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MLS Report for April 2012


Volume of single-family home sales is the highest since last summer as the market achieved its 11th straight month of growth

HOUSTON — (May 15, 2012) — The Houston housing market experienced continued growth in April as home buyers helped support an 11th consecutive month of positive sales. The volume of single-family home sales was the greatest for a single month since last August, and average and median pricing achieved the highest levels for an April in Houston.

According to the latest monthly data prepared by the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR), April sales of single-family homes climbed 9.6 percent versus one year earlier. That marks the second biggest monthly increase of 2012.

"The Houston real estate market continues to benefit from a healthy economic climate led primarily by the addition of 96,000 new jobs locally in the past 12 months, according to the Texas Workforce Commission," said Wayne A. Stroman, HAR chairman and CEO of Stroman Realty. "Increases in pending home sales along with declines in active listings continue to keep our housing inventory at the lowest levels we've seen in more than three years."

The April single-family home average price rose 11.2 percent year-over-year to $223,328, the highest level for an April in Houston. The median price—the figure at which half of the homes sold for more and half sold for less—rose 8.2 percent to $160,120, which is also a record high for an April in Houston.

Foreclosure property sales reported in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) fell 10.1 percent year-over-year in April. Foreclosures comprised 18.8 percent of all property sales, which is down dramatically from the 27.8 percent level recorded at the beginning of the year. The median price of foreclosures in April ticked up 1.1 percent to $79,900.

April sales of all property types in Houston totaled 6,156, an increase of 9.9 percent compared to April 2011. Total dollar volume for properties sold during the month soared 21.2 percent to $1.3 billion versus $1.1 billion a year earlier.

April Monthly Market Comparison

The month of April brought Houston's overall housing market positive results when all sales categories are compared to April 2011. Total property sales, total dollar volume and average and median pricing rose on a year-over-year basis.

Month-end pending sales for April totaled 4,059. That is up 7.8 percent from last year and is thought to portend another month of positive sales when the May real estate transactions are tallied. The number of available properties, or active listings, at the end of April declined 17.8 percent from April 2011 to 42,525.

The inventory of single-family homes has remained below a six-month supply since last December, coming in at 5.7 months in April versus 7.8 months a year earlier. The last time months inventory fell below the six-month mark was between December 2008 and February 2009. The 5.7-month figure is better than 6.4-month national inventory of single-family homes recently reported by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). These indicators continue to illustrate that Houston has a balanced real estate marketplace.
Total property sales 5,602 6,156 9.9%
Total dollar volume $1,083,645,630 $1,313,811,625 21.2%
Total active listings 51,705 42,525 -17.8%
Total pending sales 3,764 4,059 7.8%
Single-family home sales 4,686 5,136 9.6%
Single-family average sales price $200,782 $223,328 11.2%
Single-family median sales price $148,000 $160,120 8.2%
Months inventory* 7.8 5.7 -27.2%
* Months inventory estimates the number of months it will take to deplete current active inventory based on the prior 12 months sales activity. This figure is representative of the single-family homes market.

Single-Family Homes Update

April sales of single-family homes in Houston totaled 5,136, up 9.6 percent from April 2011. This marks the 11th consecutive monthly increase.

Single Family Home Sales

Broken out by housing segment, April sales performed as follows:

  • $1 - $79,999: declined 9.7 percent
  • $80,000 - $149,999: increased 3.7 percent
  • $150,000 - $249,999: increased 16.6 percent
  • $250,000 - $499,999: increased 35.7 percent
  • $500,000 - $1 million and above: increased 20.1 percent
  • Single Family Average Home Price

    At $223,328, the average price of single-family homes rose 11.2 percent from last April, resulting from a surge in sales activity among homes priced from $250,000 and above and a decline in the sales of homes priced below $80,000. The average price achieved an April high for the Houston market. At $160,120, the median sales price for single-family homes increased 8.2 percent year-over-year, also achieving an April highpoint.

    HAR also breaks out the sales performance of existing single-family homes throughout the Houston market. In April 2012, existing home sales totaled 4,317, a 9.1 percent increase from April 2011. The average sales price rose 11.4 percent from last year to $210,807 and the median sales price increased 9.0 percent to $149,900.

    Townhouse/Condominium Update

    The number of townhouses and condominiums that sold in April leapt 12.4 percent compared to one year earlier. In the greater Houston area, 472 units were sold last month versus 420 properties in April 2011.

    The average price was flat at $168,007 in the April 2011- April 2012 comparison. The median price of a townhouse/condominium edged up 3.3 percent to $135,000.

    Townhouse/Condominium Sales

    Lease Property Update

    Demand for lease properties tapered in April for the first time in more than a year. Single-family home rentals ticked up 1.5 percent compared to April 2011 earlier and year-over-year townhouse/condominium rentals declined 8.7 percent.

    Houston Real Estate Milestones in April
  • Volume of single-family home sales rose 9.6 percent, accounting for the 11th consecutive monthly increase;
  • At $223,328, the single-family home average price reached the highest level for an April in Houston.
  • At $160,120, the single-family home median price also hit the highest level for an April in Houston;
  • 5.7 months inventory of single-family homes remains at the lowest level in three years and compares favorably to the national average of 6.4 months.

  • The computerized Multiple Listing Service of the Houston Association of REALTORS® includes residential properties and new homes listed by REALTORS® throughout Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, as well as parts of Brazoria, Galveston, Waller and Wharton counties. Residential home sales statistics as well as listing information for more than 50,000 properties may be found on the Internet at

    The information published and disseminated to the HAR Multiple Listing Services is communicated verbatim, without change by Multiple Listing Services, as filed by MLS participants.

    The MLS does not verify the information provided and disclaims any responsibility for its accuracy. All data is preliminary and subject to change. Monthly sales figures reported since November 1998 includes a statistical estimation to account for late entries. Twelve-month totals may vary from actual end-of-year figures. (Single-family detached homes were broken out separately in monthly figures beginning February 1988.)

    Founded in 1918, the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) is a member organization of real estate professionals engaged in every aspect of the industry, including residential and commercial sales and leasing, appraisal, property management and counseling. It is the largest individual dues-paying membership trade association in Houston as well as the second largest local association/board of REALTORS® in the United States.