2017 Closed with Strong Home Price Growth, Up 7 Percent in December
Home prices finished the year strong, up 6.8 percent in December from last year to a national median sale price of $287,000 across the markets Redfin serves. Sales were down 2.4 percent ending a year of fluctuating sales growth. The number of homes for sale declined 14.5 percent compared to a year ago, marking 27 months in a row of inventory declines.The typical home that sold in December found a buyer after 49 days on the market, five days fewer than 2016.
“Like last year, low inventory will be the biggest driver of the 2018 real estate market,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “Major housing market dynamics don’t shift dramatically when the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1. We anticipate a continuation of the same trends we’ve been seeing for the past few years. Price growth will remain strong as many homeowners will remain deterred from selling due to the low mortgage rates they’ve locked in and the high price of their would-be move-up home.”
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