DALLAS, Feb. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The average new home price in Texas rose last month statewide, despite signs that the state’s once red-hot new home sales market is continuing to cool, according to new data released by HomesUSA.com™  for January.

The new data shows the average new home price in Texas was up a little less than $1,500 in January to $358,880, from $357,434 in December 2018. Average new home prices were up in all the state’s Big Four new home markets including Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, HomesUSA.com™ reported, based on data from local Multiple Listing Services, including the Houston Association of REALTORS, North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, San Antonio Board of REALTORS and the Austin Board of REALTORS.

Total new home sales and pending sales dropped statewide last month in all the Big Four markets. The one bright spot for builders: The
HomesUSA.com™ New Home Sales Index, which measures the Days on Market (DOM) for new homes before they are sold, for the second month in a row the pace of new homes sold improved slightly statewide and in the three markets which reported the data in January.

In Texas, the HomesUSA.com™ New Home Sales Index showed the statewide DOM was 111.44 days in January, down from 112.13 days in December. The DOM for Dallas-Fort Worth dropped slightly, from 115.09 days in December to 114.78 in January. In San Antonio, the DOM had the biggest improvement, dropping from 103.83 days in December to 102.32 days in January. The DOM in Austin also improved, falling from 113.45 in December to 112.81 in January. [Due to technical issues the Houston Association of Realtors is experiencing, they are unable to provide Days on Market data. This report will be updated when data is provided.] (See Chart 1: Texas New Homes Days on Market)

HomesUSA.com - New Home Days on Market - Jan 2019

“We’ve been on a record-breaking pace for new home sales for so long, it’s not surprising to see that the market appears to be leveling off,” said Ben Caballero, owner of HomesUSA.com™, and real estate’s first Guinness World Record holder for real estate sales. “But we also are about to head into the spring sales season. The fact that home prices are higher, and the sales pace for new homes continues to improve, may signal that things are about to get much better for builders,” he added.

Caballero is sharing this Texas new homes data for January as the Commerce Department will release its national report for New Residential Home Sales for December today, Tuesday, February 26 at 10:00 am Eastern. The Commerce Department is running a month behind schedule issuing its nationwide new home construction data due to the recent lapse in federal funding.

TEXAS NEW HOME SALES DATA
New home sales were lower statewide, dropping from a 12-month rolling average of 3,836 sales for December, to 3,818 sales for January. New home sales were lower in each of the Big Four markets.

Dallas-Ft. Worth posted a drop from 1,324 new home sales for December, to 1,318 sales in January. New home sales in Houston dropped from 1,311 in December, to 1,308 sales in January.

New home sales in Austin also were lower last month with 677 new home sales in December, down slightly to 671 sales in January. San Antonio new home sales in December were 523 and dropped marginally in January to 521 sales. (See Chart 2: Texas New Home Sales)

HomesUSA.com - New Home Sales - Jan 2019

TEXAS NEW HOME PRICE TRENDS
In Dallas-Ft. Worth, the average new home price in January was $375,930, up from $375,886 in December. Houston saw its average new home price jump to $361,231 in January, up from $357,422 in December. In Austin, the average new home price rose in January to $368,931, up from $368,736 in December. And in San Antonio, the average new home price increased slightly in January to $297,248, up from $296,191 in December. (See Chart 3: Texas New Home Prices)

HomesUSA.com - New Home Sales Prices - Jan 2019

TEXAS PENDING NEW HOME SALES DATA
Pending new home sales were lower throughout the state of Texas. Dallas-Ft. Worth posted a 12-month rolling average of 1,203 pending new home sales for January, down from 1,286 pending sales in December. Pending new home sales in Houston for January were 1,192, down from 1,266 in December.

Austin’s pending new home sales also were lower last month with 584 pending new sales in January, down from 637 pending home sales in December. San Antonio pending new home sales in January were 476, down from 507 pending new home sales in December. (See Chart 4: Texas Pending New Home Sales)

HomesUSA.com - Pending Home Sales - Jan 2019