Housing Outlook: We Expect Defaults to Remain Low as Prices Decline

Tuesday 13 December 2022

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Housing Outlook: We Expect Defaults to Remain Low as Prices Decline

December 2022 | While we are bearish on the outlook for home prices, we are bullish on the outlook for mortgage defaults. Importantly, we do not expect a repeat of the housing crisis of 2008, nor a surge in distressed sales. This is because the vast majority of today’s borrowers have fixed-rate mortgages, and mortgage modifications are heavily prioritized over foreclosure. However, we do expect declines in home prices of roughly 15% over the next three years, with the majority of the decline occurring in 2023.

01 |  We expect a 15% cumulative decline in home prices over the next three years. After recent home price gains and the doubling of mortgage rates, affordability is poor for prospective buyers with median family incomes.

02 | The magnitude of potential price declines may be muted by a shortage in housing supply and a structural increase in housing demand.

03 | Across most scenarios, we expect mortgage defaults to remain low. Underwriting standards have been pristine, and rising rates are of limited concern to existing owners.

We Expect defaults to Remain Low as Prices Decline

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