New Homes Forecast for 2017

The real estate market is a liquid thing; it's constantly shifting and moving. In 2017, it is expected to be no different. But, there are some factors that are shaping up to solidify, thus allowing experts to make their new homes forecast.

If you're planning on moving into a new home this year, then here is what the experts are forecasting for the housing market in 2017.

The Western Part of the U.S. is Expected to Lead in 2017

The western part of the United States is shaping up to lead the real estate market in 2017, especially western metro cities. Homes in those areas are expected to have a price increase of 5.8% and a sales increase of 4.7%. In comparison, the rest of the country is expected to average a home price increase of 3.9% and a sales increase of 1.9%.

Top 10 Metros in 2017

According to, the top ten metros in 2017 are expected to be:

  1. Phoenix/Mesa/Scottsdale, Arizona
  2. Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim, California
  3. Boston/Cambridge/Newton, Massachusetts
  4. Sacramento/Roseville/Arden/Arcade, California
  5. Riverside/Ontario/San Bernardino, California
  6. Jacksonville, Florida
  7. Orlando/Kissimmee/Sanford, Florida
  8. Raleigh, North Carolina
  9. Tucson, Arizona
  10. Portland/Vancouver/Hillsboro, Oregon

Home Ownership to Stabilize but Interest Rates Climb

In 2016, home ownership bottomed out at 62.9%, but in 2017, home ownership is expected to stabilize at 63.5%. New home sales are expected to grow by 10%, while new home construction is expected to increase 3%.

With 2016 being an election year, the housing market experienced a 40 basis points increase in rates immediately after the election. This resulted in interest rates being raised. And, with more than 95% of first-time home buyers relying on financing their home purchases and a majority of potential home buyers having one or more financial challenges, the increased interest rates may be too much for them to overcome, thus reducing the number of qualified buyers this year.

Top 5 Housing Trends in 2017

With the rise in interest rates, 2017 is set to see a changing buyer demographic and this will impact the year's housing trends. The top five housing trends expected to affect the market this year include:

  1. The market will be dominated by baby boomers and millennials
  2. Home prices are going to climb, but slowly (a national average of 3.9%)
  3. There will be approximately 11% fewer homes on the market in 2017
  4. Western metros will lead the market in sales and prices
  5. The Midwest market will be fueled by millennials

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