Houston, TX

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Houston, TX Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2019. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Houston Housing Market Information

With a population of 2,312,717, 838,950 total housing units (homes and apartments), and a median house value of $151,382, house prices in Houston are solidly below the national average.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Houston, accounting for 44.85% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Houston include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 43.55%), duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 5.36%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 5.27%).

People in Houston primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Houston has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.

There is a lot of housing in Houston built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Houston built between 1940-1969 ( 29.62%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 2000 and later ( 19.28%). There's also some housing in Houston built before 1939 ( 4.40%).

Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Houston. Fully 11.05% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Houston homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Houston real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.

Houston Home Appreciation Rates

In the last 10 years, Houston has experienced some of the highest home appreciation rates of any community in the nation. Houston real estate appreciated 46.86% over the last ten years, which is an average annual home appreciation rate of 3.92%, putting Houston in the top 10% nationally for real estate appreciation. If you are a home buyer or real estate investor, Houston definitely has a track record of being one of the best long term real estate investments in America through the last ten years.

Over the last year, Houston appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Houston's appreciation rate has been 2.44%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Houston were at -0.93%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of -3.65%.

Notably, Houston's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.

Relative to Texas, our data show that Houston's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 80% of the other cities and towns in Texas.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Houston differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Houston - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Houston real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:


Value Range
> $1,164,000 2.9
$873,001 - $1,164,000 2.4
$582,001 - $873,000 6.1
$466,001 - $582,000 5.3
$349,001 - $466,000 8.8
$233,001 - $349,000 12.7
$116,001 - $233,000 30.5
$58,001 - $116,000 24.1
$0 - $58,000 7.3

Average for TX
Average for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
56.1576642335766 41.6100872938894

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Houston Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2018 Q4 - 2019 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2018 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2017 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2014 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2009 Q1 - 2019 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2019 Q1
113.00% 4.01%
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$1,223 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 43.25
Renters 56.75
Vacant 11.05

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

2000 or Newer 19.3
1970 - 1999 46.7
1940 - 1969 29.6
1939 or Older 4.4

Types of Homes

Single-Family 44.9
Townhomes 5.3
Small Apt. Buildings 5.4
Apt. Complexes 43.5
Mobile Homes 0.9
Other 0.0

Home Size

No Bedroom 2.85
1 Bedroom 24.95
2 Bedrooms 29.24
3 Bedrooms 29.80
4 Bedrooms 11.22
5 or more bedrooms 1.95