Memorial Northwest Real Estate Market Update | April 24, 2023

Hi neighbor,

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 Memorial Northwest. 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 Memorial Northwest?

We currently have 8 homes pending, with 5 homes sold in the last two weeks, averaging a sale price of $111 a square foot. Five homes sold over the asking price, with one home selling 2.5% above the listing price.

Compared to the two weeks prior: Homes sold are up from 1 home sold to 5 homes sold and the average sales price is also up: $503,980 ($375,000 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 Memorial Northwest.

Memorial Northwest Real Estate Market Update _ April 24, 2023

Jo's Two Cents

The local Spring market is in full swing. Jo & Co. We currently have 13 clients under contract with 3 more in the wind, and many listings coming soon. Since inventory low, when a move in ready home hits the market in a desirable neighborhood at a reasonable price, we are once again seeing multiple offers, and most homes go under contract right at or above asking price. We aren’t seeing massively aggressive offers, but many strong ones. I don’t know if we will ever see the 2020 and 2021 markets again, but we are seeing glimpses of the same characteristics.

If you have been thinking about upsizing or downsizing, right now might be the perfect time for that. The only thing that can really help our local market right now, besides reduced interest rates, which we should be seeing this year, is more inventory.

If you are curious what your home could be worth, we hope you give us a call. No pressure. Just casual information. Love y’all. Jo.

What is happening in the real estate market nationally?

Mortgage rates trended slightly higher last week. Home builder confidence increased, while housing starts and building permits decreased. Mortgage application submissions slipped and jobless claims climbed higher. Existing home sales declined but existing home inventory increased. 

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

  • FHFA to formalize fair housing policies. Read Now >>
  • A look at the overall housing market. Watch Now >>
  • 4 investment property opportunities in the current market. Read Now >>

Market Recap

  • Home builder confidence rose for the fourth consecutive month in April, climbing from 44 to 45 on the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) housing market sentiment index. This is the highest level in seven months. The present single-family sales component on the index climbed from 49 to 51 while the component for single family sales in the next six months climbed three points to a level of 50, which is the highest level in almost a year. 

  • After soaring over 15% in February, building permits slumped a composite 8.8% month-over-month in March. Single family-permits, however, jumped 4.1% month-over-month. Total housing starts slipped 0.8% while single-family starts climbed 2.7%. Though overall starts and permits declined, the positive trend for single-family housing is a sign of housing market stabilization, according to experts.

  • Mortgage application submissions decreased a composite 8.8% during the week ending 4/14. Refinance application submissions fell 6% while purchase application submissions fell 10%.

  • Continuing jobless claims increased more than expected during the week ending 4/8, climbing by 60,000 to reach a level of 1,865,000. Initial jobless claims increased by 5,000 during the following week to reach a level of 245,000.

  • Existing home sales slipped 2.4% month-over-month in March, giving existing home inventory a much-needed chance to increase. The median existing home sales price declined annually.

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Review of Last Week

SLIDING SIDEWAYS... Traders played a waiting game ahead of this week's big batch of Q1 corporate earnings reports, so stocks slid mostly sideways, with the three major indexes ending down just a tick.

Disappointing data included the most continuing jobless claims since November 2021, the weakest Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index since May 2020, and the lowest Leading Economic Index since November 2020.

But we did get some better-than-expected corporate earnings, the first positive read in five months for the Empire State manufacturing index, and preliminary April IHS Markit Manufacturing and Services PMIs both showing growth.

The week ended with the Dow down 0.2%, to 33,809; the S&P 500 down 0.1%, to 4,134, and the Nasdaq down 0.4%, to 12,072.

Mimicking stocks, bond prices were off a tick overall, though the UMBS 5.5% ended UP 0.87, at $101.11. In Freddie Mac's Primary Mortgage Market Survey, the national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate edged up after five weeks of declines. Remember, mortgage rates can be extremely volatile, so check with your mortgage professional for up-to-the-minute information. 

DID YOU KNOW… A recent study by Zillow found that some two-thirds of the millennial and Gen Z Americans polled say it’s still realistic to think they can buy a home in the next five years.

Market Forecast

NEW AND PENDING HOME SALES, HOME PRICES, INFLATION… Forecasts call for March New Home Sales to be off slightly, but for the Pending Home Sales index of signed contracts on existing homes to move up. The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index should show price increases leveling off in February. Inflation is expected to continue moderating in March according to PCE Prices, the Fed's favorite measure.

Summary

Single-family housing starts rose 2.7% in March, up for the second month in a row for the first time since 2021. With the drop in multi-units, overall starts were off a tick, but homes under construction remain near the highest level on record.

That backlog of projects tells why building permits fell in March. The National Association of Home Builders sentiment index rose for the fourth month, though still less than half the builders see conditions as good.

Sales of existing homes cooled in March after their big February surge. The good news for buyers was that median prices fell 0.9% from March 2022 and are down 12.7% from their mid-2022 peak.

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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