The Lone Star State is the shining star in homebuilding so far in 2017. Houston ranks No. 2 in housing starts, slightly behind Dallas, which leads the nation.
Houston recorded 25,789 housing starts for the 12-month period ending in March 31, 2017, according to Metrostudy. In the same 12-month period Dallas had 30,017 starts.
Showing a little softness, Houston home builders recorded 6,567 home sale closings in the first quarter, a 3.8 percent decline from the first quarter of 2016, Metrostudy reported.