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Insights and Perspectives on U.S. Housing Economies and Property Markets
Veros Economic Insights provides our recent forecasts, analysis, and articles for an up-to-date picture of the U.S. housing market. 

Economic Indicators

Mortgage Rate
October 2023
September 2023
Housing Starts​
September 2023
1.358 million
Housing Inventory
August 2023
1.1 million
Unemployment Rate
September 2023
Hourly Earnings
September 2023

Housing Outlook

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VeroFORECAST Projects Home Value Appreciation of 2.2% Over the Next 12 Months, Pushing Buyers to Chase Affordability

Veros Real Estate Solutions releases the Q3 2023 VeroFORECAST report which anticipates that home prices are expected to increase on average 2.2% over the next 12 months, compared to last quarter’s forecast of 1.7% increase, indicative of a steady market.

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The Fed Got Its Mojo Back

Mortgage interest rates have been more or less declining over the past four decades from a peak of 18.3% in October 1981 to a bottom
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Will San Francisco’s technology sector lead the housing market recovery?

The AI industry is flourishing, resulting in an expected real estate demand increase. However, Housing prices in San Francisco are still unaffordable. It remains unclear
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Podcast: What To Expect From The Spring Buying Season

Curious where the Spring 2023 housing market is headed? Listen to the latest episode of the National Mortgage Professionals podcast titled "What to Expect from
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What to expect in the upcoming spring housing market

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
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The reasons for the stubbornly low housing supply

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
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Pending home sales display buyers’ response to fluctuating mortgage rates

High home prices coupled with high interest rates made purchasing a house increasingly unaffordable. As a result, demand for home purchases fell. Pending sales across
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When is the right time to buy?

Date: February 15, 2023

People discover at a party that I’m a Chief Economist working at Veros specializing in housing prices and forecasts and immediately, someone is placed in front of me asking, “When is the right time to buy?”  Well, you might be surprised at my answer.  I say, “Now!”  Why would I be saying this if everyone can see that the housing market has softened over what it was a year or two ago?

First and foremost, I always say that housing is a great LONG-TERM investment.  Get in and 20 or 30 years down the road, things will look great for you.  Don’t worry about whether things will go up or down in the next 6 months.

Second, though prices have softened a bit over the past few months in many markets, the fundamentals of housing are still very strong.  This is not a 2008-style decline.  It is a “cooling down” of an overheated market exacerbated by a pandemic.  Though interest rates are much higher now at 6% instead of 3%, they are dropping from 7% just a quarter ago, and we see them getting into the mid 5% range by year’s end.  These are historically low rates!  Inflation is coming down from its 9% peak down to 6.4% now with our forecast showing values in the high 4% range by the end of the year.  Despite the headlines of mass layoffs at some companies, unemployment continues to fall from 4.0% a year ago to a very low 3.4% today.  Though we see this creeping up into the low 4% range by year end, the jobs situation will be strong.  And the housing stock in the U.S. is still fundamentally low with Millennials now in their prime house buying years. 

Our official house price forecast from VeroFORECAST is showing depreciation of only one-half of one percent (-0.5%) for all of 2023.  The best performing markets are expected to appreciate around 6% with the worst performers down nearly 7%.  But most markets are expected to be fairly flat overall.  We, in fact, see slight depreciation through the first half of the year with a slight rebound in the latter half of the year which gives us an overall -0.5% depreciation for 2023. 

What is happening now?  Many buyers are sitting on the sidelines and are in a “wait and see” attitude.  That means that there are a few more houses on the market in most places, and buyers don’t have to write a crazy no-contingency over-asking-price contract the same day the property went on the market.  They can view several properties, think about it, make a competitive offer, and get their offer accepted. 

When is traditionally the time of year when there are lots of buyers and sellers in the market?  That would be the spring and early summer.  That’s when many people want to move.  That’s just a couple of months away from now.  My feeling is that once buyers realize that the market is pretty strong, a 2008 collapse isn’t happening, interest rates are still pretty low, the economy is still pretty strong, everyone is going to realize at the same time in the spring and early summer that they are going to pull the trigger and buy that house after all.  When that happens, bidding wars will return, prices will start going up again, and a less than desirable situation will return for buyers. 

So my advice, if you are in the market for a house, “now” is the time to be buying.

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