If the current housing market trend continues throughout 2023, we’ll continue seeing increasing interest rates, inflation, recession, and a slowdown in real estate sales. This brings up numerous questions for real estate investors who will want to know how they’ll be affected and if purchasing properties in the current market is still worth it. Despite the current market’s volatility, we believe that investing in real estate is still a good idea.
The 2023 Housing Market in general
According the NAR (National Association of Realtors), home prices increased 42% from 2019 to 2021. However, in 2022 we saw that price growth slowed down dramatically during summertime and by fall, those prices lost their momentum. As of June 2022, the average selling price for a single family home was almost $414,000, but by the end of November, it had decreased to roughly $371,000.
Furthermore, where the rental property market is concerned, we will probably witness a slight decrease from the prices real estate investors have gotten accustomed to paying. From October of 2021 to August of 2022, the average rental price increased from $1,840 to $2,050. Additionally, nearly 75% of the major US cities saw rental prices drop dramatically or were flat compared to 4th quarter 2022.
What Does This Mean For Property Investors?
The key point here is that real estate will still be a viable investment for the rest of 2023. Consequently, with so many things changing in the real estate marketplace, there are certain trends that investors should be aware of when developing their buying strategies during the balance of 2023. This includes:
- Changing workplaces – remote workers can live wherever they choose whereas those individuals with regular or set schedules need to live near their job site or place of employment.
- Inflation hedge – other than gold, real estate investments are a great hedge against inflation. Despite the ongoing increase in interest rates, as an investor, you can always refinance to a lower rate once they decrease again.
- New construction to meet housing demands – as the population increases and supply chain shortages continue, we’re seeing a supply/demand imbalance. As a result, this has opened the door for new construction projects.
- Pay attention to where people want to live – as the demand for housing continues to increase and there are more opportunities for new construction projects, it’s important to pay attention to migration patterns or where families and individuals want to live.
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