Reasons Inflation Will Cause Housing Market Prices to Fall 

Over the pandemic, the US government fought hard to avoid financial fallout and lower economic output by boosting the economy with stimulus checks and financial support measures.

However, the result was that inflation started to get out of control. Here are reasons why this could mean there’s might be a fall in housing market prices.

The biggest reason for the link between rising inflation and falling prices in the housing market isn’t due to the inflation itself — instead, it’s the reaction to the inflation. No government will be happy to sit back and watch inflation destroy its country, so we’ve seen the Fed increase its funds rate recently.

More Expensive Mortgages

When the funds rate is higher, it affects banks, so other interest rates rise to compensate, including mortgage rates. This all helps to discourage borrowing and spending, keeping inflation low — and possibly even resulting in deflation, which is why it could result in lower house prices.

As mortgages become more expensive, it becomes less appealing to take one out in the first place, as we’ve seen already. This situation is a stark contrast to what home buyers faced in the US a year ago. The pandemic saw a sharp rise in people purchasing properties after thinking they had the perfect window of opportunity to get onto the property ladder or move house.

Reduced Demand for Houses

There were several factors behind this trend, and one was the extremely low mortgage rates — it seemed like the ideal time to take advantage of conditions while they lasted. But its all change now.

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The effect of the rise in the federal funds rate on demand is two-pronged. On the one hand, the higher mortgage prices are likely to reduce demand for houses directly — but also, rising inflation has increased the cost of living, meaning there’s a lower number of people who can afford a home right now.

Smaller Pool of Potential Buyers

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