According to the forecast, the 2017 national real estate market is predicted to slow compared with the past two years, across the majority of economic indicators studied. But maybe “slowdown” isn’t quite the right description.
“I would characterize our 2017 forecast as amoderation,as opposed to aslowdown,” says Smoke. “The pace of growth is still strong and, for pricing, still represents an above-average level of appreciation.”
Smoke says we’re mostly reverting to normal prices, after years of appreciation as the housing market recovered from its 2008 crash.
Recovery is good, but the flip side is that pricing is tougher for consumers, Smoke points out.
“Throw in highermortgage rates, and it becomes more challenging to be able to afford homes compared to what it was over the course of this recovery,” he says.
Here are some of the key predictions for 2017:
1. Millennials and boomers will move markets
In 2017, the U.S. real estate market will be in the middle of two massive demographic waves that will power demand for at least the next 10 years.
Millennials andbaby boomers, the two largest American generations in history, are both approaching life stages that typically motivate people to buy a home: marriage, having children, retirement, and becoming empty nesters.
Smoke predicts thatmillennialswill make up 33% of buyers in 2017, lower than his original estimate due to those increasing interest rates.
2. Millennials will look to the Midwest
While the financial picture may look grim for our youngest home buyers,the Midwest, with its affordable cities, still looks good. We believe Midwestern cities will continue to beat the national average in terms of its proportion of millennial home buyers in 2017. Leading the pack areMadison, WI;Columbus, OH;Omaha, NE;Des Moines, IA; andMinneapolis.
“It’s easier for millennials to buy in more affordable markets like in the Midwest,” Smoke says. “We’re also seeing large numbers of millennials buying in Midwestern markets with or near big universities. So part of this is an effect of recent graduates with good jobs being able to settle down in these more affordable markets.”
3. Price appreciation will slow down
Nationally, home prices are forecast to slow to 3.9% growth year over year, from an estimated 4.9% in 2016.
“Prices are still likely to go up at an above-average pace as long as supply remains so tight,” Smoke says. “The inventory problem is not going away.”
Of the top 100 largest metros in the country, 26 markets are expected to see price acceleration of 1 percentage point or more, withGreensboro, NC;Akron, OH; andBaltimoreexperiencing the largest gains. Likewise, 46 markets are expected to see a slowdown in price growth of 1 percentage point or more, with Lakeland, FL; Durham, NC; and Jackson, MS, undergoing the biggest downshift.
4. Fewer homes, fast-moving markets
The inventory of homes available for sale is currently down an average of 11% year over year in the top 100 U.S. metropolitan markets—and the conditions limiting home supply are not expected to change in 2017. The median age of inventory, or the time it takes a home to sell, is currently 68 days in the top 100 metros, which is 14%, or 11 days, faster than the national average.
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