So here we are in 2022 after another crazy year of tight inventory and escalating prices. According to a Charlotte Business Journal article and the Case-Shiller index, annual home-price gains in the Charlotte metro were up over 20% in October. They have been up 20%+ for the fourth month in a row! Charlotte’s results ranked 8Th amongst 20 metro areas in this analysis, so things are crazy everywhere. According to Redfin, home prices reached an all-time high of $361,171 at the end of the year while the number of homes sold fell to a record low thanks to a continuing lack of inventory.
What do these numbers suggest for 2022? Well, it is clear that the housing markets are driven to some degree by location preferences thanks to a willingness of businesses to allow their employees to work remotely during the COVID pandemic. But how permanent will those changes be? I think it may be revealed this year.
Regardless, the Realtor.com forecast for the Charlotte market in 2022 calls for an increase in median home prices of 5.6% and an increase in sales of 9.9% with an eye to the following trends:
- Competition by millennials as first- time buyers thru 2025
- Mixed affordability
- Opportunities created by shifting workplace dynamics
- New demand for indoor and outdoor spaces thanks to COVID
- And homeowner diversity
Stay tuned – Wood Williams Realty has some fun news to bring you later this month!