As 2017 gets into full swing, many real estate analysts are making their predictions regarding the housing market for the next year and beyond. Rising prices in 2016 did little to dim consumer enthusiasm for home buying, and this trend is expected to continue throughout the new year. Here are some key factors to watch in the real estate market for 2017.
1. Increased Construction May Ease Housing Crunch
Construction firms across the U.S. are expressing greater confidence and increased willingness to embark on new projects. This may improve the housing picture in areas currently experiencing serious shortages of affordable homes for sale. Prices are still on the rise in many areas, however, which could have a significant impact on the ability of buyers to purchase the homes of their dreams.
2. Mortgage Rates Hard to Predict
While most experts still expect interest rates to rise in 2017, the extent and speed of these increases may be significantly slower. Market analysts also foresee added volatility in interest rates and pricing throughout the country, making it more difficult for buyers to gauge the right time to make their move in the housing market. The credit crunch may be easing, however, which should be good news for home buyers nationwide.
3. Home Buying Still More Affordable than Renting
Across the U.S., recent figures indicate that buying is still a less expensive proposition for most consumers than renting comparable properties. By investing in home ownership rather than spending money on renting, most individuals and families can build wealth for themselves and for future generations.
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