Ways to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse – Shared Article

Buying a home can be a daunting experiance. I read this article and thought I’d share it and added my two cents.

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Find a Good Agent – like The Caton Team…

A savvy real estate agent who has your best interests at heart can make all the difference in the home-buying process. These days, buying a home within your budget will likely involve trade-offs. A good agent can help you navigate the process and establish and focus on your priorities. – We always tell our clients – we won’t sell you a house – but we will get you the house you want. We strive to educate our clients on the market, how aggressive we need to be in order to be the winning offer, and how the budget translates into homes. We’re here to guide our client’s home.

Make a List, and Check It Twice

Use a checklist to help identify what you need and want as you search for and visit homes. It can help you stay focused as you evaluate each house. Here is a comprehensive home viewing checklist you can use to track important details and what you liked (and didn’t like) about each house you visit. – This can be the hard part. We often have an idea of what our home will look like and in reality, it is different. It’s best to understand why you are buying? What’s important to you – size or commute and your long-term goals. We happily discuss this with our clients to learn what is most important so we can hone into the areas they can compete. 

Remember: Location, Location, Location (and Layout)

To prevent buyer’s remorse, it’s important to focus on the important things that aren’t easy to change: location and layout. You can change many things about a house after it becomes yours, but the location isn’t one. If a quiet neighborhood or short commute are high priorities for you, don’t lose sight of these. Similarly, it’s usually difficult and expensive (or sometimes impossible) to change a home’s layout. – Couldn’t agree more. Don’t lose sight of what you need.

Pay Attention to Your Home InspectionFirst-time home buyer

When buying a home, your inspection report can help you better understand your home’s physical structure and components. It should detail the age and condition of your home’s systems and appliances and point out needed maintenance and possible repairs you should plan for. See how long home systems and appliances last.

In a competitive market, it can be tempting to forgo inspections to make your offer more attractive, but unless you are prepared for the unexpected and have a financial cushion, it can be a risky move. Let your real estate agent guide you.  – Never forgo an inspection – a buyer needs to know the condition of the home they are buying – the question is – do you make the inspection contingent on the offer. That – is a case-by-case situation, and we review the inspections with our clients. Then have them ask questions directly to the inspector to understand the condition of the property they are buying. 

Include a Home Warranty When You Buy a House

A great way to minimize risk, maximize budget protection, and prevent buyer’s remorse is to purchase a home warranty when you buy your new home. You get all these valuable home warranty benefits from First American, plus special pricing and coverage for home buyers:

  • Budget protection from costly repairs and replacements of covered items
  • An easy, time-saving way to schedule service providers when covered items break
  • The security and convenience of unlimited service requests via phone or online 24/7
  • Coverage that lasts for a year or more after closing

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Home Price Deceleration Doesn’t Mean Home Price Depreciation

I had to share this article the moment I saw it – so important to know the difference….

Home Price Deceleration Doesn’t Mean Home Price Depreciation

Experts in the real estate industry use a number of terms when they talk about what’s happening with home prices. And some of those words sound a bit similar but mean very different things. To help clarify what’s happening with home prices and where experts say they’re going, here’s a look at a few terms you may hear:

  • Appreciation is when home prices increase.
  • Depreciation is when home prices decrease.
  • Deceleration is when home prices continue to appreciate, but at a slower pace.

Where Home Prices Have Been in Recent Years

For starters, you’ve probably heard home prices have skyrocketed over the past two years, but homes were actually appreciating long before that. You might be surprised to learn that home prices have climbed for 122 consecutive months (see graph below):

Home Price Deceleration Doesn’t Mean Home Price Depreciation | Keeping Current Matters

As the graph shows, houses have gained value consistently over the past 10 consecutive years. But since 2020, the increase has been more dramatic as home price growth accelerated.

So why did home prices climb so much? It’s because there were more buyers than there were homes for sale. That imbalance put upward pressure on home prices because demand was high and supply was low.

Where Experts Say Home Prices Are Going

While this is helpful context, if you’re a buyer or seller in today’s market, you probably want to know what’s going to happen with home prices moving forward. Will they continue that same growth path or will home prices fall?

