More Gains Expected in 2014 for US Housing Market

US Real EstateExperts emphasized recently what they’ve been saying for weeks: The US housing market will show even better gains in 2014.

Evidently, experts believe that it will be a good year for housing, despite the fact that sales are likely to level off slightly.

Those interested in buying and selling real estate in the US in 2014 will surely find the following information helpful as they navigate the market!

Good News for US Homes for Sale

Here’s the outlook for the US housing market, according to a recent article I was reading:

  • Interest rates on 30-year mortgages are expected to rise above 5 percent by midyear. Currently, the national average is about 4.5 percent.
  • Home prices are expected to increase 5 to 6 percent in 2014, which is about half of what it was in 2013.
  • New home construction is expected to show immense growth in 2014, which is great for the homebuilding industry as well as those buyers looking for more options.
  • The number of foreclosed homes has dropped significantly in the last several months, suggesting that the foreclosure crisis is nearing an end.

In a related article, CoreLogic reported a similarly optimistic outlook for 2014, especially given the most recent data available.

Citing November 2013 data, CoreLogic reported that:

  • Home prices increased 0.1 percent from October to November.
  • Home prices rose 11.8 percent between November 2012 and November 2013,
  • 2013 represented the best year for housing since the financial crisis.
  • When all was said and done, home prices increased about 11.5 percent in 2013, which was the biggest gain since 2005.
  • And sales of existing homes reached 5.1 million in 2013, the National Association of Realtors said.  That’s an increase of 10 percent from the previous year.
  • That figure is also the highest it’s been since 2006.
  • CoreLogic said that, after talking with several economists, they expect sales and prices to continue rising this year, albeit at a slower pace.

Those markets that are expected to be the “hottest” in 2014 include:

  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Austin, Texas
  • San Jose, California
  • Miami, Florida
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • San Diego, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Boston, Massachusetts

Buying and Selling US Real Estate

Hopefully it will be a great year for the national housing market. One thing appears certain: It will be an improvement from the year before!

Predictions for the Salisbury MD Real Estate Market in 2014

Based on the 2013 Year in Review, it’s not unthinkable to expect a 10% increase in home sales in the Salisbury MD area over last year. Current trends would suggest an increase in the median sales price in the neighborhood of 5%, good news for Salisbury MD home sellers. Again, potential buyers would be wise to buy sooner rather than wait, especially if expected increases in mortgage rates and home prices come to fruition.

Unemployment, Fed policies, economic reports and the impact of Obamacare will weigh significantly on the direction both our local and national housing markets take throughout 2014. Rest assured, we’ll be posting regular updates on both national and Salisbury MD area housing markets to keep you well informed.

Feel free to add your questions or comments below!

 

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