The most competitive ZIP codes in Texas for homebuyers

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When it comes to a hot housing market, Texas stands alone. 

The Lone Star State’s population grew by almost 16% in the past ten years, but according to the Texas Real Estate Research Center, new housing is increasing at a much slower rate of 1.7%. Growing demand and lagging supply have made buying a house in Texas a fierce competition, but just how competitive are the top markets?

We broke down the most competitive ZIP codes in four of Texas’ biggest markets: Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. Read on to see which ZIPs took the top spots.

Top 25 most competitive ZIP codes in Texas

ZIP code City Percent of listings sold within 7 days
78626 Austin 75%
78634 Austin 74%
78729 Austin 73%
78628 Austin 73%
78681 Austin 72%
78641 Austin 72%
78749 Austin 72%
78640 Austin 72%
78015 San Antonio 71%
78717 Austin 71%
78757 Austin 71%
78748 Austin 70%
78653 Austin 70%
78704 Austin 69%
78633 Austin 68%
78613 Austin 68%
77384 Houston 68%
78723 Austin 67%
78759 Austin 67%
78739 Austin 67%
78261 San Antonio 67%
78727 Austin 66%
78660 Austin 66%
78665 Austin 66%
78744 Austin 65%

Key takeaways

  • Austin is Texas’ most competitive market, accounting for 22 of the top 25 most competitive ZIP codes in Texas and 63% of all listings selling within seven days.
  • San Antonio is Texas’ second hottest market, with 51% of listings selling within seven days.
  • Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston are close behind, with 47% and 46% of listings selling within seven days, respectively.

Most competitive ZIP codes by market

In addition to looking at the top 25 most competitive ZIP codes in Texas, we broke down the top ten most competitive ZIP codes in each city we examined. While Austin dominated our top 25 rankings, our market breakdown reveals steep competition for all four markets.

Top 10 competitive ZIP codes in Austin

ZIP code Listings sold within 1 week Total listings Percent of listings sold within 7 days
78626 177 236 75%
78634 173 234 74%
78729 78 107 73%
78628 215 296 73%
78681 181 250 72%
78641 443 612 72%
78749 143 199 72%
78640 206 288 72%
78717 79 111 71%
78757 86 121 71%

The level of competition in Austin becomes evident when looking at the top 10 most competitive ZIP codes. Each of these ZIPs made the state-level list, with only 78757 not making the top 10 most competitive ZIPs in Texas as a whole. Listings in Austin are on the market for a median of five days, so if you’re serious about buying that house, consider a cash offer — one-fifth of winning offers in this market are all-cash.

Check out Austin listings while they last.

Top 10 Competitive ZIP codes in Dallas-Fort Worth

ZIP code Listings sold within 1 week Total listings Percent of listings sold within 7 days
76207 66 102 65%
76177 89 142 63%
75209 67 109 61%
75206 96 160 60%
75075 94 158 59%
71112 129 217 59%
75035 207 350 59%
75098 192 325 59%
75189 180 306 59%
76137 144 245 59%

Despite not placing in the top 25 overall, these Dallas-Fort Worth ZIP codes remain highly competitive. Over half of all listings in these ZIPs spend fewer than a week on the market. As a whole, Dallas-Fort Worth homes spend a median of only eight days on the market.

Browse homes for sale in Dallas-Fort Worth here.

Top 10 competitive ZIP codes in Houston

ZIP code Listings sold within 1 week Total listings Percent of listings sold within 7 days
77384 104 154 68%
77494 431 669 64%
77386 273 433 63%
77381 143 230 62%
77573 359 582 62%
77377 138 229 60%
77584 241 403 60%
77429 304 517 59%
77493 241 410 59%
77406 218 374 58%

Houston’s most competitive ZIP code placed 17th in our rankings overall, leading the market with share of homes sold within a week. Like the other markets examined, over half of listings in the top ten ZIPs in Houston sell within a week on the market. As a whole, homes here spend a median of 10 days on the market.

Browse Houston listings here.

Top 10 competitive ZIP codes in San Antonio

ZIP code Listings sold within 1 week Total listings Percent of listings sold within 7 days
78015 112 157 71%
78261 145 218 67%
78254 359 560 64%
78023 101 161 63%
78259 77 123 63%
78108 204 333 61%
78258 137 226 61%
78255 63 104 61%
78251 124 207 60%
78154 128 215 60%

San Antonio is the second most competitive market out of those examined for this report, with San Antonio’s top competitive ZIP code, 78015, placing 9th in our rankings overall. Interestingly, though, San Antonio also has the greatest range in percentage of listings sold within seven days, with an 11% difference between the first and tenth place spots. Housing prices are also competitive in this market, with a median sales price of $315,529.

Check out San Antonio listings here.

Methodology

To create this report, Orchard analyzed ZIP codes in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio with over 100 single-family home listings. Data was pulled from the MLS between January 1, 2022 and May 31, 2022. To calculate the most competitive ZIP codes, we compared the total number of listings with the number of listings that spent seven or fewer days on the market.

Trevor Patch, Manager of Data Science at Orchard, contributed to the data collection and analysis for this report.

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