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Robert Whitelaw, Realtor®

Robert Whitelaw, Realtor®

Published:Oct 25, 2023

Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Robert has helped clients successfully buy, sell and invest in real estate throughout Santa Clara County. Robert uses his local market knowledge to help clients across Silicon Valley!

As interest rates snuggle up to 8%, we find ourselves in a place that we have not been in 23 years!


qualified buyer interest rates​The Status Quo

An entire generation of business people, home buyers and home sellers have become comfortable with interest rates in the sub 5% range. Despite the longer history of rates being higher on average, buyers are not willing to jump into to days market. With this higher rate, the number of buyers willing to jump in will drop.

Prices Are Likely To Give

If we stick to basics, it is about supply and demand. With interest rates on the rise, which reduces the number of buyers in the marketplace – that should result in a drop in prices, assuming that the inventory does not also drop to match demand. This is what happened with the last drop in buyer interest. There were fewer buyers, but the inventory dropped by more than buyer participation.

Pressure On Sellers

The factor that might just change it all is the economic pressure on home owners. That was the missing element last time around. However, if more homeowners end up in a position where they need to sell, rather than it being a choice – that would boost inventory and ultimately lead to lower prices.

So What Might Put Pressure On Sellers

We touch on it in todays podcast. There are many things happening that spell tougher economic times ahead. Huge auto loan defaults, indicators of recession continue to build.

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NAR Settlement – For Buyers and Sellers

The NAR settlement, once it is approved, is set to go into effect in the middle of July 2024. This will completely change how Buyers agent are compensated and we can count on chaos while the systems adjust to the new reality.

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