The greater Houston metropolitan area draws people from around the state, country and the world for many reasons, with the most popular being for work.
Yet, there are many other reasons people are adopting an address in one of the many communities here.
“We are currently seeing a high influx of individuals moving into the Houston area,” said Anne Incorvia, vice president, Martha Turner Properties, Houston.
“We are having a great flurry of activity in both the home buying and the rental market. The majority of those moving into Houston are work-related.
“Yet, other activity is from those coming for other reasons.”
For example, often when families move to Houston for job opportunities, grandparents follow to be close to their grandchildren.
“Grandparents wanting to be closer to their grandchildren are one of the reasons people move to Houston. And they find the weather and activities bonuses, such as being able to play golf 365 days a year, having waterfront homes, and being close to a world-class medical center,” Incorvia said.
Other reasons Houston draws people includes a healthy housing market, a strong economy, a relatively low-cost of living, and again, a climate which affords a more recreational life year round and overall a great quality of life, according to Kirsten Abney, director, Corporate Services, Heritage Texas Properties.
The climate does play an important reason for people moving to Houston, especially the older generations and empty-nesters, tired of the cold and snow, and for health reasons.
“Even in the heat of the summer, Houstonians know just how to ‘cool off.’ Many of the master-planned communities offer spas, waterparks and waterfront communities. We have communities that we sell in where you can drive your boat right from your dock in your backyard, and park at the neighborhood town center with restaurants and shopping,” Incorvia said.
Most folks are looking for a certain lifestyle and that tends to narrow their options in areas to live and homes available in those locations.
However, according to an MLS Press Release, February 2013, month-end pending sales for February totaled 3,877. That is up 12.7 percent from last year and signals the probability of yet further growth in property sales when the March figures are tallied.
Active listings or the number of available properties, at the end of February declined 20.9 percent from February 2012 to 33,361.
“Some people want to be close to downtown, where there is an abundance of restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment,” Abney said. “Others may want more space in a community that offers a variety of amenities such as a community pool, parks and trails, healthcare, and shopping.
“Others may want a full service building where they can lock-up, leave, and not worry about upkeep. The great thing about Houston is we really can accommodate any lifestyle someone may be looking for,” Abney said.
Incorvia agrees. “There are diverse needs of amenities among individuals moving to Houston, from those wanting family-friendly neighborhoods, to senior-living communities, to in-town bungalows, to high-rise living, to master-planned communities,” Incorvia said. “Many people are also looking at the ‘walk score’ for properties, which are the neighborhood amenities within walking distance, such as being able to walk to the local restaurant for dinner.”
There are so many desirable places to live in and around Houston – from The Woodlands to Sugar Land, from the Bay Area to Lake Conroe, from Cy-Fair to Pearland and from the urban inside the Loop, to the suburbs with great schools and activities built around the family.
Each of these communities has its own lifestyle, whether it is a golf course community or a community built on the water.
The greater Houston area is an anomaly in the U.S. – not limited by location or prices. The lifestyles and choices in homes in Houston are so diverse it makes this a great place to be able to accommodate everyone’s style. People are looking all over Houston, according to Incorvia.
Houston also is a great location for those wanting a variety of scenery, resorts, and vacation options close to home, the beach being an hour away, and the Hill County is only a few hours away.
Transportation is another plus, with two convenient airports, plus Metro and Amtrak rail service.
Original Source: Michelle Sandlin for the chron.com