Even though home prices are going up nationally in many areas, some people are still worried they might come down. In fact, a recent survey from Fannie Mae found that 24% of people think home prices will actually decline over the next 12 months. That means that almost one out of every four people are dealing with that fear! Are you?
To help ease that concern, here is what experts forecast will happen with prices this year.
Experts Project a Modest Increase
Check out the latest home price forecasts from eight different sources (see graph below):
Prices aren’t likely to depreciate in 2024 because inventory is still tight and lower mortgage rates are leading to strong buyer demand. Those two factors will keep pushing prices up as the year goes on. As Selma Hepp, Chief Economist at CoreLogic, explains:
“With mortgage rates dropping, demand for homes in early 2024 is likely to be strong and will again put pressure on prices, similar to trends observed in early 2023 . . . Most markets will continue to reach new home price highs over the course of 2024.”
What Does This Mean for You?
Experts are saying home prices will go up this year, and that is good news if you are thinking about buying a home. When you become a homeowner, you want the value of your house to go up. That appreciation is what builds equity and makes homeownership such a good investment over time.
Beyond that, expected home price appreciation also means if you are ready, willing, and able to buy, waiting just means it will cost more later.
If you are worried home prices will come down, don’t be. Many experts believe they will actually go up this year. If you have questions or worries about what is happening with prices in our area or are ready to buy or sell, let’s connect.