Lake Windcrest Real Estate Market Update | June 26, 2023
Today I will be sharing with you our perspective on the local real estate market here in Magnolia, Texas, specifically a market update for the neighborhood of Lake Windcrest. 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 Lake Windcrest?
We currently have 4 homes pending, with 0 homes sold in the last two weeks.
Compared to the two weeks prior, no homes have sold in Lake Windcrest neighborhood. 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 Lake Windcrest.
Jo's Two Cents
Will new construction help meet the demand that we need to stabilize the market? Homebuilders are certainly trying to fill that gap. Insurance continues to be a factor for homeowners and buyers in states that experience significant natural disasters, as rates skyrocket. And we know all too well about weather incidents as we are still under a heat advisory right now in Texas. Everyone in our industry knows that one of the most significant issues for the real estate market is the lack of inventory. Fortunately, new construction homes jumped 21.7% in May, as homebuilders attempt to meet the surge in demand from buyers. Until mortgage rates come down to what consumers see as more reasonable levels, we will likely continue to see increased rental activity and low inventory of available homes for sale.
What is happening in the real estate market nationally?
Mortgage rates took a slight downward trend last week. Home builder confidence climbed once again in June, housing starts skyrocketed in May, and building permits increased. Mortgage application submissions increased, continuing, jobless claims decreased, and initial jobless claims were unchanged. Existing home sales climbed in May.
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The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) housing market sentiment index for June jumped from 50 to 55. It was projected to come in at 51. Anything above 50 is a positive sign for the housing market.
Housing starts skyrocketed 21.7% month-over-month in May. They were expected to fall 0.8% but as existing home inventory remains limited, many are looking to new builds. Building permits jumped as well, rising 5.2% month-over-month.
Mortgage application submissions climbed a composite 0.5% during the week ending 6/16. The Refinance Index decreased 2% while the Purchase Index increased 2%.
Continuing jobless claims slipped by 13,000 during the week ending 6/10 while initial jobless claims remained unchanged at 264,000 during the week ending 6/17.
Existing home sales surprisingly increased in May, inching up by 0.2% month-over-month. Existing home prices fell by the largest year-over-year amount since 2011.
Review of Last Week
PROFIT TAKING, PLUS... The three major stock indexes ended the holiday-shortened week down, as traders took profits following the market’s recent run up, while fearing more rate hikes might induce a recession.
Those fears came after Chair Powell told Congress the Fed wasn’t through raising rates to fight inflation. In addition, the Leading Economic Index fell for the 14th straight month, and the June manufacturing PMI showed contraction.
Yet, as reported above, Housing Starts came in really strong, purchase mortgage applications lifted 2% for the week, initial jobless claims were unchanged, and continuing claims fell by 13,000.
The week ended with the Dow down 1.7%, to 33,727; the S&P 500 down 1.4%, to 4,348; and the Nasdaq also down 1.4%, to 13,493.
Bond prices barely moved up overall, while the 30-Year UMBS 5.5% slipped 0.12, to $99.91.The national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate dipped again 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’s Chief Economist noted, “a recent rebound in single-family housing starts is an encouraging development that will hopefully extend through the summer.”
NEW AND PENDING HOME SALES, HOME PRICES, INFLATION... Both New Home Sales and the Pending Home Sales index of signed contracts on existing homes are expected to slip a tad for May. Same goes for the April S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Happily, PCE Prices, the Fed's favorite inflation measure, is also forecast to continue down.
U.S. financial markets will close early next Monday, July 3, and will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
Housing Starts shot up almost 22% in May, the biggest monthly gain since 2016 and 5.7% ahead of a year ago. Builders have lots of projects in the pipeline, so building permits rose a less dramatic 5.2% for the month.
The NAHB builder sentiment index hit 55 in June, signaling most builders see conditions as good. Small wonder. The NAR reports “newly constructed homes are selling at a pace reminiscent of pre-pandemic times.”
Even Existing Home Sales gained in May, up 0.2%, and, good news for buyers, the median price was down 3.1%. But prices shouldn’t crater, as there’s only 3 months of inventory, versus 5 months in a normal market.
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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