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September 30, 2021

Will Home Prices Continue to Rise?

According to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Insights Report, nationwide, home values increased by an impressive 17.2% over the last 12 months. The dramatic rise happened when the inventory of houses for sale reached historic lows at the same time buyer demand skyrocketed as a result of near record-low mortgage rates.

Where Will Home Values Go from Here?

Home price appreciation will continue to be determined by an imbalance of supply and demand. If supply remains low and demand high, prices will continue to increase, making it a great time to sell your house. Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic, explains:
“Home prices have been rising in the mid-single digits for some years now. The recent surge to double-digit price jumps reflect the convergence of exceptional demand and persistent low supply . . .”

Housing Supply

Home prices are rising, but they should moderate as more housing inventory comes to market. George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com, says there are signs we may see the current inventory challenges lessen, slowing the fast-paced home price appreciation and creating more choices for buyers:
“. . . there are still fewer homes for sale than last year when we were focused on how limited supply was holding back the housing market. On the other hand, the gap continues to shrink. . . . This means that low inventory of homes for sale is still a problem, but we’re on pace to see inventories grow before the end of the year.”

2021 Home Price Forecasts

Top real estate analysts’ expectations for annual price appreciation

Housing Demand

Will the high level of buyer demand last? For over a year, low mortgage rates have powered buyer demand. While rates are projected to rise, they’re still much lower than the historical norm, which creates opportunity for homebuyers. That’s why demand is expected to remain high throughout 2021.
Taking into consideration the projections on housing supply and demand, real estate analysts forecast home prices will continue to appreciate.

Bottom Line

There’s still a very limited number of homes for sale compared to the demand from purchasers looking to buy them. As a result, home values will continue to appreciate, making this fall a fantastic time to sell your current house.

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