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Six Predictions for the 2018 Housing Market

New Home Sales Take on Housing Inventory Shortages

The latest report from realtor.com shows the market will also begin to see more manageable increases in home prices. There will also be a modest acceleration of home sales. Analysts from the real estate listings website also predict that Millennials will begin to increase their market share in 2018.

Realtor.com experts are still unsure what the impact will be from new tax reform legislation currently being debated in Congress.

“We are forecasting next year to set the stage for an inflection point the housing shortage,” said Javier Vivas, realtor.com director of economic research. “Inventory increases will be felt in higher priced segments after home buying season, which limits their impact on total sales for the year. As we head into 2019 and beyond, we expect to see these inventory increases take hold and provide relief for first-time home buyers and drive sales growth.”

The forecast shows that new home sales will see the most significant increase and other experts agree.

Home sales are also expected to increase slightly in 2018 as new home sales take over the market, according to Freddie Mac’s monthly Outlook for September.

Here are realtor.com’s six major predictions for the housing market in 2018:

1. Home price appreciation – Home prices are expected to rise 3.2% next year. This slower rate of increase will allow for home sales to pick up next year.

2. Mortgage rates – Mortgage rates are expected to average 4.6% throughout the year. At the end of the year, the rates will rise to 5% for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. The Mortgage Bankers Association also predicted rates will continue rising. They say mortgage rates could pass 4% or even 5% over the next few years.

3. Existing Home Sales – Existing home sales are forecasted to rise 2.5% as the trend in low inventory begins to reverse course.

4. Housing Starts – <ew home sales will increase even more and housing starts will also rise. Overall, housing starts are predicted to rise 3% over the year, but single-family home starts will increase 7%.

5. New Home Sales – These will increase at the same rate as housing starts, rising 7% year-over-year in 2018.

6. Homeownership Rate – Finally, the homeownership rate will stabilize at 63.9% after having hit bottom in the second quarter of 2016, realtor.com forecasted.