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 Bender’s Landing + Estates. 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 Bender’s Landing + Estates?
We currently have 5 homes pending, with 3 homes sold in the last two weeks, averaging a sale price of $343 a square foot. Three homes sold over the asking price, with one home selling 3% above the listing price.
Compared to the two weeks prior: Homes sold are up from 0 homes sold to 3 homes sold and the average sales price in the neighborhood is $1,873,333. 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 Bender’s Landing + Estates.
Jo's Two Cents
The housing market is only in a recession if looking at activity, not prices. We are still seeing normal and healthy equity growth for well-taken care of homes. What the current market data is telling us is that we are now experiencing normal conditions, one which allows negotiations. If you could negotiate a 1% – 2% savings, you can use that money to buy down your interest rate. Instead of taking a price reduction, a lower mortgage rate will allow for greater savings. You can permanently buy down the rate by 1% or you could temporarily buy it down by 2% to 3%. To learn more about buy downs, check out what my favorite teacher, Barry Habib has to say…
Review of Last Week
HOPING FOR SANTA… Stocks gained Friday to start the Santa Claus rally period (the final five trading days of the year and the first two of the new year). But that wasn’t enough to prevent a mixed performance for the week.
Traders fear the Fed will keep hiking rates until inflation falls to 2%, so bad economic news won’t lead to rate cuts just yet. The PCE price index, the Fed's favorite inflation read, fell to 5.5% annually, but that’s still way too high.
We had a dip in Durable Goods Orders and no growth in consumer spending, but we also got some decent corporate earnings and Q3 GDP revised up to 3.2%, so the Fed isn’t seeing the economic slowdown that should tame inflation.
The week ended with the Dow UP 0.9%, to 33,204; the S&P 500 down 0.2%, to 3,845; and the Nasdaq down 1.9%, to 10,498.
Bonds dropped overall, the UMBS 5.5% falling 0.91, to $101.13. The national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate continued trending down 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… Freddie Mac notes, “rates have declined significantly over the past six weeks, which is helpful for potential homebuyers.” The Mortgage Bankers Association feels “mortgage rates on a downward trajectory” could bring back prospective buyers.
PENDING HOME SALES, HOME PRICES, JOBLESS CLAIMS… November should see the Pending Home Sales index of signed contracts on existing homes slip just a tad. The Case-Shiller Home Price Index is forecast to show another decline in monthly price gains. Initial Unemployment Claims are predicted to hold at the current level,just north of 200,000.
Friday December 30, the stock markets are open, but the bond markets close early in observance of New Year’s Eve. Monday January 2, all financial markets are closed in observance of New Year’s Day.
New Home Sales shot up 5.8% in November after surging 8.2% in October and now sit at a 640,000-unit annual rate. The welcome gains were put to homebuilder incentives and the recent dip in mortgage rates.
Existing Home Sales fell in November, blamed on declining affordability. But the good news is, median prices are falling, now down five months in a row, and mortgage rates have lately dropped nearly a full percentage point.
Housing Starts slipped in November, all due to single-families, as multi-unit starts rose. But builders already have lots of projects in the pipeline, with the number of homes under construction at the highest level in the last 50-plus 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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