2024 Los Angeles Housing Market Forecast

Los Angeles Housing Market Forecast for 2024 

As we bid adieu to 2023, it's time to look back at the predictions, trends, and stories that shaped the Los Angeles housing market. Strap in for a rollercoaster of insights, anecdotes, and a sneak peek into what 2024 might hold.

Navigating the Shifting Tides: Reflecting on 2023 and Gazing into the Housing Market Future

The 2023 Crystal Ball: Did the Market Crash?

Since 2017, whispers of an imminent market crash echoed through the real estate landscape. Veteran agents with over 25 years of experience warned of a repeat of the 2008-2009 debacle. Homebuyers, fueled by memories of the past, hesitated, anticipating another bubble burst. However, contrary to the ominous prophecies, the housing market stood strong. Interest rates rose and then dipped, but the market weathered the storm. The buyer market remained robust, although some hesitated.  No one has a crystal ball to determine the future but let's discuss this further.

Trends that Defined 2023 

Interest Rates and the Writers Strike: A Symbiotic Dance

Interest rates played a pivotal role in shaping the dynamics of the Los Angeles housing market. The rise of rates during 2023 of rates impacted both buyers and sellers. The unexpected curveball came in the form of the writers' strike, injecting an element of fear into the hearts of those immersed in the real estate journey.

Fear and Hesitation: A Buyer's Dilemma

Consider an experience with one of my buyers who works in the studios. As the writers' strike cast a shadow of uncertainty, she found herself paralyzed by fear. Despite a secure position, the unpredictability led her to back off from buying a home right before the perfect home for her needs came to the market.  The strike impacted many buyers, forcing them to reevaluate their decisions amidst the market's unpredictability.

The Hardest Part of 2023: Patience Running Thin

For clients, the hardest part of 2023 was the premature surrender by some buyers. The perfect home often graced the market a mere month or two after individuals decided to step back, leaving them with regret lingering like an unwelcome guest.

Peering into 2024: Forecast and Foresee

What to Follow Closely: The Housing Market Pulse

In 2024, my commitment remains steadfast in unraveling the mysteries of the Los Angeles housing market. Crucial metrics such as inventory levels, days on market, demand, and price fluctuations will be scrutinized to empower both sellers and buyers with informed decision-making.

Best and Worst Scenarios: A Delicate Balance

In the best-case scenario, lowered interest rates stimulate sellers to list their homes, meeting the demand surge. However, if more baby boomers downsize, the increased inventory might be swiftly devoured by eager buyers. Conversely, the worst-case scenario unfolds with declining inventory, rising buyer demand, and a resurgence of frenzied market conditions akin to the COVID era.

Differentiation from Last Year: The Boomer Effect

Anticipating a shift from the previous year, the lowering interest rates might entice more baby boomers into the market. Downsizing and seeking their "forever" home for a post-retirement chapter could inject a substantial inventory boost. The potential windfall from home sales can fund their dreams and address the impending healthcare needs of this demographic.

Expert Opinions and Economic Trends

Home Price Appreciation and Affordability Challenges

Experts from Fannie Mae, MBA, and NAR predict continued home price appreciation nationally, particularly in luxury markets like Los Angeles. Affordability challenges persist due to pent-up demand, low inventory, and elevated mortgage rates.

Market Stability Amidst Challenges

Despite challenges, the likelihood of a housing market crash remains low. Foreclosure predictions for 2024 don't signal a tsunami of distress sales. Market stability, albeit with its nuances, seems to be the prevailing theme.

Conclusion: Navigating the Waves Ahead

As we sail into 2024, the housing market's script unfolds with a delicate balance of optimism and caution. The Los Angeles landscape may see shifts, but with careful navigation, both buyers and sellers can find their safe harbors. Stay tuned as we ride the waves together, unraveling the tales of a dynamic real estate journey in the City of Angels.

About the author:  Corrie Sommers a REALTOR®, selling real estate throughout Los Angeles. Corrie Sommers has been licensed in California since 2004, has a background in Finance; worked in the Mortgage Industry, Financial Planning, has trained real estate agents and currently mentors several agents.  Corrie lives in Los Angeles and helps home owners sells their homes throughout Los Angeles.    Corrie helps home buyers purchase homes in Los Angeles.

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