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 Champion 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 Champion Forest?
We currently have 7 homes pending, with 3 homes sold in the last two weeks, averaging a sale price of $129 a square foot. Thirteen homes sold over the asking price, with one home selling 4% above the listing price.
Compared to the two weeks prior: Homes sold are up from 2 homes sold to 3 homes sold and the average sales price is also up: $460,667 ($415,750 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 Champion Forest.
Jo's Two Cents
In the last three months, we have seen 15 homes sell in Champion Forest, with an average sales price of $448,580. This time last year 22 homes sold with an average sales price of $465,964. Unfortunately, over 50% of homes in Champion Forest are sitting on the market right now for over 2 weeks and sometimes even months, but the good news is that 50% are selling for 99% or more of the list price, with two selling for 4% over the list price. All but one home sold over $100 a square foot, with the range being $109 – $152 per square foot. I personally wouldn't let the “slowness” and “high-interest rates” scare you or deter you from selling right now. Inventory is unbelievably low, making any beautiful home that hits the market, sure to sell in the first week or two if listed at the right price and marketed well. The nicer the home, the faster it will sell. And the better it is marketed, the faster it will sell. So you just need to make sure you are in good hands.
What is happening in the real estate market nationally?
Mortgage rates trended lower at the end of last week, thanks to lower-than-expected numbers from the employment situation on Friday. Mortgage application submissions increased, as did the ADP nonfarm employment change for February. Job openings were lower in January. Jobless claims increased.
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Mortgage application submissions increased 7.4% during the week ending 3/3. The Refinance Index increased 9% while the Purchase Index increased 7%.
- The ADP nonfarm employment change in February was 242,000, slightly higher than expected.
Job openings were lower in January than they were in December at a level of 10.82 million.
Continuing jobless claims rose higher during the week ending 2/25, climbing to a level of 1.72 million. During the week ending 3/4, initial jobless claims rose to a level of 211,000. Both continuing and initial jobless claims were higher than expected.
The employment situation in February largely underperformed. Average hourly earnings climbed 0.2% month-over-month – they were expected to climb 0.3% like the month before. The average workweek fell to 34.5 hours. Government payrolls dropped to 46,000, manufacturing payrolls declined by 4,000 yet were expected to have increased by 12,000. Nonfarm payrolls were one of the higher-than-expected results at 311,000. The other outperforming data set was private payrolls at 265,000. The participation rate was at 62.5% while the unemployment rate climbed slightly higher to 3.6%.
Review of Last Week
A BIT OF A DOWNER… Following Fed chair Powell's hawkish Congressional testimony, the February jobs report, and the FDIC's shutdown of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) to protect insured depositors, stocks tanked big time.
SVB is a very small institution with specialized lending practices, so the shutdown should only be a temporary shock to Wall Street. The $19.8 trillion U.S. banking system remains very well capitalized.
Powell told Congress the Fed still has more work to do to cool the economy and inflation, but we later got February's weak 0.2% gain in hourly earnings and rising 3.6% unemployment rate to show that the Fed's making progress.
The week ended with the Dow down 4.4%, to 31,910, the S&P 500 down 4.5%, to 3,862, and the Nasdaq down 4.7%, to 11,139.
Bond prices overall benefited from a flight to safety, although the UMBS 6.0% slipped 0.71, to $100.31. In Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate edged up again. Remember, mortgage rates can be extremely volatile, so check with your mortgage professional for up-to-the-minute information.
DID YOU KNOW… CoreLogic reports annual home price growth fell to 5.5% in January, slowing for the ninth straight month. Their chief economist sees “price declines modest, which are projected to top at 3% peak to trough.”
HOME BUILDING, RETAIL SALES, INFLATION… We should see an uptick in builder activity in February, with Housing Starts and Building Permits ahead for the month. Economists expect a slight increase in Retail Sales for February, a slight decrease when you don't count auto sales. They also see inflation slowing in both the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the wholesale Producer Price Index (PPI).
Home building data firm Zonda revealed most builders saw a strong start to the year. Their New Home Pending Sales Index (PSI) reported a nonseasonally adjusted 4.3% uptick in demand in January.
Fannie Mae’s February Home Purchase Sentiment Index found most consumers still think it's a good time to sell a home and the share of those who say it's a good time to buy went up 5% from January.
A panel of housing experts surveyed by Zillow and Pulsenomics believes home price growth will pick up again in 2024, hitting a 3.5% annual growth rate every year through 2027, a reassuring prediction for this year’s 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] & edw[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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