Now that the third quarter of 2022 is in the books, we take a look at how our current market stacks up to historical markets when interest rates were as high (or higher) than they are today, and how these rates have impacted not the price of homes, (we did that in another post), but rather the quantity of available homes for sale and how many are actually selling—as well as how long that process takes.

First, we examined the 3rd quarter of 2016 when interest rates were at a low of 3.42. We the contrasted that to 2022 for the same periods.

Rate during these periods averaged were as follows:

2016   3.42

2022   6.70

Source Fred of St. Louis

Interest rates between 2016 and 2022 went up in real numbers 3.28%—a 96% increase over 2016.

Here’s how that affected sales:

In San Mateo County the number of new listings dropped 7.8%.

Fewer new listings had an impact on inventory of homes available. That dropped by 11.6%. Inventory is measured as how many homes are remain on the market on the last day of the period measured—in this case September 30TH

Sales in 2022 dropped faster than the number of new listings in 2016—9.5%

What a seller could expect to receive of their asking price averaged 105% in 2016 and 102% in 2022. 

If we look at the last time interest rates were as high as today’s (av. 6.98)—in 2001—the time it took to sell a home stood at 53 days and sellers were receiving on average 95% of their asking price. We attribute the greater change between 2001 to 2022 to in Q3 because in 2001 we were in the post internet bubble burst throes of a recession.

One would expect with the higher interest rates we have seen in 2022, they would have a greater impact on sales than is demonstrated here. Our take is that the remaining post pandemic pent-up needs has had a hangover effect on the robust home sale activity in 2020-2021.

Drew & Christine Morgan are REALTORS/NOTARY PUBLIC in Belmont, CA. with more than 30 years of experience in helping sellers and buyers in their community. As Diamond recipients, Drew and Christine are ranked in the top 50 RE/MAX agents nationwide and the top 3 in Northern California.  They may be reached at (650) 508.1441 or emailed at

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