There’s no getting around the fact that the housing market in the United States has been hit hard by the recent spike in mortgage rates. Only during March, the average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage shot up from 3.11% to 5.11%. Some already-strapped homebuyers can’t afford the market, and some would-be borrowers are losing their mortgage eligibility.
The rapid increase in mortgage rates has also caused research organizations to adjust their housing market projection models.
Real estate forecasting firms predicted rate hikes from the Federal Reserve in 2022, but not to this extent. According to the Mortgage Bankers Association, the average 30-year fixed rate will increase to 4% this year. At the same time, Fannie Mae predicts it will be 3.3%. These projections were long since blown out of the water.
Experts in the housing market are now lowering their predictions for property prices. Home prices in the United States are expected to climb by 14.9% from March 2022 to March 2023, according to a new projection published by Zillow researchers recently. However, this is a decrease of 2.9 percentage points from last February, when Zillow predicted a rise of 17.8 percent in home values over the next 12 months.
The Zillow analysts explained that “affordability headwinds that have developed quicker than projected, mostly due to substantial rises in mortgage rates, were the main factors in the downward revision of the projection. “Additionally, there are risks to the forecast: Although inventories are still near historic lows, there is hope they may rise more quickly than expected, reducing estimates for future prices and sales volumes.”
It’s not shocking that Zillow has lowered its prediction. After all, the rapid increase in rates makes it extremely difficult for first-time purchasers to afford a property. With a $500,000 mortgage and a fixed interest rate of 3.11% last December, the monthly payment would be $2,138. If you borrowed the money at an interest rate of 5.11%, your monthly payment would increase to $2,718. That’s an extra $208,800 paid over the loan’s first 30 years.
If Zillow’s forecast for annual home price growth of 14.9% comes true, it will be yet another record-setting year. Home prices have increased by an extraordinary 19.2 percent over the past year. Compared to the average yearly growth in property prices in the United States since 1987 of 4.6%, each of those numbers stands out as an exception.
“Even with the downward correction from March, this data would suggest a tremendously dynamic housing market in the coming year,” wrote the Zillow experts.
However, not everyone shares Zillow’s optimism.
CoreLogic forecasts that home price growth will slow to 5% over the coming year. The Mortgage Bankers Association predicts a 4.8% increase in home prices over the next 12 months, while Fannie Mae projects an 11.2% increase in prices this year and a 4.2% increase in 2023.
There’s always a chance they’re completely wrong. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, there are indications that the growth in housing prices in the United States is outpacing the increase in wages and other basic consumer prices.
The Dallas Fed paper’s title says it all: “Real-time market monitoring finds signs of brewing U.S. housing bubble.”
“Our data indicates that the U.S. housing market is acting abnormally for the first time since the boom years of the early 2000s. Certain economic indicators raise serious concerns; prices seem increasingly disconnected from underlying values,” claimed Dallas Fed researchers.
However, CoreLogic, a research group, claims that most property markets throughout the country are overpriced, even though a drop in the housing market is improbable throughout the coming year.
Almost 400 MSAs were included in the company’s market risk analysis. What was the result? Over half of the local housing markets in the United States are “overvalued,” according to CoreLogic.
Prospective buyers and sellers of homes should treat housing market predictions with caution. Just look at the housing market predictions made during the recession of COVID-19.
Zillow and CoreLogic released economic models in the spring of 2020, anticipating a drop in U.S. home values by spring 2021. No price drop occurred. In contrast, the housing market began a remarkable upward trend that has yet to slow.
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