Is 2024 the Year We Embrace a Housing Market Rebound?

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As we navigate the ever-evolving housing market landscape, the burning question on everyone's mind is: "Are we on the cusp of a recovery in 2024?" Keith Gumbinger, a seasoned expert in the field, sheds light on what it would take for such a turnaround to materialize.

Some experts share that in order for a revival there needs to be a significant increase in the number of for-sale homes, giving buyers more purchasing options, which could help stabilize the market, hopefully giving a slight balance to the soaring prices.  

Interestingly, the tail end of 2023 brought a glimmer of hope as mortgage rates began their descent, currently holding steady below the 7% mark. This easing of rates is a welcome change, but experts caution against too swift a drop. Keith Gumbinger, was cited in Forbes as saying, "A rapid decrease could trigger a sudden spike in demand, potentially erasing any progress we've made in increasing inventory," he notes, advocating for a gradual decline to foster a more balanced market.

Keith also highlights the significance of mortgage rates finding their way back to the "normalcy" of the upper 4% to lower 5% range, reminiscent of the stability between 2014 and 2019. However, he suggests that patience is key, as reaching these rates again may take some time.

Echoing this cautious optimism, Kuba Jewgieniew, the visionary CEO of Realty ONE Group, shares his upbeat outlook for 2024. "With interest rates expected to stabilize around 6% or potentially lower, there's a palpable sense of anticipation for a healthier housing market in the coming year," he remarks.

A Closer Look at Housing Inventory Predictions

The current housing narrative is also shaped by the supply side of the equation. Many homeowners, having secured low-interest rates in the past, are hesitant to sell, further straining the already tight supply. Rick Sharga, founder of CJ Patrick Company was cited as saying he foresees a significant shift in existing home inventory once mortgage rates retreat to the low 5% range, which might not materialize in 2024.

Despite these challenges, there are budding signs of optimism. The homebuilding sector, after a period of downturn, is showing signs of resurgence. The latest NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index reveals a positive shift in builder sentiment, climbing from 37 to 44 in January—a hopeful indicator for new construction.

Moreover, the persistence of new single-family building permits, with a slight increase noted in December, marks the 11th consecutive month of growth. This data, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau and HUD, signals a cautious but growing confidence in the market's potential for recovery.

As we stand at the threshold of 2024, the conversation around the housing market's future is multifaceted, blending cautious optimism with recognizing the hurdles ahead. With a collective eye on mortgage rates, inventory levels, and builder sentiment, we remain hopeful for a market that gradually finds its footing, promising better days for buyers, sellers, and the industry.

Yvonne Hunter
I am a transformational leader in business development and sales, with over 10 years of experience in the PropTech and home warranty industries. I have an Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and an MBA, and I am a subject matter expert in remote and organizational leadership, team development, strategic planning, and business development. As the Vice President of Sales and Operations at Puls, I lead and manage a cross-functional team of sales, marketing, operations, and customer service professionals, driving revenue growth, customer retention, and operational efficiency.
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