February 2020

Texas Housing Market Vitality



Texas metro area house prices are forecasted to outperform the national market. Current local conditions support an estimated 8.8% increase in the next twelve months. Texas’s housing market vitality, based on the twenty six metro housing markets which comprise it, is stronger than that of the overall U.S. and currently ranks the state as fifteenth in the nation. Recent changes in local conditions suggest the possibility of improvement in short-term performance.

Housing Market Vitality

Housing Market Vitality summarizes the impact of economic conditions on future house prices. A value of 100 corresponds to conditions supporting current prices; values less than 100 correspond to a dampening effect; and values greater than 100 indicate a positive effect on house prices.  A housing market vitality value can be interpreted as a forecasted growth rate. Hence, a reading of 105.8 can be interpreted as a forecasted 5.8% annualized increase in house prices.

Texas Metro Housing Markets

Texas is comprised of twenty six metro housing markets that account for nearly 89% of the state’s population. The markets are unique in their demographics and local economies and exhibit trends that are distinct from the national or state narrative. Each metro market presents its own unique opportunity.

Abilene, TX Underperform 263
Amarillo, TX Track 270
Austin-Round Rock, TX Outperform 30
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX Track 143
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX Track 296
College Station-Bryan, TX Underperform 359
Corpus Christi, TX Track 210
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Outperform 22
El Paso, TX Underperform 317
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Outperform 27
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Outperform 82
Killeen-Temple, TX Underperform 148
Laredo, TX Underperform 313
Longview, TX Outperform 59
Lubbock, TX Underperform 381
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX Track 293
Midland, TX Outperform 1
Odessa, TX Track 76
San Angelo, TX Underperform 172
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Underperform 269
Sherman-Denison, TX Outperform 80
Texarkana, TX-AR Track 98
Tyler, TX Underperform 213
Victoria, TX Outperform 56
Waco, TX Outperform 74
Wichita Falls, TX Underperform 205

Industry Specialization

Texas’s state economy is specialized in Mining, Fncl activities, and Trade Trans Util. Edu Health svcs, Manufacturing, and Leisure Hosp industry sectors are less important to the state economy compared to the national economy.

Industry specialization helps explain the differing impact of industry trends on local economies in contrast to industry composition which describes the structure of the economy. A Specialization Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the sector having a greater share of the state economy than it does of the national economy. Sectors with a Specialization Index greater than 120 characterize the local economy.


Compared to the U.S., there is a higher incidence of poverty amongst Lone Star State residents and they have less purchasing power. There are fewer high school graduates and a smaller proportion of the population is college educated. Texas’s population is comparatively more diverse than the overall U.S. population.

A Demographics Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the factor being more intense in the state versus the national average. Characteristics of the local population is a longer-term factor that influences the housing market.