December 2023 Market Update

Market Update

December 2023 Market Update

As we approach the end of the year, it's crucial to take stock of the real estate market's twists and turns in 2023. Three key indicators—active inventory, buyer demand, and homeowner willingness to sell—have consistently shown a downward trend, signaling that the market may have hit rock bottom. In this blog post, we'll delve into the factors influencing this decline and explore what the future holds for the real estate landscape.

1. Mortgage Rates and Market Stagnation: The Culprits Behind Low Inventory and Demand

The real estate market in 2023 faced a struggle, with mortgage rates soaring to over 8%. This spike has profoundly impacted inventory and demand, keeping them relatively flat throughout the year. Limited inventory and high mortgage rates create a challenging environment for buyers and sellers. The current low number of active listings in South OC and a significant drop in inventory set the stage for a market that has struggled to gain momentum.

2. The Dwindling Buyer Demand: A November Slump and Its Causes

Buyer demand hit its lowest November reading since 2004, a concerning trend fueled by elevated mortgage rates and a scarcity of available homes. The holiday season, traditionally a time for increased real estate activity, will likely continue this trend. As we bid farewell to 2023, the real estate market faces the challenge of reviving buyer interest amidst economic uncertainties and persistent high mortgage rates.

3. The Luxury Market's Slowdown and Glimpses of 2024: What to Expect

Homes priced above $2 million are not immune to the overall market slowdown, with supply and demand decreasing. Looking ahead to 2024, economic factors and potential shifts in mortgage rates are expected to influence market dynamics. Despite the sluggishness, there's optimism for a more active market in the coming year, bringing potential opportunities for buyers and sellers.


As the real estate market winds down in 2023, the challenges faced in active inventory, buyer demand, and homeowner willingness to sell paint a complex picture. While current affairs may seem bleak, anticipating changes in 2024 offers hope for a revitalized real estate landscape. Stay tuned for further insights as we navigate the evolving trends and developments shaping the market's future.

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