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Houston makes list of most energized markets for new homes

November 17, 2018

Which cities have the most momentum when it comes to new homes?

RCLCO, a national housing advisory firm, ranked major metro areas with the strongest demand drivers for new houses. The company factored in single-family permits, population growth, employment growth and low unemployment levels in the index, which measures momentum looking ahead 12 months.

Below are second-quarter rankings for RCLCO’s for-sale housing momentum index, along with each metro area’s ranking at midyear 2016.

Texas takeaways: Houston’s strong job growth, projected at 90,000 to 100,000 in the coming year, propelled it up 11 positions on the list, RCLCO said. Austin, which continues to attract relocating companies and tech employees, kept the No. 2 spot. The hot Dallas-Fort Worth market, meanwhile, slipped six positions as growth moderated. San Antonio, a market with slower growth, climbed three positions.

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RCLCO For-Sale Housing Momentum Index

1. Orlando (1)

2. Austin (2)

3. Phoenix (4)

4. (tie) Charlotte, N.C. (15)

4. (tie) Raleigh, N.C. (8)

6. Jacksonville, Fla. (5)

7. Las Vegas (6)

8. Denver (7)

9. Dallas/Fort Worth (3)

10. Houston (21)

11. Nashville (14)

12. Tampa (11)

13. San Antonio (16)

14. Portland (13)

15. Atlanta (9)

Source: RCLCO

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