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The Residential Market Continues to Founder

Posted by Nate Gendelman on 2/2/23 12:49 PM
Nate Gendelman

The residential home market continues to founder. Sales of existing homes continued to fall in December and are down by over a third since December, 2021.

What about prices? Although they are still up on a year-over-year basis, that rate of increase has fallen to just 3%. And with prices down 10% over the past six months, those annual rate of change figures will soon be negative.

Where from here? Mortgage rates have fallen a bit recently, and a low supply of homes on the market should support prices a bit. Affordability continues to be a huge drag on the market, and it appears many homeowners do not want to sell and lose their locked-in mortgage rates.