The national housing market is largely predicted to moderate in 2017, but a handful of metros are expected to beat expectations. In fact, 10 housing markets are looking like hot-beds for growth in the new year.
Realtor.com®’s research team has flagged markets that will likely see average price gains of 5.8 percent and sales growth of 6.3 percent in 2017. Those gains would exceed next year’s anticipated national growth of 3.9 percent in home prices and 1.9 percent in home sales.
As such, real estate professionals in these 10 markets should expect a booming business in 2017. Realtor.com® notes these are the hottest housing markets to watch in the new year, based on price and sales gains:
1. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.
2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, Calif.
3. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, Mass.-N.H.
4. Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, Calif.
5. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.
6. Jacksonville, Fla.
7. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla.
8. Raleigh, N.C.
9. Tucson, Ariz.
10. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore.-Wash.
Why are expectations so high for these 10 markets? Realtor.com®’s research team notes that strong local economies and population growth are helping to fuel sales. Also, the top 10 housing markets have other commonalities, such as relatively affordable rental prices, low unemployment, and large populations of millennials and baby boomers.
Source: “Realtor.com® Forecasts Post-Election Economy to Result in Higher Mortgage Rates While Housing Delivers Slower Gains in 2017,” realtor.com® (Nov. 30, 2016)