What’s the latest on home sales data & expert predictions?

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What’s the latest in home sales data & Fall market predictions?

Altos Research provided their weekly update on home sales data, and it indicates a slow market, but not a frozen one. U.S. available home inventory is over 500,000 units nationally, and that’s about as high as the numbers have been all year. Inventory is still lower than it’s been in year’s past but appears to be thawing a little.

The most interesting observation is that the research from Altos shows that consumers are more sensitive to rate changes than they are to high rates, and it shows in the data. Whenever there’s been a spike in mortgage rates to the upside or downside, there’s been a reaction in inventory. When rates stay within a standard deviation or two, there isn’t nearly as much volatility in market inventory.

When it comes to home sales, Altos believes that we may see growth in year-over-year data in October. The reasoning is that the market conditions last year were so poor that this year’s should be higher if they just hold steady.

When it comes to home price data, Altos is predicting that, based on current data, home prices in 2024 are likely to stay flat. Certain metro areas may see increases and decreases, but the national average should be comparable to the 2023 metrics.

How does the U.S. housing market compare to Canada?

Do you think the housing market is a bit unpredictable in the U.S.? Ben Carlson from A Wealth of Common Sense compared home prices in the two neighboring countries, and the Canadians have a housing market that is far tougher than the market in the U.S.

Canadian housing prices have dropped a bit from their peak in 2021, but they would still have to fall an additional 40% from current levels to get back in line with the growth in the U.S. housing market.

While the current U.S. housing market may be a challenge to navigate, it looks like a picnic compared to what our neighbors in the north have to deal with.

How can I upgrade my bathroom to the next level?

Realtor.com took a look at a few wild bathroom upgrades from TikTok that may be features you didn’t know you needed….or that these were even possible.

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