Low mortgage interest rates, healthy employment growth and a stable supply of homes created fertile ground for the Houston real estate market, which blossomed to record levels in 2019. Single-family home sales for the full year surpassed 2018’s record volume by nearly five percent. December delivered the year’s strongest percentage increase in single-family home sales. However, as 2020 gets underway, housing inventory has shrunk slightly, which could narrow options for consumers that may be hoping to buy a home in the new year.
According to the Houston Association of Realtors’ (HAR) latest annual report, 2019 single-family home sales rose 4.8 percent to 86,205. Sales of all property types totaled 102,593, which represents a 4.3-percent increase over 2018’s record volume and marks the first time that total property sales have ever broken the 100,000 level. Total dollar volume for 2019 climbed 6.7 percent to a record-breaking $30 billion.
December single-family home sales jumped 14.3 percent year-over-year with 7,505 units sold. That marks the greatest one-month percentage increase of the year; Total December property sales increased 14.7 percent to 8,879 units;
Total active listings, or the total number of available properties, rose 3.6 percent from December 2018 to 38,504. Single-family homes inventory narrowed slightly from a 3.5-months supply to 3.4 months.
Sales set a record in 2019 and were strong in December.