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Market Rebound Forecasted for 2024

Austin Luxury Group|November 18, 2022
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NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun released his predictions for the housing market in 2023 and 2024. 


Here are key takeaways from Yun's report:


  • He does not expect a significant decline in home prices for most of 2023, due to elevated interest rates, limited housing inventory and slowed sales
  • He said today’s market looks nothing like the market that preceded the Great Recession
  • October's CPI showed slower inflation, which means that mortgage rates have likely peaked
  • Short sales and distressed property sales are "virtually nonexistent"
  • He predicts a strong market rebound in 2024


Full Report:


Amid the backdrop of high inflation, elevated mortgage rates and slowing sales activity, severely limited housing inventory will prevent large home price drops for most of the country next year, according to NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

Yun analyzed the current state of the residential real estate market and shared his 2023 outlook today at 2022 NAR NXT, The Realtor® Experience(link is external), in Orlando, Florida.

"For most parts of the country, home prices are holding steady since available inventory is extremely low," Yun said. "Some places are experiencing price gains, while some places, most notably in California, are seeing prices pull back."

However, Yun noted that today's market conditions are fundamentally different than those experienced during the Great Recession.

"Housing inventory is about a quarter of what it was in 2008," Yun said. "Distressed property sales are almost non-existent, at just 2%, and nowhere near the 30% mark seen during the housing crash. Short sales are almost impossible because of the significant price appreciation of the last two years."

Driven by the unprecedented rate at which mortgage rates climbed in 2022 – from 3% in January to around 7% today – the downturn in the housing market has had an outsized impact on the nation's overall economic performance, Yun explained.

"The slide in sales and home building has [brought] down GDP," Yun said. "If the housing market was stabilizing and not declining, GDP would be positive."

Yun added that signs point to mortgage rates topping out, particularly as October's consumer price index showed inflation rising less than expected. He did, however, express concern about the spread between mortgage rates and the federal funds rate.

"The gap between the 30-year fixed mortgage rate and the government borrowing rate is much higher today than it has been historically," Yun said. "If we didn't have this large gap, mortgage rates wouldn't be 7%, they would be 5.8%. A normal spread would revive the economy. If inflation disappears, then we'd see less anxiety within the financial markets and lower interest rates, which would allow owners to refinance."

In 2023, Yun expects home sales to decline by 7%, while the national median home price will increase by 1%, with some markets experiencing price gains and others price declines.

He also projects a strong rebound for housing in 2024, with a 10% jump in home sales and a 5% increase in the national median home price.

The National Association of Realtors® is America's largest trade association, representing more than 1.5 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.



Our Take:

We’ve been saying this all along, so we’ll just pat ourselves on the back real quick for predicting it! But in all seriousness, the data didn’t show that a “crash” was going to come. Considering what we read in last week's inflation report and what we are seeing in our day-to-day, we think the future won’t be so full of doom and gloom as some naysayers predicted. We hope this energizes consumers to reverse their negative sentiment. We’re looking forward to what next year has in store!