Everything is bigger in Houston, including the storms
They say everything's bigger in Texas, and when it comes to hurricane season this is certainly true, as it lies in the outlined storm belt. Therefore, when you start to shop for homes for sale in Houston, TX, you may want to consider the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) lasted prediction of nine to 15 tropical storms in 2012. What's more, the NOAA believes between four and eight of those storms will potentially turn into hurricanes, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Fortunately, the average real estate sale price in Houston's 77002 ZIP code area is much lower than the average real estate asking price, which will allow you to allocate more money toward insurance policies. Currently, the average home seller looks to sell his or her Houston property for $354,455, according to ZipDataMaps. However, many sellers have begun to settle, which has driven the average sale price down to $110,275, the source reports.
When moving to Houston, make sure you're prepared for all Mother Nature may have up her sleeve. Survey the home you are about to bid on and look for any indications that it could be overly susceptible to extreme storms. It may be worthwhile to pay a little more for a structure built with hurricane season in mind.