Pent-up demand resulting from COVID-19 boosts home sales for Houston home buyers, providing a welcome, but possibly brief respite from the pandemic’s effects
HOUSTON — (July 8, 2020) — A flurry of homes going under contract in May after COVID-19-related stay-at-home orders expired led to a surge of closings in June, driving home sales volumes back up to levels considered more normal for summertime for Houston home buyers – and even beyond 2019’s record pace. However, renewed coronavirus concerns, stemming from a spike in cases across greater Houston and in other parts of Texas, may bring this taste of normalcy to an end by the fall. According to the latest Market Update for Houston home buyers from the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR), 9,328 single-family homes sold in June compared to 8,063 a year earlier. That translated to a 15.7 percent jump – a strong rebound from two straight months of declines brought on by coronavirus and ongoing strains in the energy industry. Homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000 led the way among all housing segments, soaring 28.3 percent year-over-year. The second-best performer consisted of homes in the $500,000 to $750,000 range, which jumped 18.6 percent. Year-to-date sales are now on par with 2019’s record pace after lagging by 4.3 percent in May. The single-family home median price increased 3.6 percent to an historic high of $262,000 while the average price dipped less than one percent to $319,881. Sales of all property types totaled 11,153, up 18.3 percent from June 2019. Total dollar volume for the month increased 15.1 percent to $3.3 billion. Leases of single-family homes were another bright spot in HAR’s monthly report, climbing more than 15 percent. “Coronavirus has driven the Houston housing market into uncharted territory, however, we do know for certain that consumers have shown unwavering interest in real estate since the pandemic began,” said HAR Chairman John Nugent with RE/MAX Space Center. “HAR’s early introduction of virtual open houses and virtual showings has enabled consumers to forge ahead with house-hunting plans without compromising health and safety, and historically low interest rates have remained a strong incentive to buy.” For the latest weekly report on housing market for Houston home buyers throughout the greater Houston area, please see the HAR Weekly Activity Snapshot for the week ending July 6, available HERE as a downloadable PDF file.
Lease Property Update– June leases of single-family homes surged 15.3 percent year-over-year. However, leases of townhomes and condominiums were flat. The average rent for single-family homes was down 1.0 percent to $1,906 while the average rent for townhomes and condominiums rose 7.9 percent to $1,731.
June Monthly Market Comparison– Pent-up demand resulting from coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders in March and April helped boost pending listings in May, paving the way for a surge in closings in June that drove sales volume up to levels typically seen in Houston over a COVID-free summer. Single-family home sales, total property sales and total dollar volume all rose compared to June 2019. Pending sales rocketed 39.3 percent, suggesting the likelihood of another strong sales month for July. Total active listings, or the total number of available properties, fell 17.5 percent. With an ongoing slowdown in new listings to the marketplace and an increase in homes going under contract, single-family homes inventory shrank to a 3.2-months supply in June versus 4.3-months a year earlier. For perspective, housing inventory across the U.S. stands at a 4.8-months supply, according to the most recent report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
Single-Family Homes Update-Houston Home Buyers sales shot up 15.7 percent in June, with 9,328 units sold across greater Houston compared to 8,063 a year earlier. That reversed two straight monthly declines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with additional impact from the strained energy industry. On a year-to-date basis, sales now match last year’s record pace. The single-family home median price rose 3.6 percent to an all-time high of $262,000 while the average price decreased a fractional 0.6 percent to $319,881.
Days on Market (DOM), or the number of days it took the average home to sell, rose from 50 to 56. Inventory registered a 3.2-months supply compared to 4.3 months a year earlier and is below the current national inventory level of 4.8 months recently reported by NAR. Broken out by housing segment, June sales performed as follows:
HAR also breaks out sales figures for existing single-family homes. Existing home sales totaled 7,420 in June, up 11.3 percent compared to the same month last year. The average sales price fell 0.8 percent to $311,408 while the median sales price rose 3.1 percent to $250,000.
Townhouse/Condominium Update– Townhome and condominium sales rebounded from three straight months of declines, rising 1.9 percent versus June 2019. A total of 590 units sold compared to 579 one year earlier. The average price tumbled 5.4 percent to $212,216 and the median price fell 1.8 percent to $174,350. Inventory narrowed from a 4.8-months supply to 4.3 months.
Houston Home Buyers Real Estate Highlights in June
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