Experts are forecasting ongoing appreciation, just at a decelerated pace. In other words, prices will keep climbing, just not as fast as they have been. The graph below shows home price forecasts from seven industry leaders. None are calling for prices to fall (see graph below):

Home Price Deceleration Doesn’t Mean Home Price Depreciation | Keeping Current Matters

Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, identifies a key reason why home prices won’t depreciate or drop:

In today’s housing market, demand for homes continues to outpace supply, which is keeping the pressure on house prices, so don’t expect house prices to decline.”

And although housing supply is starting to tick up, it’s not enough to make home prices decline because there’s still a gap between the number of homes available for sale and the volume of buyers looking to make a purchase.

Terry Loebs, Founder of the research firm Pulsenomics, notes that most real estate experts and economists anticipate home prices will continue rising. As he puts it:

“With home values at record-high levels and a vast majority of experts projecting additional price increases this year and beyond, home prices and expectations remain buoyant.”

Bottom Line

Experts forecast price deceleration, not depreciation. That means home prices will continue to rise, just at a slower pace. Got questions – reach out to The Caton Team to get a full picture of what’s happening with home prices in our local market and to discuss your buying and selling goals.

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Will Multigenerational Living Lose Traction?

As home prices continue to rise, housing experts see an ongoing effort by extended family members to pool their money to combine households and save on costs. But data suggests that rising home prices do not correlate to multigenerational living, according to a new analysis from LendingTree. Some current multigenerational households may be temporary due to the pandemic, the study’s authors suggest.

LendingTree researchers defined multigenerational households as three or more generations who live in the same home.

“The long-term impact that the pandemic will have on multigenerational households is still unclear,” says Jacob Channel, LendingTree’s senior economic analyst. “With that said, while some people may have opted to move in with family during the height of the pandemic, that doesn’t mean that they planned on staying in a multigenerational home forever. … It does appear safe to assume that even with the disruption to usual housing arrangements caused by COVID-19, multigenerational households won’t suddenly become the norm in the U.S.”

Multigenerational households did increase during the onset of the pandemic. LendingTree’s analysis covered the timespan between 2014 to 2019, but data since the pandemic started has shown an uptick in demand. Eighteen percent of buyers between the ages of 41 to 65, many of whom fall within the Generation X age segment, purchased a multigenerational home during the past year, according to the Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report published in 2021 by the National Association of REALTORS®. The most common reason for those who purchased a multigenerational home was to take care of their aging parents.

Multigenerational living may be more common in certain states. For example, Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado have posted the largest increases in multigenerational households over the past five years, according to LendingTree’s analysis. Between 2014 to 2019, multigenerational households have risen by an average of 12.34% across the three states, according to LendingTree’s research.

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ARE WE IN A HOUSING BUBBLE?

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The “warning signs” look all too familiar.

Escalating home prices have both buyers & sellers worried that the market is just “too good to be true,” and agents across the U.S. are getting bombarded with the ultimate question: “Are we in a housing bubble?”

Let’s take a look at 3 key factors that suggest we’re not, so you can educate your clients and calm fears in your market.

PART 1: HOUSING SUPPLY

Last year, home values appreciated an average of 15% across the nation. And while this year’s growth isn’t expected to match it (experts are so far predicting closer to 6%), buyers and sellers are still worried that home prices are too high and that depreciation is likely to follow.

However, unlike the Housing Bubble years of the mid-2000s, the major factor driving up home values is that we’re also in a dire inventory shortage.

A balanced real estate market’s inventory sits around 6 months. Today’s current market is at 1.9 months, a historically low amount of homes for sale. On top of that, inventory has slowly been declining for years now: we’re currently sitting at less than 2 months.

In comparison, the inventory level from 2005 and 2007 increased from 5 months to 11 months, a vast over-supply of homes that did not warrant the price appreciation that went along with it.

So, throwing it back to your high school economics class, the biggest driver of price appreciation is a simple case of supply and demand, hence what we’re seeing in the market today.

PART 2: HOUSING DEMAND

If you remember the housing boom of the mid-2000s, you know how crazy that time was in real estate. But if Robert Schiller, a fellow at the Yale School of Management’s International Center for Finance, could sum it up in one phrase, it’s this: irrational exuberance.

In other words, the buying and selling frenzy that contributed to the market collapse was fueled not by tactful, financial decisions but a country-wide case of FOMO (fear of missing out).

The mortgage industry fed into the frenzy, making it easy for people to obtain home loans much higher than they could afford.

Today’s real estate demand, however, is a very real thing. And lending standards have become much tighter since before the crash.

