Real Estate Outlook for 2024: Identifying Cities with Soaring and Plummeting Property Values

Lisa Mailhot  |  January 19, 2024

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Real Estate Outlook for 2024: Identifying Cities with Soaring and Plummeting Property Values

 

The real estate market in 2023 presented formidable challenges for home buyers, characterized by soaring mortgage rates and record-high home prices. However, 2024 promises a mixed bag of trends, with certain U.S. cities anticipating notable price increases, while others may face declines.

Nationally, a modest appreciation of 2.5% in home prices is expected. Yet, in stark contrast, 20 cities are forecasted to experience growth at least double this rate. This projection comes amidst a backdrop where only 16% of homes were deemed affordable for the typical buyer last year, a significant drop from around 40% before 2022. The rise in mortgage rates, in response to the Federal Reserve's policies to counter inflation, has been a key factor in this shift.

Interestingly, despite higher financing costs traditionally dampening home prices, 2023 saw a surge due to fierce competition over limited housing inventory. This trend underlines the strong, ongoing demand driving the real estate market.

Where home prices could jump in 2024

From Alaska to Arizona, various cities are set to witness considerable price jumps. Remarkably, five Californian and four Washington state cities are in this group. Topping this list is Redding, California, with an anticipated 7.3% increase in home values. Redding, a Northern Californian city with around 90,000 residents, currently has a median home price of approximately $375,000.

 

Where prices could fall

Conversely, certain cities, especially those that experienced significant price hikes during the pandemic, are now at risk of a downturn. For instance, in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area of Florida, housing costs have escalated by 72% since early 2020. Notably, four of the five cities most likely to see sharp price declines are in Florida, with one in Georgia.

Bottomline

As we navigate this complex and evolving real estate landscape, it's crucial for buyers and sellers to stay informed and adapt their strategies accordingly. While some areas offer promising opportunities for growth, others require caution due to potential price corrections.

If you're considering a move to Orange County or seeking guidance in this dynamic market, let's connect. Together, we can explore your options and find the best path forward in 2024's real estate journey.

 

 

Reference: Picchi, Aimee. "Here are the 20 cities where home prices could see the biggest gains in 2024 — and where prices could fall." Moneywatch, CBS News, 16 Jan. 2024.


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