Having read numerous articles lately on the housing market, my takeaway is most economists feel 2018 will see an increase in total home sales and median sales price. National Association of REALTORS Chief Economist Lawrence Yun expects sales to increase 3.7% in 2018 and the National median existing home price to rise around 5.5%. Freddie Mac forecasts home sales to increase about 2% and about 4.9% in price. Core Logic predicts a price increase of 4.7%. The reason for this optimism is the economic environment remains favorable for housing and mortgage markets; we have moderate economic growth, solid job gains, and low interest rates. Freddie Mac forecasts these conditions to continue into next year. What are the downsides for 2018? Limited inventory will be a persistent problem. This will keep prices elevated and prevent some buyers from home ownership. Also, the proposed tax reform plan includes a limit on mortgage interest deduction when could impact home values, especially in higher priced cities with home values over $500k. In the words of Lawrence Yun, "Assuming no changes to the tax code that hurt home ownership, the gradually expending economy and continued job creation should set the stage for a more meaningful increase in home sales in 2018." Contact me if you're wondering how the market will impact you! 603-526-4116, Donna@DonnaForest.com, www.DonnaForest.com
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