Plus, with escalating rent happening across the U.S., many Americans are opting for the financial stability that homeownership offers.

These factors, coupled with low mortgage rates, make purchasing a home today a good financial decision. So, not only is the demand very real, it’s also very smart.

PART 3: EQUITY

Following the housing and economic crash of 2008, economists, financiers, and real estate industry experts have combed through data to figure out why the entire system crumbled the way it did.

Most will agree that one of the biggest pieces of that catastrophic equation came down to this: equity. Or in reality, a lack of it.

The mid-2000s saw a massive wave of homeowners cashing out the equity in their homes. In short, they were using their homes like ATMs to afford some of the finer things in life.

This led to a lot of negative equity situations: where the amount someone owed on their home was far more than what their house was worth. Many foreclosures and short-sales followed, depreciating home values nationwide.

Today is a much different equity picture. Cash-out refinance volume over the last three years is less than a third of what it was compared to the three years before the crash. Plus, escalating appreciation meant that homeowners gained an average of $56,700 in equity in 2021 alone. As prices continue to rise, equity will too.

This positive equity perspective puts the current housing market in a much stronger place, minimizing risk of foreclosure and stabilizing home values across the U.S.

BOTTOM LINE

The most important role of a real estate agent is to be the educator to their clients.

What that really means is analyzing data and insights, getting all sides of a story and then being able to communicate that so your clients can make the best real estate decision.

At the end of the day, knowledge is the most powerful tool you have in your business. Use it every chance you get!

And while you’re at it, download our  free eGuide, How to Succeed in a Changing Real Estate Market, where we break down the best way to guide your clients through today’s challenges. That way you and your clients can navigate any shifting housing market.

What are your thoughts? Are you considering a sale or purchase? Each situation is unique and The Caton Team is happy to be of service. How can we help you?

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3 Mistakes of Novice Sellers

Sharing is caring – I found this article from Realtor.com most interesting….

With soaring home prices and high demand, homeowners are finding it a great time to sell. But some sellers—particularly first-timers—may be so caught up in the headlines about the rosy market that their expectations may become clouded.

Real estate professionals shared with realtor.com® some of the mistakes of rookie home sellers in the current market:

Unrealistic price expectations: It’s a seller’s market, but that doesn’t mean a sky-is-the-limit pricing strategy will still work. “First-time sellers often erroneously believe that the list price means the desired purchase price,” Lindsay Reishman, founding partner at The Reishman Group in Washington, D.C., told realtor.com®. “In fact, the list price simply indicates an approximate appropriate price, and its purpose is to drive interest in the property.”

Accepting the highest offer: Buyers can make some giant bids to beat out the competition, but those offers can fall apart. Real estate pros say sellers can become so focused on a number that they overlook the reliability of a bid. Home offers can fall apart for a number of reasons, including financing, appraisals, or inspections. “In this market, it’s not uncommon for a buyer to submit an offer for a home, sight unseen,” Deborah Ann Spence, a broker at Fierce Real Estate Corp. in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., told realtor.com®. “Then, if the buyer doesn’t like what he eventually does see, the offer can be withdrawn and the property is likely to lose traction.”

Trying to FSBO: “For sale by owner” may be tempting to homeowners who believe the seller’s market offers them an opportunity to DIY their home sale. However, the FSBO route could limit the home’s exposure to larger pools of buyers since FSBOs can’t be listed on the multiple listing service. Also, even if the home does get buyer attention, a real estate agent by the seller’s side is critical to navigating the process and paperwork and sorting through multiple offers.

View more common slip-ups of first-time home sellers at realtor.com®.

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Don’t Let Student Loans Delay Your Homeownership Dreams

This topic feels timely as many of my clients and my own husband have accumualted some student debt – so I had to share this article.

Don’t Let Student Loans Delay Your Homeownership Dreams

If you’re looking to buy a home, you may be wondering how your student loan debt could impact those plans. Do you have to wait until you’ve paid off your student loans before you can buy your first home? Or could you qualify for a home loan with that debt?

To give you the answers you’re searching for, let’s take a look at what recent data shows. That way, you know what to expect and what to do next to achieve your dream of becoming a homeowner. While everyone’s situation is unique, your goal may be more within your reach than you realize.

Do you have to delay your plans because of student loans?

