The housing market in the United States has lost $2.3 trillion in value, the largest loss since the global financial crisis of 2008. According to data from real estate brokerage Redfin, the total value of U.S. homes dropped by 4.9%, after reaching a peak of $47.7 trillion in June of last year.
This is the largest percentage decline in almost fifteen years, when home values dropped by 5.8%.
It is clear that a weakening demand has led to a decline in the U.S. housing market’s overall value. After reaching a high of $433,133 in May of 2022, the median sale price of a home in the United States dropped 11.5% to $383,249 last month. However, it is still up compared to the corresponding month last year.
Rising mortgage rates, a result of the Federal Reserve’s effort to curb inflation, are seen as a main contributor to the decline in homebuyer demand. In December, a typical fixed 30-year mortgage rate was 6.36%, almost double the rate that was available at the start of the year.
It’s important to remember that this dynamic isn’t even close to being on par with the speculative idea of a crash in the real estate market. Experts say that even though home prices have fallen, homeowners have still greatly benefited from the surge in demand that occurred during the pandemic. Since February 2020, the housing market’s value has increased by $13 trillion. Therefore, it would be incorrect to say that home values are decreasing, as they increased by 6.5% in December 2022 compared to the same month the previous year.
Having said that, analysts will be keeping a close eye on the latest developments in the coming months as they may be an indicator of a potential economic slowdown in the United States.