Houston Continues to Lead the National in Housing Starts in 2012

(Houston, TX– January 30, 2013) For Houston, the recovery is surging roughly nine months ahead of the national average. Job growth remains strong, creating a robust housing demand over the last twelve months. This is according to a recent report by Metrostudy, a national housing data and consulting firm that maintains the most extensive primary database on residential construction in the US housing market.

In November, the Greater Houston job market regained the top spot in the nation in terms of annual job growth, adding 85,300 jobs over the previous twelve months. “The current pace is slightly ahead of what the Greater Houston Partnership projected, thanks to a late year surge in construction hiring,” said David Jarvis, director of Metrostudy’s Houston division.  As a result of the strong job growth in 2012 Houston’s unemployment rate has dropped from 7.3% to 5.8% through November 2012.

On an annual basis, Houston builders started 23,480 new homes in 2012, a 27% increase from 2011 and the highest year end tally since before the recession. In 4Q12, area builders closed 5,720 new homes, bringing the year-end total for 2012 to 21,713. 2012’s closing tally represents a 17% increase in closings activity when compared to 2011. “Given the time required to complete a home, closings tend to trail starts in a growing market. Therefore, new home closings should trend above 23,000, on an annual basis, in 2013,” said Jarvis.

The relative supply of finished vacant homes in the market currently rests at 1.9 months, a seven year low. In fact, the market currently has twice as many homes under construction as it does home sitting finished and vacant. “The sizable difference between these two categories of inventory confirms the ability of builders to tighten their inventory over the last eight quarters and highlights the vigorous new home demand present in Houston,” said Jarvis.

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david jarvis @ 713.622.9909 x 132
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Metrostudy is the leading provider of primary and secondary market information to the housing industry and related industries nationwide. In addition to providing its own primary housing data for approximately 70% of the United States housing market, the company is recognized for its consulting expertise regarding real estate development, marketing and economic issues, and is a key source of research studies evaluating the marketability of residential and commercial real estate projects. Services are offered through an extensive network of offices located in major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. For more information, visit www.metrostudy.com