The housing market situation is fundamentally different from that during the great recession of 2008. One of the key reasons why house prices have not declined significantly is because of the very low inventory of homes available for sale. There were fewer than one million existing homes available for sale in January 2023 compared to over 3 million in any month during 2007-2008.
Some are predicting prices to depreciate by 20%, while others are forecasting smaller declines, and few are calling for an increase in prices. The low inventory that is available for sale is what is preventing house prices from a steep decline. Higher mortgage rates have impacted demand, but have also frozen up supply.