According to a survey done by Realtor.com, 46% of potential house buyers said they were planning on purchasing a home within the next six months. This study looked at those who accessed listings and search results of homes on the site. The survey justifies that although we look like we are in a recession and the 30-year fixed mortgage rate is close to 6%, this is not detouring buyers in the market. This share of buyers reported is actually higher than reported in 2019 even with mortgage rates reaching the highest level since 2008 and home prices increasing.
Many potential home buyers are looking at the market as an advantage. Rising inventory levels are bringing more options for buyers to find a home within their budget. It is reported that two in five buyers feel that the U.S. economy is already in a recession but it will have no effect on their decision to purchase a home in the near future. Close to 27% of home buyers are more likely to purchase while the economy is in a recession. This figure is up 24% from what was reported in 2021 although there are many potential home buyers that are scared of the current market. In fact, the share of buyers who say they are more than likely not going to purchase a home during a recession rose from 5% to 6.5% this year.
The housing market is definitely tipping the scale from a sellers’ market over to a buyers’ market. Those in the industry said there are fewer buyers who are being outbid going from 12.6% to 9.4% from this spring to summer. The share of buyers who report being overbid on a home has decreased as the market has begun to correct itself
Even though there are home buyers who are willing to purchase in an uncertain economic time, it is still a sellers’ market. Twelve percent of first-time homebuyers are still being outbid in today’s market. Two in five first-time home buyers are also having a hard time finding a home within their budget. Currently, the median price of homes in the U.S. was $435,0000 according to Reatlor.com. This summer was at an all-time high of $450,000! Twenty percent of first-time homebuyers also said they are having a hard time buying because of their credit score.
If you are a first-time homebuyer or in the market to purchase a home, you will want to work with a local real estate agent who can help you navigate these uncertain waters. A local agent can help you find a home in your price range in your desired area.