Mississippi homes continued to sell at eye-popping prices last month. The median home sale price rose 1.6% year-over-year from $254,000 to $258,000 in September.
The number of homes listed on the market increased by 6.4% YoY from 6,379 to 6,790 homes, with only 3 months of supply. Does the scarcity of houses make Mississippi a seller’s market? Let’s look at the facts.
Oxford homes sold for a median sale price of $399,000 in September, up 30.82% year-over-year. Homes in Biloxi sold for a median sale price of $262,000, a 13.67% increase year-over-year. There were a few markets in Mississippi where prices declined year-over-year.
Interest rates are at record highs, with few home buyers. But the inventory is so low that 13.40% of homes sold above the list price!
- If you are a home buyer: You can avoid bidding wars and avail seller concessions if you buy a home now. The 8.5% interest rate and mortgage payments are significant, but rates are unlikely to drop in the next few months. If they do, you can refi.
- If you are a home seller: You can lock in Mississippi’s high home prices. The scarcity of homes in MS makes it a seller’s market. Homes listed on MLS sell faster and for 17.5% more than off-MLS homes. That could be thousands of dollars in additional proceeds if you sell via Houzeo.
The current Mississippi real estate market statistics reflect the national trend of high demand and low supply. Despite the strong housing demand, home sales tanked. The property prices in Mississippi have increased regardless.
So, How is the Real Estate Market in Mississippi?
Sluggish! Home values in Mississippi rose by 28% in the last 5 years.
But, home sales decreased by 16.5% in September 2023 YoY. Maybe due to the mortgage rate climbing to a two-decade high of nearly 8%! And the number of houses for sale in MS was 6,000 in the month, 6.4% more than in 2022. Mississippi’s housing market is bullish.
The decrease in home sales can be attributed to not having enough properties in the Natural State. The months of supply is 3 month, which makes MS a seller’s market. So, if you want to sell a Mississippi property, now is the right time to list it on MLS.
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Mississippi Real Estate Market Statistics
- Average Home Prices: The average median home price in Mississippi is $258,000, up by 1.6% YoY. In 2024, the median sale price will keep increasing marginally due to MS’s tight inventory.
- Home Sales: As per September 2023 data, home sales decreased by 16.5% YoY! In September 2023, only 1,497 homes were sold, down from 1,792 in September 2022.
- Average Rent Prices: Rental costs vary statewide. An average tenant in Oxford pays $1,535, while the one living in Biloxi pays $1,510.
- Median Days on Market: The median days on the market for homes for sale was 35 days, up by 6 days YoY.
- Pending Sales: The number of homes for sale increased by 6.4% YoY compared to 2022. Currently, there are 7,000 homes for sale in Mississippi.
- Months of Supply: The average months of supply is 3 month. MS’s demand can’t be satiated with the low supply. MS’s house scarcity is worse than the national housing market.
Mississippi Housing Market Predictions 2024
Mississippians have survived the shockwaves of skyrocketing mortgage rates and rising home prices of 2023. Here’s what we predict for Mississippi’s housing market:
- Home Sellers Will Return to the Market in 2024: Sellers who chose the sidelines in 2023 will come back. Especially those who can’t avoid new jobs or want to move to a cheap place. Whitney, the analyst who predicted the 2008 financial crisis accurately, has forecasted that baby boomers looking to downsize will also add up to 30 million housing units. Yowaza!
- Mortgage Interest Rates Will Stabilize by the 2nd Half of 2024: Mortgage rates hit 7.79% in October 2023, the highest level in 23 years. However, the rate dropped to 7.35% in November due to the softening labor market and slowing economy. Even the annual inflation rate went from 3.7% to 3.2%. We think the rates will remain above 6%, but they will stabilize in the second half.
- The Number of Home Buyers Will Rise: The historically high interest rates averted buyers in 2023. But mortgage demand rose after the interest rates lowered to 7.35% in November. The easing inflation and stabilizing rates will bring back house hunters.
- Home Prices Will Continue to Rise: Home prices rose steadily in the top metros across MS YoY, reaching $250K in September 2023. Experts predict home prices will continue to rise until the low supply-high demand dynamic changes.
- New Home Constructions Sales Will Increase: 12.3% of homes purchased in September were new homes, the highest since 2022. Home builders offered $30,000 worth of concessions to attract buyers in 2023. We think builders and sellers will compete for buyers in 2024.
- iBuyers Will Continue to Make Lowball Offers: iBuyers offered 104.1% of market value in 2021. They offered 86% in 2022 and around 70% in 2023. Opendoor and Offerpad have lost billions of dollars in 2023. As they struggle to survive, they will make lowball offers.
