When I was in the corporate world we had a definition of “Expert”. That is somebody who is wearing a suit and is more than 25 miles from home. Not all “Experts” deserve that sarcasm, but the ones who predicted an upcoming housing price collapse sure do.
First of all the below chart shows what happend to house prices in the West Chester Area.
|WEST CHESTER, DOWNINGTOWN, GREAT VALLEY, MEDIAN SALE PRICES|
|Month||Sale Price||Sale Price||Year Over Year||Sale Price||Year Over Year|
|YTD, thru May||$621,940||$663,400||6.7%|
In 2022, prices were up a hefty 8.2 % from 2021. During the first 5 months of 2023 when the “crash” was predicted, that trend continued with a 6.7% rise from 2022.
One variable that has gone to pieces in the number of sales. Please see the below chart:
|WEST CHESTER, DOWNINGTOWN, GREAT VALLEY, NUMBER OF SALES|
|Annual Sales Drop||-24.0%|
|22 to 23||-21.5%|
Sales were down by 21.5% in 2022; and down by a whopping 45.1% in the first 5 months of 2023 compared to the first five months of 2021.
That is HUGE!!!
But prices are still going up because buyer demand is high and there are fewer houses for sale. Higher demand and lowered supply always results in higher prices.
NOW WHAT DID THE EXPERTS PREDICT JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO?
During the fourth quarter of last year, many housing experts predicted home prices were going to crash this year. Here are a few of those forecasts:
Jeremy Siegel, Russell E. Palmer Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School of Business:
“I expect housing prices fall 10% to 15%, and the housing prices are accelerating on the downside.”
Mark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody’s Analytics:
“Buckle in. Assuming rates remain near their current 6.5% and the economy skirts recession, then national house prices will fall almost 10% peak-to-trough. Most of those declines will happen sooner rather than later. And house prices will fall 20% if there is a typical recession.”
“Housing is already cooling in the U.S., according to July data that was reported last week. As interest rates climb steadily higher, Goldman Sachs Research’s G-10 home price model suggests home prices will decline by around 5% to 10% from the peak in the U.S. . . . Economists at Goldman Sachs Research say there are risks that housing markets could decline more than their model suggests.”
The Bad News: It Rattled Consumer Confidence
These forecasts put doubt in the minds of many consumers about the strength of the residential real estate market. Evidence of this can be seen in the December Consumer Confidence Survey from Fannie Mae. It showed a larger percentage of Americans believed home prices would fall over the next 12 months than in any other December in the history of the survey (see graph below). That caused people to hesitate about their homebuying or selling plans as we entered the new year.
The Good News: Home Prices Never Crashed
However, home prices didn’t come crashing down and seem to be already rebounding from the minimal depreciation experienced over the last several months.
In a report just released, Goldman Sachs explained:
“The global housing market seems to be stabilizing faster than expected despite months of rising mortgage rates, according to Goldman Sachs Research. House prices are defying expectations and are rising in major economies such as the U.S.,. . . ”
Those claims from Goldman Sachs were verified by the release last week of two indexes on home prices: Case-Shiller and the FHFA. Here are the numbers each reported:
Home values seem to have turned the corner and are headed back up.
One of the lessons here is that all real estate is local and to understand the market you really should consult a local expert rather than a national onel
When the forecasts of significant home price depreciation were made last fall, they were made with megaphones. Mass media outlets, industry newspapers, and podcasts all broadcasted the news of an eminent crash in prices.
Now, forecasters are saying the worst is over and it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as they originally projected. However, they are whispering the news instead of using megaphones. As real estate professionals, it is our responsibility – some may say duty – to correct this narrative in the minds of the American consumer.
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