Amid The Costs of Residential Property in the US, Interest rates Remains Soaring

The housing market of the United States is accelerating sharply even amidst the covid-induced pandemic, with over 6 million homes being sold in last year. Despite it, the costs of housing properties pose to be sky-scraping with a continuing surge. This gush in price rate has become a national leaning since cities like Denver, Phoenix, San Diago, and Miami have seen year-over-year amplifications of 18.6, 30.2, 22.4, 18.8 percent, respectively. While the medium purchasing price was $416,900 last November, it has ascended around 25% than 2020’s February. Yet, the lowest increase of 11.5% was on the name of Chicago and Minneapolis.

In the recently released S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City index of the home price, an 18.4% increase than the previous year has been observed. This swell has indeed fulfilled economists’ expectations, although it has declared from 19.1% year-over-year increase in September. The housing market had already had a stronghold due to three significant reasons – limited supply of housing properties, minimal mortgage rates, and confined demand of consumers captivated due to the pandemic situation of last year. 

Being tired of the home detention because of last year’s lockdown and closure of working stations, many started looking for homes in suburban areas. This shift was initiated due to the appetite for more spaces and independence from the heaving apartments of cities. Regardless, a significant number of homeowners were seen apathetic to selling their houses during the pandemic. In unison, a propensity of developing new homes has also been observed amid a shortage of land, labor, and material.

While discussing this rise of housing costs and the market of the US, Craig Lazzara, S&P Dow Jones Indices managing director, stated that he is not certain about whether this tilt is an eccentricity or everlasting. 

Emphasizing the altered locational inclination for households because of the health-threatening pandemic as the core potency of the US housing market, he also mentioned the necessity of data in determining if the current surge will be witnessed over several upcoming years or not.

During the penultimate week of December 2021, the mortgage rate dropped to 3.05%, which happened to fixed-rate home loans (2.66%). It was signifying the concerning behavior of the credit market over the omicron variant. It was believed to lessen the economy’s growth and boost inflation in around 40 years.

On that very week, the National Association of Realtors indicated the increase in the sales of previously occupied residential properties for the third month in November. It seasonally attuned the 6.46 million’s annual rate. In addition, the county is also witnessing an augmentation in home rents.

According to Danielle Hale, the chief economist of, who foretells more increase in prices this year, first-time buyers will have to confront a unique challenge due to this situation, as they are far from benefiting. 

For maintaining this demand of purchasing, the companies utilizing technology and data of real estate have introduced bots for making automated selling offers on homes, making the selling process faster and more convenient. Still, consumers have shown skeptical approaches to them as of now. 

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