Headline RoundupDecember 8th, 2023

High Costs, Low Supply: What's Causing the Housing Market Slump?

Summary from the AllSides News Team

What’s causing the housing market slump? 

“Loop of Hesitation”: An analysis in The Dispatch (Lean Right bias) described the housing market as caught in a “loop of hesitation” as prospective buyers and sellers wait for each other to make the first move. This puts the market in a “holding pattern, with participants eagerly monitoring the possibility of major shifts in broader market indicators.” The analysis refrains from predicting what 2024 has in store, concluding, “housing market forecasts can resemble predictions for next month’s weather—educated guesses with a shaky track record.”

“Unwilling to Move”: A Wall Street Journal (Center bias) article attributed high prices primarily to interest rates, stating, “Current homeowners, carrying mortgages that are far below today’s rates, are unwilling to move.” But the article also determined a two-point drop in interest rates would still put housing costs “nearly 25% beyond affordable.” The article states that housing prices might be “destined to tread water for a number of years” but also speculates prices may drop “once supply starts to come back.”

High Costs, Low Supply: An article from NBC News (Lean Left bias) attributed the housing slump to “high prices, high borrowing costs and a low supply of available homes.” The rising cost of housing coincides with record inflation that has “cut into the purchasing power of most households.” The Federal Reserve’s efforts to combat inflation by raising interest rates have raised the cost of borrowing money, which has impacted potential buyers “who would purchase using mortgages.”

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