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Lori Lane, representing top Georgia builders, unpacks the US new construction housing market in 2023

Lane offers not just expert commentary but also reasons to remain hopeful and optimistic.

Photo courtesy Lori Lane
Photo courtesy Lori Lane

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The US new construction housing market remains a robust pillar of the nation’s economy. Even as it experiences fluctuations, its trends are pivotal indicators of the broader economic landscape. In 2023, while the market has observed multifaceted trends, it also shows great promise. Lori Lane, President of New Homes Division of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties, delves deep into these dynamics, offering not just expert commentary but also reasons to remain hopeful and optimistic.

Interest Rates and Their Impact

Interest rates have undeniably left a mark on the 2023 housing market. As reported by Forbes, a projected terminal federal funds rate could culminate to 5.6% by year-end. While this may mean potentially higher mortgage payments, it’s essential to recognize that new constructions today are built with energy efficiency and modern amenities in mind, offering long-term savings for homeowners. Besides, with the possibility of rate adjustments in the future, new homes remain an attractive proposition for those seeking the latest designs, features, and community amenities.

Housing Prices and Market Temperature

Housing prices have shown commendable resilience, pointing towards a sustained demand for new homes, an encouraging sign for future homeowners. The term “tepid” might have surfaced in certain discussions, as highlighted by Bankrate, but this also presents an opportunity. Limited inventory means that new constructions, with their unparalleled charm, modern features, and energy efficiency, are well poised to attract potential buyers looking for a fresh start, especially those weary of older homes with potential maintenance issues.

Moreover, while certain challenges are on the horizon, there’s also a silver lining. With limited options, new constructions stand out, offering innovative designs, smart home features, and community amenities, proving their worth as a valuable investment for first-time buyers and seasoned homeowners alike.

The opportunity to build a new home offers the buyer an extended timeframe to sell their existing property at the highest possible price. It also enables them to secure an ideal homesite in their preferred neighborhood, with the possibility of interest rates decreasing by the time their new home is finished. Delaying the decision to wait for interest rates to drop might place the buyer in a more competitive market, where the same homes will be highly sought after by others who were also waiting. This increased demand is likely to drive up prices, potentially negating any benefits from reduced interest rates at that point.

Market Predictions and the Path Forward

Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors (NAR), forecasts a 2.6% price increase nationally, reflecting the strength and resilience of the housing market. Furthermore, NAR is anticipating the possibility of interest rates settling into the 6% range by 2024. These predictions offer a silver lining for prospective homeowners. Specifically, for those considering new construction, there’s a unique advantage. Not only are they immune to being outbid on a home they desire, but they also aren’t forced to compromise due to low inventory – they have the liberty to build the home of their dreams. With prices projected to rise due to the scarcity of homes, the most economical time to invest in new construction might indeed be the present.

Future predictions have their place, but they’re just one piece of the puzzle. As Investopedia suggests, there are myriad factors at play. The good news? Increasing supplies and potential rate adjustments could render new constructions even more appealing. Buyers can look forward to more options, competitive prices, and the joy of owning a brand-new home tailored to contemporary lifestyles.

Steering with Confidence: Georgia’s Real Estate Market in 2023

The 2023 housing market presents both challenges and opportunities. As developments emerge, it’s vital for stakeholders, from builders to policymakers, to remain responsive and informed. For aspiring homeowners, now is an opportune moment to explore new construction homes, offering state-of-the-art design and energy efficiency.

Lori Lane, alongside Georgia’s top builders, remains unwavering in their commitment. Their mission is to drive growth, address challenges head-on, and ensure that new constructions continue to be a beacon of hope, innovation, and aspiration in Georgia’s thriving real estate landscape.

Top Georgia Builders Recognized

The success of the Georgia housing market hinges on the innovative efforts of visionary builders who leave their indelible mark. Patrick Malloy Communities, lauded for their unwavering commitment to quality and innovation, have significantly impacted the real estate landscape of Georgia. Similarly, the JW Collection has revolutionized neighborhood aesthetics with their unmatched design expertise. David Patterson Homes skillfully merges contemporary trends and innovation, captivating modern homeowners. Furthermore, Loudermilk Homes, specialists in luxury constructions, have considerably raised the living standards for numerous Georgians.

Nestled in Fayetteville, the Trilith Builder Guild stands as a beacon of creativity and innovation within the housing sector. This European-inspired community presents an eclectic mix of homes, harmoniously combined with geothermal energy solutions that epitomize sustainable living. The roster of esteemed builders within the Trilith Builders Guild encompasses Brett Baker Homes, 10/23 Construction, McKinney Homes, Simply Southern, Redwood HomeBuilders, and Johnston Homes.

For those in pursuit of an idyllic living experience, Homestead at Milton, a gated community sprawled across a former golf course, offers estate-size lots that promise luxury fused with tranquility. Southwyck Homes, renowned for their dedication to longevity and inventive designs, have successfully carved a niche in the fiercely competitive housing market.

These exceptional builders have played a crucial role in steering the trajectory of Georgia’s housing market, spurring growth, and actively contributing to community development.

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Jon Stojan is a professional writer based in Wisconsin. He guides editorial teams consisting of writers across the US to help them become more skilled and diverse writers. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

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