Boise Idaho Area Real Estate News & Market Trends

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Sept. 11, 2023

Why Idaho Home Prices Have Not Collapsed

Since early last year mortgage interest rates have doubled and everything has gotten more expensive, but why have home prices not just collapsed in the Boise Idaho area? Affordability conditions are the worst in many years.

Our local home prices did fall over the winter (they almost always do in the off-season), but then prices jumped 10.5% in Ada County and 8.2% in Canyon County just during the second quarter. Even after the great quarter, the median existing home price in Ada County was still down 9.3% year over year and Canyon County was down 8.2%.

Why such a small adjustment in prices in response to such major changes?

1) Nearly 30% of all homes nationwide are free & clear, no mortgage. Higher rates don't hurt them unless they move up.

2) Any homeowner who bought more than 2 years ago in the Boise area has huge equity. Ada County home prices are still 50% higher than when Covid hit 3 years ago and up 250% in the last 12 years. Most owners have massive equity that they can move to the next home. They won't need to borrow as much as new buyers do.

3) Any homeowner who bought more than 2 years ago also has a 3-4% interest rate and will be more reluctant to move to a 7% rate. This will help to keep inventory low and prop up prices for some time.

Most importantly we have low inventory- an ongoing housing shortage in SW Idaho after all the population growth. As of September, we have only a 1.5- month supply of homes based on the current pace of sales. This scarcity will support home prices until supply levels double or triple from here.

As of July 1st, our median home price of $480,800 was $66,000 below Salt Lake City, $55,000 below Reno and nearly $40,000 below Provo so why can't Boise home prices go higher? I think they will when mortgage rates settle back down.


Posted in Market Updates
Aug. 21, 2023

Mortgage Rates Hit 22 Year High

This is not just local news, but it is the biggest news in real estate right now. Last week mortgage rates rose to the highest level in 22 years! According to Freddie Mac's weekly survey of mortgage lenders, last week's average was 7.09%. I would understand if you decided to wait for awhile to see what happens with mortgage rates. However, rates could go higher! Freddie Mac Weekly Survey Mortgage Rates

This chart shows Freddie Mac's annual averages over the last 50 years and where we are now. Keep in mind that the 50-year average is 7.65% and we are still below that. Also, look at the size of the spike back in the 80's- the last time inflation was high. It dwarfs the current spike.

In my opinion, no one can predict mortgage rates, although many try. Some have predicted that mortgage rates will ease later this year, but they've only gone up recently, despite slowing inflation.

Inflation is slowing down, but the Fed seems focused on the strong job markets, low unemployment and rising wages and won't stop tightening until we are in a recession. Of course, the Fed does not directly set mortgage rates, but has a major effect on them. Mortgage rates usually rise in anticipation of a Fed rate hike.

Realtors say: "Buy the home, date the rate" for good reason. If you are ready to buy, you can always refinance later. Get a payment you can afford and start building equity because each payment reduces your principle faster on a mortgage.


Posted in Market Updates
July 31, 2017

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