Economists Predict a Strong Year for Housing in 2015

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Real Estate Agent with East West Partners of VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia 0226005035

Economists Predict a Strong Year for Housing in 2015

An improving economy, low mortgage rates, larger household formations, and pent-up demand will help increase single family home production in 2015, according to economists who participated in the NAHB Fall Construction Forecast Webinar last month. A recent article in Floor Daily highlights the reasons for this optimism and more positive news for the new home industry

The National Association of Home Builders' Chief Economist David Crowe said, "Single-family builders are feeling good. They are not overly confident, but confident enough to keep moving forward". Crowe added that the single family housing will finish out the year much stronger than it began and set the stage for a robust 2015. Crowe also says this is mostly due to significant pent-up demand and steady job and economic growth that will allow trade-up buyers who have delayed home purchases due to job insecurity to enter the marketplace.

 

Recent sales success in Founders Pointe in the last six weeks reflects Crowe's comment where East West Realty reports the sale of three Showcase Homes and several presales on premium lots. Founders Pointe is a new waterfront community near Smithfield, VA and features resort style amenites and waterfront lots along Batten Bay and the James River.

Even though it's November, new home activity is certainly up at Founders Pointe with 16 new homes currently in different stages of construction - eight new homes are currently sold, and another eight new homes under constuction are available for sale. (Home values range from the $390's to over $800,000.) 

Donita Frantz, a new homes REALTOR® with East West Realty said she has noticed a renewed confidence in her buyers in recent weeks. "Many of our buyers have been waiting for years to buy a new home and they realize that now is the time."

The National Association of Home Builders expects new home starts to increase this year by 6.6 percent up to 991,000, as reported by the Floor Daily article. The NAHB also expects single family production to increase by 2.5% this year to 637,000 units, rise an additional 26% in 2015, and is projected to reach 1.1 million in 2016.            

Discover the best in lifestyle communities at Founders PointeLiberty Ridge, and The Riverfront at Harbour View. East West is also celebrating its 25th anniversary of the Gatling Pointe Yacht Club, a riverfront club/restaurant and pool complex with a 68 slip marina adjacent to the town of Smithfield, Virginia. Visit an East West Realty Sales Center today.

    New homes currently available in Founders Pointe range in price from $434,900 to $659,900 

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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

I am hoping these economists are right and things pick up a little bit next year.

Nov 13, 2014 02:05 PM
Mark Edwards
East West Partners of VA, Hampton Roads, Virginia - Suffolk, VA
East West Realty

Troy,

Yes, we all hope they're spot on. We've seen renewed interest this fall and optimism in our new homebuyers. Thanks for the comment.

Mark

Nov 13, 2014 08:10 PM