2022 was a turbulent year for the US housing market, as inflation, soaring interest rates, and elevated sales prices combined to cause a slowdown nationwide. Affordability challenges continue to limit market activity, with pending home sales and existing-home sales down month-over-month and falling 37.8% and 35.4% year-over-year, respectively, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Higher mortgage rates are also impacting prospective sellers, many of whom have locked in historically low rates and have chosen to wait until market conditions improve before selling their home.
New Listings decreased 26.7 percent for single-family homes and 29.4 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Pending Sales decreased 13.4 percent for single-family homes and 40.5 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Inventory decreased 5.4 percent for single-family homes and 22.2 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
The Median Sales Price was down 3.4 percent to $386,250 for single-family homes but increased 12.9 percent to $355,550 for townhouse-condo properties. Days on Market decreased 23.7 percent for single-family homes and 45.7 percent for townhouse-condo properties. Months Supply of Inventory increased 20.0 percent for single-family homes but increased 16.7 percent for townhouse-condo properties.
Economists predict sales will continue to slow and housing prices will soften in many markets over the next 12 months, with larger price declines projected in more expensive areas. However, national inventory shortages will likely keep prices from dropping too much, as buyer demand continues to outpace supply, which remains limited at 3.3 months, according to NAR. Even if prices fall, many prospective buyers will find it difficult to afford a home in 2023, as higher rates have diminished purchasing power, adding hundreds of dollars to monthly mortgage payments
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