Elon Musk says home prices will tumble ‘next’—Redfin’s CEO disagrees

There’s little question about it: Issues aren’t trying so nice for industrial actual property, particularly for workplace house.

Look no additional than a revised forecast issued earlier this month by a gaggle of researchers from New York College and Columbia College, which predicts that workplace values in New York Metropolis alone will plummet a staggering 44% by 2029. That’s a lot steeper than the group’s prior prediction—issued a 12 months in the past—for NYC workplace values to fall 28% by 2029.

The stickiness of distant work, coupled with rates of interest spiking simply as many industrial actual property loans come due, is the underlying supply of the industrial actual property bearishness. Nonetheless, a minimum of within the eyes of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, property declines will quickly unfold past industrial actual property.

On Monday, Musk insinuated that ache awaits the residential housing market when he tweeted that “Industrial actual property is melting down quick. Dwelling values subsequent.”

Musk didn’t say how a lot he thinks U.S. residence costs will fall—nor did he clarify why. He additionally bought some push again.

On Tuesday, Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman shot again at Musk, tweeting, “However the loss in demand for industrial actual property is what’s driving demand for residential actual property. Individuals who work at home want more room at residence. Gross sales quantity is down as a result of stock is down. In the present day, residence costs elevated for a second straight month.”

The concept that distant work has boosted residence costs in the course of the pandemic is supported by analysis printed final 12 months by researchers on the Federal Reserve Financial institution of San Francisco. The San Francisco Fed paper argues that upwards of fifty% of Pandemic Housing Increase features by way of November 2021 may be attributed to an elevated demand for “house” created by the pandemic’s distant work shift.

“Our outcomes counsel that rising home costs over the pandemic mirrored a change in fundamentals fairly than a speculative bubble. This suggests that the evolution of distant work could also be an essential determinant of future housing prices and inflation,” wrote the staff of San Francisco Fed researchers.

So who is true, Kelman or Musk? The business is pretty divided.

Whereas nationwide residence costs have fallen a bit—down 2.2% from June 2022 in line with the seasonally adjusted Case-Shiller Nationwide Dwelling Value Index—they are not crashing broadly. Some markets like San Francisco (down 12.9% from its 2022 peak), Phoenix (down 8.4%), and Las Vegas (down 9.0%) have fallen sharply. Nonetheless, many locations within the Midwest, like Chicago, and alongside the East Coast, like Miami, are nonetheless close to all-time highs.

Economists at companies like Zillow and CoreLogic argue that nationwide residence costs have bottomed, whereas companies like Moody’s Analytics and Fannie Mae assume that nationwide residence costs—which rose on a month-over-month foundation in February and March in line with Case-Shiller—will quickly flip again into correction.

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