$1 Million Homes
The number of Houston-area home sales of $1 million or more: *2011-764; *2010-727; *2009-648; *2008-767;* 2007 - 797; * 2006 - 648; * 2005 - 487; * 2004 - 380; * 2003 - 297. Almost 800 buyers paid at least $1 million for houses in 2007. Since that time we home sales dropped in '08 and '09 , started recovering in '10 and are projected to be almost fully to that level for 2011. Saled are occuring in places like Stablewood, Memorial and River Oaks. Association of Realtors.
High-priced sales have given a boost to the overall market, though million-dollar sales only represented about 1 percent of the homes sold through the Multiple Listing Service last year, according to Crawford Realty Advisors. Predictably, those willing to spend seven figures on houses are often doctors, lawyers or those employed by the energy business, the dominant industry in Houston's economy and one that's been fueling job growth and sales of expensive abodes.
Home values are spiking in upscale neighborhoods where builders are scrapping outdated properties to put up amenity-filled "McMansions," according to a study on 2007 housing prices conducted by Crawford Realty Advisors in conjunction with the University of Houston's Institute for Regional Forecasting. Almost 10 percent of the sales in River Oaks were new homes. And in Tanglewood, 21 percent of last year's sales were of new homes. More homes in Bellaire, Afton Oaks and even suburban areas such as The Woodlands and Kingwood are selling for seven figures. The average time it took to sell a $1 million or pricier home in February was 111 days, according to the latest data from the realty association. That's down from 164 days last year. The inventory of such homes, however, is growing. It would take slightly more than a year to sell all the million-dollar homes that were on the market at the end of February. That's up from 11.6 months a year earlier.
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