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Housing Predictions for 2018

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New homes are expected to be a “primary driver of sales in 2018,” as 1.33 million housing starts are predicted next year—up from 1.22 million in 2017, according to Freddie Mac’s September Outlook report, which gauges future real estate activity. Total home sales are expected to increase about 2 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the report. Economists also predict that the uptick in housing starts, coupled with a moderate increase in mortgage rates, will help slow the run-up in home prices next year. Freddie Mac forecasts a 4.9 percent increase in home prices in 2018, lower than the 6.3 percent growth seen so far this year. Mortgage rates also are up from near-record lows in 2016, prompting predictions that refinancings will fall to 25 percent of mortgage activity in 2018—the lowest share since 1990, according to Fannie Mae. Still, homeowners likely will continue building equity next year. In the second quarter of 2017, the dollar volume of equity cashed out was $15 million, up $…

September 2017 Newsletter by Tony Stefani

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Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general. 

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These 5 Landscape Design Trends for Fall Are Catching Fire
Sorry, sun worshippers. It's that time of year again, when the flames of those barbecues and bonfires start to die down for good, the shorts go back into deep storage, and the summer vacations come grinding to an end.
But just because the days are shorter and the temperature's a bit chillier doesn't mean homeowners can't continue to enjoy their own outdoor oases. They just may want to add fire.

Fire features, such as outdoor fire pits and fire tables (designed so that the flames burst through the center), are the…