Woodforest Real Estate Market Update | March 20, 2023
Today I will be sharing with you our perspective on the local real estate market here in Montgomery, Texas, specifically a market update for the neighborhood of Woodforest. 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 Woodforest?
We currently have 60 homes pending, with 13 homes sold in the last two weeks, averaging a sale price of $204 a square foot. Thirteen homes sold over the asking price, with one home selling 1% above the listing price.
Compared to the two weeks prior: Homes sold are slightly down from 20 sold, but the average sales price is up to $565,983 ($486,098 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 Woodforest.
Jo's Two Cents
In the last three months, we have seen 91 (37 resale, 54 new construction) homes sell in Woodforest, with an average sales price of $546,023. This time last year 120 (64 resale, 56 new construction) homes sold with an average sales price of $501,241. About 42% of our resale market has disappeared (I think the only factor is supply: supply is low), but as you can see, the data still shows us that on average, the home seller is getting about $45,000 more for their home this year compared to last year, and we have 60 homes pending with an average list price of $656,485. Ironically the new construction demand is right on track with last year's. Right now, resale owners are getting between 98 and 103 percent of the list price when they sell (last 90 days). 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.
What is happening in the real estate market nationally?
Mortgage rates ended last week at a relatively unchanged level from the beginning of the week. Inflation continued to cool in February, as did retail sales. Mortgage application submissions increased. Home builder sentiment, housing starts, and building permits all outperformed. Both continuing and initial jobless claims.
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The consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.4% month-over-month and 6% year-over-year in February. This marked the slowest annual pace of CPI inflation since 2021. Unfortunately, the core CPI, stripping food and energy, rose 0.5% month-over-month. This was slightly higher than the 0.4% expected and proves that inflation is still stubbornly high.
Mortgage application submissions rose 6.5% during the week ending 3/10. Demand for purchases increased 7% while refinance demand increased 5%.
Retail sales slipped 0.4% month over month in February – a lower-than-expected decline.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) housing market sentiment index revealed that home builder confidence climbed by two points to reach level of 44 in March, despite the expected decline.
In February, building permits surged a giant 13.8% month-over-month to a level of 1.524 million. They were expected to fall to a level of 1.340 million. Housing starts also surged, up 9.8% month-over-month to a level of 1.450 million – they were projected to decline as well.
Continuing jobless claims fell to a level of 1,684,000 during the week ending 3/4. Initial jobless claims fell as well, dropping to a level of 192,000 during the week ending 3/11.
Review of Last Week
ROLLER COASTER MOSTLY UP... It was a volatile week on Wall Street as traders put their money into big names far from the banking sector, pushing the S&P 500 and Nasdaq up nicely, while the Dow slipped only a tick.
Investors were concerned about the recent bank failures, but many took comfort in the swift actions by the Fed, the Treasury, and the FDIC to support depositors and quell fears that could cause a bank run.
We did get weaker than expected retail sales in February, but CPI inflation fell to 6.0%, the smallest annual increase since September 2021, while initial jobless claims sank back below 200,000.
The week ended with the Dow down 0.1%, to 31,862, the S&P 500 UP 1.4%, to 3,917, and the Nasdaq UP 4.4%, to 11,631.
Bonds overall made strong gains, the UMBS 5.5% up 1.08 in the last two weeks, to $100.29. The national average 30-year fixed mortgage rate headed down 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 notes, “turbulence in the financial markets is putting significant downward pressure on rates,” sparking buyer demand. Last week, purchase mortgage applications rose a seasonally adjusted 7%.
NEW AND EXISTING HOME SALES, THE FED RATE DECISION… Reports on the February housing market are expected to show Existing Home Sales on the rebound, but New Home Sales flat or posting a small decline. The biggest focus will be on Wednesday's FOMC Rate Decision. The Fed is expected to hike just a quarter percent, though we could see the central bankers take a pause.
Increasing for the first time in six months, housing starts shot up 9.8% in February, with both single-family and multi-unit projects posting gains. Building permits did even better—up 13.8%, the largest monthly gain in two years.
Home builders are clearly feeling more optimistic. The homebuilder sentiment index headed up for the third straight month, indicating the housing market is starting to find its footing in the present mortgage rate environment.
Realtor.com reports active inventory keeps climbing—up 61% from a year ago. Homes are spending more time on the market than last year, but they’re still selling quicker than before the pandemic, suggesting continuing buyer demand.
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.
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