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NAR predicts higher home sales, prices as 2018 continues

Economic strength, wage growth and more opportunities for jobs are expected to help boost the number of home sales and increase home prices in 2018. However, low inventory and weakening affordability is likely to keep these figures from accelerating rapidly. Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) presented his 2018 midyear forecast at the 2018 REALTORS® Legislative Meeting and Trade Expo recently, stating that a moderate, multiyear increase in home sales and home prices is most likely in our future. After jumping 3.8 percent in 2016, existing home sales only gained 1.1 percent to 5.5 million

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Sudden drop in Millennial homeownership points to weakening affordability; presents opportunity for home builders

Millennial homeownership dropped from a three-year high of 36 percent in the fourth quarter 2017 to 35.3 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to recent data from the United States Census Bureau. What’s causing young adults to start shying away from home buying? According to CNBC’s housing and real estate contributor, Diana Olick, the culprit is clear: weakening affordability and lack of available starter homes. “Millennials make up the largest share of those seeking starter homes, a portion of the market that saw inventory plummet 14.2 percent and prices leap nearly 10 percent year-over-year in Q1 2017,” wrote

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In some metros, home prices have hit new highs

  Across the United States, there are several metros where home prices have never been this high. Roughly half of 105 metro areas studied by ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data provider, were above their prerecession home price peaks in the first quarter of this year. “Rising interest rates and recently enacted tax reform that removed some tax incentives for homeownership were not enough to cool off red-hot home price appreciation in many parts of the country, with 30 of the 105 local markets analyzed posting double-digit gains in median home prices in the first quarter,” said Daren Blomquist,

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