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Houston: We Don't Have A Real Estate Problem

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Farm Gal

Elite Member
Jan 14, 2002
Professional Status
Licensed Appraiser
Aside from a few amenities (like proximity to other places), and the metro life in general, Houston had had other booms, typically followed by a bust! Hard to beleive for folks who's area hasn't done this a time or two, but it happens!

Wonder what is going on below the covers in the land of big oil to fuel this boom? (excuse my pun)

And God help us in the hinterlands where RE hasn't gone up to fuel our personal wealth :roll: .


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Jan 22, 2002
Professional Status
Certified General Appraiser
Got a similar report in the Dallas Morning News from the board of realtors. Median price up significantly, blah, blah, blah. However, I have seen losses from 5-15% after September 11. Yes, values appear to have stabilized, and yes, builders are selling homes. However, numerous builder homes still remain on the market beyond normal selling times and prices have been cut significantly to move existing inventory. Spec homes are not what they were last year. Today, I did 5 inspections, 3 of which were foreclosures.

So, in spite of the rose colored glasses, I'm still seeing things half-empty, not half-full.

Bemis Pownall

"raw raw"
score one for te Real Estate Agents!
bet every agent is mailing this to the people in their "farm area"

H. Robert Murray III

Freshman Member
Apr 29, 2002
The Houston market is huge, from Galveston to The Woodlands/Lake Conroe, from Katy/Sugar Lane to Clear Lake and Houston is in the middle of it all.

The story is fairly accuratem, however, some pockets of new homes have become overbuilt and values have decline or static.

Robert Murray
Katy, TX

Paulette in Texas

Sophomore Member
Jan 24, 2002
Houston for the most part is booming. But then that is the norm for Houston. We have over 4 million in our market area and 7+- counties included. We have some overbuilding. Okay, so what. It is typically in the new construction or recent subdivision waaaaaaay out there. When you do an absorption rate it typically comes up just over 6 months supply...so? Not the end of the world. More times than not though, you'll see the closer in products with a shortage. I believe it comes down to more PRICE. The more expensive and further out it is...the more product. The closer in and more affordable it is...shortage. That's Houston.

Sorry to bust the bubble, but the only thing that caused any grief in the 80's in Houston was those id-yuts in Congress that HAD to tweek the tax write-offs and sent us all into a recession. My motto: "Get out of our way and let us take care of business...as usual."

We've got an increase in foreclosures. So what? The smart lenders actually are making money EVEN after repairs and attorney/realtor fees. The B/C paper? If they used good appraisers and followed guidelines, they are not hurting too much. But for those that insisted on crap, well the proof is in the pudding and they're in it. Paulette in Tx
go w...
Rotts rule and Shih tzus doing fine.


Every time I go to Houston or Dallas it becomes about a 5 mile shorter drive.
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