Bonus Prediction: Buyer Broker Commissions Will Be Negotiable!
In a shocking turn of events, the jury in Missouri awarded more than $5 billion in damages to the Sitzer-Burnett plaintiffs. This motivated nationwide home sellers to file grievances against NAR’s Cooperative Compensation Rule.
NAR’s Cooperative Compensation Rule or Participation Rule states that listing brokers must offer competitive compensation to buyer agents if they want to list properties on an NAR-affiliated MLS.
Sitzer/Burnett v. NAR
The Bombshell Lawsuit that Could End Buyer Agent Commissions
Lawsuits like Moehrl, Gibson, Batton, Nosalek, and Batton 2 challenge the Participation Rule. They accuse NAR and other top real estate companies of colluding and conspiring to keep agent commissions high.
If the jury also finds the defendants guilty in these cases, buyer agent compensation may change. Buyer agents may become obsolete by 2025! Phew.
While buyer agents are unlikely to be obsolete in 2024, they may be open to negotiating commissions. That’s probably how they will still have some skin in the game.
When Will the Housing Market Crash in Mississippi?
A housing market crash in the Natural State is unlikely.
Mississippi’s robust economy, diverse job market, and affordable cost of living will continue to attract businesses and individuals seeking new opportunities.
Leakesville’s population has increased by 474.2% since 2010, reaching around 5,598 residents in 2023. Oxford is the second fastest growing city in Mississippi, with its population surging 43% to nearly 25,859.
Mississippi is a haven for several businesses and tourism. Several cities offer a variety of fun activities, such as visiting beaches, savoring local cuisine, and exploring arts plus entertainment.
Mississippi’s job market is also strong. The unemployment rate is at 3.3%. The cost of living in Mississippi is 16% lower than the national average. Living near the rolling hills and verdant forests of Indiana is SO AFFORDABLE. It is unlikely that Mississippi’s housing market would crash anytime soon.
2024: Is it a Buyer’s or Seller’s Market?
2024 will be a terrific market for sellers. (And buyers, too!)
Home prices in Mississippi are rising and will continue to rise till the supply-demand dynamic changes. The number of houses for sale in MS was only 4,000 in September 2023. There is very limited inventory to satiate the demand from house hunters. This also makes it the best time to sell a house in Mississippi.
In fact, after the mortgage rate plummeted from a two-decade-high rate of 8% to 7.35% in November, new listings rose. This shows that those who refused to sell due to mortgage rate lock are finally acclimatizing to 7% rates. Come Spring 2024, more homeowners will follow suit and list properties on Mississippi MLS.
As home listings in Mississippi increase, home shoppers hugging the sidelines will also return. In fact, the recent uptick in mortgage applications shows that buyers are returning.
House hunters who could not find affordable homes in 2023 will also start shopping in 2024. The demand for Mississippi houses will increase – and that’s why sellers may be able to dominate the market.
However, new builds will compete for attention from buyers. Home builders have persuaded buyers to buy new construction homes with mortgage buydowns worth $30K in 2023! Builders will continue offering concessions in 2024, and home sellers may have to wage wars against them.
Listings of new constructions, baby boomers looking to downsize, and desperate home sellers will flood the market in 2024. The properties for sale in Mississippi will increase. So, whether you are looking for a condo in Oxford or seeking to live in a co-op in Biloxi, you will find your dream home next spring.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Mississippi Real Estate Market
When will the housing market crash in Mississippi?
Not for the next few years. Mississippi's housing market will not crash in 2024. Despite 2023's skyrocketing interest payments and soaring home prices, Mississippians have managed to keep the market afloat.
What are the real estate housing market 2024 predictions for Mississippi?
2024 will be a stellar market for Mississippians. Here's our 2024 forecast for Mississippi housing market are: (1) Home sellers will return to the market come Spring 2024. (2) Number of houses for sale will increase (3) Property prices in Mississippi will increase marginally (4) Mortgage rates will stabilize in the latter half of 2024 (5) iBuyers will buy homes for lower than their fair market value. (6) Buyer agent commissions will be negotiable!
Are home prices dropping in Mississippi?
No, the property prices in Mississippi were up by 3.2% YOY in October 2023. However, you can still find some of the cheapest places to live in Mississippi. With a 28% rise in the past five years, exploring budget-friendly cities is crucial amid the current scarcity of available properties in MS.
Is it a good time to buy a house in Mississippi?
Yes! Currently, there are very few buyers in the market compared to the supply of homes in Mississippi. The soaring interest rates has kept buyers at bay, so you can avoid bidding wars. As the mortgage rate stabilizes in 2024, more buyers will return, so we'd recommend you to buy a house now. If mortgage payments burn a hole in your pocket, you can always refinance.
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