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Houston soft? Home prices stalled?

Is the Houston market soft? A new report from Trulia ranks H-Town among 10 U.S. markets where list prices have stalled — or even fallen — over the past year.

The real estate site used information from “Trulia Data Central” to identify “cool markets and give some context around sluggish price performance,” according to a release. In total, four Texas metros appear on the list: two with price decreases — San Antonio and Austin — and two with prices that stalled — Houston and Dallas.

Houston appears at No. 7 on the list, with a home price that has remained relatively flat over the past year. Currently, the median listing price is $299,520, up just $1,216 from $298,304 in March 2017.

But, before we call it a soft market, consider that Texas home values continue to rise. That means if you have a home in Texas, its value is appreciating.  Also, Texas metros are building at some of the fastest rates in the country. The new housing is priced roughly at levels of a year ago, suggesting that new supply is keeping up with demand.

So, while prices may be flat, home values in the Houston metro area are increasing. Trulia says they're up 5.42 percent year-over-year to $196,155.

Dallas follows Houston on the list at No. 8, with a median listing price of $356,999, up only 0.5 percent from last year. Home values there, however, are appreciating like crazy, up 15.14 percent to $247,130.

San Antonio and Austin take the No. 1 and 2 spots on the list, with median listing prices down 5 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Like elsewhere in Texas, values are on the rise. Home values in San Antonio are up almost 7 percent year-over-year; in Austin, they're up more than 5 percent since March 2017.

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