If you’re considering buying a home, chances are you’re paying attention to almost everything you hear about the housing market. And you’re getting your information from various channels: the news, social media, your real estate agent, conversations with friends and loved ones, overhearing someone chatting at the local supermarket, the list goes on and on. Most likely, home prices and mortgage rates are coming up a lot.
Look at what the data says to help cut through the noise and give you the information you need most. Here are the top two questions you need to ask yourself about home prices and mortgage rates as you make your decision:
1. Where Do I Think Home Prices Are Heading?
One reliable place you can turn to for that information is the Home Price Expectation Survey from Pulsenomics – a survey of a national panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment and market strategists.
According to the latest release, the experts surveyed project slight depreciation this year (see the red graph below). But here’s the context you need most. The worst home price declines are behind us, and prices are reopening in many markets. The tiny 0.37% depreciation HPES is showing for 2023 is far from the crash some people initially said would happen.
Now, let’s look to the future. The green graph below shows prices have turned a corner and are expected to appreciate in 2024 and beyond. After this year, the HPES forecasts home price appreciation returning to normal for the next several years.
So, why does this matter to you? It means your home will likely grow in value, and you should gain home equity in the years ahead, but only if you buy now. Based on these forecasts, the home will only cost you more later if you wait.
2. Where Do I Think Mortgage Rates Are Heading?
Over the past year, mortgage rates have risen due to economic uncertainty, inflation, and more. Based on the latest reports, we know that inflation, while still high, has moderated from its peak. This is an encouraging sign for the market and mortgage rates. Here’s why.
When inflation cools, mortgage rates generally fall in response. This may be why some experts say mortgage rates will pull back slightly over the next few quarters and settle somewhere around 5.5 and 6% on average.
But, not even the experts can say with absolute certainty where mortgage rates will be next year or month. That’s because there are so many factors that can impact what happens. So, to give you a lens into the various possible outcomes, here’s what you should consider:
- If you buy now and mortgage rates don’t change: You made a good move since home prices are projected to grow with time, so at least you beat rising costs.
- If you buy now and mortgage rates fall (as projected): You probably still made a good decision because you got the house before home prices appreciated more. And you can always refinance your home later if rates are lower.
- If you buy now and mortgage rates rise: If this happens, you made a great decision because you bought before both the price of the home and the mortgage rate went up.
If you’re considering buying a home, you need to know what’s happening with home prices and mortgage rates. While no one can say where they’ll go, expert projections can give you vital information to keep you informed. Let’s connect so you have a professional to add an expert opinion on our local market.