According to the latest monthly data compiled by the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR), July sales of single-family homes rose 16.7 percent versus one year earlier. That third increase of the year followed gains in January and June. All segments of the housing market, from the sub-$80,000 to the $500,000 and above, experienced positive sales. On a year-to-date basis, sales declined 2.2 percent. Compared to July of 2009, a year with no unusual market factors like Hurricane Ike in 2008 and the 2010 tax credit, single-family home sales were down 12.2 percent.
“It is still premature to label this latest increase in home sales a true positive indicator, but with the effects of last year’s tax credit fading and local employment figures strengthening, we should soon have an accurate reading on the Houston real estate market,” said Carlos P. Bujosa, HAR chairman and VP at Transwestern. “I believe the year-to-date and July 2009 comparisons probably yield the most realistic picture of what’s happening locally, and that places Houston in an enviable position when you see how other real estate markets around the country continue to struggle.
Month-end pending sales for July totaled 3,659, up 12.0 percent from last year. The rate is moving more in line with levels typically seen during the summer home sales months, but still reflects the rapid pace at which 2010 sales went under contract in advance of the tax credit closing deadline.