The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) recently released its 2015 California Housing Market Forecast. C.A.R. forecasts that home sales will rise modestly and that prices will flatten out in 2015 as traditional home buyers return to the market in place of investors. C.A.R. identifies stringent underwriting guidelines and double-digit home price increases over the past two years as the cause of buyers delaying their home purchase and forecasts that as home price gains slow, would-be buyers will return to the market.
C.A.R. forecasts that the average for 30-year fixed mortgage interest rates will rise slightly to 4.5 percent and that the California median home price will increase 5.2 percent (following a projected 11.8 percent increase in 2014). Finally, C.A.R. highlights that “the state will continue to see a bifurcated market” and that areas with a tighter housing supply and vigorous job market, like Orange County and parts of Los Angeles County, will continue to outperform other regions.
You can view the C.A.R. news release here: http://www.car.org/newsstand/newsreleases/2014releases/859066
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