2020: Predicting the Housing Market

February 4, 2020

Predicting the housing market is like an Olympic event; everyone loves to
predict the ups and downs of the real estate market. As we enter 2020 consumers
are wondering if it’s a good time to buy? What can home buyers expect this year
and is it time to move?

Housing Market Trends 2020

Most analysts agree that 2020 should see a continuation of the momentum which
built in 2019. The foundation for growth is strong with low unemployment
numbers, higher household incomes and high consumer confidence. Additionally
we are starting to see more Millennials enter the housing market than ever

Housing Stocks

More and more investors are realizing the value of adding real estate to their
portfolios. Shunting the hassle of owning rental properties, many of these
investors, as well as new participants, are turning to REITs for investment
diversification. REITs that are based on hard assets provide stability as well as
liquidity, making them very popular.

The types of properties held in these funds is changing also. In addition to
commercial and large scale buildings, many funds are adding smaller homes to
their portfolio – taking advantage of the growing down-sizing trend as Baby
Boomers move to their next home.

Market Picture for Buyers

Overall, buyers should find a nice selection of homes from which to choose.
Interest rates are expected to remain reasonable and home prices should flatten
a bit with the increased inventory of homes. All-in-all, 2020 should be a
continuation of the past year with no extreme moves expected in the market.

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