Houston Real Estate Market October 2020 Update

Houston Premium Homes Market

Consumers purchased homes at a frantic rate in October amid an ever-dwindling supply of housing and a persistent pandemic, holding the Houston real estate market on track for a record year. The top end of the market saw the most growth in sales volume, with mid-range homes also seeing a lot of activity.

According to the most recent Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) Market Update, 9,287 single-family homes were sold in October, up from 7,187 the previous month. This is a 29.2 percent rise, and it’s the fifth month in a row that sales have improved.

As opposed to October 2019, homes priced at $750,000 and up increased by 81.6 percent, the $500,000 to $750,000 housing group came in second, with a 78.4 percent increase year over year. Homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000, which account for most sales in the region, also saw significant increases over the previous year.

A single-family home’s median price increased by 11.1 percent to $266,685, while the average price increased by 12.4% to $334,996. Both of these numbers are all-time highs for October. Year-to-date sales are 7.7% higher than last year’s record rate.

The total number of sales for all property forms was 11,232, up 31.5 percent from October 2019. For the month, total dollar volume increased by 46.1 percent to $3.5 billion. In October, the lease market saw mixed results, with single-family housing leases falling 5.1 percent while townhouse/condo leases rose 11.0 percent.

Houston Real Estate Lease October Update

The Houston lease property market had a mixed month in October. Single-family home leases dropped 5.1 percent year over year, while townhome and condominium leases increased 11.0 percent. Single-family home rents increased 6.2 percent to $1,907, while townhome and condominium rents increased 3.5 percent to $1,595.

Houston Real Estate Monthly Comparison

Even as COVID-19 cases nationally started to rise, consumers snapped up the few homes that were affordable, taking advantage of historically low mortgage interest rates. Houston real estate has seen positive sales for the fifth month in a row. On a year-to-date basis, the market is now 7.7% ahead of last year’s all-time high. As compared to October 2019, single-family home sales, total property sales, and total dollar volume all improved. Pending revenues increased by 38.6%. However, the total number of active listings – or available assets – dropped by 25.9%.

Single-family home inventory fell to a 2.4-month supply from 3.8 months a year ago, thanks to a continuing decline of new listings entering the market and another strong month of sales. Inventory last fell to that low level in December of 2014. New listings increased by just 2.5 percent in October compared to the same month last year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), housing inventory is at a 2.7-month supply nationwide.

Houston Real Estate Single Family Homes Update

In October, single-family home sales in the greater Houston area rose by 29.2 percent, with 9,287 units sold than 7,187 a year ago. Year-to-date, sales are 7.7% higher than last year’s record volume. Substantial sales volume in the upper echelon of the industry forced pricing up once more. A single-family home’s median price increased by 11.1 percent to $266,685, while the average price increased by 12.4% to $334,996. Both figures are all-time highs for October.

The average days on market (DOM), or the amount of days it took to sell a home, decreased from 59 to 47. Despite a 2.5 percent rise in new listings in September, inventory hit a 2.4-month availability, down from 3.8 months a year earlier, and is similar to levels last seen in December 2014, almost six years ago. It’s also below the NAR’s recently announced national inventory level of 2.7 months.

Broken out by housing segment, October sales performed as follows:
  • $1 – $99,999: decreased 32.7 percent
  • $100,000 – $149,999: decreased 27.4 percent
  • $150,000 – $249,999: increased 12.2 percent
  • $250,000 – $499,999: increased 52.5 percent
  • $500,000 – $749,999: increased 78.4 percent
  • $750,000 and above: increased 81.6 percent

HAR also breaks down current single-family home sales. There were 7,542 existing home sales in October, up 32.0 percent from the same month the previous year. The median sales price increased 15.5 percent to $259,900, while the average sales price increased 15.9% to $331,499

Houston Real Estate Townhomes & Condominiums Update

In October, closed sales of townhouses and condominiums increased by 28.3%, to 648, compared to 506 a year ago. The average price increased by 10.8% to $220,326, while the median price increased by 8.2% to $178,000. Inventory dropped from 4.6 months to 4.1 months.

Houston Real Estate October 2020 Highlights

• Single-family home sales increased for a fifth consecutive month, surging 29.2 percent year-over-year with 9,287 units sold;
• The Days on Market (DOM) figure for single-family homes lowered from 59 to 47 days;
• Total property sales shot up 31.5 percent with 11,232 units sold;
• Total dollar volume jumped 46.1 percent to $3.5 billion;
• The single-family home median price climbed 11.1 percent to $266,685 – the highest median price for an October;
• The single-family home average price increased 12.4 percent to $334,996 – the highest average price for an October;
• Single-family homes months of inventory registered a 2.4-months supply, down from 3.8 months last October and below the national inventory level of 2.7 months. The last time inventory was that low was in December 2014;
• Townhome/condominium sales jumped 28.3 percent, with the average price up 10.8 percent to $220,326 and the median price up 8.2 percent to $178,000;
• Single-family home rentals fell 5.1 percent with the average rent up 6.2 percent to $1,907;
• Townhome/condominium leases jumped 11.0 percent with the average rent up 3.5 percent to $1,595.