- More millennials entering their prime homebuying years, rising household formation, and continued job gains boosting overall demand are expected to be behind the slight increase in existing-home sales in 2017, according to a residential housing and economic forecast session by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
- Heading into the final months of data for 2016, NAR expects existing-home sales to finish at a pace of about 5.36 million – the best year since 2006 (6.47 million). In 2017, sales are forecast to grow roughly 2 percent to around 5.46 million, and then with a more prominent jump of 4 percent in 2018 (5.68 million). The national median existing-home price is expected to rise to around 4 percent both this year and in 2017.
- Looking to next year, the tight supply and affordability issues affecting buyers in many markets will very slowly but surely start to abate. As housing starts steadily increase, housing demand will include leading-edge millennial households finally dipping their toes into the market at a growing rate.
- NAR anticipates housing starts to jump 5.3 percent next year to 1.22 million. However, this is still under the 1.5 million new homes needed to make up for the shortfall in recent years and keep up with the growing demand. New single-family home sales are likely to total 570,000 this year and rise to around 620,000 in 2017.