HOUSTON HOME SALES, RENTALS & INVENTORY INCREASE IN MAY
Houston home sales, rentals and single-family homes inventory are up compared to May 2016. May also marked the seventh consecutive month of rising sales for homes in the $750,000 and above price range.
Single-family homes inventory rose from a 3.6-months supply last May to 4.1 months in May 2017. This is the largest amount of Houston area housing inventory in nearly five years. Across the U.S., inventory is at a 4.2-months supply. The average days on the market fell to 51 days.
According to the latest monthly report prepared by the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR):
|Category||Jan. 2017||Feb. 2017||Mar. 2017||Apr. 2017||May 2017||June 2017||July 2017||Aug. 2017||Sept. 2017||Oct. 2017||Nov. 2017||Dec. 2017|
|Total Property Sales||4,997||6,111||8,495||8,014||9,744||9,993||8,821||7,077||8,150||7,614||7,270||8,125|
|Total Active Listings||34,958||35,685||37,926||39,567||41,257||43,326||44,299||42,822||40,848||39,692||37,914||33,432|
|Single-Family Home Sales||4,080||4,933||7,013||6,583||8,156||8,414||7,440||5,917||6,913||6,381||6,184||6,875|
|Single_Family Months of Inventory||3.5||3.5||3.8||4.0||4.1||4.4||4.5||4.4||4.1||3.9||3.7||3.2|
|Single-Family Pending Sales||6,286||6,908||8,311||8,382||8,808||8,363||7,940||6,295||6,606||7,201||6,218||5,413|
|Days on Market||64||66||60||55||51||50||48||50||54||61||61||62|
Single-Family Sales by Price Range (Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Montgomery & Waller Counties):
|Price Range||Jan. 2017||Feb. 2017||Mar. 2017||Apr. 2017||May 2017||June 2017||July 2017||Aug. 2017||Sept. 2017||Nov. 2017||Dec. 2017|
|$1 - $99,999||167||203||217||193||227||206||202||160||192||242||247|
|$100,000 - $149,999||575||565||732||657||776||720||666||550||587||595||647|
|$150,000 - $249,999||1,362||1,684||2,386||2,253||2,705||2,761||2,549||2,166||2,526||2,269||2,298|
|$250,000 - $499,999||1,108||1,539||2,173||2,055||2,569||2,652||2,210||1,869||2,150||1,849||2,134|
|$500,000 - $749,999||210||225||368||309||439||521||396||304||358||306||369|
|$750,000 and above||132||162||226||253||273||335||301||222||204||188||216|
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THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE PUBLISHED THE 2017 SCHOOL REPORT CARD
Each year the Houston Chronicle publishes a section covering school rankings and other information about Houston and surrounding area schools. This is a great resource when relocating or moving around within the Houston area.
Summer in Houston brings heat, humidity and mosquitos. Houston actually ranked 7th out of 50 top mosquito cities in the United States. Atlanta, Georgia topped the list, followed by Washington D.C, Chicago, New York and Miami Fort Lauderdale. Dallas was 6th followed by Houston.
As we know, mosquitos are carriers of diseases such as West Nile and Zika Viruses. The West Nile Virus has already been reported in the Montgomery County area this year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend using a good mosquito repellant, wearing light loose-fitting clothes with long sleeves and trimming shrubbery. If you have a pool, make sure the water is treated and circulating. The water in bird baths should be changed each week and all water-filled containers need to be emptied.
CDC Insect Repellant Use and Safety
Which mosquito repellents work best?
CDC recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing.
Of the products registered with the EPA, those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.
How often should repellent be reapplied?
Repellents containing a higher percentage of the active ingredient typically provide longer-lasting protection. Regardless of what product you use, if you start to get mosquito bites, reapply the repellent according to the label instructions.
What precautions should I follow when using repellents?
Always follow the recommendations appearing on the product label. EPA recommends the following when using insect repellents:
Can insect repellents be used on children?
Yes. Most products can be used on children. Products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not to be used on children under the age of three years. EPA does not recommend any additional precautions for using registered repellents on children other than those listed above.
Can insect repellents be used by pregnant or nursing women?
Yes. EPA does not recommend any additional precautions for repellent use by pregnant or nursing women.
Can I use an insect repellent and a product containing sunscreen at the same time?
Yes. People can, and should, use both a sunscreen and an insect repellent when they are outdoors. Follow the instructions on the package for proper application of each product. In general, the recommendation is to apply sunscreen first, followed by repellent.
Should I use combination sunscreen/insect repellent products?
It is not recommended to use a single product that combines insect repellent containing DEET and sunscreen. Repellent usually does not need to be reapplied as often as sunscreen. There are not specific recommendations for products that combine other active ingredients and sunscreen. Always follow the instructions on the label of whatever product you are using.
What is permethrin?
Permethrin is a repellent and insecticide. Certain products containing permethrin are recommended for use on clothing, shoes, bed nets, and camping gear. Permethrin-treated products repel and kill ticks, mosquitoes, and other arthropods. These products continue to repel and kill insects after several washings. Permethrin should be reapplied following the label instructions.
Credit: CDC Website
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