Today I will be sharing with you our perspective on the local real estate market here in The Woodlands, 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 188 homes pending, with 80 homes sold in the last two weeks, averaging a sale price of $221 a square foot. Eighty homes sold over asking price, with one home selling 28.4% above the listing price.
Compared to the two weeks prior: Compared to the two weeks prior: Homes sold are up from 79 sold to 4 sold and the average sale price per Square foot for the last two weeks is on the rise from $217 to $221. But if we look at how fast the move in ready homes are going, the supply in this area has not surpassed the demand, making it still a great time to sell. We cannot pinpoint another time in history where you were almost guaranteed to getting over current market value for your home.
I just want to make sure to note how mind blowing it is that homes are selling 27% to 28.4% over asking price (over market value) in our neighborhood. Buyers agents around Houston are seeing a slow in the real estate market, but it isn’t affecting the neighborhoods with such high demand, like The Woodlands, so that is good news for anyone that waited until summer to sell.
I know the interest rates rising has been one deterrent from some buyers purchasing right now, but that isn’t your ideal buyer anyways! And the educated buyer still knows, they need to buy ASAP.
P.S. The median days on market is 5 days, with most homes selling during the first 3-4 days (aka a really good coming soon campaign like we do at Jo & Co. boosts that and your over asking price ratio!)
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 trended upward last week. Consumer credit increased, mortgage application submissions decreased, continuing jobless claims were unchanged, and initial jobless claims rose slightly. The consumer price index showed that inflation is still climbing.
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- In April, consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 10.1%. Revolving credit, which includes monthly debt like credit card statements, increased at an annual rate of 19.6%. Non-revolving credit, which includes longer term debt like student loans and auto loans but excluding mortgage debt, increased at an annual rate of 7.1%.
- Mortgage application submissions decreased 6.5% during the week ending 6/3. The seasonally adjusted Refinance Index fell 6% while the seasonally adjusted Purchase Index fell 7%.
- Continuing jobless claims remained unchanged at 1.31 million during the week ending 5/28. Initial jobless claims increased slightly, to a level of 229,000 during the week ending 6/4.
- The consumer price index increased 1% month-over-month in May – higher than the 0.2% monthly increase in April. Year-over-year, inflation is at a level of 8.6% — the highest inflation level in 40 years. The core consumer price index, excluding food and energy, however, had an unchanged monthly pace of increase at 0.6%. Year-over-year, the core consumer price index showed slowing inflation at a level of 6%.
Review of Last Week
- INFLATION CATASTROPHE… What one report called “catastrophically bad” CPI inflation data sent stocks on their worst ride south since January as investors worried the Fed would crank up the rate hikes and cause a recession.
- The Consumer Price Index showed inflation up a full 1.0% in May, and up 8.6% annually, the biggest gain since 1981. Core CPI slowed a bit, but that's of little interest to consumers, as it excludes soaring food and energy prices.
- Those consumers drove the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment index down from 58.4 in May to 50.2, its lowest reading on record since 1978. Some good news? Continuing jobless claims were unchanged.
- The week ended with the Dow down 4.6%, to 31,393; the S&P 500 down 5.1%, to 3,901; and the Nasdaq down 5.6%, to 11,340.
- Inflation-hating bonds tanked overall, the 30-year UMBS 4.5% fell 1.81, to $99.31. After three weeks of declines, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose again 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… It's reported that the Fed holds $2.7 trillion in mortgage bonds bought as part of its “quantitative easing” program to keep mortgage rates low. As the Fed now starts “quantitative tightening”—selling those bonds—interest rates could come under more upward pressure.
HOME BUILDING HOLDS, INFLATION AND RETAIL GAINS, THE FED HIKES… May numbers for Housing Starts and Building Permits should show home building activity holding steady. The Producer Price Index (PPI) of wholesale price inflation is forecast to continue higher, which typically precedes a hike in consumer prices. Retail Sales are predicted up, and the Fed is expected to boost rates a half percent or more to get inflation under control.
Realtor.com has reported a significant turnaround in the number of homes for sale. For the week ending June 4, active inventory rose to 13% above a year ago, with the new listings part of that inventory up 2% from a year ago.
Nevertheless, Black Knight found there are just two months of inventory of single-family homes across the top 100 metros in the country, a historic low. They say four to six months of inventory puts a market in equilibrium.
Freddie Mac: “as mortgage rates increase…the material decline in purchase activity, combined with the rising supply of homes for sale, will cause a deceleration in price growth to more normal levels, providing some relief for buyers.”
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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