2016 a Great Year for Housing, 2017 a Wild Card; Cash Sales May Be Leveling Off; Calmest Week For Rates

This year, with less than two weeks left to go, is shaping up to be the best year for housing in a decade according to Freddie Mac’s Economic & Housing Research Group. Their year-end wrap up and forecast however, sees a more mixed picture for 2017. This year saw home sales through November at the highest level since 2007 and construction, as measured by housing starts, were at the fastest pace since 2008. Home prices finally erased all of the losses experienced during the downturn. Economic growth appears to be accelerating in the latter half of 2016 and the labor market remains at full employment, but rising interest rates threaten to slow and possibly turn back housing’s momentum. The group restates its belief expressed in November that housing will stall a bit in 2017 as higher rates
2016 a Great Year for Housing, 2017 a Wild Card; Cash Sales May Be Leveling Off; Calmest Week For Rates
2016 a Great Year for Housing, 2017 a Wild Card; Cash Sales May Be Leveling Off; Calmest Week For Rates

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