The housing market is de facto beginning to really feel the ache of upper mortgage charges. At the moment I’d wish to unpack some contemporary October stats to indicate what I imply. I even have some ideas concerning the spring season when costs are dropping. Whether or not you’re native or not, I hope that is useful.

This submit is designed to skim rapidly or digest slowly.

UPCOMING (PUBLIC) SPEAKING GIGS:
11/4/22 Market replace in Roseville (actual property execs solely (particulars right here))
11/15/22 Sacramento Bee Q&A at 12pm (RSVP right here)
11/17/22 Honest Housing Lunch & Be taught (RSVP right here)
12/5/22 Protected Credit score Union webinar (particulars TBD)
1/18/23 WCR Market Replace in Cameron Park (particulars TBD)
1/19/23 Massive market replace at SAR on Zoom (particulars TBD)
1/23/23 Market replace with Joel & Mike (particulars TBD)

A 40% DROP IN VOLUME IS A SYMPTOM OF STRUGGLE

We’re seeing a lot of markets across the nation with dropping gross sales quantity, which is the byproduct of a fast change in affordability because of fee will increase. In Sacramento, quantity took a beating final month. We nonetheless want one other week earlier than solidifying numbers, however we’re going to be down about 40% or so from final 12 months. Be mindful most gross sales in October received into contract in September when charges had been at 6%, so being down 40% doesn’t even mirror 7% charges but. 

A bar chart to show October volume in Sacramento County over the past 20 years (it's especially low this year compared to all other years besides 2007))

NOVEMBER VOLUME WILL LIKELY BE WORSE

In October, pending contract quantity domestically has been down between 40% to 50% relying on the week in response to Redfin and Trendgraphix. This implies November closed gross sales quantity will presumably take a much bigger hit than October, which underscores charges at seven % are taking extra demand out of the market (thanks Captain Apparent). 

NOT ABOUT DOOM

By the best way, I’m not writing as a doom and gloom man. That is all about perspective fashioned by stats. It may not be simple for some to listen to, however I’m solely curious about speaking concerning the market that really exists. I’ve zero curiosity in selling a rosy narrative too.

NOT EASY FOR SELLERS TO ADJUST

Costs have modified so rapidly that it’s been powerful for sellers to adapt. I’ve had a number of conversations these days about sellers feeling regret for not accepting a suggestion within the spring or early summer season. One vendor now has a suggestion about $60,000 decrease than a suggestion made a number of months again. That’s not simple to swallow, however it’s the fact upon us. I’m not saying costs are down precisely $60,000 in all places both, however there was a notable drop (extra on that quickly).

PRICES FLIRTING WITH LAST YEAR

As I talked about a number of weeks in the past, it appears to be like like the median is about to dip under final 12 months. Thus far in Sacramento County the preliminary median worth for October is $1,000 under final 12 months on the similar time. It’s truthfully too early to tug the month-to-month median, so I’ll share a solidified model subsequent week. We’ll see how the numbers change between now and subsequent week.

By the best way, right here’s a thread with weekly worth graphs (as an alternative of month-to-month).

A line graph to show the median price for October compared to other years in Sacramento County (this graph basically shows the current median is touching last year at the same time).

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SPRING DURING A DECLINING MARKET?

Okay, now some fast ideas concerning the spring when house costs are declining. I feel a lot of persons are questioning what’s forward as 2023 begins. Briefly, not each spring market is similar, however when taking a look at declining years within the Nineties and 2000s, there are numerous years the place costs ticked up for a bit or regarded extra stage through the spring.

Seasonality doesn’t at all times disappear: The darker bars present the median worth from January to June, and in 2006, 2007, and 2008 there was a flat to barely up vibe for a number of months earlier than declines persevered after the early spring. After all, this may very well be because of bigger properties promoting within the spring, however even when that’s the case, it reveals seasonality isn’t at all times useless throughout declining years. We’ll see what occurs in 2023. It’s exhausting to foretell this 12 months as a result of we’re in a novel state of affairs with fast fee modifications.

A bar chart to show the median price change in 2005 through 2008. There are some dark bars that show the median price between January and June to help show whether the market shows any discernible difference in the spring season during a declining trend.

The Nineties: The spring worth pattern is a little more hit or miss within the 90s as typically costs clearly declined through the spring (black bars), however in different instances like 1994 there was a way more pronounced seasonal uptick.

A bar chart from 1990 to 1996 to help show the spring market. There are some dark bars between January and June to help show whether there is any effect in the median price during a decline trend.

Don’t get caught on costs: I feel the visuals above are actually fascinating, however they’re not the end-all graphs both as a result of they solely talk about worth. Like I at all times say, don’t get caught on costs alone as a result of gross sales quantity typically tells a extra compelling story. Anyway, I assume it’s ironic that I’m solely displaying costs right here, however I hope to share extra context forward. I’ve a lot of ideas about market cycles. The one factor I don’t have is historic information for quantity previous to 1998, so I’m open ears if somebody has a neighborhood supply for that.

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Questions: How are charges at 7% affecting consumers proper now? What stands out to you about my stats above? What did I miss? I’d love to listen to your take.

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