Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future,” and physicist Neils Bohr said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future!” So there is a solid consensus that predicting the future is not for the weak of heart. In January, however, we are often asked what we think the real estate market is going to do in the coming year. Going against the advice of both Yogi Berra and Neils Bohr, we are going to make our predictions for 2023 and invite you to join us with your own predictions. 

With respect to Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, authors of This Time is Different, we believe that the current market situation is different from the real estate crash of 2008 (the book is long, but a good read for investors). We feel this way for several reasons. The mortgage underwriting for buyers has been and continues to be much more consistent and, thankfully, the stated income “liar loans” have not come back. The months’ supply of inventory is still close to historical lows at 1.27 months. Remember an average months’ supply is five to seven months, and real estate just like any other market is all about supply and demand. So while we think the number of settled sales will be lower in 2023 than it was in 2022, don’t expect the median sales price to change much. 

Now it is your turn. Reply back to this email with your prediction of what the median sales price and number of settled sales will be for 2023. We will make a $100 donation in your honor to the charity of your choice for the guesses closest to each of the numbers. We think that this chart, courtesy of the Real Estate Information Network (REIN), will be helpful in your efforts to answer the trivia question and have a frame of reference for our predictions. It shows the number of settled sales (homes sold), along with the median sale price, and the household income from 1997-2022.

Every situation is different, so give us a call (757-726-7653 for Lee, 757-434-9084 for Harry) or reply back to this email, and we will be happy to talk through your individual situation. Don’t forget to email us back with your guess for the 2023 median sale price and the total number of sales. 

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What’s Happening in Suffolk

Shine: An Exhibit at the Suffolk Center

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Exhibit of Excellence: Suffolk Student Art 2023

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Harlem Nights: A Jazz Social

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Paws for the Arts

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The Chris Michael Experience

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39th Annual Antique Show & Sale

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