Experts have weighed in andone thing is for sure: The housingmarket is set to heat up this year!

Prices are almost at a pre-recession highs!

Nationally, the market isexpected to normalize withhealthy sales and moderateprice growth.

However, some experts predictmodest price declines becausewages aren’t keeping up withhome prices.

The median home price has increased 43% from 2010, while wages have only increase 5%

Home sales are expected to increase!

Existing home sales are expected to reach 6 million, up from 5.8 million in 2016

Projections for total single family home sales for 2017:

  • National Association of Realtors 6 million
  • Fannie Mae 6.2 million
  • Freddie Mac 6.2 million
  • Mortgage Bankers Association 6.5 million

Housing appreciation is up!

Most markets report an increase in home appreciation, with the increases hitting near 10% in the hottest markets, which have growing populations and tight supply.

Top 3 Markets for Home Appreciation:

  1. Seattle, WA (up 11.2%)
  2. Portland, OR (up 11.1%)
  3. Denver, CO (up 9.9%)

Make way for first time buyers!

Millennials are expected to strengthen home and condo sales into 2020. Sales by first-time-buyers reaches a four-year high in September at 34%.

Rent will keep getting higher!

Rental affordability is oneof the biggest factors forfirst-time buyers decidingto buy.

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