 6.0 and 6.5 months of inventory.

Texas homes continued to spend approximately the same length of time on the market in 2017, an average of 57 days, and active listings increased 5.5 percent from 2016 to 2017.

Chairman Lybbert concluded, “The Texas housing market remains in such high demand that we continue to see low levels of housing inventory and strong increases in home prices. While that continues to be good news for property owners, Texas Realtors will also continue to advocate for affordable options for all Texans.”

About the Texas Real Estate Year in Review Report
Data for the Texas Real Estate Year in Review Report is provided by the Data Relevance Project, a partnership among local REALTOR® associations and their MLSs, the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, and the Texas Association of REALTORS®. The report provides annual real estate sales data from a statewide perspective and for 25 metropolitan statistical areas in Texas. To view the report in its entirety, visit TexasRealEstate.com.

About the Texas Association of REALTORS®
With more than 114,000 members, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights, and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. Visit TexasRealEstate.com to learn more.

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