Even if the price is too high But there are no signs the housing market is in a bubble. (Bubbles come when speculation or when buyers buy homes with the intention of selling them quickly for a profit, which doesn’t happen today.) But tensions have begun to surface and the housing market has started to ease.
The increase in house prices is remarkable. Nationwide home prices rose by double digits in the past year. And this comes after more than a decade of strong price increases since the housing market bottomed out after the financial crisis. In fact, the average available house price — half of the homes that sell more and are cheaper. Than — is closing at $350,000, almost double what it was a decade ago.
Think about the returns you would receive if you dared to buy a mid-priced home at the bottom of the market after the financial crisis. Say with a normal 20% down payment, about 560% return.
Currently, there are not enough new homes to meet the demand. And the vacancy rate for homes for sale has never decreased. Home builders are slow to build more houses. especially at lower prices. Due to tighter zoning since the financial crisis and labor and material costs have been rising a lot lately.
The rise in home prices was the result of the collapse of fixed mortgage rates to record lows during the pandemic. They have increased slightly in the past few months. But still below 3%, making them particularly attractive. Because most homebuyers buy as many homes as they can afford the mortgage. Lower mortgage rates will quickly increase demand and house prices. especially when houses are in short supply.
The overrun in house prices is a phenomenon that works from anywhere with the pandemic. This has driven households living in apartments in the country’s largest cities to move to homes in suburbs, outskirts, and small towns and cities. New Yorkers and Californians used to overpriced homes. See that prices are much lower in small communities. is a bargain Even if they paid more than the original buyer.
The federal government’s liberal efforts to bolster the single-family mortgage market during the pandemic also boosted the housing market and home prices. The moratorium, foreclosure and tolerance for government-sponsored mortgages and student loan payments have hampered the sale of troubled homes, which are typically sold at large discounts, and hence the price. affected house
stress lines begin to show
But stress lines are starting to emerge in the housing market. House prices rose so quickly that they became exorbitant. Nationwide home prices are roughly 10% to 15% overvalued when comparing the price-to-income or price-to-rental ratio to the long-term historical average, according to my analysis. Some markets, mainly in the South and the West, are greatly overvalued by more than 20%.
The overvalued housing market is vulnerable to meaningful price corrections as mortgage rates will eventually rise, and they will. The Federal Reserve (Fed) thinks the economy will quickly return to normal. And is signaling that it will soon begin to normalize interest rates. moreover working from anywhere Despite the trend, there will be fundamental changes in the way we live and work. But of course, there will be some relaxation as well. Because companies Ask their employees to come back to the office. And the foreclosure and mortgage and student loan suspensions will expire in the coming weeks.
The demand for housing will decrease. house prices will adjust Regardless, the broader home price will drop. That still seems a little threatening. That would require a huge increase in mortgage defaults and troubled sales, which are unlikely given the better job market and generally tighter mortgage underwriting standards since the financial crisis.
Moreover, the housing market is not in a bubble. Unlike the housing bubble we saw before the financial crisis, house flips, meaning arms sales within a year of previous sales, remain low according to my analysis. And most of the reversals are made by investors buying older homes. Especially in the old towns of the Northeast and Midwest, renovated and then sold out quickly.
But raising house prices can make it much cooler. There may be a slight price cut in the most exciting high-end segment of the housing market. In the second place and vacation homes and in small and medium-sized cities, where there is the greatest influx of jobs from all households, and while home ownership is generally better financially than tenants, But homeowners shouldn’t count on the over-the-top returns they’ve earned in the past decade to be so close to the next iteration.