Good News for Homebuyers: Lower Mortgage Rates Pave the Way for a Better 2024!
The latest in housing trends for 2024! Lower mortgage rates bring hope for homebuyers. The shifts and opportunities in the real estate market await.
Good news for potential homebuyers! The housing market is looking up for 2024 after a rollercoaster of record-high interest rates and skyrocketing home prices. In December, the average mortgage rates dropped below 7%, offering a sigh of relief to those dreaming of a new home.
Last week, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 6.95%, down from 7.03%, while the 15-year fixed rate slightly rose to 6.38%. This means more room in your budget when it comes to making those mortgage payments, according to Jessica Lautz, the Deputy Chief at the National Association of Realtors.
Experts predict that interest and mortgage rates will continue to slide, giving people a bit more financial flexibility. Nicole Bachaud, a senior economist at Zillow, mentions that with lower rates, homebuilders will find it easier to borrow money to construct more homes. This increase in supply should help tackle the current housing shortage.
However, don't break out the celebration just yet. While the trend is positive, affordability remains a hurdle. Home prices are expected to stay relatively steady nationally. In 2023, homes were a whopping 52% more expensive than rentals, making renting a more attractive option.
The rental market is buzzing, especially in commutable areas like New York City. Zumper's Annual Rent Report for 2023 shows that high costs in the buying market have led many to delay homeownership, pushing the typical age of renters and first-time homeowners upward.
Yet, the American Dream of owning a home is very much alive. Jessica Lautz stresses that homeownership is a key way to build wealth in America. As we navigate these changes, first-time homebuyers are encouraged to consider entering the market early in 2024. With lower rates and potential bidding wars, the timing might be just right.
The National Association of Realtors predicts an average mortgage interest rate of 6.3% and a modest 0.9% increase in home prices for 2024. As the housing landscape evolves, so does the journey toward homeownership, adapting to shifting market conditions. Exciting times are ahead!