Monday, January 15, 2024 / by Richard Eimers
Despite facing 8% mortgage rates, the anticipated crash in home prices didn't materialize in 2023, offering a positive outlook for prospective home buyers. On average, U.S. property values concluded the year on an upward trajectory, with some regions experiencing declines offset by appreciation in others [^6^].
Traditionally, rising interest rates trigger price falls due to decreased demand. However, the resilience in home values is attributed to a nationwide housing shortage, as highlighted by Mike Simonsen at Altos Research. He emphasizes the delicate balance between low demand and low supply, indicating that a significant imbalance is necessary for declining home prices [^7^].
Looking ahead to 2024, analysts anticipate this equilibrium to sustain home prices, although forecasts differ. Realtor.com's economists predict a marginal decrease in the median home price by 1.7%, while Fannie Mae forecasts modest growth of 2.8% [^6^,^8^].
A consensus among experts is that mortgage rates wy ...
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 / by Richard Eimers
Your buyers likely will see the most housing options, least competition and lowest prices of the year this week, according to new realtor.com® research.
Home buyers may want to be in the market this week: It’s the time of year with the most favorable conditions for purchasing a property, a new study shows.
Historically, the week of Oct. 1–7 brings the strongest balance of market conditions, with greater home listings, less buyer competition and lower prices compared to other times of the year, according to realtor.com®’s “Best Time to Buy Report(link is external).” That’s welcome news for buyers, who have been facing severe inventory and affordability constraints.
However, there remain plenty of market headwinds, such as mortgage rates at a 23-year high. The monthly payment to finance a median-priced home is still more than 20% higher than last year, even with home prices moderating in some markets, says realtor.com® Chief Economist ...