Hi neighbor, Today I will be sharing with you our perspective on the local real estate market here in Spring, Texas, specifically a market update for the neighborhood of Memorial Northwest. 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 Memorial Northwest?
We currently have 13 homes pending, with 4 homes sold in the last two weeks, averaging a sale price of $115 a square foot. Four homes sold over the asking price, with one home selling 8.5% above the listing price. Compared to the two weeks prior: Homes sold are slightly down from 7 sold, and the average sales price is down as well. This is most likely a coincidence, so we will be sure to keep an eye on it over the next couple of weeks. Every home is different, with different features, so don’t forget to ask us for your annual equity review if you are curious about your personal home. You can text AER to 79564 or email us here.
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. Buyer agents around Houston are seeing a slow in the real estate market, but it isn’t affecting the neighborhoods with such high demand, like Memorial Northwest, so that is good news. I know the interest rates rising has been one deterrent from some buyers purchasing right now, but that isn’t your ideal buyer anyways!
The most desirable homes in the area are still selling the first weekend or first week they hit the market (a really good coming soon campaign, like we do at Jo & Co. allows you to sell faster, for more money).
Check out the graphic below for a larger overview of the real estate market for the last two weeks in Memorial Northwest.
What is happening in the real estate market nationally?
Mortgage rates trended slightly higher last week. New home sales fell in July, bringing more balance between buyers and sellers. Mortgage application submissions saw a composite decrease. Pending home sales were better than expected in July. Both continuing and initial jobless claims fell. The Q2 GDP estimate was slightly higher this month. Core inflation cooled, personal income increased, and consumer spending inched up.
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- New home sales slipped 12.6% month-over-month in July, down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 511,000. Many economists believe that the steady decline in new home sales is one of many signs pointing to an economic slowdown, which typically brings lower interest rates. Buyers and sellers say normalcy is finally returning to the market.
- Mortgage application submissions fell a composite 1.2% during the week ending 8/19. Refinance application submissions dropped 3% while purchase application submissions dropped 1%.
- Pending home sales were better than expected in July — falling 1% rather than 4%. In June, pending sales slid nearly 9%. The much smaller drop in July is partly due to the cooling mortgage rates in recent months. According to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, “we may be at or close to the bottom in contract signings,” suggesting they could begin to increase again in the coming months.
- Continuing jobless claims decreased to a level of 1.42 M during the week ending 8/13. Initial jobless claims decreased as well during the week ending 8/20 – dropping by 2,000 to a level of 243,000.
- The GDP estimate for the second quarter of 2022 was at -0.6% — slightly higher than the previous estimate of -0.9%.
- Core inflation according to the PCE index was at a level of 4.6% year-over-year in July – down from 4.8% in June. Month-over-month core inflation increased just 0.1%. Including energy and food, the regular PCE index decreased 0.1% month-over-month. Personal income increased 0.2% month-over-month in July, while consumer spending slowed to a 0.1% monthly increase.
Review of Last Week
FED CHAIR SPOOKS STOCKS… At the Fed's annual Jackson Hole Symposium, Chair Jerome Powell confirmed rate hikes would continue “until the job is done” of getting inflation down to 2%. Stocks tanked big time and with good reason.
Powell: “While higher interest rates, slower growth, and softer labor market conditions will bring down inflation, they will also bring some pain to households and businesses.” But that won't restrain him.
Inflation did show signs of moderating. PCE Prices retreated to 6.3% annually, Core PCE (excluding food and energy) dipped to 4.6%. Michigan Consumer Sentiment rose to 58.2, but that's down from 70.3 a year ago.
The week ended with the Dow down 4.2%, to 32,283; the S&P 500 down 4.0%, to 4,058; and the Nasdaq down 4.4%, to 12,142.
Bonds fell sharply, the 30-year UMBS 4.5% down 0.79, to $99.31. After declining last week, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate sprang back up 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… The National Association of Realtors reports the inventory of unsold existing homes rose to 1.31 million by the end of July, or the equivalent of 3.3 months at the current monthly sales pace.
CONSTRUCTION SPENDING, MANUFACTURING, JOBS ALL SLOW… For July, Construction Spending is expected to slip a bit overall, but we'll see how the residential part fares. The ISM Manufacturing Index should still show expansion in that sector, but at a slower rate. The same goes for July Nonfarm Payrolls where job growth is forecast to diminish.
New Home Sales fell 12.6% in July, hitting the lowest sales rate since 2016, put to declining affordability. But inventory rebounded to the highest level since 2008, translating to 10.9 months of supply, up 81.7% from a year ago.
The Pending Home Sales index of signed contracts on existing homes dipped just 1.0% in July. The National Association of Realtors Chief Economist feels, “we may be at or close to the bottom in contract signings.”
Freddie Mac notes: “The combination of higher mortgage rates and the slowdown in economic growth is weighing on the housing market.” But “there are still potential homebuyers on the sidelines waiting to jump back into the market.”
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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