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Housing Predictions for 2016

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

From Zillow

Triggering the young adult marketplace remains a big challenge for sellers of properties, both new and resale. Easing of credit access and better household formation and evolution trends do support demand, although inventories of new and existing supply are a constraint. So Zillow is predicting a “drive-'til-you-qualify” growth spurt for suburbs, given up for being moribund only a few years ago.

“In 2016, we'll start to see more people in hot coastal markets forced to move farther from the core of the city to find housing,” said Zillow chief economist Svenja Gudell. “When they get there, they'll be looking for amenity-rich suburbs – mini-cities with walkable cores and an urban feel.”

Zillow's 2016 Housing Market Predictions

  • The median age of first-time home buyers willset a new record in 2016. Buyers are already about three years older, on average, than they were in the 1980s.
  • More low-income Americans will be priced out of homeownership. Home values are rising faster than incomes, so in 2016, the poorest Americans will be unable to afford even the least expensive homes.
  • Rents will soar in 2016, bringing the highest median rents ever.
  • People will move outside cities to find affordable homes, and that will change the suburbs. Hot spots for 2016 will be dense, walkable suburbs with urban amenities.
  • More than 100 economic and housing experts in the latest Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey pinned home value growth at about 3.5 percent in 2016.

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