5 Reasons To Buy a Home in Houston

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A thriving economy meets art, culture and entertainment in Houston, making it the ideal spot for home shoppers to set down roots.

There are plenty of good reasons why folks are flocking to Houston, Texas. 

According to the 
BBC, Houston is the second-fastest growing city in the States because of its robust job market and economy, not to mention the many attractions it has to offer.

Moving to Houston can help stretch the paycheck, but also increase your quality of life with the massive amounts of entertainment, art and education. Houston brings a lot to the table so it’s no surprise that for five years, Houston was ranked the 
No. 1 relocation spot in the United States. Here’s why:

1. Jobs

Houston added 95,800 new jobs in a single year from 2011 to 2012. Before that, Houston regained 182.6 percent of the jobs lost during the recession, which is interesting considering it was the last city to fall into the recession and the first one to come out of it. In fact, it’s still considered one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation thanks to its booming gas and oil industry. But that’s not the only thriving industry in Houston: the mining, architectural and engineering services, management, healthcare, and education industries also fare well.

Houston understands that it’s important to make a paycheck last, which is why Forbes has ranked them No. 1 for paycheck stretching and Monster.com said Houston is the best city to start your career. It’s hard to find an argument against living and working in Houston.

2. Entertainment

Houston is fun! There’s plenty to do for the entire family. It is home to NASA’s Mission Control, bat country — 300 species of bats, to be precise — a 3,000 square foot 
man-made maze, and some of the best barbecue in the state. Eat some boot-shaped chocolates at The Chocolate Bar and scream at the top of your lungs for pro basketball team the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center. You’ll also want to explore the city’s underground tunnel system, which features a series of restaurants and shops. To get your culture fix, check out the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, a traditional Hindu temple, and the Museum of Natural Science, which features a butterfly center and planetarium. For some art, try the Houston Museum District, where you can enjoy modern art and tranquil spaces at the Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel.

3. Education

Houston is a city that is rich in distinguished school districts and prominent colleges and universities. The Houston Independent School District, the largest in the Houston area, serves 213 square miles with 288 schools, 13,000 teachers and more than 210,000 students. It’s helped build a highly diversified community and is one of Houston’s largest business enterprises. But this isn’t the only school district; in fact, Houston has 25 others, as well as 40 colleges and universities. Oh, and let’s not forget that 
Dennis Quaid, Loretta Devine and Jim Parsons all went to the University of Houston.

4. Housing

Houston-area buyers closed on 75,319 homes in 2014, which was a small increase over the previous year. 
Buying a home in Houston is the growing trend due to Houstonians’ increase in income, favorable interest rates and favorable home prices. In fact, home shoppers considering a new home have increased by 15 percent, also an increase over the previous year, thanks to Houston’s economic improvements in the last few years.

5. Community and Culture

Houston has among the youngest populations in the nation, due to a large influx of college graduates aged 24 to 34. However, with 2.2 million residents, there’s plenty of culture and diversity. Houston has the third-largest Hispanic population in the United States and more than 90 languages are spoken. And with 11,000 restaurants and culinary tours, Houstonians eat out more than residents of other cities — and still find time to enjoy ballet, opera, symphony and the theatre. As far as international appeal goes, 92 countries have consular offices in Houston.

If it isn’t clear by now, Houston is among the cream of the crop when it comes to cities to find your new home in. From the practical to the adventurous, Houston has something for everyone.

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