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 92 homes pending, with 53 homes sold in the last two weeks, averaging a sale price of $218 a square foot. Fifty-three homes sold over the asking price, with one home selling 5% above the listing price.
Compared to the two weeks prior: Homes sold are up from 49 homes sold to 53 homes sold and the average sales price is also up: $788,870 ($593,200 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 homes are going, 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 The Woodlands.
Jo's Two Cents
What is being written and spoken in media right now to potential home buyers and sellers can be truly contradictory. One piece will be telling us how it is a bad time to buy, but then another will show us research that shows that right now is a great time to buy. While this can be a confusing time, one must sift through all the noise and determine what is right for them, personally.
There are so many decisions before today's buyers and sellers, but one thing is certain, people need somewhere to live, so an active real estate market isn't going anywhere. Decisions are on both sides of real estate: buy now, sell now, buy later, sell later, save more money, buy new construction since builders are offering huge incentives and buy downs, reduce price, or just sit. And another certain, I want to make sure you have before you, is that Jo & Co. will be here waiting for you. We will be your resource, no matter the temperature of the real estate market.
Good and Bad
Bad: According to the chief economist for Realtor.com, as quoted in The New York Times, a borrower with a 10 percent down payment paying the national median sales price would pay nearly $1,000 per month more than in August 2021.
Bad: Home sales have been falling across the country, according to the National Association of REALTORS®, and we have been no different in Houston with total single-family home sales declining 17 percent last month.
Good: The silver lining is that property values have increased substantially during the pandemic, so even a slight decline isn’t expected to erase the gains, according to most analysts.
Good: Another factor that should help the real estate market is stricter underwriting practices that were put into place after the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.
Good: Homeowners are more willing to offer down payment assistance.
Good: New data shows that the most advantageous time to buy a home is right now…
- According to a report from real estate research firm Attom, October is the best month for homebuyers.
- It should be noted that the research is based on a “typical” year, and I think we can all agree that these past couple of years have been anything but typical.
- That being said, October saw homebuyers paying the smallest premium (3 percent) on homes purchased.
- May saw the highest premium of 11 percent higher than Attom’s valuation of the homes.
- The logic makes sense as we always see a strong summer selling season. Then, perhaps home sellers become more willing to negotiate after the summer if their homes didn’t sell.
- In case you were wondering, last year November, December and January all saw 4 percent premiums, according to the article in Inman News, and continue to increase through the spring and into summer.
Bad: Mortgage rates could continue to rise to 8.5% according to NAR
- As if the significant increase in mortgage interest rates this year wasn’t already enough, National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun predicted that interest rates could reach 8.5 percent, if they pass the 7 percent mark (which has happened since he spoke).
- According to Bloomberg, as reported by The Real Deal, Yun presented his findings at the National Association of Real Estate Investors.
- He is basing his forecast on resistance levels of borrowing costs after a key inflation indicator hit a 40-year high.
- After passing six percent within the last couple of months, the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage last week was just over 6.9 percent — a 20-year high.
- “Once one army makes a breakthrough, there’s a huge advance,” Yun said.
Bad: Some of Houston's fastest-growing suburbs are sinking, a new study finds
- According to an article from Fox Weather that cites a study from the University of Houston, our suburbs of Houston are sinking faster than the city itself.
- This could lead to increased risks of flooding and shaking in those areas, according to researchers.
- The study published in the journal Remote Sensing found that gradual sinking of the ground is happening at a faster rate in cities like Katy to the west of Houston, The Woodlands to the north, and Fresno to the south.
- According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the sinking in the Houston area is primarily caused by the pumping of groundwater out of aquifers.
- “If current ground pumping trends continue, faults in Katy and The Woodlands will likely become reactivated and increase in activity over time,” researchers wrote in the study.
- About 2 million additional people live in the suburbs of the greater Houston area.
What is happening in the real estate market nationally?
Mortgage rates trended higher last week. Home builder sentiment slipped lower in October, mortgage application submissions decreased, building permits increased, and housing starts fell. Continuing jobless claims increased while initial jobless claims fell. Existing home sales
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Home builder sentiment decreased to a level of 38 in October, lower than the expected level of 44. All three components dropped on the NAHB housing market sentiment index – current sales conditions fell 9 points to 45, sales expectations in the next six months dropped 11 points to 35, and prospective buyer traffic decreased 6 points to 25.
Mortgage application submissions fell 4.5% during the week ending 10/14. Refinance application submissions decreased by 7% and purchase application submissions decreased by 3%.
Building permits increased 1.4% month-over-month in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.56 million units. Experts had predicted a decrease to 1.53 million units. Housing starts fell 8.1% month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.44 million units.
Continuing jobless claims increased by roughly 20,000 during the week ending 10/8, climbing to a level of 1.39 million. Initial jobless claims decreased by 12,000 to a level of 214,000 during the week ending 10/15.
In September, existing home sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.71 million units, a 1.5% decline from August but a higher-than-expected level according to economists’ expectations.
Review of Last Week
THE RALLY ROCKS ON… The three major stock indexes surged again for the week, fired by investor expectations that the Fed would shift to smaller rate hikes after this week's meeting.
However, all was not copacetic, as Core PCE inflation rose in September, Consumer Confidence fell thanks to rising food and gas prices, and corporate earnings from some big tech companies disappointed.
But a bunch of blue-chip companies delivered good Q3 earnings and guidance, personal income and consumer spending edged up, and the initial Q3 GDP read showed moderate 2.6% growth after two straight quarters of contraction.
The week ended with the Dow UP 5.7%, to 32,862; the S&P 500 UP 4.0%, to 3,901; and the Nasdaq UP 2.2%, to 11,102.
Anticipating a Fed slowdown in rate hikes, bonds also soared, the 30-year UMBS 5.5% UP 1.76, to $99.03. Nevertheless, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate gained fourteen basis points (0.14%) 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… Homebuyers seeking rate relief are turning to adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) to reduce their monthly mortgage payments. ARMs accounted for 12.8% of all mortgage applications last week, a 14-year high.
CONSTRUCTION SPENDING, MANUFACTURING, SERVICES, JOBS, THE FED… Yes, this week has everything. Construction Spending is expected off a bit for September, but we'll watch the residential number. The ISM Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing Indexes are forecast to drop but still show expansion (manufacturing just barely). Nonfarm Payrolls for October may slip and the Fed's FOMC Rate Decision should be another big rate hike on Wednesday.
New Home Sales fell 10.9% in September, now 17.6% below where they were a year ago. With rising mortgage rates and higher prices, the problem is declining affordability. The median price is up 13.9% from a year ago.
The Pending Home Sales index of signed contracts on existing homes dropped 10.2% in September. The National Association of Realtors observed: “Persistent inflation has proven quite harmful to the housing market.”
But affordability is improving. For the second month in a row, the Case-Shiller and FHFA home price indexes fell in August, hitting the fastest pace since 2010-2011. They’re still up annually, Case-Shiller, 13.0%, and FHFA, 11.9%.
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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.
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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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