Powerful Job Market Fuels Homebuyer Demand

Dori Wittrig May 18, 2023

The spring housing market has been surprisingly active this year. Even with affordability challenges and a limited number of homes for sale, buyer demand is strong and getting stronger.
One way we know there are interested buyers right now is because showing traffic is up. Data from the latest ShowingTime Showing Index, which is a measure of buyers actively touring homes, makes it clear more people are out looking at homes than there were prior to the pandemic (see graph below):
And though there’s less traffic than the buyer frenzy of the past couple of years, we’re not far off that pace. There are a lot of interested buyers checking out available homes right now.
But why are buyers so active at a time when mortgage rates are higher than they were just last year?

The Job Market Is Growing at a Stronger-Than-Expected Pace

With inflation still high, the Federal Reserve (the Fed) repeatedly hiking the Federal Funds Rate, and a lot of chatter in the media about a recession, it might surprise you just how strong today’s job market is. What might be even more surprising is the fact that it appears to be getting stronger (see graph below):
Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports how many new jobs were added to the U.S. job market. The graph above shows 88,000 more jobs were created in April than in March. In fact, the April numbers beat expert projections. That’s a solid indicator the job market is growing.


The US Census Bureau recently released their numbers and, once again, Arizona is one of the top gainers for employment-based population growth. From July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, approximately 94,000 people parked their U-Haul in Arizona, making AZ the 5th fastest growing state in the US for that period. Approximately 58,000 moved to Maricopa County, equating to 159 people per day. On top of this, a major shift in the economic base of Maricopa County occurred in the past ten years. Yet, the new Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM) plant in Northwest Phoenix promises an even larger shift as new companies announce each month they are relocating to Phoenix to be near TSM. According to Nikkei Asia, a market reporting media company: “TSMC has said its investment in Arizona will create at least 4,500 jobs directly and some 10,000 supply chain-related jobs.”

Unemployment Is at a Near All-Time Low

Ever since the Fed began fighting inflation, many people expected the low unemployment rate we’ve seen over the past couple of years to rise – but that hasn’t happened.
In fact, what has happened is the unemployment rate has dropped to 3.4% – a 50-year low (see graph below):
With so many people steadily employed and financially stable right now, they’re still able to seriously consider buying a home.

What This Means for You

If you’re thinking about selling your house this year, a market with active buyers is music to your ears. That’s because there’ll be increased interest in your home when you put it on the market, especially at a time when the number of homes for sale is so low.

Bottom Line

There are plenty of buyers out there right now trying to find a home that fits their needs. That’s because the job market is strong, and many people have the stable income needed to seriously consider homeownership. To put your house on the market and get in on the action, let’s connect.

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