As we move into 2022, both buyers and sellers
are wondering, what’s next? Will there be more homes available to buy?
Will prices keep climbing? How high will mortgage rates go? For the
answer to those questions and more, we turn to the experts. Here’s a
look at what they say we can expect in 2022.
“Affordability will increasingly be a challenge as interest rates and prices rise, but remote work may expand search areas
and enable younger buyers to find their first homes sooner than they
might have otherwise. And with more than 45 million millennials within
the prime first-time buying ages of 26-35 heading into 2022, we expect the market to remain competitive.”
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of Realtors (NAR):
“With more housing inventory to hit the market, the intense multiple offers will start to ease. Home prices will continue to rise but at a slower pace.”
“Strong demographic demand will continue to act as the wind in the housing market’s sails.”
What Does This Mean for Buyers?
Hope is on the horizon for 2022. You should see your options grow as
more homes are listed and some of the peak intensity of buyer
competition starts to ease. Just remember, rising rates and prices are a great motivator for you to find the home of your dreams sooner rather than later so you can buy while today’s affordability is still in your favor.
What Does This Mean for Sellers?
Make no mistake – this sellers’ market
will remain in 2022 as home prices are projected to continue climbing,
just at a more moderate pace. Selling your house while buyer demand is
so high will truly put you in the driver’s seat. But don’t wait too
long. With more listings projected to become available, your ideal
window of opportunity to stand out from the crowd won’t last forever.
Work with an agent who knows your local market and current inventory
conditions to ensure you have the support you need to make an educated
and informed decision about selling in the coming year.
If you’re thinking of buying or selling, 2022 may be your year. Let’s
connect to discuss your goals and the unique opportunities you have in
today’s housing market.