2024 Orange County Real Estate Market Forecast: Will it Be a Soft Landing or a Recession?

Lisa Mailhot  |  January 3, 2024


2024 Orange County Real Estate Market Forecast: Will it Be a Soft Landing or a Recession?


As we step into 2024, the question on everyone's minds in the real estate world is whether Orange County will experience a soft landing or a recession in the near future. The economic landscape can be uncertain, but staying informed is key for buyers and sellers alike. In this blog, we delve into the insights and analysis of industry experts to shed light on what might lie ahead for the Orange County real estate market.

Defining a Recession

Before we dive into the predictions, let's clarify what a recession means. Generally, it's characterized by two consecutive quarters of shrinking Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, in 2023, GDP showed growth, and the current projections indicate further growth. So, by this definition, Orange County isn't showing immediate signs of a recession.

Soft Landing: A Viable Scenario?

Economists like Princeton's Alan Blinder use specific criteria to define a soft landing, which includes a minimal decline in GDP or the absence of an official recession declaration after a year of federal rate hikes. Some argue that we could be headed for a soft landing in 2024, considering the overall economic climate and policies in place.


The Debate: Recession vs. Soft Landing

On one hand, there are arguments for a recession, highlighting that indicators of economic downturns may already be in place but not fully evaluated yet. The lag time associated with Federal Rate Hikes is a point of concern, as it can take up to 24 months to affect the economy fully.

On the other hand, proponents of a soft landing point to job openings and vacancies, which could contribute to cooling down the labor market without causing a recession. Increased productivity and the success of certain economic policies also favor a soft landing scenario.

Looking Ahead

The fact that fewer experts are mentioning the word "recession" suggests that a soft landing is still highly possible in 2024. This bodes well for Orange County's real estate market, which has been robust in recent years. While there may be growing pains along the way, a short-term recession may not necessarily have a long-lasting impact on the housing market.

So, whether you're a buyer or a seller in Orange County, it's essential to stay informed and be prepared for various economic scenarios. The key is to remain flexible and adapt to the changing landscape. If you're considering a move in Orange County this year, let's connect. Together, we can navigate the market and make informed decisions for your real estate goals.


Reference: Associated Press. (2024, January 2). "Soft landing in 2024? Or a hard recessionary crash?" by Christopher Alarcon | Wealth of Geeks.

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