Apr 22, 2022 - Economy & Business

Charted: This is not a buyer's market

Data: Redfin analysis of MLS data; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Redfin analysis of MLS data; Chart: Axios Visuals

The monthly mortgage payment on the median-priced home is up 38% from last year, according to a Redfin analysis, released on Thursday, of mortgage rates and MLS data on asking prices.

State of play: The housing boom is entering a different phase now. Where once, low mortgage rates helped offset surging home prices, now, fast-rising rates are putting homes further out of reach for buyers.

The bottom line: This is going to spook a lot of potential homebuyers and is a sign of cooling from the frenzy of the past couple of years. But because home inventories are still at record lows, don't expect prices to come down very much.

  • "[T]he housing market is still tilted further in sellers' favor than at any time in history," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather in a statement yesterday.
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