2024 Housing Market Forecast: Trends and Tips for Buyers & Sellers

November 29, 2023

2024 Housing Market Forecast: Trends and Tips for Buyers & Sellers

Wondering what the experts are forecasting for the 2024 housing market. Well, let's dive into some key anticipated trends and developments for the upcoming year. But first, talk about a couple of approaches for both buyers and sellers to come back from the most common hurdles that we're facing in the current market that will likely continue into 2024. 

 

Buyers, as always, it's crucial to not make your decision to purchase or not purchase based on things like the headlines or what the online mortgage calculator told you. These tools often don't account for your unique situation or the local market. The first step is always to consult with a local professional to see if buying is feasible for you now or maybe later down the road. They will also help you discover valuable information about things like grants and ways that you can lower your interest rates to make homeownership more attainable. 

 

Now, for those of you fortunate enough to have a screaming good interest rate and you don't want to sell and lose that, I totally get it. Here is something to consider. Millions of Americans are sitting on record levels of equity, and that includes homeowners, right here on the Central Coast.

You might think about using some of that equity to fund a new purchase, turn one into your rental property and live in the other. For example, it can be a smart way to leverage your assets and create financial flexibility. Now back to the housing market predictions. It's expected nationally that home prices will continue to rise in 2024, that a slightly more moderate pace around 3 to 4%, according to Lawrence Yun, The chief economist of National Association of Realtors. When it comes to inventory levels, they're likely to remain below what we would consider normal or a balanced market. But inventory should be higher than in 2023. This could be good news for both buyers and sellers. And regarding mortgage rates, despite the gradual increases that we've seen in 2023 forecasters are predicting a slight decline in interest rates for 2024.

 

This could open up opportunities for buyers, allowing them more financial flexibility to purchase homes at higher prices. But on the flip side, it will also likely increase the demand for homes as well. I get it. It's a tough market to navigate. So you definitely need the right team behind you. So whether you're a buyer or a seller, keep these strategies in mind as we navigate the 2024 housing market. Of course, it's important to remember that these are predictions and the real estate market can be unpredictable. 

 

If you're curious about what's happening right here on the Central Coast regarding pricing, demand, inventory, don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to assist and guide you through this ever changing market. Stay tuned for 2024 and let's make informed decisions together.




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