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Where Experts Say Prices Will Go

Friday, July 22, 2022   /   by Anna Paduhovich

Where Experts Say Prices Will Go

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Where Experts Say Prices Will Go

While housing inventory is increasing and buyer demand is softening today, there’s still a shortage of homes available for sale. That’s why the market is seeing ongoing price appreciation. Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, explains it like this:

“. . .we’re still well below normal levels of inventory and that’s why even with the pullback in demand, we still see house prices appreciating. While there is more inventory, it’s still not enough.”

As a result, experts are projecting a more moderate rate of home price appreciation this year, which means home prices will continue rising, but at a slower pace.

That doesn’t mean prices are going to fall. As Selma Hepp, Deputy Chief Economist at
CoreLogic, says:

“The current home price growth rate is unsustainable, and higher mortgage rates coupled with more inventory will lead to slower home price growth but unlikely declines in home prices.”

In other words, even with higher mortgage rates, moderating buyer demand, and more homes for sale, experts say home price appreciation will slow, but prices won’t decline.

If you’re planning to buy a home, that means you shouldn’t wait for home prices to drop to make your purchase.

Instead, buying today means you can get ahead of future price increases, and benefit from the rise in prices in the form of
home equity.

Bottom Line

Home prices skyrocketed in recent years because there was more demand than supply. As the market shifts, experts aren’t forecasting a drop in prices, just a slowdown in the rate of price growth.

To best understand what’s happening with home prices in your area, connect with a local real estate professional who knows your market well, and who has experience with how the unique local market works.






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