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Realtor® Notes About Houston Living – Houston Flat Fee Real Estate Agent

The City of Houston and the surrounding communities are home to a vibrant economy and wonderful mix of restaurants, arts and sports.  Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, is alive with energy, sophistication and Southern, Texas charm.  There is a something for everyone.

Houston’s cost of living is one of the lowest, while its standard of living is high. The C2ER Cost of Living Index for the third quarter of 2016 shows Houston has the sixth lowest cost of living among the nation’s 20 most populous metropolitan areas. Houston’s overall after-taxes living costs are 0.6 percent below the average for all 260 urban areas participating in the survey.

Among the nation’s 20 most populous metro areas, Houston’s housing costs are 36.3 percent below the average, and its overall living costs are 20.7 percent below the average for this group. Excluding the two most expensive housing markets — New York and San Francisco — which tend to skew the average, Houston’s housing costs are still 21.4 percent below the major metro average.

With almost half of its economic activity driven by the energy industry, Houston is known as the “Energy Capital of the World.” Houston is home to 40 of the nation’s 145 publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production firms, including 11 of the top 25 as ranked by 2011 total assets. Nine more among the top 25 have subsidiaries, major divisions or other significant operations in Houston.  Read more about Houston’s Economy.

Aeronautic research is unsurpassed at NASA headquarters and the Texas Medical Center remains the largest in the world with 47 highly acclaimed research and treatment institutions.  Read more about Houston’s Job Forecast.


  • Houston is the fourth most populous city in the nation (trailing only New York, Los Angeles and Chicago), and is the largest in the southern U.S. and Texas.
  • Founded in 1836, the City of Houston has a 2015 population of 2.3 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — www.census.gov.
  • The Houston MSA had a population of 6,656,947 residents as of July 1, 2015, according to estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau. If metro Houston were a state, it would have the 18th largest population in the U.S., behind Tennessee (6,600,299) and ahead of Missouri (6,083,672) and Maryland (6,006,401).
  • Harris County had a population of 4,538,028 residents as of July 1, 2015, according to estimates by the
    U.S. Census Bureau. If Harris County were a state, it would have the 26th largest population in the U.S., behind Louisiana (4,670,724) and ahead of Kentucky (4,425,092) and Oregon (4,028,977).
  • The nine-county Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) covers 9,444 square miles – an area larger than eight states, including Vermont, New Jersey and Hawaii.
  • Harris County covers 1,778 square miles – enough space to fit New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Austin and Dallas, with room still to spare.
  • According to the third quarter 2012 C2ER Cost of Living Index, Houston’s overall after-taxes living costs are 9.2 percent below the nationwide average.
  • Housing costs are 21.1 percent below the national average.
  • Houstonians eat out more than residents of any other city. While here you can choose to indulge in one of the more than 11,000.
  • Houston has a Theater District second only to New York City with its concentration of seats in one geographic area. Located downtown, the 17-block Theater District is home to eight performing arts organizations with more than 12,000 seats.
  • Houston has a unique museum district offering a range of museums, galleries, art and cultural institutions, including the City’s major museums.
  • Houston has more than 500 cultural, visual and performing arts organizations, 90 of which are devoted to multicultural and minority arts and is one of five U.S. cities that offer year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.
  • More than 90 languages are spoken throughout the Houston area.
  • 92 countries have consular offices in Houston, the third highest in the nation.
  • Houston has professional teams representing football, baseball, men’s basketball, soccer, and AHL hockey.
  • Houston is home to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The world’s largest livestock show and rodeo attracts more than 2.2 million visitors each year.
  • Houston boasts more than 40 colleges, university and institutions – offering higher education options to suit all interests.
  • Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world, with a local economic impact of $10 billion. More than 52,000 people work within its facilities, which encompass 21 million square feet. Altogether 4.8 million patients visit them each year.


Houston’s residential real estate options are numerous. The real estate options in Houston and the surrounding areas include single-family homes, new construction, resale homes, bungalows, mid/high-rises, lofts, townhomes, condominiums, acreage and more.  Whether you are wanting to live inside the City of Houston or a little further out in Katy, The Woodlands, Sugar Land, Pearland, Cypress or other communities, Houston has homes in every shape, size and price range.  Your needs can be met by Houston’s housing, economic, cultural and recreational offerings.


Leslie Lerner Properties, The Home of Flat Fee Listings and Rebated Commissions, is here to help you whether you are new to Houston or just looking to relocate.

Our experienced real estate agents are here to assist you with selling your home or buying a new home.

Leslie Lerner has been a Houston real estate agent / broker for over twenty years.  Through the years she has worked tirelessly with clients relocating to Houston and surrounding areas with purchasing a new home, on the sale of their existing home and rentals.  As technology changed and Houston’s economy grew, Lerner decided to become one of Houston’s elite flat fee real estate brokers.

Thinking about buying a new home?  Leslie Lerner Properties will rebate up to 1.5% back to you at closing if you look at six homes or less.  Learn more about BUYING YOUR HOME.

If you are in the market to list your home, Leslie Lerner Properties will list homes for a flat fee. The Seller will be responsible for the commission due to the real estate agent representing the Buyer(s).  Learn more about SELLING YOUR HOME.

Sources:  City of Houston, Greater Houston Partnership, US Census