What is causing more buyers in the current housing market?
The competition between buyers is slowing causing an increase in buyer activity.
In the second quarter of 2022 there was a increase to 49% in the share of prospective home buyers who are actively seeking a home to purchase. This comes after a decline for three straight quarters in a row. Rising interest rates have pushed many prospective home buyers righ tout of the market.
According to the NAHB’s Housing Trends Report each region saw a different share of prospective home buyers who are actively searching for a home to purchase. The South was the only region that did not see a rise. As for the remaining three, the Northeast went from 50% in the first quarter to 54% in the second quarter, the Midwest went from 40% in the first quarter to 51% in the second quarter and the West saw an increase of 57% in the second quarter from the 46% that was reported in Quarter one.
The housing market has also seen a rise in availability expextations. We have seen a fall for the last five consecutive quarters so this is good news as it grew from 17% to 22% between the first and second quarter of this year. Along with availability expectations affordability expectations also increased. This has been the first increase since 2020 going from 19% to 23% from the first quarter to the second quarter.