The housing marketplace may be in a slowdown but home prices remain high. Two-thirds of Americans are expecting it to crash, according to one report.

The particular annual house buyer report by NerdWallet, which surveyed over 2, 000 adults in the particular U. S. in December, revealed that 67% of People in america believe a housing market crash “is imminent within the next three years. ”

The fears are understandable, but unlikely, the statement added. Home prices have already begun to fall in some cities , “but a drop within home prices isn’t necessarily a crash, ” said Holden Lewis, home and mortgages expert at NerdWallet.  

A recent record by Redfin   RDFN, +19. 74% , which tracked home-sale costs for the four weeks ending Jan. 15, found that the median price of a house sold in the particular U. H. was actually up 0. 9% from a year ago, at $350, 250.

Prices of homes sold fell on a year-over-year basis in 18 associated with the 50 most populous metro areas in the U. T. San Francisco led the way: selling prices there were down 10. 1% from the year earlier. In San Jose, Calif., prices dropped by 6. 7%. Austin, Texas, saw home-sale prices drop by 5. 5%, and Detroit by 4. 3%.

But those declines also came after double-digit percentage increases in house costs during the pandemic.

Wants to buy a house

Overall, home ownership is still a big milestone for the survey respondents. According to NerdWallet, 83% said that will buying a home “is the priority. ”

Some 11%, said they plan in order to buy a house within the next 12 months. Among this group, they planned to spend roughly $270, 000.

(The typical price of an existing house was $366, 900 keep away from 2022, according to the National Realtors Association. ) 

Can’t buy a house

Yet the couple of factors are holding buyers back, the particular survey stated.

For instance, 32% of study respondents mentioned they “feel worse” about their ability to buy in 2023 versus last year, which is up from 25% a year back.

The biggest three reasons given were because of the worsening economy, due to higher mortgage rates, and because associated with high home prices.

The gloomy economic outlook, through layoffs in the tech plus financial sectors to widespread conversations about a recession, will be preventing some people from buying homes.

That’s even as the unemployment rate with regard to December hovers at a few. 5%. Notable job gains occurred within leisure and hospitality, health care, construction, and social assistance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

Based on NerdWallet, 26% of those who had been unsuccessful in purchasing a home in 2022 canceled or postponed their plans because they couldn’t afford it anymore.

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