We have found that people have very contrasting opinions on home prices in the current market. Many feel that prices are coming down due to the higher interest rates while others believe that prices are rising due to the low supply of homes for sale. The truth is, prices are still going up but not as fast they were in 2020 and 2021. For example, in 2020 the average home price in Clarke County was $258,000. By the end of 2022, the average home sale price was $356,000 representing a 38% increase in just two years. As of November 30th, the average home sale price in 2023 was $377,000 which represents a 6% increase from 2022 which is more in line with historical rates of appreciation.
Due to the rapid appreciation of real estate and a higher interest rate climate these days, everyone has an opinion about the real estate market- some good and some bad. The market is different today, but not in the ways most people think. Here are some questions our agents have been receiving along with our response.
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There is a lot talk about decreasing home prices, and while it might technically be true in some cases, it does not tell the whole story. What we are seeing in our area is a roll back from the height of March and April. Keep in mind, this is not universal. Several areas have seen no roll back on price whereas others are seeing prices come down anywhere from 5% to 10%. Look at the graph pictured here.
As we get through the inflation battle and start to see that coming down, we should expect mortgage rates to follow. We’ve seen nods of this over the past couple of weeks. As the Federal Reserve works to bring inflation down, mortgage rates will come down as well. Bill McBride from Calculated Risk says:
As the housing market cools in response to the dramatic rise in mortgage rates, home price appreciation is cooling as well. And if you’re following along with headlines in the media, you’re probably seeing a wide range of opinions calling for everything from falling home prices to ongoing appreciation. But what’s true? What’s most likely to happen moving forward? … Read More
According to a recent survey, more and more Americans are concerned about a possible recession. Those concerns were validated when the Federal Reserve met and confirmed they were strongly committed to bringing down inflation. And, in order to do so, they’d use their tools and influence to slow down the economy. All of this brings up … Read More
You may be reading headlines and hearing talk about a potential housing bubble or a crash, but it’s important to understand that the data and expert opinions tell a different story. A recent survey from Pulsenomics asked over one hundred housing market experts and real estate economists if they believe the housing market is in a bubble. The results indicate most experts don’t think that’s the case