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ReMax CEO on the 2023 housing market, plus my thoughts

The following three paragraphs are from CEO of ReMax:

“I’m optimistic that 2023’s spring selling season will be a bright spot as levels of inflation get more under control.

There will still be extreme demand as new construction just can’t get out of the ground fast enough, and the Millennial home buyers, who make up a huge demographic, are primed to make their move.

According to a recent survey conducted by RE/MAX in partnership with SWNS Media Group, 84% of Gen Z, 79% of Millennials and 61% of survey respondents 77 or older plan to buy a house or condo in the next few years. In my opinion, 2023 will be a better year for housing than many people think, especially because we’ll no longer have year-over-year comparisons to 2021 – an historic outlier that made 2022 seem less than what it really was.”

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My thoughts specifically on the Massachusetts housing market

I agree with ReMax I think 2023 will be better for housing than most “housing experts” think. Rising interests is the wild card in making any predictions. If interest rates hover around 5% or less, we should be in good shape. However, if interest rates are 6% or higher that could have a big impact on first-time Boston condo buyers.

On the other hand, people are getting married, divorced, moving to care for aging family members, relocating for career opportunities and so on, every single day. And for those people, it’s less about the interest rate or mortgage rates that week and more about their present situation and whether they can afford a house that fits their needs.

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