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The status of Texas homebuyers: Incomes are up but first-timers are down

Status of Texas homebuyers: Incomes are up but first-timers are down

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Household incomes are up among Texas homebuyers, who are also getting older, according to a new report. Photo courtesy of Ebby Halliday

The face of the Texas homebuyer is changing as Lone Star home prices continue to increase. The Texas Homebuyers and Sellers Report, based on state-wide sales from July 2013 to June 2014, notes that homebuyers are getting older, while the number of first-time buyers is decreasing.

"Increased restrictions in lending standards and rising home prices in certain local markets continue to stifle the growth of first-time homebuyers in Texas," the report states. During the aforementioned time period, the percentage of home sales among first-time buyers dropped to 29 percent. That's a 4 percent decrease from the previous year and 4 percent less than the national average.

"As a result, Texas homebuyers are older and more likely to be married couples," the report continues. The average age of the typical Texas homebuyer increased from 43 to 45, and 72 percent of buyers were married.

Although the typical homebuyer in Texas is changing, the state continues to lead the nation in household income growth and new home sales.

The median household income for Texas homebuyers grew 5.9 percent to $97,500, compared to the national median income of $84,500. In Texas, 28 percent of homes sold were new — almost double the national average of 16 percent. 

You can read the report in its entirety on the Texas Association of Realtors website.