Houston housing inventory jumps as home sales fall in RE/MAX survey 

by John Yellig

Active inventory of homes for sale in Houston rose 24.9% month over month in June to 18,099 properties, while the number of transactions fell 1.2% to 9,649, according to the most recent RE/MAX National Housing Report. 

The median sales price of Houston homes rose 0.4% month over month and 13.3% year over year to $351,500, while the national median sales price rose 0.6% from May and 11% from June 2021 to $428,000. 

Home sales nationally rose 4.7% month over month and fell 17.6% year over year, as rising interest rates and home prices weighed on homebuyers’ purchasing power. 

“The local Houston market has taken a cautious pause over the past month to two months,” RE/MAX Fine Properties broker/owner Nimesh Patel said. “The obvious issue with rising interest rates, the negative impact of Wall Street on purchasers’ cash on hand and new home builders having caught up on their building processes to have an abundance of overpriced inventory has a lot of people taking a break from purchasing.” 

The average close-to-list-price ratio of the 53 metro areas surveyed was 102%, down from 103% in May and flat with June 2021. The ratio represents the average value of the sales price divided by list price, and any number over 100% means the home sold for more than asking. 

The average days on market totaled 25, up from 23 in May. Months’ supply of inventory rose to 1.4 from 0.9 in May and 1 in June 2021. 

“The past few years have been one of the most competitive times ever for buyers — and we’re finally seeing conditions ease up,” RE/MAX President and CEO Nick Bailey said in a press release. “It’s due partly to the rise in interest rates — although buyers are also finding solutions in ARMs, FHA products and other financing — but even more significant is the increase in listings after several years of instant sales and low inventory.” 

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