The Price Dilemma: Rethinking the Wait for Lower Home Prices [INFOGRAPHICS]

As the housing market evolves, the direction of home prices is a common concern. While prices have slightly decreased since their peak last June, there have been speculations of an imminent price crash. However, waiting for prices to drop significantly before buying a home may not be the most effective strategy.

Timing the market perfectly is challenging, and there is no guarantee that prices will decline substantially in the near future. It's important to consider other factors such as mortgage rates, your personal circumstances, and the availability of housing inventory. Additionally, purchasing a home should align with your long-term goals and provide a suitable living situation.

Working with a knowledgeable real estate professional can help you navigate the market and make informed decisions. They can provide insights into local market conditions, advise on pricing trends, and guide you through the homebuying process. Ultimately, it's important to focus on your specific needs and financial readiness rather than solely relying on predictions of future price changes.

A recent survey from Zonda shows 53% of millennials are still renting right now because they’re waiting for home prices to come down. But here’s the thing: the most recent data shows that home prices appear to have bottomed out and are now on the rise again. Selma Hepp, Chief Economist at CoreLogicreports:

“U.S. home prices rose by 0.8% in February . . . indicating that prices in most markets have already bottomed out.”

And the latest data from Black Knight shows the same shift. The graph below compares home price trends in November to those in February:

While there has been speculation about a potential price crash in the housing market, the current data and expert opinions suggest otherwise. Home prices have been increasing in many parts of the country, and projections indicate a steady rise with a return to more normal levels of appreciation in the future. It's important to work with a local real estate professional who can provide you with the latest insights and advice specific to your area. They can help you understand the trends, evaluate market conditions, and make informed decisions regarding your homebuying strategy.

Bottom Line

If you’re waiting to buy a home until prices come down, you may want to reconsider. Let’s connect to make sure you understand what’s happening in our local housing market.

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2
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2
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1,056
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
2
Days on Site
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$307,900
Neighborhood: Pine Hollow
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,112
Sq.Ft.
1992
Year Built
2
Days on Site
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$275,000
Neighborhood: Port Charlotte Sec 069
2
Beds
2
Baths
954
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
2
Days on Site
D6135119
MLS
$1,399,900
Neighborhood: Lemon Bay Estates
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,274
Sq.Ft.
1959
Year Built
2
Days on Site
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Neighborhood: Stillwater
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,718
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2008
Year Built
2
Days on Site
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MLS
$595,000
Neighborhood: Pelican Lndg/Charlotte Cnty
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Beds
2
Baths
1,150
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1981
Year Built
2
Days on Site
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$99,500
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2
Beds
1
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672
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1972
Year Built
2
Days on Site
D6135207
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$415,000
Neighborhood: Port Charlotte Sec 063
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,950
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
2
Days on Site
C7488662
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$398,000
Neighborhood: Stillwater
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,501
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
2
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D6135124
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$489,000
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3
Beds
2F11/2
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1,752
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2005
Year Built
2
Days on Site
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MLS
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3
Beds
2
Baths
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2
Days on Site
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MLS
$315,000
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Baths
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1981
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2
Days on Site
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