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Home Sales Hit 30-Year Low in 2023 Due to Frustrating Mortgage Rates

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LOS ANGELES — The housing market in‌ the United States ⁣has seen a significant decline in sales of previously owned homes in 2023, reaching a nearly 30-year low. This has been attributed to the ⁤combination of sharply higher mortgage rates, rising prices,⁤ and a persistently low level of homes on the market,‍ making⁤ homeownership unattainable for many Americans.

Last‌ year, existing U.S. home sales totaled 4.09 million, marking an 18.7%⁢ decline from 2022. This is the weakest year for‍ home sales since‌ 1995 and the biggest annual decline since 2007, during the‍ housing⁣ slump of‍ the‌ late 2000s. ⁢The median national home ‌price for all of last ⁢year edged up ‍just⁣ under 1% to a record high ⁢of $389,800.

The decline in home sales in⁣ 2023 mirrors ‌the nearly‌ 18% ‍annual decline in 2022, which began when mortgage rates started ​rising and‌ eventually more than doubled by the end of the year. This trend continued ​in 2023, with⁢ the average⁤ rate on a ⁣30-year mortgage reaching 7.79% by late October, the‍ highest ⁣level since late 2000.

However, there is hope for a rebound in‍ home ⁣sales, as mortgage rates have ‍been⁢ easing since November, echoing a pullback ⁢in‍ the 10-year Treasury yield. The ⁢average rate on a 30-year home loan was 6.6% this week, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. ‌Many economists expect rates to continue to ease, which ⁤should help boost demand heading into the spring homebuying season.

Despite the easing mortgage rates, the housing market ⁤is​ still ​facing a demand-supply imbalance, with just ​1 million homes‍ on the market at the end of December. This is a 4.2% increase from a year earlier, but well below the monthly historical average of about 2.25 million. The available inventory at the end ⁣of last month amounts to a 3.2-month ⁣supply, down 3.5% from the previous month.

As a result, homebuyers are ‍likely to face intense ⁤competition for the relatively few homes on the market, which should keep pushing up prices.​ First-time homebuyers, in particular, are finding it ⁣challenging to enter ⁣the housing market, accounting for ‍just 29% of all homes sold last month, down⁣ from 31% in November and December 2022.

Despite these challenges, there is optimism that the housing market will begin⁣ to bounce back from its dismal showing in 2023. With mortgage rates expected to continue easing and more inventory expected to ⁣appear on the market in the upcoming​ months, there is hope for a turnaround in the housing market.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Disagree! Mortgage rates may be frustrating, but the low home sales can also be influenced by other factors like market trends and economic conditions.

  2. Agree! Mortgage rates play a significant role in the housing market, impacting affordability and buyer demand. It’s crucial for policymakers to address this issue to revive home sales and stabilize the market.

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