Most of 2016 offered the same monthly housing market highlights. The number of home sales was up in year-over-year comparisons, along with the days on market and months of supply. Meanwhile, sales and prices were up in most markets. Unemployment rates were low, wages improved and, as the year waned, we completed a contentious presidential election and saw mortgage rates increase, neither of which are expected to have a negative impact on real estate in 2017.
The overwhelming feeling about prospects in residential real estate for the immediate future is optimism. There are certainly challenges in this market, like continued low inventory and higher competition for those fewer properties, but opportunities abound for hardworking agents and diligent consumers.
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