April may be the cruelest month, but not for the housing market, which always picks up this time of year, as families try to settle in to new homes before the fall semester. And this year’s real estate season will be unusually fervent. “The housing market in Texas has pretty much recovered from the recession,” says Jim Gaines, a research economist at Texas A&M’s Real Estate Center. “The year 2013 was the second-highest on record in terms of total number of sales; 2006 was the first. With just a small uptick, 2014 will probably be the best ever.”