6 Tongue-In-Cheek Real Estate Predictions for 2023

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Plenty of people are trying to take a stab at real estate predictions and what the real estate market will do in 2023. Is there a bubble waiting to pop? Will prices crash? How much higher will mortgage rates get?

Real Estate Predictions   

So far, if you read through all of the real estate predictions out there, it sounds like we should expect home prices to go down. Some say they’ll take a steep dive, while others say to expect slightly lower prices. But then again, there are people saying prices may go up.

Probably the most accurate real estate predictions that can be made is that nobody will be able to accurately predict what will happen to the real estate market, and whoever is closest just happened to make a lucky guess. The real estate market has a mind of its own, and only time will truly tell how it plays out.

So, rather than taking a serious stab at what’ll happen with real estate predictions, let’s have some fun and make some wild guesses at what might happen in real estate for 2023. Here are 6 off-the-wall things that probably won’t happen, but if they do come true, remember you heard it here first!

1) You’ll be able to choose your own Zestimate

With Twitter under his belt, Elon Musk will set his sights on Zillow. He’ll buy the site and make it so homeowners can choose the value of their Zestimate for a small monthly fee, and will throw in a checkmark feature that verifies it’s the truth for a slightly higher amount.

2) The people who were waiting to buy in 2008 are still waiting…

If real estate values do go down (even a tiny bit) the same exact buyers who were waiting for the “bubble” to pop in 2008 will now say they won’t buy because the market may crash in 2023. This is despite the fact that anyone who bought back then has a ton of equity 15 years later, even if their house went down in value for a while.

3) …but they will buy property in the metaverse

Even though they never think it’s a good time to buy real estate in the real world, those same people will dump the equivalent of a down payment for an actual house into buying a virtual house in the metaverse. This is despite the fact that they can’t even live in it, and it could easily end up being worth nothing in a few years because someone was running a cyber scam.

4) REALTOR® will still be mispronounced

After 106 years, nothing will change; people will still add an “uh” in the middle of the two-syllable word many agents go by.

5) FSBO signs will get a facelift

FSBO signs will finally get a facelift and go from the classic jarring red and white they’ve been for decades, to a softer hue of blue which is meant to invoke feelings of trust. Studies and stats will show that the majority of FSBO’s end up listing with an agent anyway.

6) No more time change, but we’ll add a day to the week

The US House of Representatives will sign off on the Sunshine Protection Act, ending Daylight Saving Time and the need to change our clocks twice a year. However, The National Association of Realtors will lobby to get an additional day of the week added to the calendar, so agents can finally take a day off. It will pass, but agents will just end up working an extra day every week.

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Comments (15)

June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Realty - Columbia, MD
Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership

Hilarious!!  I particularly like sellers choosing their own zestimate and buyers in the metaverse.

Dec 12, 2022 12:31 PM
Greg Mona
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Wonderful post, Tom! I was smiling and chuckling all the way through! Here's to the next 100 years of mispronouncing "Realeter"! :-)

Dec 12, 2022 12:51 PM
Kalene Bagwell
Realty Executives Of Kansas City - Blue Springs, MO
Realtor - Selling Blue Springs - Kansas City Metro

Genius! I loved this! 😆

Dec 12, 2022 06:43 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Thanks for the fun post. I especially laughed at the mispronunciation. Back when I was a broker, one of my competitors had an agent who always said Ree-la-tor.

Dec 12, 2022 08:36 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

This was a fun read. Carol Williams - perhaps something for Saturday Second Chance!?

Dec 13, 2022 05:22 AM
Brian DeYoung
also affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Heritage Realty - Ithaca, NY
The Realtor with personal investment background

I love them, more than I expected. Especially the Zestimate, I would buy stock to help Elon do that.  They might be more accurate...

Dec 13, 2022 05:54 AM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

Enjoyed reading your prose! Interesting concepts lol

Dec 14, 2022 06:36 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Tom - similar to opinions, there is no shortage of predictions especially at this time of year.  Thanks for sharing these smile-worthy ones - a few I imagine might make it to the inboxes of many.  

Dec 15, 2022 05:48 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Tom. Not sure about your other tips, my crystal ball is out for a tune-up, but do know the term "Realtor" will continue to get mispronounced. Enjoy your day.

Dec 17, 2022 04:58 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I'm guessing that you almost out a hole in your cheek with this post, not to mention pain on the tongue.

I don't understand your comment about Realtors and extra days, I already work 36 hours a day 8 days a week


Dec 17, 2022 05:59 AM
Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte LLC - Phoenix, AZ

I predict Zillow will wake up and make leads to agents Free, and the home sellers and buyers will pay to be connected to a professional real estate agent. 🛌I must be dreaming! 

Dec 17, 2022 09:04 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Haha now this is funny Tom!  Elon buying Z.....hahahaha!  I'm so glad Carol Williams featured your post in her Saturday Post!

Dec 17, 2022 11:03 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Very funny!  I laughed all the way through this blog.  Thanks for taking the time to bring some laughter and joy to my day!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Dec 18, 2022 02:36 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Truly very funny and enjoyed the creativity.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Dec 23, 2022 05:09 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent post!  I love your wit!  Thanks for the chuckles.  Especially the FSBO sign face lift and listing "trust."   And thanks for the idea of ending the Sunshine Act.  In AZ we don't participate, wihch means that with every time change I have to remember what time it is everywhere else, repeatedly!  Thank goodness all of my girls in 3 other states are Central Time!  Stay warm!

Dec 28, 2022 10:28 AM