Lakewood Forest Real Estate Market Update | June 12, 2023

Hi neighbor,

Today I will be sharing with you our perspective on the local real estate market here in Cypress, Texas, specifically a market update for the neighborhood of Lakewood 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 Lakewood Forest?

We currently have 22 homes pending, with 10 homes sold in the last two weeks, averaging a sale price of $141 a square foot. Ten homes sold over the asking price, with one home selling 7% above the listing price.

Compared to the two weeks prior: The number of homes sold is still the same, but the average sales price per square foot is up $141 ($136 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.

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 Lakewood Forest.

Lakewood Forest Real Estate Market Update _ June 12, 2023

Jo's Two Cents

Mortgage activity is on the rise in June, ahead of an expected change of course by the Federal Reserve.
The seasonally adjusted purchase index increased 8 percent from the previous period in the week ending on June 9, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly survey. Mortgage rates declined for the second consecutive week. The average contract 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with conforming loan balances ($726,200 or less) fell modestly from 6.81 percent to 6.77 percent. While not directly tied to mortgage rates, interest rates cast a heavy shadow on the mortgage market; the Fed is widely expected to pause rate hikes.

What is happening in the real estate market nationally?

Mortgage rates were relatively unchanged last week. Mortgage application submissions slumped, consumer credit climbed, continuing jobless claims decreased, and initial jobless claims increased.

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Notable News

  • HousingWire Lead Analyst talks economic outlook for the rest of the year. Listen Now >>
  • The Fed may pause its hike campaign. Here’s what that means for you. Read Now >>
  • The National Association of Mortgage Bankers (NAMB) publicly supports reinstatement of LLPA structure. Read Now >>

Market Recap

  • Mortgage application submissions slipped a composite 1.4% during the week ending 6/2. Refinance application submissions decreased 1% while purchase application submissions slipped 2%.

  • Consumer credit climbed slightly in April, rising to 23.01 billion.

  • Continuing jobless claims decreased by roughly 40,000 during the week ending 5/27, bringing the total number of continuing jobless claims to 1,757,000. The following week, initial jobless claims increased by 30,000 to a level of 261,000.


Review of Last Week

HELLO, BULLS!... Thursday, the S&P 500 technically broke into bull market territory, up 20% from its October low. The three major stock indexes ended the week up, as traders became hopeful the economy might have a soft landing.

A weaker economy could be seen with weekly initial jobless claims rising to 261,000, the highest level since 2021. Plus, the trade deficit reported a drop in exports, thanks to weakening demand for U.S. goods abroad.

Yet a lower ISM Non-Manufacturing Index for May still showed continued growth in the dominant services sector of the economy, and a gain in factory orders reflected a nice hike in business spending in April.

The week ended with the Dow UP 0.3%, to 33,877; the S&P 500 UP 0.4%, to 4,299, and the Nasdaq UP 0.1%, to 13,259.

Bond prices overall slid a tick, though the 30-Year UMBS 5.5% edged UP 0.15, to $99.98. The national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate headed lower 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… An online real estate database reports that a third of homes sold in April were paid for in cash, up from March, and hitting the highest level of cash purchases in nearly a decade.

Market Forecast

INFLATION, RETAIL SALES, CONSUMER SENTIMENT, THE FED... Analysts are forecasting moderating inflation in May as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). May Retail Sales are expected to come in flat. These signs of a cooling economy should cause the Fed's FOMC Rate Decision to be no hike for now. University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment for June is predicted to go up a tad, but remain historically low.


The Fed Beige Book revealed, “Residential real estate activity picked up in most Districts despite continued low inventories,” while “home prices and rents rose slightly.” This is based on data and interviews from Fed Districts nationwide.

CoreLogic reports U.S. home prices in April were up 1.2% for the month and 2% ahead of last year, representing “above average seasonal monthly gains and a rebound in home prices in most markets.” notes the number of homes actively for sale in May increased by 21.5% versus a year ago. Homes were on the market 43 days, a bit longer than last year but shorter than pre-pandemic.

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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