2023 in Review - THE HEADLINES

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Bill Halton

Keller Williams Real Estate






2023 in Review - THE HEADLINES



  • Home Sales Hit Lowest Level in a Decade


  • In the BrightMLS service area, sales activity has not been this low since 2014.
  • The number of homes available for sale at the end of 2023 was less than half of what it was in 2018, which was the last year widely considered a normal market.


  • Locations of Home Sales Changing Once Again


  • Home sales in suburban locations continue to represent the greatest share of all home sales. However, suburban home sales accounted for just over 50% of all home sales, down from the more typical 60% level
  • In 2023, there was an uptick in buyers returning to cities, reversing the trend away from cities that occurred during the pandemic. Sales in cities are now back to pre-pandemic levels, at about 13%.
  • Non-metropolitan areas saw an increase in home sales as buyers sought more far-flung locations during the pandemic. In 2023, non-metro areas continued to maintain their new higher share of the market, at almost 34%









So, What is the Outlook for 2024?



  • Persistent limited inventory?  Stable Interest Rates?  Opportunities?


  • Many homeowners who have purchased in recent years with locked-in low mortgage interest rates are expected not to trade those lower rates for higher ones.
  • Medium and long-term owners can still expect to sell their homes for top dollar in a market that should continue to appreciate, but at a slower pace and in line with traditional appreciation, as in typical sellers’ markets.
  • In this election year, mortgage interest rates are expected to be stable and perhaps even slightly lower.
  • Current Interest rates are historically very reasonable.  This is especially evident as compared to rates of 18, 19, and 20+ percent in the 1980s.  While rates are above the super low rates of 5, 4 and 3 percent in the very recent past, buyers may want to give serious consideration to acting on today's rates.
  • Opportunities abound in all markets.  Some sellers will sell and secure their nesteggs,  Others, will move their accumulated equity to new homes for growing families.  Many first-time buyers will secure reasonable inflation proof rates, and through home ownership, begin securing their long-term futures.



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