77494 Real Estate Market Update | March 27, 2023

Hi neighbor, Today I will be sharing with you our perspective on the local real estate market here in Katy, Texas, specifically a market update for the 77494 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 77494?

We currently have 127 homes pending, with 32 homes sold in the last two weeks, averaging a sale price of $183 a square foot. Thirty-two homes sold over the asking price, with one home selling 4% above the listing price.

Compared to the two weeks prior: Homes sold are slightly down from 41 sold, but the average sales price is up to $637,337 ($571,970 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 77494.

77494 Real Estate Market Update _ March 27, 2023

Jo's Two Cents

Today I want to share with you an overview of the last three months show casing what has happened in the real estate market in 77494 and what is happening in the 77494 real estate market. 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. We have seen 20%-50% of the market disappear in some areas, but over 50% of homes are still selling the first two weeks they hit the market, and most of the time, at or above the list price. So if you are thinking about selling, I really hope you reach out to us to help you determine the possible market value of your home to help you determine if now is the right time to sell or not. (For this data, we focused on resale homes that are over 1750 square feet, on lots over 7000 square feet, and 3+ bedrooms.)

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What is happening in the real estate market nationally?

Mortgage rates trended sharply lower last week after comments from the Fed that hinted at an upcoming pivot. Existing home sales surged in February and new homes sales inched up as well. Mortgage application submissions increased as did continuing jobless claims. Initial jobless claims decreased.

MORTGAGE RATES CURRENTLY TRENDING THIS WEEK'S POTENTIAL VOLATILITY
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Notable News

  • The housing market is rich with signs of stabilization. Watch Now >>
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Market Recap

  • Existing home sales surged 14.5% month-over-month in February, ending the year-long streak of declines and jumping by the largest monthly percentage in three years. Compared to February 2020, the median existing-home sales price decreased 0.2% to $363,000.

  • Mortgage application submissions increased a composite 3% during the week ending 3/17. Refinance submissions increased 5% while purchase submissions rose 2%.

  • The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to hike the benchmark interest rate another 0.25% and hinted at just one more quarter-point hike. The markets saw an indication of an upcoming Fed pivot in Fed Chair Powell’s press conference comments, causing a sharp downward trend in mortgage rates.

  • Continuing jobless claims increased more than expected during the week ending 3/11 – rising by 14,000 to reach a level of 1,694,000. Initial jobless claims fell by 1,000 despite a predicted increase, dropping to a level of 191,000 during the week ending 3/18.

  • New home sales increased by 1.1% month-over-month in February.

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Review of Last Week

"WHAT, ME WORRY?"... Traders took their cue from Alfred E. Neuman's trademark motto and sent stock prices north despite another rate hike from the Fed and continuing banking-sector worries.

Yes, the Fed raised rates a quarter percent but made no change to its outlook for a peak rate of 5.1%, indicating nothing more than a possible quarter percent hike. They also called the U.S. banking system "strong and resilient."

So much for the worries. On the upside, Wall Street liked the rise in home sales and mortgage applications, while initial jobless claims stayed at a low level, showing little change in the good health of the labor market.

The week ended with the Dow UP 1.2%, to 32,238; the S&P 500 UP 1.4%, to 3,971, and the Nasdaq UP 1.7%, to 11,824.

Bond prices overall ended higher as well, the UMBS 5.5% up 0.78, to $101.07. In Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate continued to slide down. 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 that the best time to list a home in 2023 will be the week of April 16-22. Based on trends from prior years, sellers can expect higher prices, more buyers, and less time on the market. 

Market Forecast

PENDING HOME SALES, HOME PRICES, INFLATION… After a January bump, the Pending Home Sales index of signed contracts on existing homes is expected to recede in February. The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index is forecast to report price increases declining again in January. PCE Prices, the Fed's favorite measure, should show inflation continuing to slow.

Summary

February Existing Home Sales took everyone by surprise, rising for the first time in thirteen months--by 14.5%!--plus, we got the news that the median price fell year-over-year for the first time in 11 years.

New Home Sales also rose in February—up for the third straight month. In addition, inventories have recently made substantial gains, as the supply of completed homes has started to go up rapidly.

An online real estate database reports the median down payment percentage has dropped from 13.6% a year ago to 10% of the purchase price, while the share of cash buyers has climbed to 32.1%.

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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