Why I'm Confident The Housing Market Won't Crash In 2024

Charting Confidence: Richmond, VA Real Estate Market's Resilience in 2024

Introduction: Welcome back to Frequently Asked Friday, where we tackle the pressing questions on real estate. In today's video, we delve into the confidence of a real estate agent who firmly believes that Richmond, Virginia's real estate market won't face a crash in 2024. Let's break down the facts, figures, and forecasts to understand the reasoning behind this optimism.

Current Market Overview 

  • As of November 2023, Richmond experienced a staggering 8.7% year-over-year appreciation, surpassing national predictions.
  • The median days on market were merely 7 days, emphasizing the high demand, and homes were closing at 100% of the asking price in November 20

2024 Projections 

  • Six out of eight major forecasting bodies predict nominal appreciation in 2024.
  • Even the most pessimistic forecasts, from Zillow and realor.com, suggest minimal depreciation, with Zillow predicting 2% and realor.com 1.7%.
  • The agent emphasizes that even a slight depreciation doesn't necessarily equate to a market crash.

Macro and Microeconomic Factors

  • Macro Factor: Underbuilt New Construction 
    • The national housing market faces a 14-year trend of underbuilding new construction homes, leading to a supply-demand imbalance.
  • Micro Factor: Feeder Markets
    • Richmond's biggest feeder markets, Northern Virginia and the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut), are characterized by higher real estate prices.
    • The influx of residents from these areas is likely to continue, pushing Richmond's prices higher due to its affordability compared to their home regions.

Conclusion: In conclusion, the real estate agent's confidence is rooted in both macro and microeconomic factors. The underbuilt new construction at a national level and the consistent migration from higher-priced regions to Richmond contribute to a positive outlook for the local market. While predictions vary, the agent remains optimistic that the market's fundamentals will prevent a crash in 2024.

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