We’ve beat the last market peak! June sales jump 23 percent; in Houston, 13 percent

We’re back.

According to the latest figures compiled by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Montgomery County has officially climbed out of the pit from the national collapse of the housing market, with June sales this year exceeding sales during the peak of the market in 2006.

A total of 937 homes, townhomes and condos were sold in June of this year – the next-highest recorded sales for a June in Montgomery County was 929. Houston very nearly reached the June 2006 market peak, with 7,924 homes sold this June compared with 8,628 home sold in June 2006.

County monthly  median price since 2006 Median prices likewise have clearly eclipsed the last market peak. The June 2013 median price was $238,200, compared with the June 2008 median price of $196,300.

It is a trend that reflects full recovery of the housing market – and by all indications the market continues on an upward trajectory.

Houston-area home sales continued to surge in June, especially in the area’s hottest housing markets like The Woodlands and Montgomery County, according to the latest reports from the Houston Association of Realtors.

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The continued strong pace of sales has been accompanied by an increase in median prices for homes and a decrease in the Days on Market.

Closed sales June 2012-2013 Sales jumped by 22.5 percent in June in Montgomery County – a percentage increase nearly twice that of Houston, where sales increased 13.4 percent. It is a testament to the value of the Montgomery County market relative to the Houston region. A total of 894 homes were sold in June in Montgomery County, as opposed to 730 last June. Year-to-date sales in June jumped 24.6 percent, from 3,184 sold as of this point last year compared with 3,966 this year.

          The strength in home sales continues despite rising mortgage interest rates and a slight cooling in employment growth, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. The Texas Workforce Commission reported that the greater Houston area added 91,600 jobs in the 12 months ending May 2013, which is down from 106,000 jobs and a 4.0 percent annualized rate for the 12 months endin  Days on Market YTD June 2013 g April 2013.

Virtually all areas of the county are benefiting from a steadily strengthening housing market, although in Conroe and northeast Montgomery County sales for June were flat compared with last June – an anomaly compared with year-to-date sales, where all regions of the county have improved.

“The Houston housing market plowed full-steam ahead through another month and most REALTORS® I know have never been busier,” said HAR Chairman Danny Frank with Prudential Anderson Properties. “The fact that inventory has leveled off month-over-month suggests that we may finally be starting to see enough homes listed for sale to keep up with demand.”

The county and the Houston region continued to blow out previous home sales records as the area’s strong economy, job and population growth fuel continued demand for housing.

Jim Fredricks is a licensed Realtor® with The Chevaux Group PLLC – ReMax The Woodlands & Spring:

26113 Oakridge Drive, Suite D

The Woodlands, TX  77380

Phone: (936) 520-6098
Email: jfredricks@thefredricksgroup.com

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Montgomery County June home sales soaring; need a nice country retreat?

The Houston area housing market – including Montgomery County – continues to soar to new heights based on the latest figures for June 2012.

In the Houston region June marked the 13th straight month of positive home sales, according to the Houston Association of Realtors.

According to the latest monthly data prepared by the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR), single-family home sales rose 14.4 percent compared to June 2011. The month also saw local housing inventory hold to its lowest level in more than five years.

And Montgomery County specifically saw strong numbers for June – eclipsing the numbers for the Houston region overall. Here are some of the highlights for Montgomery County:

  • Closed single-family home sales rose 17.3 percent for June 2012, growing from 635 sales in June last year to 745;
  • Year-to-date numbers are strong as well; year-to-date sales in June rose 15.1 percent over last year, going from 2,775 in June 2011 to 3,195 this June;
  • The Woodlands and southwest Montgomery County remain, the most robust region for home sales, but each of the county’s four region posted strong gains in sales, as is indicated in the graphic below;
  • Total Days on Market actually  declined in southwest Montgomery County by 8.3 percent, dropping from 84 days to 77 days;
  • Median prices for all but one region posted strong gains, from 7.5 percent year over year in southwest Montgomery County and The Woodlands, to as much as 25.7 percent in southeast Montgomery County. See the graphic below.

These numbers paint a picture of a strong real estate market, which is good news for homebuyers and sellers. It’s a seller’s market for most of Montgomery County, but an improving real estate market can make a home purchase a good investment for buyers as well.

The strength of the real estate market in the Houston region is being, and will continue to be, driven by gains in jobs and an improving economy.

“We see the strength of the Houston housing market as a direct reflection of improving consumer confidence in the local economy as a whole,” Wayne A. Stroman, HAR chairman and CEO of Stroman Realty, said in a recent Houston Association of Realtors release.

“One of the principal factors in the demand for homes throughout greater Houston has been steady job gains that the Texas Workforce Commission reports have amounted to more than 90,000 hires over the past year. In its July economic outlook, the Greater Houston Partnership said ‘Houston is the strongest of all the major metro economies in the U.S., and if job growth continues at the current pace, this may be one of the best years on record for the region.'”

I attended a meeting earlier this year where the keynote speaker was Mike Inselmann, co-founder and President of Metrostudy, which studies the housing market.

At the close of his remarks and after reviewing all the job growth data for the Houston region, Inselmann made a similar point, and pointed to a great future for housing in the Houston region: “The next four to five years are going to be pretty good years for Houston.”

This could be a perfect time for you to consider buying or selling a home in Montgomery County. I’d be happy to help.

If you’re interested in buying or selling a home in Montgomery County, please contact me at jfredricks@thefredricksgroup.com. You can also follow the link below to see my newest listing, a lovely log home on 3.5 acres with a pond, east of Conroe.

Jim Fredricks is a licensed Realtor with the Chevaux Group in The Woodlands.

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