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Monday, January 15, 2024   /   by Richard Eimers


In recent years, soaring mortgage rates have chilled the enthusiasm of homebuyers and deterred potential sellers from entering the market due to the prospect of higher loan costs.
This prolonged period of cautious waiting has led to a notable slowdown in the real estate sector. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), estimates a substantial 18% decrease in existing home sales last year, following a 17% decline in 2022.
As financing costs gradually decrease, there's optimism for a resurgence in sales volume. Selma Hepp, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, anticipates a boost in home sales activity in 2024 compared to 2023. The decline in mortgage rates is expected to motivate more sellers to trade their existing homes, alleviating the market's inventory shortage and stimulating increased transactions.
Evidence suggests that homebuyers' patience is waning, even with higher borrowing costs. A recent Bank of America survey indicates a significant drop froms ...

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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 ...

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