Analyst Note| Brian Bernard |
U.S. home sales slowed significantly in 2022 as rising mortgage rates and elevated home prices made homeownership less affordable for more Americans. By mid-2022, the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate had increased roughly 300 basis points year over year to over 6%. According to estimates from the National Association of Home Builders, this rate increase priced out more than 16 million households. We also think higher rates and general economic uncertainty caused some qualified prospective buyers to move to the sidelines. All told, 2022 new- and existing-home sales declined 17% and 18% year over year, respectively.