Home Values to Rise 6.5% Over Next Year, Zillow Report Says

Home values have bottomed out, says Zillow, and home sales will decrease amid a tight market.

A for sale sign in front of a townhouse on a city street.
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Just when U.S. home values seem impossibly unaffordable, Zillow revised its forecast to reflect even higher prices to come. The company predicted that its national Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) will jump 6.5% from July 2023 through July 2024.  

Home values surge in a tight market 

Zillow credits several factors for driving home price growth over the next year. First, rising mortgage rates increase monthly payments for would-be homeowners in a market that has adapted to low mortgage rates. The average 30-year fixed rate mortgage reached 7.23% last week, the highest rate since the year 2000, according to data from Freddie Mac. The Federal Reserve Board meets again on September 20, and mortgage rates could hold steady or decline slightly if the Fed decides against another rate hike. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, however, has indicated that he is prepared to raise rates if needed. The central bank raised the fed funds rate, a key overnight bank lending rate, by a quarter-percentage point, to a range of 5.25% to 5.50% as of the last Fed meeting in July.

Graph showing forecasted growth in Zillow Home Value Index for the remainer of 2023.

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It’s no secret that tight inventory is also driving up home values. Zillow forecasts that 2023 home sales will hit 4.2 million, representing a 17% decline from 2022. And when compared to pre-pandemic inventory, the picture looks even more discouraging for home buyers. This lack of available housing translates into faster sales; homes for sale in July 2023 went under contract in only 12 days, compared to about 22 days in 2019.

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Forecasts can be wrong, of course. In fact, Kiplinger’s economic forecasting team is more bearish than Zillow, predicting that high mortgage rates will drive housing price declines over the next few months. 

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Ellen Kennedy
Personal Finance Editor, Kiplinger.com

Ellen writes and edits personal finance stories, especially on credit cards and related products. She also covers the nexus between sustainability and personal finance. She was a manager and sustainability analyst at Calvert Investments for 15 years, focusing on climate change and consumer staples. She served on the sustainability councils of several Fortune 500 companies and led corporate engagements. Before joining Calvert, Ellen was a program officer for Winrock International, managing loans to alternative energy projects in Latin America. She earned a master’s from the U.C. Berkeley in international relations and Latin America.