Statewide Home Sales Dip in Third Quarter, Inventory Increases Thanks to Hurricane Harvey

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Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the South Texas coastline on Aug. 25. Home sales have slowed since the disaster struck, according to the Texas Quarterly Housing Report.

From Staff Reports

Texas home sales declined slightly in the third quarter of 2017, according to the 2017-Q3 Texas Quarterly Housing Report released today by the Texas Association of Realtors. This is the first time that Texas home sales have declined on a quarterly basis since the second quarter of 2012.
“As anticipated, the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has had a significant impact on our state’s housing market this fall, as many Texans were forced to postpone their goals of buying or selling a home in order to deal with devastation in their homes and communities,” said Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “Declines in local market home sales across the state in the third quarter were largely concentrated in regions impacted by Harvey, including the Houston area and local markets along the Texas coast.”

In the third quarter of 2017, Texas home sales volume declined 0.3 percent year-over-year to 91,401 home sales. The median price for Texas homes increased 5.6 percent in the same time frame to $225,000.
The price distribution of Texas homes sold in the third quarter of 2017 showed that less than half, or 44.5 percent, of the homes sold during this time frame were priced under $150,000, or the price threshold that the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites as affordable for entry-level Texas homebuyers. This is a decrease of 0.7 percentage points from 2016-Q3.
Jim Gaines, Ph.D., chief economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, commented, “Historically, Texas home sales volume is highest in the second and third quarter each year. However, shortages in housing stock fueled by population growth and increasing labor and lot shortages continue to put constraints on the Texas housing market.”

Monthly housing inventory in Texas increased 0.2 months from 2016-Q3 to 4.0 months of inventory. Statewide housing stock remains well below the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University’s benchmark of 6 to 6.5 months of inventory as a balanced housing market.
Active listings increased 7.4 percent year-over-year to 109,961 listings in the third quarter of 2017. Texas homes spent an average of 52 days on the market in 2017-Q3.
Chairman Fullerton concluded, “Despite this slight dip in home sales activity in the third quarter of 2017, the Texas housing market is still on pace for another record-breaking year. We need inventory for the housing market to continue to grow in major metropolitan areas like Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.”

— Via the Texas Association of Realtors


Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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