If you’re worried your student loans mean you have to put your homeownership goals on hold, you’re not alone. In fact, many first-time buyers believe they have to delay their plans. According to data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR):

When asked specifically about purchasing a home, half of nonhomeowners say student loan debt is delaying them from purchasing a home (51%).”

When asked why their student loans are putting their plans on the back burner, three key themes emerged:

  • 47% say their student loans make it harder to save for a down payment
  • 45% say they think they can’t qualify for a home loan because of existing debt
  • 43% say they believe the delay is necessary even though they’ve never applied for a mortgage

No matter which reason resonates most with you, you should know a delay may not be necessary. Here’s why.

Can you qualify for a home loan if you have student loans?

In the same NAR report, data shows many current homeowners have student loan debt themselves:

“Nearly one-quarter of all home buyers, and 37% of first-time buyers, had student debt, with a typical amount of $30,000.”

That means other people in a similar situation were able to qualify for and buy a home even though they also had student loan debt. You may be able to do the same, especially if you have a steady source of income. Apartment Therapy drives this point home:

“. . . buying a home with student loans is possible, experts say. The proof is in the numbers, too: Some 40 percent of first-time homebuyers have student loan debt, according to the NAR study.”

The key takeaway is, for many people, homeownership is achievable even with student loans. 

The best way to make a decision about your goals and next steps is to talk to the professionals. A real estate advisor can walk you through your specific situation, your options, and what has worked for other buyers like you. They can also connect you with other professionals in the industry who can help. You don’t have to figure this out on your own – lean on the experts so you have the information you need to make an informed, confident decision.

Bottom Line

Many other buyers with student loan debt are already achieving their homeownership dreams. Maybe it’s time to take the next step toward making yours a reality. Meet with a real estate advisor to discuss your options and find out how close you are to achieving your goal.

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Report Shows ‘Double Trouble’ for Housing

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Record-high home prices and record-low inventories, a combination labeled “double trouble” by analysts, are growing roadblocks for many Americans to achieve homeownership, particularly for Black Americans, according to a new analysis from the National Association of REALTORS® and realtor.com®. The newly released report, The Double Trouble of the Housing Market,”examines the impacts of rapidly rising home prices and low inventories on housing affordability.

About 400,000 fewer affordable homes are available for sale for households earning $75,000 to $100,000 compared to before the pandemic began, according to the study. There’s one affordable listing available for every 65 households, a notable decrease in availability from one affordable listing for every 24 households in 2019 for this income segment, the study says.

Home prices have risen by double-digit gains over the past year. Nationwide, the total home valuation has surged by $8.1 trillion from the first quarter of 2020 through the end of 2021.

“The housing wealth gain has been sizable over the past two years,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. “However, due to the ongoing inventory shortage and rising interest rates, homeownership attainment will become especially challenging unless drastically more housing supply is available.”

The low-inventory challenge is “particularly acute for some racial and ethnic groups who have faced greater hurdles to homeownership stemming from, among other things, lower incomes as a group,” adds Danielle Hale, realtor.com®’s chief economist.

Rising home prices and record-low numbers of homes for sale have made it increasingly difficult for Black Americans to achieve homeownership, according to the report. Since 2017, the annual homeownership rate for White Americans has remained above 70%. But the homeownership rate for Black Americans has been only about 40%—some 30 percentage points lower. 

NAR and realtor.com®’s report analyzed housing affordability by racial group to help explain the possible differences in homeownership. They found that 35% of White households but only 20% of Black households have incomes greater than $100,000. However, about half of all homes currently listed for sale—51%—are affordable only to households with at least $100,000 income. A significant and persistent racial homeownership gap exists in America, the report says. Despite the challenges, though, Black Americans are finding a path to homeownership in some markets like Baltimore, Memphis, Tenn., and St. Louis. 

“There are affordable markets that still provide opportunities to achieve homeownership as inventory at affordable price points is reasonably available,” says Yun.

NAR Calls for More to Be Done

To increase the nation’s housing inventory, NAR has advocated for lawmakers to:

  • Include funding for affordable housing construction
  • Preserve, expand, and create tax incentives to renovate distressed properties
  • Convert unused commercial space to residential units
  • Encourage and incentivize zoning reform

Further, expanding new-home construction by an additional 550,000 units a year for 10 years would create 2.8 million new jobs and generate more than $400 billion in economic activity, NAR says. A separate report conducted by NAR and the Rosen Consulting Group, Housing is Critical Infrastructure: Social and Economic Benefits of Building More Housing, examines the causes of America’s housing shortage and provides a range of actions that can effectively address this longtime problem.

