March saw the “biggest annual decline” in home prices in the past eleven years, according to an article from the Wall Street Journal. This dramatic decrease in home prices is a significant sign of the state of the housing market, which has been suffering from a decline in demand for months. These issues are blamed primarily on high interest rates, which have made mortgages less appealing for many prospective homeowners.
The Largest Annual Decline in Eleven Years
In March, home prices fell by 0.9% compared to the same time the previous year. At the same time, sales of previously owned homes fell by 22% during the same period. Month over month, home sales fell by 2.4% compared to February. While this may not sound like a major decline, it is the biggest drop in annual prices since 2012, and indicates a housing market in potential trouble.
Mortgage rates have fallen slightly after two high profile bank failures, including the second largest bank failure in the history of the United States. This drop in mortgage rates is attributed to an increase in consumer fear after these banks failed, with people more concerned about placing their money into large purchases. Economists and consumers alike remain uncertain about the state of the economy, although this could cause mortgage rates to drop further, which could spur growth in the housing market.
For the first time in several months, mortgage interest rates have begun to decline somewhat, bringing some relief to the real estate market. This drop in interest rates is considered to be a sign of inflation beginning to drop off, which is an overall positive for prospective homeowners. Unfortunately, however, interest rates are still far higher than they were at the beginning of the year, and some home buyers may still be hesitant to put money down on a new house. Continue reading “Mortgage Interest Rates Fall as Inflation Lightens”
Overall demand for mortgages fell by 2% during the week of August 10, bringing demand to the lowest levels that they have been since 2000. This represents an overall cooling of the market that has brought mortgage rates down over the past few weeks, despite rising interest rates.
Nationally, home prices fell for the first time in three years in July, signaling to some that the housing market may be on the verge of a recession. Part of the reason for this anxiety is that this drop is the largest the housing market has seen since 2011, making it the biggest dip in the market in more than a decade. Combined with rising interest rates, high inflation, and an increasing amount of inventory, some economists believe that prices could decline even further in the coming months.
As the amount of housing inventory has increased and prices have fallen, some buyers have become more eager to look for potential homes to purchase. This follows several months of rising interest rates and record-high inflation, which have caused the housing market to cool and prices to drop overall. While this may be less fortunate for some sellers, it could be a good time for reticent buyers to start getting into the market to take advantage of relatively low prices.
Mortgage rates declined nearly half a percent over the course of two days after worse than expected economic reports became public. These reports have stoked fears that the economy may be facing a potential recession, with mortgage lenders reacting by lowering rates. This also comes at the same time that inflation is reaching the highest levels they have been at in decades, while the Federal Reserve is raising interest rates more broadly.
The rate of home sale cancellations reached a record of 15%, the highest rate since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This rate of cancellations is the result of buyers reconsidering their purchases due to changes in the market, which have caused them to back out on their existing real estate transactions. As a result, sellers are left with an unsold home, contributing to a housing market that has begun to cool.
According to recent reports, the number of homes available for purchase is up 19% overall across the country, compared to the same time last year. Despite this, however, housing prices remain high, due to enormous demand for housing, especially affordable housing. However, some experts are predicting that these high prices will not last much longer, and as more inventory enters the market, sellers may begin to lower their prices to compete.
Although home prices have reached some of the highest levels on record, some economists warn that rising interest rates could stop this trend soon. With more inventory entering the market, forecasters are predicting the real estate market is beginning to cool. Higher interest rates could accelerate this process by making it more expensive for prospective buyers to get mortgages, limiting demand.