Housing conditions relatively calm on Lake Conroe

Consistency describes second home submarket
  • Majority of buyers are golfers and boaters.
  • Year-over-year fluctuations in sales and prices of roughly 2 percent indicate the market is stable.
  • Some buyers choose Lake Conroe over The Woodlands because of pricing and lack of traffic.

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An hour outside of Houston lies Lake Conroe, a submarket where home sales activity and prices remained relatively unchanged during a recent 24-month period. Spanning October 2014 to September 2015, a total of 1,580 homes sold, a 2.1 percent increase from the previous 12-month period. At the same time, the average sales price of a home dropped by 1.9 percent, to $$285,019, according to the Houston Association of Realtors. Amy Smythe-Harris with Urban Provision Realtors, acknowledged that a small price dip has recently occurred, but also noted that rapid appreciation is uncommon. Lake Conroe can be described as a second home market, but not in the sense that it's a destination market. To the southeast the city of Conroe, a separate submarket, surrounds Lake Conroe. "It's cheap to buy and you can have a boat," Smythe-Harris said, adding a number of buyers are empty nesters that are boaters or golfers. Because homes don't appreciate rapidly, those who sell are typically...