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4 REASONS WE’LL SEE MORE REAL ESTATE ACTIVITY THIS WINTER

Inventory. This one word has a big impact on pretty much every factor of the real estate market.

In the past year, inventory has continued its trend of record low numbers, driving up demand, home prices, and buyer frustration along with it.

But, new data suggests that this winter may see a flurry of new homes for sale. That’s big news for clients who have put off making a move in the last year.

Let’s dive into the four reasons we may see more real estate activity soon and what this means for you and your clients.

There is pent up demand among sellers

For the past 10 years, people have been living in their homes longer than the historical average. Since 2010, the average tenure in a home has been about 10 years. However, we are now seeing that shift.

Plus, new research indicates that homeowners thinking about selling are about to put their homes on the market this winter instead of waiting until the spring.

Of homeowners planning to enter the market in the next year:

  • 65% – Have just listed (19%) or plan to list this winter
  • 93% – Have already taken steps toward listing their home, including working with an agent (28%)
  • 36% – Have researched the value of their home and others in their neighborhood

With all this data, agents should be prepared to help both buyers and sellers navigate another busy winter in 2022.

Homeowners are sitting on record levels of equity

Today’s homeowners are sitting on a whole lot of equity.

According to a recent report, the average homeowner gained about $56,700 in equity over the past year.

That’s a big incentive for many homeowners to make a move into a home that better fits their needs.

Educating your clients on their equity, and the options it gives them to upgrade or downsize their home, might be just the motivation they need to sell their home and buy one that better fits their needs.

Home has taken on a new meaning

There’s no questioning it. Life today looks a lot different than it did in January 2020.

While most of us have spent the better part of the last two years in our homes, it’s made us take a long, hard look at what we really want and need out of our dwellings.

Plus, a recent poll indicates that home has taken on a new meaning for many American homeowners.

According to the study, the top reasons sellers want to move are:

  • 33% – They have realized they want different home features
  • 37% – They say their home no longer meets their family’s needs
  • 32% – They want to move closer to friends and family
  • 23% – They are looking for a home office

And with mortgage rates on the rise, experts anticipate sellers may be more inclined to start the search for that perfect home sooner than later.

It is now cheaper to own than rent

Rental prices have been on a steady incline for the last twenty years, and that isn’t expected to change anytime soon. 

According to a recent report by Apartmentlist.com: 

“Since January of this year, the national median rent has increased by a staggering 16.4 percent. To put that in context, rent growth from January to September averaged just 3.4 percent in the pre-pandemic years from 2017-2019.”

While most renters think that it’s the cheaper option, we have three words for them: fixed-rate mortgage. As rent continues to appreciate (with no end in sight), homeowners can lock in a payment for the next 15-30 years with little change on their monthly amount due. 

However, the biggest incentive for renters to buy comes down to equity. For every monthly mortgage payment made, they’re investing into their financial future. And that equity also continues to build over years of home price appreciation. 

To put it plainly, whether you’re a renter or a buyer, you’re paying a mortgage. But you definitely have a lot more financial advantages when it’s your own. 

BOTTOM LINE

The 2022 housing market is set to begin with a bang, and the agents who succeed will be the ones who are prepared to take immediate action.

Today’s market conditions mean that we’re probably headed for yet another busy winter season, with real estate experts suggesting there may be even more activity in 2022.

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Sellers: Don’t Wait Until Spring To Make Your Move

Sellers: Don’t Wait Until Spring To Make Your Move

As you plan out your goals for the year, moving up to your dream home may top the list. But, how do you know when to make your move? You want to time it just right so you can get the most out of the sale of your current house. You also want to know you’re making a good investment when you buy your new home. What you may not realize is, that opportunity to get the best of both worlds is already here.

You don’t want to wait until spring to spring into action. The current market conditions make this winter an ideal time to move. Here’s why.

