Tuesday AM July 28th, 2009

Even though Houston's new home sales numbers aren't keeping pace with the rest of the nation, local real estate experts say that's mostly because builder's planned ahead. Jack Williams explains.

Houses For SaleThe Commerce Department reports new home sales were up 11-percent last month compared to May, the third straight month of positive numbers. But in Houston, last month's numbers were down, from 817 new home sales in May to 737 in June. Pattie Huey is a Houston Association of Realtors board member and says Houston has far less new home inventory than other cities.

"If you look at their months of inventory in a lot of the other states, it was into many years of inventory. In Houston, we're only looking at months of inventory on the ground in new construction. That's really a very positive thing, so you need to make sure we're comparing apples to apples. We don't have as much available to sell."

Huey says local builders slowed housing starts last fall and are just now beginning to build more new homes. Overall, new home sales in Houston are down 23 percent this year. 

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Jack Williams

Director of News Programming

News Director Jack Williams has been with Houston Public Radio since August of 2000. He's also a reporter and anchor for Houston Public Radio's local All Things Considered segments...