What the Experts Predict for 2023
The popular term for 2022 was it’s a “shifting market”. In other words, the exuberant days of low interest rates and over asking prices from the previous 2 years were disappearing. Here’s what the experts are predicting for 2023.
- If inflation is high, mortgage rates will be high. But if inflation continues to fall, rates will likely fall as well. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the Nat’l Assoc. of Realtors, expects rates to be at 5.7% by year end. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are projecting around 6%.
- Housing inventory is expected to remain tight (putting upward pressure on home prices). Sales are down 17% in NH for 2022 from the previous year. For the U.S., Yun predicts sales to fall 6.8% in 2023 compared to 2022. Higher interest rates have tempered buyer demand as well.
- Home price appreciation could go up or down. Some experts predict up to 5.4% appreciation while others say prices could depreciate as much as 5.1%. Most likely appreciation will be relatively flat or neutral. Some areas could see small price gains and others may see slight price declines.
Moderation might be the new catch phrase for 2023. Rates are expected to stabilize, the volume of sales will be less, and home appreciation may be relatively flat, depending on where you live. Whether buying or selling, contact me to know how this market impacts you.
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