Home prices in the U.S. continue to climb, alongside spiking mortgage rates, freezing increasingly more buyers out of markets, reported the Wall Street Journal.
The month of June was the most expensive month for purchasing a home in over 30 years as high prices and high mortgage rates made the market increasingly unaffordable for many while existing home sales continue to drop for the fifth month in a row.
The supply of homes, or the number of U.S. houses on the market, continues to be beneath historic average levels. It is expected to continue providing price pressures on the beleaguered market. Some elements might have peaked in recent weeks, such as mortgage rates, and home prices are expected to begin dropping in some high-demand areas, but continuing short supply is likely to prevent any significant price decreases.
“We’re not going to go back to 2019 prices,” Nicole Bachaud, an economist at Zillow, told WSJ. “Even if prices start to fall a little bit, it’s not going to be in any meaningful way that impacts affordability.”
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