1. The Number of Homes on the Market Is Still Low

Today’s limited supply of houses for sale is putting sellers in the driver’s seat. There are far more buyers in the market than there are homes available, and that means buyers are eagerly waiting for your house. Listing your house now makes it the center of attention. As a seller, that means when it’s priced correctly, you can expect it to sell quickly and get multiple strong offers this season. Just remember, experts project more inventory will come to market as we move through the winter months. The realtor.com 2022 forecast says this:

“After years of declining, the inventory of homes for sale is finally expected to rebound from all-time lows.”

Selling now may help you maximize the return on your investment before your house has to face more competition from other sellers.

2. Your Equity Is Growing in Record Amounts

Current homeowners are sitting on record amounts of equity thanks to today’s home price appreciation. According to the latest report from CoreLogicthe average homeowner gained $56,700 in equity over the past 12 months.

That much equity can open doors for you to make a move. If you’ve been holding off on selling because you’re worried about how rising prices will impact your own home search, rest assured your equity can help fuel your next move. It may be just what you need to cover a large portion – if not all – of the down payment on your next purchase.

3. While Rising, Mortgage Rates Are Still Historically Low

In January of last year, mortgage rates hit the lowest point ever recorded. Today, rates are starting to rise, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on locking in a low rate. Current mortgage rates are still far below what they’ve been in recent decades:

  • In the 2000s, the average mortgage rate was 6.27%
  • In the 1990s, the average rate was 8.12%

Even with mortgage rates rising above 3%, they’re still worth taking advantage of. You just want to do so sooner rather than later. Experts are projecting rates will continue to rise throughout this year, and when they do, it’ll cost you more to purchase your next home.

4. Home Prices Are Going To Keep Rising with Time

According to industry leaders, home prices will also continue appreciating this year. While experts are forecasting more moderate home price growth than last year, it’s important to note prices will still be moving in an upward direction throughout 2022.

What does that mean for you? If you’re selling so you can move into a bigger home or downsize to the home of your dreams, you want to consider moving now before rates and prices rise further. If you’re ready, you have an opportunity to get ahead of the curve by purchasing your next home before rates and prices climb higher.

Bottom Line

If you’re considering selling to move up or downsize, this may be your moment, especially with today’s low mortgage rates and limited inventory. Reach out to a local real estate professional today to get set up for homebuying success this year.

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What’s Going To Happen with Home Prices This Year? By Keeping Current Matters

What’s Going To Happen with Home Prices This Year?

After almost two years of double-digit increases, many experts thought home price appreciation would decelerate or happen at a slower pace in the last quarter of 2021. However, the latest Home Price Insights Report from CoreLogic indicates while prices may have plateaued, appreciation has definitely not slowed. The following graph shows year-over-year appreciation throughout 2021. December data has not yet been released.


As the graph shows, appreciation has remained steady at around 18% over the last five months.

In addition, the latest S&P Case-Shiller Price Index and the FHFA Price Index show a slight deceleration from the same time last year – it’s just not at the level that was expected. However, they also both indicate there’s continued strong price growth throughout the country. FHFA reports all nine regions of the country still experienced double-digit appreciation. The Case-Shiller 20-City Index reveals all 20 metros had double-digit appreciation.

Why Haven’t We Seen the Deeper Deceleration Many Expected?

Experts had projected the supply of housing inventory would increase in the last half of 2021 and buyer demand would decrease, as it historically does later in the year. Since all pricing is subject to supply and demand, it seemed that appreciation would wane under those conditions.

Buyer demand, however, did not slow as much as expected, and the number of listings available for sale dropped instead of improved. The graph below uses data from realtor.com to show the number of available listings for sale each month, including the decline in listings at the end of the year.


Here are three reasons why the number of active listings didn’t increase as expected:

1. There hasn’t been a surge of foreclosures as the forbearance program comes to an end.

2. New construction slowed considerably because of supply chain challenges.

3. Many believed more sellers would put their houses on the market once the concerns about the pandemic began to ease. However, those concerns have not yet disappeared. A recent article published by com explains:

“Before the omicron variant of COVID-19 appeared on the scene, the 2021 housing market was rebounding healthily from previous waves of the pandemic and turned downright bullish as the end of the year approached. . . . And then the new omicron strain hit in November, followed by a December dip in new listings. Was this sudden drop due to omicron, or just the typical holiday season lull?”

No one knows for sure, but it does seem possible.

Bottom Line

Home price appreciation might slow (or decelerate) in 2022. However, based on supply and demand, you shouldn’t expect the deceleration to be swift or deep.

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