A heavy presence of the oil and gas industry in Houston and throughout the Lone Star State has a number of advantages. Not only has this led to a booming economy, but it also adds downward pressure to gas prices.In fact, according to 24/7 Wall Street, Texas has the fifth-cheapest gas prices in the country. The state's 26 operating refineries have held the average price for a regular gallon of gas at $3.54 so far this year.Affordable gas prices are hard to come by in this day and age. Households from across the country considering a move to Houston may be able to use this factor as another reason to finally make the transition.Additionally, the Houston real estate market emerged relatively unscathed from the housing market collapse. According to the Houston Association of Realtors, the average price of a single-family home appreciated 4 percent in August, marking 15 consecutive months of annual gains.Although the fall and winter are often accompanied by a weaker housing market performance, local real estate experts don't anticipate a slowdown in the coming months.??? Real Estate News brought to you by 2M Realty, a true expert in the online real estate market.