Known as both the

City and

Houston was founded in 1836 and named after General Sam Houston. With a population of close to 2 million, it’s the 4th largest city in the
United States. The city has been a dynamic center of business since the early 1900s and is also the leader in space technology, being home to NASA and the

Center. The port area is thriving and connected to the city by the Houston Ship Channel. Other well known areas are Interstate 10’s Energy Corridor, the Galleria, and the world class

Houston’s feel is diverse, with both a high rise skyline and waterways like the Buffalo Bayou, which winds through the city.


Recently, downtown
Houstonhas been transferred into a dynamic area of the city for both entertainment and residential living. Many new lofts and townhomes have been built in and near downtown and other buildings have been converted from commercial to residential use.


Houston has major league football, baseball, basketball ( men’s and women’s), and soccer teams, as well as AHL hockey. It also has separate horse and greyhound racing tracks.


For the theatre lovers,
Houston is one of the few cities that has permanent ballet, orchestra, opera, and theatre companies.


Houston offers most everything you could possibly desire in real estate.




Note: Due to the large volume of homes sold, I usually need two months to compile data. However, this month I will be using November 2007 data.  Some of the information that I’ve used in this report was obtained from a December 2007 press release from the Multiple Listing Service department of the Houston Association of Realtors.


To date, the mortgage company and loan problems you have been reading about have affected
Houston housing much less than most other areas of the country. Although total home sales decreased in November by 10.2%, the average sales prices increased over last year. The median price which is a price where half the homes sold for more and half sold for less was $150,500, a 1.7 % increase from November 2006. The average sales price was $205,815. This is a 6.4% increase over last year’s value.


Townhomes and condo sales were up in price but lower in number over last year. In November 2007, 498 units were sold at an average sale price of $162,371. This is a 3.6 % increase in price over November 2007, but a 10.8 % decrease in number sold.


In closing, the
Houston housing market is still stronger in pricing than other areas of the country, although the foreclosures and sub prime lending problems appear to have affected us all. In
Houston, in recent years, you have been able to purchase a home for less than in many other cities and the value has increased. According to the National Association of Realtors,
Houston’s current median sales price for a single family home is 27.1 % less than the national average. We are on pace for the second best year on record. This indicates the great value of living in