San Francisco 2023 December Real Estate Report

San Francisco 2023 December Real Estate Report

  • Alexander Fromm Lurie
  • 12/9/23

San Francisco Real Estate
December 2023 Report

A Sudden, Positive Shift in Economic Indicators

“For the third sixth straight week, mortgage rates trended down, as new data indicates that
inflationary pressures are receding. The combination of continued economic strength, lower
inflation and lower mortgage rates should likely bring more potential homebuyers into the
market.” Freddie Mac (FHLMC)

Stock and bond markets – which greatly impact household wealth, consumer confidence,
and interest rates – were generally characterized by deep pessimism in October, but with
significant changes in economic indicators such as inflation, and a continued pause in
benchmark rate increases by the Fed, financial markets abruptly shifted to enthusiastic
optimism in November. That translated into a dramatic plunge in mortgage rates, which has
caused mortgage applications to increase over recent weeks.

Since the homebuying process usually takes 30 to 60 days, from loan qualification and
making an offer to a closed sale, sales might see a bounce in December, or – since the mid-
winter holiday period typically sees the annual low point in new-listing (and thus sales)
activity – more likely in early 2024 (subject to these positive trends continuing).

In January 2023, buyer demand saw a substantial rebound due to a similar drop in interest
rates in late 2022.

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