March 11

Will the Housing Market Bloom This Spring?

Spring is almost here, and many are wondering what it will bring for the housing market. Even though the pandemic continues on, it’s certain to be very different from the spring we experienced at this time last year. Here’s what a few industry experts have to say about the housing market and how it will bloom this season.

Danielle Hale, Chief

“Despite early weakness, we expect to see new listings grow in March and April as they traditionally do heading into spring, and last year’s extraordinarily low new listings comparison point will mean year over year gains. One other potential bright spot for would-be homebuyers, new construction, which has risen at a year over year pace of 20% or more for the last few months, will provide additional for-sale inventory relief.”

Ali Wolf, Chief Economist, Zonda:

“Some people will feel comfortable listing their home during the first half of 2021. Others will want to wait until the vaccines are widely distributed. This suggests more inventory will be for sale in late 2021 and into the spring selling season in 2022.”

Freddie Mac:

“Since reaching a low point in January, mortgage rates have risen by more than 30 basis points… However, the rise in mortgage rates over the next couple of months is likely to be more muted in comparison to the last few weeks, and we expect a strong spring sales season.”

Mark Fleming, Chief Economist, First American:

“As the housing market heads into the spring home buying season, the ongoing supply and demand imbalance all but assures more house price growth…Many find it hard to believe, but housing is actually undervalued in most markets and the gap between house-buying power and sale prices indicates there’s room for further house price growth in the months to come.”

Bottom Line

The experts are very optimistic about the housing market right now. If you pressed pause on your real estate plans over the winter, let’s chat to determine how you can re-engage in the homebuying process this spring.


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  1. I’ve been keeping my eye on the housing market for over a decade now, so I think I’m able to call myself an expert. A hundred percent agree with Danielle Hale, that last year's listings were dramatically low; I suppose it’s all because of how shocked everyone was with this pandemic situation and everything being shut down also plays a role in these statistics. But I can’t agree with Mr. Fleming, buying a house is nearly impossible for over half of Americans, so how is it possible that there’s still a big gap between supply and demand?

  2. This is a really great comparison. Some of these markets are in BIG bubbles. I’d love to see an overlay of those markets that Zillow is actively buying homes in. They are the biggest speculators of all.

  3. For several buyers, higher mortgage rates mean they can no more afford homes in particular price ranges. The issue is that even humble single-family homes charges despite the fact luxurious pads did a few years ago, so buyers are bogged down either waiting for more roll to come online or moving to a more fair area. And there are several more who are wishing prices will come down but that might not occur anytime soon. If you’re waiting for charges to instantly fall headlong to what they were in the past, you’re making a miscalculation. The Fed has undertaken another interest rate rise. If you’re all set to purchase, don’t wait since the prices aren’t directed hysterically downwards to what our parents paid. Things might immerse a bit, but there’s no cliff dive that’s going to take place. The basic supply and demand variation in the housing market has caused most professionals to predict higher home prices completely the rest of the year.

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