According to the Home Price Insights Report from CoreLogic, nationwide, home prices increased by 18% over the last 12 months. Those rising home prices can spark many questions for potential homebuyers, like why are they climbing so quickly and how long can this last?
Where Will Home Values Go From Here?
The dramatic rise in home prices is a direct result of more buyers in the market (demand) than houses available for sale (supply). When demand is high and supply is low like it is right now, prices naturally rise. But today’s buyers are wondering what the future holds. Will prices continue to rise with time, or should you expect them to fall? To answer that question, let’s first look at a few terms you may be hearing right now.
- Appreciation is an increase in the value of an asset.
- Depreciation is a decrease in the value of an asset.
- Deceleration is when something happens at a slower pace.
It’s important to note home prices have increased, or appreciated, for nearly 10 years now. According to Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst at Bankrate, home prices are projected to continue increasing, too:
“… Waiting in expectation that prices will fall seems unlikely to pay off.”
A Look at Expert Projections
The chart below shows 2022 price forecasts from various industry experts. The average of these projections indicates 5.1% home price appreciation in 2022. While this isn’t the record-breaking rate of over 18% appreciation from the past year, it’s a continued increase, just at a slower pace. This means experts forecast a deceleration in prices, but not depreciation. So, home prices are projected to continue increasing next year, and that’s a direct result of low supply and high demand. The good news for prospective buyers is you can rest assured your investment in your home will be an asset that increases in value over time, growing your net worth.
Don’t expect a drop in home prices next year – experts say it won’t happen. Instead, think about your homeownership goals and consider purchasing a home before prices rise further.