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 Oak Forest. 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 Oak Forest?
We currently have 33 homes pending, with 6 homes sold in the last two weeks, averaging a sale price of $259 a square foot. Six homes sold over the asking price, with one home selling 3% above the listing price.
Compared to the two weeks prior: Homes sold are slightly down from 10 sold, but the average sales price is up to $599,493 ($449,780 previously). 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 (modern) homes are going (must not be overpriced), the demand in this area has not surpassed the supply, 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 every neighborhood. 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 Oak Forest.
What is happening in the real estate market nationally?
Mortgage rates trended upward last week after unexpectedly strong jobs data, overseas inflation spike, and overall bond market weakness. Home price appreciation cooled in June on both the FHFA house price index and the Case-Shiller home price index. Job openings increased in July. Mortgage applications slipped. ADP employment increased in June but decreased in July and August. Initial jobless claims went down while continuing claims inched up. Construction spending decreased in July. The employment situation was overall stronger than expected.
|MORTGAGE RATES CURRENTLY TRENDING||THIS WEEK'S POTENTIAL VOLATILITY|
How Inflation Affects the Housing Market?
What is Inflation?
Now a quick chat about supply and demand…
The law of supply and demand examines the relationship between buyers and sellers, specifically the price of a good and the willingness of a buyer to pay that price. Inflation has a direct impact on supply and demand. Historically, the demand for houses may be lower during higher periods of inflation because of higher mortgage rates, something that can cause houses to sit unsold for longer and their prices to sometimes drop. While that might not seem like great news for homeowners, it’s worth noting that the overall value of houses steadily increases over time, meaning that houses still likely sell for more than what homeowners initially paid for them. And if time isn’t of the essence and homeowners can wait longer to sell, then the market would eventually balance out.
On the other hand, this can be good news for homebuyers since there’s less competition for homes as more people may wait for mortgage rates to drop again. Since inflation can be somewhat unpredictable, it’s not always easy to determine when exactly rates will rise or fall. Ultimately, homeownership is still a highly valuable investment for a variety of reasons.
So how does this affect real estate?
And the good news?
So what do we do?
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- In June, Home price appreciation saw both an annual and monthly deceleration on the FHFA home price index. Month-over-month, home prices climbed 0.1% — a much slower pace than May’s 1.3% increase. Annual price appreciation slowed from 18.3% in May to 16.2% in June.
- Home price appreciation slowed on the Case-Shiller home price index in June as well. May’s home prices increased 1.2% month-over-month while June saw just a 0.4% monthly increase. Year-over-year, prices appreciated 20.5% in May and 18.6% in June.
- The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) showed an increase of 199,000 job openings in July, bringing the total number of job openings in July to 11.24 million.
- Mortgage application submissions fell a composite 3.7% during the week ending 8/26. The Refinance Index decreased 8% while the Purchase Index decreased 2%.
- ADP nonfarm employment in August was much lower than the 300,000 jobs expected, coming in at a level of 132,000.
- Continuing jobless claims increased slightly to a level of 1.43 million during the week ending 8/20. Initial jobless claims dropped to 232,000 during the week ending 8/27.
- Average hourly earnings were 0.3% higher in august than they were in July. Average weekly hours were slightly lower than their July level at 34.5. Government payrolls climbed by 7,000 – lower than the 49,000 the month before. Manufacturing payrolls increased 22,000 – higher than expected. Nonfarm payrolls exceeded expectations as well, climbing by 315,000. The participation rate increased to 62.4%. Private nonfarm payrolls were higher than expected at 308,000. The unemployment rate was slightly higher than expected at 3.7%.
Review of Last Week
FED FEARS FRUSTRATE GOLDILOCKS JOBS… A not-too-hot, not-too-cold August jobs report wasn't enough to quell investor fears of another big Fed rate hike this month, so stocks dropped for the third week in a row.
Traders at first felt the Fed would ease up, given the mediocre 315,000 new jobs and unemployment climbing to 3.7%. But labor force participation rose to 62.4% and hourly earnings gained 0.3%, both signs of economic strength.
There were worries Russian giant Gazprom would prolong the halt of its natural gas flow to Europe, while over here, orders for manufactured goods fell in July. But ISM Manufacturing still showed expansion in August.
The week ended with the Dow down 3.0%, to 31,319; the S&P 500 down 3.3%, to 3.924; and the Nasdaq down 4.2%, to 11,631.
Bond prices overall also headed south, pushing yields and interest rates up, the 30-year UMBS 5.0% down 0.78, to $100.32. The national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate continued to move 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… Realtor.com reports seller sentiment is declining, as the number of newly listed homes keeps falling, down 12% from a year ago, even though home prices are still near record highs and home equity has shot up.
SERVICES GROWTH DOWN, JOBLESS CLAIMS UP… The big services sector of the economy is expected to keep growing in July, but at a lower rate by the ISM Non-Manufacturing Index. Weekly Initial Jobless Claims should head up a bit, also indicating a slowing economy, something the Fed wants, to stem inflation.
All U.S. financial markets were closed yesterday, September 5, in observance of Labor Day.
In July, total residential construction spending fell 1.5% below June’s revised estimate, to a $920.4 million annual rate. However, that number is still 14.1% above where residential spending was in July a year ago.
June saw the smallest monthly home price gains in two years. Both the Case-Shiller index, up 0.3%, and the FHFA index for homes financed with conforming mortgages, up just 0.1%, came in with sharp decelerations.
And July saw price gains reverse in Black Knight’s home price index. They reported the median U.S. home price slid 0.77%–the first monthly drop in nearly three years and the largest one-month decline in more than 11 years.
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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