Houston bucks national trends when it comes to low housing inventory, but that doesn't mean buyers are being frugal.
The Houston housing market is still healthy for houses less than $225,000. Most home builders are starting at $190,000
Houston real estate expert Shad Bogany said Houston home buyers are stretching their budgets, especially single parents, who have auto loans or folks with student loan debt. Plus, people aren't getting income increases needed to buy a house.
"So if I'm starting off at $190,000 and I've got a 3.5 percent tax rate, I'm pretty much almost$2,000 a month in a house note," said Bogany.
He added Houston is not as affordable as it once was. Prices aren't coming down, but could be stabilizing.
JDR president and COO Cheri Fama said home buyers are being cautious in case they find a dream home for a little more...than can go ahead and splurge.
"Generally people set a budget a little bit lower than they actually can spend. Most people today are going to a lender and talking to them before they start shopping," said Fama.