Market Outlook 2020
So far, 2019 has been an excellent year for both homebuyers and real-estate investors in the U.S. Throughout the year, home prices have risen steadily and mortgage rates have fallen to unexpected lows. The nation’s strong economy and robust job market have made it possible for an increasing number of individuals and families to purchase new homes and investment properties this year. This has left many wondering whether the 2020 housing market will continue to see rising home prices and an increasing number of sales.
Home Prices Expected to Rise at a Slower Rate in 2020
Home prices have risen dramatically over the past few years. The fact that rising home prices have exceeded wage growth in the U.S. has created an affordability problem for homebuyers. Leading housing analysts agree that 2020 will continue to see rising home prices, but at a much slower rate. It is believed that this will give wage growth the opportunity to catch up, easing several of the problems potential homebuyers have experienced over recent years. This is excellent news for sellers, buyers, investors, and the economy as a whole.
It’s important to note that these predictions refer to the entire U.S. housing market. Of course, housing market predictions can vary significantly by region. While some areas of the country will continue to see home prices rise through much of 2020, others will experience slowed or flat pricing.
Southern California Home Prices Slow While Rental Prices Rise
In Orange County, Zillow predicts that home prices will only rise about $1000 by next summer. However, despite lower mortgage rates and steady home prices, it’s estimated that Southern California rental prices will rise again next year. This makes 2020 an excellent time for savvy buyers to purchase investment properties. Another consideration if for renters; owning a home fixes your monthly payment, with rents increasing, 2020 may be the best time to consider purchasing a home.
In San Diego, price growth has slowed and inventory of available homes has increased, suggesting the market is shifting in favor of buyers. Zillow predicts that home prices will continue to level off in San Diego throughout 2020.
Although no one can accurately predict the future of the U.S. housing market, it is possible to make predictions based on intensive research and a thorough understanding of the real estate market. Please keep in mind that these predictions are simply educated guesses based on current market trends and conditions, which can change over time.
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