It’s no secret that there is a lack of housing supply in many parts of the United States.
It’s been worsening for years and doesn’t seem to be getting better.
Despite the increasing demand, there just isn’t enough supply to meet the needs of everyone who wants to buy a house.
This has led to rapidly escalating prices, making it increasingly difficult for average people to afford a home.
Some are hoping that 2022 will bring a much-needed fix to this problem. But what can be done? And will it make a difference?
Will Home Prices Rise in 2022?
If you’re like me, you’ve been paying close attention to what’s happening with real estate across America.
The newspapers are full of stories about skyrocketing prices and fear of another bubble.
It wasn’t too long ago when over-the-top home values were calling into question the housing market’s health.
The reasoning was that if homes lost value, lenders suffered, and then banks would fail – just like they did during the Great Recession.
With unemployment rates at historic lows, it’s easy to see why home prices increase. As more people are employed, there’s a greater need for living space which drives up demand and price.
But how much can home prices continue to rise? And should you cash in on your place while you still have equity or ride out the wave of appreciation to enjoy higher returns?
According to a recently released report from Zillow, home values are expected to continue strengthening in the years ahead.
The Seattle-based real estate marketplace reports that home values will likely rise by 11 percent.
As for rental rates, renters can expect an increase of 2.5 percent over the same period.
Housing Market Predictions This 2022
The housing market is always a hot topic of conversation and for a good reason. It can have a significant impact on the economy as a whole.
So what does the future hold for the housing market? Here are some of my predictions for 2022.
1. Home Value Growth Will Increase
As mentioned above, home values will grow by 11% annually through 2022.
That means that if your household income does not increase at least 2% annually, then it might be more financially feasible for you to wait until 2024, when the housing market has cooled down, and homes become cheaper again.
2. Secondary Cities in Growth Areas Will Experience Rapid Price Appreciation
Based on my observations, the secondary cities may also become hot spots for investment after primary cities reach their peak prices.
To decide which places should be included as secondary cities, you need to consider the distance from primary cities and their closeness to raw land.
3. More Gen Zers and Millennials Will Buy a ‘Second Home’ Before a Primary Residence
The number of people who prefer to buy a second home before getting married and moving out is expected to rise in 2022.
Since there are lots of Gen Zers and millennials, ‘empty nesters’ will be crowded in the real estate market, making prices skyrocket.
Should You Buy a Home Now or Wait?
If you are thinking about buying a home now or within the next couple of years, it’s important to consider all factors before taking the plunge. I think buying a home now is a good decision. Why?
- Home Prices Are on the Rise
While it is true that there was a housing correction that took place years ago, home prices have been steadily rising over the past few years.
The matter is that the demand for homes in many areas is so high right now that it may be difficult to find a good deal.
- Homes Become Less Affordable as Prices Rise
Homes will only get more expensive over time if demand stays high and interest rates increase.
Although home affordability has recently reached its lowest point in years, likely, it won’t stay at this level for much longer if prices keep rising.
If you’re like most people, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Hey, it’s 2022 already! Where’s my flying car?”
But while the future may not have delivered on all of its promises just yet, there is one thing we can say for sure: the housing crisis isn’t going away.
Despite increasing demand and population growth, the rate of new housing construction continues to lag, resulting in an ever-widening affordability gap.
So what can be done to address this critical issue? Unfortunately, there is no easy fix.