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The U.S. housing market to see second biggest correction of the post-WWII era—when to expect the home price bottom

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Homebuilders and economists alike witnessed the rise of the housing bubble of the 2000s. Their reason is that, at the time, house prices hadn’t really fallen since the Great Depression.

“I think the religion that people had from 1946 to 2008 that house prices were always going up is dead. My parents believed it was literally unthinkable. [home] Prices will go down.” Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said: luck.

Of course, this “religion” collapsed after the bursting housing bubble caused US house prices to plunge by a staggering 27% from 2006 to 2012. Builders and flippers started lowering prices earlier than this because they knew house prices could actually fall, he says. around time. when the market shiftsthey wanted to get out first.

“everyone [are] respond [in 2022] It’s almost PTSD by then, and they’re pulled back much more quickly,” says Kelman.

As of August, Delayed Case-Shiller exponent showed that US house prices have fallen 1.3% from their June 2022 peak. This is the first decline since 2012 and is likely much lower than the actual decline. On Friday, Black KnightThis is the largest decline in home wealth ever recorded ($1.3 trillion) and the largest rate of decline since 2009.

How far will housing prices fall? It depends who you ask.

researchers in goldman sachs US house prices expected to fall between 5% and 10% From peak to valley— Their official forecast model predicts a 7.6% declineIf realized, it would surpass the 2.2% decline between May 1990 and April 1991. That makes this ongoing correction his second largest decline in house prices since World War II.

“Goldman Sachs Research economists say there is a risk that the housing market will fall further than models suggest, based on house price momentum and signals from home affordability.” Writing on the Goldman Sachs website.

That said, it could be a while before house prices hit bottom. In fact, in Goldman Sachs’ model, he estimates that US house prices won’t reach that level until March 2024.

researchers in Moody’s Analytics are a little more bearish.

US house prices forecast to fall 10% from peak to troughprices will bottom out in the second half of 2025. However, if a recession hits, Moody’s Analytics expects a larger drop of 15% to 20% from peak to trough.

Of course, when the group says “U.S. house prices,” they’re talking about the national aggregate.of merry market Like Boise and Nashville, Moody’s forecasts declines of around 20%. Meanwhile, in Chicago, which was a relatively benign market during the boom, he expects home prices to fall less than 3.6%. (You can find forecasts for 322 markets here).

Why are house prices already starting to rise?what it boils down to luck call Squeezed Affordability. Soaring mortgage rates Combined with a historic 43% rise in U.S. home prices over the period, pandemic housing boom We simply make monthly payments that exceed what many potential borrowers can afford.

Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandy believes the ongoing housing adjustment will help. national housing fundamentals We are back in line with historical standards.

“We were overvalued before prices started to fall. [nationally] about 25%. Now, this means that prices will normalize. Affordable prices are restored.of [housing] After this process is over, the market won’t be overvalued,” says Zandi.

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