77381 Real Estate Market Update | January 16, 2023

Hi neighbor, 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 77381 Zip Code. 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 77381?

We currently have 22 homes pending, with 5 homes sold in the last two weeks, averaging a sale price of $217 a square foot. Five homes sold over the asking price, with one home selling 2% above the listing price.

Compared to the two weeks prior: Homes sold are slightly down from 14 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 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 the neighborhoods. 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 77381.

77381 Real Estate Market Update _ January 16, 2023

Jo's Two Cents


What is happening in the real estate market nationally?

Mortgage rates drifted lower once again last week after the release of encouraging inflation news. The consumer price index revealed that inflation continued to cool for a sixth straight month in December. Mortgage application submissions started the year off strong and jobless claims posted an unexpected decline.

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Market Recap

  • Mortgage application submissions increased during the week ending 1/6. Though the Purchase Index fell 1%, the Refinance Index rose 5%.
  • Continuing jobless claims posed an unexpected decrease during the week ending 12/31, falling by 63,000 to a level of 1.63 million. Initial jobless claims fell as well, dropping by 1,000 down to a level of 205,000. Both initial and continuing jobless claims were expected to climb.
  • The consumer price index for December slipped 0.1% month-over-month. Annual inflation dropped from 7.1% to 6.5%, marking the sixth straight month of declines. Core inflation met expectations as well, offering hope for cooling prices and rates this year.


Review of Last Week

SOFT LANDING SPIKE... Stocks rocketed up to their best weekly gains in two months on the notion the Fed won't have to hike rates as much as was feared, so the U.S. economy may see a "soft landing" after all.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed inflation fell to 6.5% in December. This prompted the St. Louis Fed President to say the probability of a soft landing for the economy has increased due to "encouraging" inflation data.

More positive news came as Q4 earnings season began with four major banks beating estimates, while the January University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index rose to its highest level in nine months. 

The week ended with the Dow UP 2.0%, to 34,303; the S&P 500 UP 2.7%, to 3,999; and the Nasdaq UP 4.8%, to 11,079.

Bond prices also gained, the UMBS 5.5% UP .07, to $101.15. Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey reported the national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell 15 basis points (0.15%). Remember, mortgage rates can be extremely volatile, so check with your mortgage professional for up-to-the-minute information. 

DID YOU KNOW… A recent survey revealed that in spite of today’s challenges, most first-time homebuyers felt empowered after their experience. Nearly seven in ten said they’re confident they found the best home available to suit them.

Market Forecast

HOME BUILDING, HOME SALES, RETAIL SALES… December Housing Starts are expected to slip, but Building Permits should be up, indicating more future builder activity, but Existing Home Sales are forecast off a bit. Analysts predict December Retail Sales will be down, a sign of a slowing economy.

U.S. stock and bond markets are closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


The Mortgage Bankers Association CEO said he expects mortgage rates to move lower over the course of the year, as the Fed’s rate hikes have started to cool down the economy. That should bring more buyers back to the market.

Freddie Mac notes: “While mortgage rates have resumed their decline, the market remains hypersensitive…. Over the last few weeks latent demand has been on display with buyers jumping in and out of the market as rates move.”

Realtor.com reports that 2022 ended with listings up nearly 55% versus a year ago, homes selling faster compared to 2019 pre-pandemic levels, and home price growth in single-digit territory for the first time in 12 months.

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.

Read more:

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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