9 min read Apr 04, 2024

New Jersey Real Estate Market: Predictions for 2024

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New Jersey homes continued to sell at eye-popping prices last month. The median home sale price rose 16.1% year-over-year from $426,400 to $494,900 in January.

The number of homes sold on the market declined by 7.5% YoY from 5,750 to 5,317 homes, with only 3 months of supply. Does the scarcity of houses make New Jersey a seller’s market? Let’s look at the facts.

Fort Lee homes sold for a median sale price of $560,000 in January, up 144% year-over-year. Homes in Union City sold for a median sale price of $600,000, a 55.8% increase year-over-year. In fact, there were no markets in New Jersey where prices declined year-over-year.

Interest rates are at record highs, with few home buyers. But the inventory is so low that 48.20% 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 New Jersey’s high home prices. The scarcity of homes in NJ 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey have increased regardless.

So, How Is the Real Estate Market in New Jersey?

Swell! Home values in New Jersey rose by 49.1% in the last 5 years. Home sales decreased by 7.5% in January 2024 YoY. Maybe due to the mortgage rate climbing to a two-decade high of nearly 8%! And the number of houses for sale in NJ was 20,527 in the month, 16.7% less than in 2023. New Jersey’s housing market is bearish.

The decrease in home sales can be attributed to not having enough properties in Garden State. The months of supply is 3 months, which makes NJ a seller’s market. So, if you want to sell a New Jersey property, now is the right time to list it on MLS.

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New Jersey Real Estate Market Statistics

  • Average Home Prices: New Jersey’s median home price is $494,900, up by 16.1% YoY. In 2024, the median sale price will keep increasing marginally due to NJ’s tight inventory. The sale-to-list price ratio is at 101.1%.
  • Home Sales: As per January 2023 data, home sales decreased by 7.5% YoY! In January 2024, only 5,317 homes were sold, down from 5,750 in January 2023.
  • Average Rent Prices: Rental costs vary statewide. An average tenant in Princeton pays $2,514, while the one living in Newark pays $1,465.
  • Median Days on Market: The median days on the market for homes for sale was 42 days, down 14 days YoY.
  • Pending Sales: The number of homes for sale declined by 16.7% YoY compared to 2023. Currently, there are 20,527 homes for sale in New Jersey.
  • Months of Supply: The average month of supply is 3 months. NJ’s demand can’t be satiated with the low supply. NJ’s house scarcity is worse than the national housing market.

New Jersey Housing Market Predictions 2024

New Jerseyans have survived the shockwaves of skyrocketing mortgage rates and rising home prices of 2023. Here’s what we predict for New Jersey’s housing market:

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Home Prices Will Continue to Rise: Home prices rose steadily in the top metros across NJ YoY, reaching $494K in January 2024. Experts predict home prices will continue to rise until the low supply-high demand dynamic changes.
  5. 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 home shoppers in 2024.
  6. 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 a NAR-affiliated MLS.

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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 New Jersey?

Even though Americans are moving out of the Garden State, a housing market crash in New Jersey is unlikely.

New Jersey’s cost of living is 15% higher than the state’s average. The average cost of living for one person in Princeton, NJ, is $3,110, making it one of the most expensive places to live in NJ.

Primarily, retirees are moving out of the state because they can no longer afford the seaside tourist lifestyle. The unemployment rate also increased to 4.6% because residents joined the labor force.

But, New Jersey has the fifth highest median household income of $85,000. The state also ranks fourth with $817,346 as an annual income in the top 1% of rich Americans list of 2023.

And, New Jersey’s job market is steady. Seven out of the nine private sectors in NJ added 67,000 jobs from 2022 to 2023. The vibrant nightlife and sunkissed beach boardwalks will attract home shoppers to the Garden State in 2024.

2024: Is It a Buyer’s or Seller’s Market?

2024 will be a terrific market for sellers. (And buyers, too!)

Home prices in New Jersey are rising and will continue to rise till the supply-demand dynamic changes. The number of houses for sale in NJ was only 20,527 in January 2024. There is very limited inventory to satiate the demand from house hunters. This also makes it the best time to sell a house in New Jersey.

In fact, after the mortgage rate plummeted from a two-decade-high rate of 8% to 7.28% in January, 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 New Jersey MLS.

As home listings in New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey will increase. So, whether you are looking for a condo in Newark or seeking to live in a co-op, you will find your dream home next spring.

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Frequently Asked Questions About New Jersey Real Estate Market

When will the housing market crash in New Jersey?

Not for the next few years. New Jersey's housing market will not crash in 2024. Despite 2023's skyrocketing interest payments and soaring home prices, New Jerseyans have managed to keep the market afloat.

What are the real estate housing market 2024 predictions for New Jersey?

2024 will be a stellar market for New Jerseyans. Here's our 2024 forecast for New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey?

No, the property prices in New Jersey were up by 16.1% YOY in January 2024. However, you can still find some of the cheapest places to live in New Jersey. With a 49.1% rise in the past five years, exploring budget-friendly cities is crucial amid the current scarcity of available properties in NJ.

Is it a good time to buy a house in New Jersey?

Yes! Currently, there are very few buyers in the market compared to the supply of homes in New Jersey. 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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