U.S. Home Prices on the Rise: What to Know

Justin Lopez June 10th, 2024

Despite initial forecasts of a decline last year, average U.S. home prices rose by nearly 6% and are expected to increase by an additional 5% in 2024.1 This follows a series of economic shifts and changing market dynamics that have created a perfect storm for the housing market. But what’s driving this trend, and why is it important for homeowners and investors alike to stay informed?

Supply and Demand Imbalance

Although mortgage rates remain high, homebuyer demand is expected to continue to outweigh supply. This is because about half of U.S. homeowners have secured fixed-rate mortgages of under 4%, leading analysts to predict that this trend may linger while price appreciation slows and mortgage rates gradually decline.1 It’s important to keep in mind that this scarcity also inherently leads to an increase in prices as more prospective buyers compete for fewer properties. This means that landlords can increase their property yields, further impacting affordability.

Double-Edged Sword

For current homeowners, rising home prices may prove to be a double-edged sword. On one hand, the value of your property increases, potentially leading to higher equity and better returns if you decide to sell. On the other hand, these higher prices can make it more challenging to upgrade your home or invest in other properties.

Real estate investors also stand to gain significantly by increasing their returns through higher rental prices and property appreciation. However, increased buyer competition means investors will need to be more strategic in their approach, such as focusing on emerging markets or distressed properties that may offer better opportunities amid a competitive landscape.

What’s Ahead?

While many analysts project that the supply-demand imbalance of homes in the U.S. will persist in the years ahead, homeowners will continue to acclimate to higher interest rates and more affordable homes will gradually become available in the marketplace.

By understanding the driving factors behind these trends, you can make more strategic decisions that are aligned with your financial goals. Whether you’re looking to maximize your property’s value or identify the next great investment opportunity, keeping informed of real estate trends and the investment landscape as a whole, is key.

If you have questions about the state of the housing market or want to learn more about our team’s approach to real estate investing, please reach out.

1Reuters, May 30, 2024, “US home prices to rise 5% this year, more modestly next.

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The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information and should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Investment advisory services are offered through Concord Wealth Partners, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor.

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