Texas Regional Intelligence

Here you will find all of our articles with topics that cover Texas.

California Has Density Solutions, but Not Enough New Housing

The big three housing markets—Texas, Florida, and California—all easily topped 100,000 building permits in 2017. Combined, they account for almost one of every three new homes permitted for construction in the US last year. Only one other state (North Carolina …

Higher-Density Housing in Great Locations Is Catching On

Our consumer research clearly shows that price-sensitive first-time buyers are willing to trade lot and home size for a better location these days. We have a subscription service and searchable database of photographs of the best designed homes called DesignLens, …

Houston vs. Los Angeles

With Houston and Los Angeles squaring off to see who has the better baseball team, we thought it would be fun to compare these two massive housing markets. To do so, I turned to our monthly Metro Analysis and Forecast …

Hurricane Harvey’s Business Impact

Houstonians are resilient. The conversation here in Houston has already changed from “I hope your family is safe and dry” to “What does this mean for our business?” We did some meaningful research to help answer that question and concluded …

Atlanta Is the Winner in the Super Bowl of Housing

This Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots will battle it out in Houston, Texas, at Super Bowl 51. The Patriots may be favored to win the game, but Atlanta beats Boston in the housing market. Based on our most recent …

Houston Housing Market Slowdown

Despite greater diversification of the Houston economy over the last decade, it is still highly dependent on the energy sector. The concentration of energy jobs in Houston is 6.6 times higher than the national average. Even with a recent rebound, oil …

A Great Overview of Houston Real Estate

Here is a link to ULI’s very informative event on Houston real estate, where office, apartment, and housing experts shared the brutal truth of what they are seeing in their businesses. The changes in the office and apartment markets have …

Texas Master-Plan Communities Dominate

Last year, sales in the top 50 master-planned communities (MPCs) totaled 16,481 units, or approximately 5% of the estimated 306,000 new U.S. home sales for the year. Texas dominates the top 50. Of the 50 top-selling MPCs in the country, …

Oil Spill Impact: Houston is No Detroit

While the fate of deepwater drilling continues to be debated, uncertainty grows about the Houston economy, which has a level of dependence on oil and energy-related industries. Given the fact there is a lot of interest in this discussion (and …

Affordability Sells Homes

An ad is helping one Texas builder called LGI Homes capture 20 to 30 combined sales per week from 3 communities. The people selling homes for this builder know how to speak the language of their buyers. In this case, money …