What Are the Experts Saying About Future Home Prices? | Keeping Current Matters

A worldwide pandemic and an economic recession have had a tremendous effect on the nation. The uncertainty brought about by both has made predicting consumer behavior nearly impossible. For that reason, forecasting home prices has become extremely difficult.

Normally, there’s a simple formula to determine the future price of any item: calculate the supply of that item in ratio to the demand for that item. In housing right now, demand far exceeds supply. Mortgage applications to buy a home just rose to the highest level in 11 years while inventory of homes for sale is at (or near) an all-time low. That would usually indicate strong appreciation for home values as we move throughout the year.

Some experts, however, are not convinced the current rush of purchasers is sustainable. Ralph McLaughlin, Chief Economist at Haus, explained in their June 2020 Hausing Market Forecast why there is concern:

“The upswing that we’ll see this summer is a result of pent-up demand from homebuyers and supply-in-progress from homebuilders that has simply been pushed off a few months. However, after this pent-up demand goes away, the true economic scarring due to the pandemic will begin to affect the housing market as the tide of pent-up demand goes out.”

The virus and other challenges currently impacting the industry have created a wide range of thoughts regarding the future of home prices. Here’s a list of analysts and their projections, from the lowest depreciation to the highest appreciation:

We can garner two important points from this list:

  1. There is no real consensus among the experts.
  2. No one projects prices to crash like they did in 2008.

Bottom Line

Whether you’re thinking of buying a home or selling your house, know that home prices will not change dramatically this year, even with all of the uncertainty we’ve faced in 2020.

$699,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,015
SQFT
707 Garfield St
Nashville, TN 37208
Homes At 1623 & 1625 7th A Subdivision
$799,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,245
SQFT
1620 4th Ave
Nashville, TN 37208
Fourth And Garfield Subdivision
$1,399,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,864
SQFT
20 Rutledge #302
Nashville, TN 37212
CityLights Subdivision
$659,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,912
SQFT
522 Garfield St #12
Nashville, TN 37208
Row At 6th And Garfield Subdivision
$724,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,764
SQFT
1028a 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Scarritt Place South Subdivision
$659,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,911
SQFT
518 Garfield Street #10
Nashville, TN 37208
Row At 6th And Garfield Subdivision
$850,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,203
SQFT
1114 Sigler St
Nashville, TN 37203
Maverick Row Subdivision
$509,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,295
SQFT
1803 Broadway #128
Nashville, TN 37203
Bristol On Broadway Subdivision
$850,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,291
SQFT
1116 Sigler St
Nashville, TN 37203
Maverick Row Subdivision
$389,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,152
SQFT
121 Academy Square
Nashville, TN 37210
Academy Square Subdivision
Price Change - 2 days ago
$374,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,152
SQFT
121 Academy Square
Nashville, TN 37210
Academy Square Subdivision
$385,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
864
SQFT
301 Demonbreun St #815
Nashville, TN 37201
Encore Subdivision
$799,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,105
SQFT
608 Madison Street #1
Nashville, TN 37208
Germantown/Elliott Subdivision
$999,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,729
SQFT
620 Madison Street
Nashville, TN 37208
Germantown/Elliott Subdivision
$417,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,979
SQFT
1720 Delta Ave
Nashville, TN 37208
The Artisan North Subdivision
$425,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,979
SQFT
1716 Delta Ave
Nashville, TN 37208
The Artisan North Subdivision
$1,339,000
Townhouse For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,692
SQFT
415 Monroe St
Nashville, TN 37208
Luxus Germantown Subdivision
$649,900
Townhouse For Sale
Active Under Contract
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,884
SQFT
510 Garfield St #6
Nashville, TN 37208
6th & Garfield Subdivision