Houston’s real estate market is hinting at a “soft landing” this August. Even with some indicators pointing downwards, the local housing landscape is showing a shift towards more typical seasonal trends. This is happening despite consumers’ concerns over rising interest rates and home prices. The Houston market has proved to be pretty resilient as it settles into a normal pattern.

Norhill’s Key Insights from the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) August 2023 Market Update:

Single-Family Home Sales: Sales decreased by 3.8% year-over-year, marking a decline for the 17th consecutive month. However, with 7,983 units sold in August 2023 compared to 8,301 in August 2022, this decline is the smallest since May 2022. When set against pre-pandemic figures from August 2019, sales were down by 8.0%.

Luxury Home Sales: Homes priced at $1 million and above, which make up 3.7% of the market, were the only segment to see an increase in sales.

Townhouse/Condominium Sales: This segment saw a 19.0% decline year-over-year in August, marking the 15th consecutive monthly drop. The average price increased by 2.7% to $260,909, while the median price rose by 3.2% to $225,000.

Home Pricing: The average price of single-family homes increased slightly by 2.5% to $420,124. The median price remained stable at $339,000, staying below the record highs observed in 2022.

12-month graph ending August 2023, showing average and median Houston home prices. Prices have started to taper off in the past few months. Provided by a top Houston Realtor.

Inventory Levels: August saw a 3.3-months supply, matching the highest level since May 2020. This aligns with the national average, as reported by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

August 2023 graph showing increased home listing inventory to above 3 months in Houston, which means more options out there for Houston home buyers. Provided by a top Realtor firm in Houston.

Likely to Sell: According to HAR, total active listings, or the total number of available properties, increased 14.8 percent to 38,439. August sales of all property types totaled 9,780 down 4.3 percent compared to August 2022. As a result, the absorption rate, which is a measure of any given home’s likelihood to sell, for August 2023 was 25 percent. When compared to last month and Augusts over the past 10 years, this is a pretty healthy absorption level, which should continue to help stabilize prices.

August 2023 graph showing 25% of active Houston home listings sold of the active listings in the same month. Compared to previous August 2022, this is pretty strong. Provided by a top-rated Houston real estate brokerage.

Days on Market: The time it took to sell a home has been relatively flat over the past 3 months.  Days on market for August was 42 days, which is exactly what we saw last month.

Inventory in the Houston real estate market has increased in recent months, but the market remains stable. Relatively low inventory should continue to drive prices upward, which will be welcome for home sellers. On the flip side, buyers will benefit from fewer multiple-offer scenarios and a broader selection of homes. Additionally, with oil prices nearing $100/barrel, we could see increased market activity in the coming months.

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