The housing market, much like any sector of the economy, is in a constant state of flux, responding to factors such as interest rates, market demand, and the overall economic landscape. Recent data from Redfin sheds light on some interesting trends that have evolved due to elevated mortgage rates. At First Arizona Title Agency, we find it is critical to keep our clients informed about these changes, and how they could impact their home buying or selling journey.

Elevated Mortgage Rates Leading to Increased Competition

Higher mortgage rates are causing many homeowners to stay put, leading to bidding wars as buyers compete for a smaller pool of available homes. With homeowners choosing to hold onto their properties, the supply of homes on the market dwindles, creating a competitive landscape for those still eager to make a purchase.

Stable Interest Rates Offering Some Comfort

However, there’s a silver lining amidst this seemingly challenging environment. The Federal Reserve is not expected to hike interest rates further in the near future. While this doesn’t suggest a significant drop in mortgage rates, it removes an additional layer of uncertainty for those involved in the housing market. As Redfin’s Economics Research Lead, Chen Zhao, mentioned, this gives home buyers and sellers a bit more confidence that mortgage rates won’t skyrocket again anytime soon.

Property Sales Increasing – Supply Is Not

Despite the pressure, buyers seem undeterred, steadily depleting the supply of homes for sale faster than sellers can replenish them with new listings. This trend is contradicting the typical spring inventory bump, as the total number of homes for sale has steadily declined over the last month.

Our Commitment

As we navigate this unusual housing market, our team at First Arizona Title is committed to helping our clients understand these dynamics and make informed decisions. We provide expert guidance and support through the complexities of title and escrow services, aiming to ease the process of buying or selling a home in these demanding times.

The Title Report. (2023, May 22). Volume 24, No. 15. Retrieved from