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Housing Starts (Jul.)

Single-family housing starts fell for the fifth consecutive month in July, leaving them down by 25% from their high at the end of 2021. Leading indicators point to a much larger decline in the coming months. However, pent-up demand, tight supply and easing supply shortages will provide some support to starts, and we expect they will fall gradually to around 800,000 annualised by end-2022.  

16 August 2022

US Housing Market Outlook

Stretched affordability to hit sales and prices

Despite a reduction in our mortgage rate forecast, affordability is still set to be as stretched as it was during the mid-2000s housing boom. Alongside record-low homebuyer sentiment and a slowing economy, that means we have become more downbeat on housing activity this year. We now expect a 30% peak-to-trough fall in total home sales. The weaker outlook for new sales will weigh on single-family housing starts, which we think will end 2022 almost 35% below their end-2021 level. While tight markets and a lack of forced sellers will prevent a house price crash, we forecast that the annual growth rate will bottom out at -5% in mid-2023. From there, improving affordability will support a gradual recovery in activity and help price growth rise to 3% y/y by end-2024. Higher bond yields will also push apartment yields up a little this year and next. Coupled with a sharp slowdown in rental growth, that means we expect total annual returns to fall below 9% in 2022 and reach just 1.5% in 2023.

12 August 2022

US Housing Market Update

Higher rates to prevent rise in homeownership

The odds are stacking up against first-time buyers (FTBs), an important demographic for homeownership. A very limited number of starter homes on the market, higher interest rates, tight credit conditions and a weak outlook for new home sales all point to the rise in the homeownership rate in recent years coming to an end.

5 August 2022

Our view

Mortgage rates are rising and will reach 6.5% by mid-2023. As a result, mortgage payments as a share of income will exceed the peak seen in the mid-2000s. That will cut home sales, with existing sales ending 2022 more than 20% down from their end-2021 level. House prices will also decline as affordability constraints bite, but tight markets and a lack of forced sellers means we expect the drop to be relatively modest, with annual growth falling to -5% by mid-23. The lack of homes for sale has supported rental demand and led to a rapid recovery in rental growth, but affordability constraints mean demand for rental properties will slow, prompting rent growth to cool.

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