OC Housing Report

The Time is Now

Despite mortgage rates eclipsing 7%, there are very few available homes, multiple offers are the norm, and home values are on the rise. 

As the economy eventually cools, mortgage rates will drop, fueling demand and leading to an even hotter housing market.

Many potential buyers are sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the market to become more affordable. Combining high home values and significantly higher mortgage rates, the expectation was for home values to plunge. Home affordability has collapsed due to rates rising from 3.25% in January 2022 to 7% today. Purchasing a home is out of reach for so many Americans. The logic is simple: either incomes rise substantially, interest rates significantly fall, or home values tumble. They believe that the only proper solution is for home values to collapse. 

Yet, the housing market has proven to be exceedingly resilient despite higher rates and low home affordability. Incomes have not suddenly spiked, mortgage rates have not plunged, and home values have risen year over year. Housing has played out much differently than expected. Buyers new to the housing arena are shocked to find tremendous competition. Jam-packed open houses, multiple offer bidding wars, and sales prices at or above the asking prices are the norm, especially in the lower price ranges. 










Excerpt taken from an article by Steven Thomas.

About the Author

Tim Morissette, also known in the community as Mr. Foothill Ranch, offers over 46 years of real estate experience which has given him an established reputation and unmatched market knowledge. He is joined by his wife, Michele and sons Matt and Jeff, as they continue to offer personal service with an emphasis on achieving his clients’ real estate goals.  This unique combination of traits has led to his proven track record of referral and repeat business. This can be witnessed by the trust of homeowners in Foothill Ranch where he has sold twice as many homes and represented three times more buyers than the next-leading real estate agent for the last 26 years.

As residents of Foothill Ranch since 1994, Tim and Michele are actively involved in the community by fundraising for Foothill Ranch Library, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Cancer Society, Homes for Habitat, Relay for Life, South County Outreach, and the local church and schools. Tim enjoys sponsoring community-wide garage sales, paper shredding and e-waste recycling event, an Easter egg hunt, & a Meet Santa Event.

Tim and Michele are dedicated to their family of four sons, daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren. As a family, they enjoy many outdoor activities which include camping, spearfishing, mountain climbing and exploring the miles of hiking and equestrian trails in Foothill Ranch and the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. Tim and his sons are also avid snowboarders and enjoy mountain biking and lobster diving. Family is a top priority in the Morissette household. They look forward to helping more families achieve their dreams of homeownership.