Record High Mortgage Rates See Housing Market Buyer’s Drop

Mortgage rates have been rising since last year. Buyers are being more careful about buying homes. 

This is causing a shift in the housing market, and that has made home buying less. 

Right now, we’re sort of stabilizing. Community First’s real estate agent, Meshia Edwards, stated.

Buyers were competing for any available home six months ago. They now have a slightly longer wish list. “People must use caution when handling their money.” They won’t be able to make as many renovations as they could have a year or six months ago because their money won’t go as far with what they’re buying, Realtor Emily Ferguson with Nix-Tann and Associates stated.”

Ferguson continued, “And they can’t do as many renovations as they did a year or six months ago because their money won’t go as far with what they’re buying.”

Additionally, by encouraging more cost-conscious choices, sellers no longer encounter the extreme offers they did in the past.

They want a discount, you know, just because interest rates are higher and that note will be a little bit more expensive, according to Edwards.

Because interest rates are higher and that note will be a little bit more expensive, Edwards said, “They are wanting a break, you know, in the pricing.

The pressure is felt by all

In addition to sky-high prices and mortgage rates, Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, noted that there was no inventory.

“This may be the worst period for homebuyers in my lifetime; it just doesn’t make sense.”

Recently, mortgage rates surpassed 7 percent, which is the highest level since 2002 and more than double what the majority of borrowers paid at the beginning of the pandemic.

According to Realtor.com, the average home buyer in October paid 77 percent more each month for their loan due to rising rates and rising home prices than they would have last year.

That amounts to an extra $1,117 per month with a national median asking price of $425,000 and a 10 percent down payment.

In the same vein, the National Association of Realtors, home contract signings decreased for the fourth consecutive month in September and were down 31% from September 2021.

Research shows how home sellers are adjusting to the new normal of 7% mortgage rates. It is part of a new report on the real estate market from real estate brokerage Redfin (RDFN, -6.29%).

A month’s worth of data from the company reveals that a quarter of homes are currently experiencing price declines, according to Redfin’s deputy chief economist, Taylor Marr.

Sellers “are just slow to react to the changes in demand… they set prices based on where they think the market is and are frequently reluctant to set their prices too low,” Marr said. In contrast to buyers, who are significantly more sensitive to rising mortgage rates, sellers “are just slow to react to the changes in demand.”

“Prices are therefore a little stickier for sellers and take a little longer to decrease”. Even though it took so long, people, are beginning to feel the heat. Marr said.

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