Hi neighbor, Today I will be sharing with you our perspective on the local real estate market here in Houston, Texas, specifically a market update for the neighborhood of The Woodlands. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or just keep an eye on the market, we look forward to being your resource.
What is happening in the real estate market in The Woodlands?
We currently have 185 homes pending, with 63 homes sold in the last two weeks, averaging a sale price of $213 a square foot. All sixty-three homes sold over asking price, with one home selling 15.4% above the listing price. What more is there to say? It was voted the number 1 place to live in the USA, and everything that hits the market sells over asking and in record time. Owning a home in The Woodlands is as close as you can get to sitting on a gold mine. Even with all that in your favor you can still make some errors. Errors that won't prevent you from selling, but they will alter your experience and profit.
The two biggest errors you can make are selling to a wholesaler like OpenDoor, and hiring an agent who isn't familiar with The Woodlands.
The first mistake – Companies like OpenDoor not only convince you to take far less than you should for your home, but they also devalue your neighborhood at the same time. Maybe you are not a fan of your neighbors and this is a hidden positive you, but most of us don't want that for our neighbors. Remember OpenDoor is not buying this for their family. They are only interested in buying from you for a little as possible and making as much profit as possible. They are house flippers, but without the remodel. When you stop and think about it, the business model is actually deplorable for most people, us included. Not because we are mad that they got a listing and we didn't. It is because they have removed the human aspect out of something that is deeply personal. When we lose this, we become callus, not only to this, but to our neighbors, our friends, our coworkers, and society as a whole.
The second mistake – As soon as you say the words, “I'm thinking of selling”, you are bombarded with everyone telling you to use so and so, your second cousin in Willis, my friend down in Pearland, etc. One thing is for certain, everyone knows a “Realtor” and of course they are usually amazing. Would you hire a fishing guide from Lake Livingston to take you out on Lake Conroe? I mean you still might hook a few, but hiring a local expert is going to make the most of it. It really does matter!
Check out the graphic below for a larger overview of the real estate market for the last two weeks in The Woodlands.
What is happening in the real estate market nationally?
Mortgage rates saw a brief trend downward last week as the lockdowns in China affected different economic factors. Home prices appreciated at a faster pace on both price indexes. New home sales fell as did pending home sales, suggesting a stabilization in the market. Mortgage application submissions decreased. Continuing jobless claims remained relatively unchanged while initial jobless claims fell. The GDP estimate for quarter one of 2022 fell as well. Inflation continued to climb on the PCE price index. Personal income and consumer spending climbed as well.
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- The 20-city Case-Shiller home price index rose at an accelerated pace in February, up 2.4% month-over-month and 20.2% year-over-year. This compares to January’s increases of 1.7% month-over-month and 18.9% year-over-year.
- The FHFA house price index appreciated at a faster pace in February as well, up 2.1% month-over-month and 19.4% year-over-year.
- New home sales fell in March, dropping 8.6% month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 763,000.
- Mortgage application submissions decreased a composite 8.3% during the week ending 4/22. The Refinance Index decreased 9% and the Purchase Index fell 8%.
- Pending home sales saw a slight improvement in March, decreasing at a decelerating pace of 1.2%. In February, the index fell 4% month-over-month.
- Continuing jobless claims remained relatively unchanged at a level of 1.41M during the week ending 4/16. Initial jobless claims dropped to a level of 180,000 during the week ending 4/23.
- The GDP estimate for Q1 of 2022 fell 1.4%.
- Inflation according to the PCE price index – the Federal Reserve’s preferred method of measuring inflation – increased 0.9% month-over-month in March and 6.6% year-over-year. Personal income rose 0.5% month-over-month and consumer spending soared 1.1% month-over-month.
Review of Last Week
APRIL IS THE CRUELLEST MONTH… The opening line of T.S.Eliot’s 1922 poem The Waste Land aptly describes April 2022 for stocks. The Dow and the S&P 500 saw their worst April since 1970, the Nasdaq its worst April since 2000.
Corporate earnings reports came in mixed, inflation continued higher, and stagflation reared its ugly head as the Advance GDP read showed economic growth in Q1 decreased a 1.4% annual rate.
University of Michigan consumer sentiment booked one of its lowest reads in the last 10 years but posted its first gain this year. Also positive were rising Personal Income and Spending and business investment in Durable Goods.
The week ended with the Dow down 2.5%, to 32,997; the S&P 500 down 3.3%, to 4,132; and the Nasdaq down 3.9%, to 12,335.
Bonds slipped a bit overall, the 30-year UMBS 4.0% ending down just 0.01, to $99.08. After moving up for seven straight weeks, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate went down slightly in Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Remember, mortgage rates can be extremely volatile, so check with your mortgage professional for up-to-the-minute information.
DID YOU KNOW… A recent survey of prospective homebuyers found that two thirds would be ready to put in an offer within three days of a showing they liked, and one fifth would be willing to make an offer immediately.
ALL UP: CONSTRUCTION SPENDING, MANUFACTURING, SERVICES, JOBS, THE FED RATE… It'll be nice to see Construction Spending growing, along with the manufacturing and services sectors of the economy, according to the ISM Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing Indexes. We should see more Nonfarm Payrolls added in April, though Hourly Earnings will still lag well behind inflation. To rein that in, the FOMC Rate Decision is expected to be a half percent rate hike, for the first time since 2000.
New Home Sales fell for the third straight month, down 8.6% in March, 12.6% below a year ago. The latest decrease was put to declining affordability and limited supply, although the month saw a 15,000-unit increase in inventories.
The NAR's March Pending Home Sales index of signed contracts on existing homes dipped for the fifth month in a row, “implying that multiple offers will soon dissipate and be replaced by much calmer and normalized market conditions.”
Freddie Mac added: “Swift home price growth and the fastest mortgage rate increase in over 40 years is finally affecting purchase demand.” They expect this to “soften home price growth to a more sustainable pace later this year.”
Can we sell yours?
So if you are in need of a listing agent, we would love the opportunity to see your home and meet you of course. My husband, Edward, and I, look forward to being the brokerage and team for you! You can reach out to us via email: [email protected] & [email protected] or telephone: 832-493-6685.
If you are curious ‘How to get more money for your home when listing it for sale', check out this blog post.
I hope you have found this blog post super helpful. If there is anything else we can do for you, including helping you sell (or buy) a home, I would be honored to assist. I hope you have a great day/evening. Cheers, E + J.
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