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2017 saw existing home sales rise 1.1% to 5.51 million, the best year since 2006.  Several factors contributed to sales growth, e.g., lowest unemployment in several years, elevated household confidence, growing economy, low mortgage rates and expectations of a Trump tax reduction.  The median sales price for existing homes was $246,000 at the end of 2017.  This is up 5.8% from 2016. 

 An estimated 608,000 new homes were sold in 2017, according to U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing & Urban Development. This is 8.3 percent above the 2016 figure of 561,000. The median sales price of new houses sold in December 2017 was $335,400. The average sales price was $338,900. 

The seasonally-adjusted estimate of new homes for sale at the end of December was 295,000. This represents a supply of 5.7 months at the current sales rate.

National average for 30 year mortgage money is 4.46%. 15 year money is at 3.92%. 5/1 arms
are at 4.38% and Jumbo loans are at 4.75%.

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes rose to a level
of 72 in January 2018 up from 68 in January 2017, per the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index
(HMI). 

Existing home sales are expected to rise 2.8% above the 2017 levels in 2018 to 5.8 million
(Realtor). A record high stock market, partially created by the passage of the Trump/Republican tax
bill, low unemployment, record job creation, rising consumer confidence, pent-up household formation and a growing economy are
giving more Americans the assurance and ability to purchase a home.
 

Source: Wall Street Journal www.census.gov  www.realtor.com   www.nahb.org  www.bloomberg.com

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