Houston Area Real Estate & Relocation: December 2010

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home in Houston, TX?


Is Now a Good Time to Buy a Home in Houston, TX?

Or in Cypress . . . or in Kingwood . . .or in Spring . . . or in Tomball, TX?


You be the judge . . .

  • Interest rates are at all-time lows. Dreamstime Nighttime Blue House
  • There is a huge and wonderful selection of homes to choose from in every price range.
  • Houston, Cypress, Kingwood, Spring (including The Woodlands), Tomball and all surrounding areas' home prices are extremely reasonable, especially compared to a lot of other cities in the U.S.
  • You have to live SOMEWHERE and either pay a mortgage or rent, unless of course, you are living with someone and not having to pay either.
  • In many cases, rent on a home is higher than a mortgage would be on the same or similar home.
  • Even if you like the neighborhood, your home and your neighbors -- a landlord can make you move at the end of your lease if he wants. 
  • If you are buying the home, and as long as you make your mortgage payments, whether you stay or move is up to you.
  • If you rent, you usually have to stay with neutral paints, etc.  If youDreamstime Tulips are buying, you can take advantage of the fun and colorful trends for interior walls.  The money you spend on flowers and landscaping will enhance the value of YOUR home, not your landlord's.   You can personalize your home to make it your own.
  • If you have children, they may feel an extra degree of security in not having to switch schools and neighborhoods frequently and also in knowing this is THEIR home, and that it’s not a “borrowed” home.
  • If you are buying your home, the monthly mortgage payment goes toward something YOU own.  If you are renting, your monthly rent goes toward helping your landlord own the property.
  • No more parking beside strangers in an apartment parking lot or parking garage and wondering who scraped the side of your car; or driving around at midnight looking for a parking spot halfway close to your apartment. 


From what relocation buyers tell me, compared to other a lot of other areas, you get a lot of house for your money when you buy a home in Houston.  Many subdivisions have fantastic amenities such as subdivision pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, clubhouse, walking trails, and the list goes on.

Subdivision Swimming PoolIs Now a Good Time to Buy a Home in Houston, TX?Subdivision PlaygroundWalking Trails Around the Lake

To answer the question:  Is now is a good time to buy a home in Houston, TX? -- It really depends on each individual’s situation.


The answer is “yes” for all the reasons above.


However, the answer may be “no” for reasons such as:

You are unsure of your job situation; you may be transferred in the near future with no company buyout; you are buying to make a quick and huge return on your money.


The important thing is to assess your situation with the assistance of a knowledgeable Realtor who can go over pros and cons with you as well as give you guidance regarding market value for any home you are interested in.  Feel free to give me a call if I can be of assistance in helping you make an informed decision and if you are wondering:  Is now a good time to buy a home in Houston, TX?

Nighttime Blue House Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime
Tulip Walk Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime

Feel free to search HERE for the most up-to-date, up-to-the-minute, current MLS Information – it is the most current information available. Search for Homes in Houston, Cypress, Magnolia, Spring, Tomball, The Woodlands and more.


House icon/photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.


  Information contained herein is believed to be accurate; however, it is not guaranteed and should be verified.  Statistics are believed to be accurate at the time published; however, they are subject to change and should not be relied upon without verification that they are current.


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Texas Real Estate Commission Information About Brokerage Services 


You may also be interested in:

Current MLS Information for Houston Area Real Estate, Houston, TX

Buying a Home in Texas

What Can an HOA Do to Improve Subdivision Values? 



Helping Buyers BUY and Sellers SELL for Over 20 Years

Northwest HOUSTON, TX and Surrounding Areas
Including Cypress, Kingwood, Magnolia, Spring, Tomball, The Woodlands


Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS

RE/MAX Elite Properties
14257  FM 2920  #115

Tomball, TX  77377


(281) 381-0846 Cell





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