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Co-founderRE/MAX Offers Predictions for 2013 Housing Market

There are some interesting insights listed by Dave Liniger, co founder of RE/MAX below. I keep reading them over and over again. They always  start the February or March RE/MAX International Convention with these kinds of insights each year. 

David Liniger, co-founder of RE?MAX, recently shared his top ten predictions for the housing market in 2013. Last year, his predictions were 85% accurate.

Keep in mind that this is a take on the national picture and that local markets, especially unique ones like the one in my community of Maricopa Arizona, are affected differently so all of these predictions may not apply. Regardless, it is an interesting outlook for 2013 which he feels could be the best market in a long time. We can only hope!

Here are his predictions:

1. With more pent up demand, more homebuyers and sellers are expected to enter the market.

2. Homes sales will rise by 6-7 percent, and prices will rise by 3-4 percent.

3. The inventory of homes for sale will hit a bottom. More homes will be on the market from homeowners whose equity has increased and from lenders who are foreclosing more efficiently.

4. Higher priced homes will begin to sell.

5. Distressed property numbers will bottom out. “We will be dealing with a significant number of distressed properties for a few more years, but the numbers should start retreating to more traiditonal levels in 2013,” Liniger said.

6. Shadow inventory will continue to fall. Liniger explained shadow inventory has already fallen 12 percent from 2011.

7. The number of short sale closings will rise to a peak.

8. Record low mortgage rates will rise slightly by year-end. Although they will remain near their historic lows, Liniger says rates may start to inch up towards the end of year.

9. Lending will remain tight was Liniger’s one negative prediction. “Due to increased government regulation and the soon to be established provisions of Dodd-Frank, lenders will be compelled to keep standards tight,” he said.

10. Home affordability will remain the best in years, bringing more buyers into the market.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsCheryl Ritchie • January 23 2013 07:28PM


Cheryl -- we hear the same and expect high end property sales to really pick up and also expect that a shortage of listings will create a rise in property values as buyers compete for them.
Posted by Jane & Garry Smith, ABR, GRI, Realtors - Portland, ME - (207) 253-3195 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Sounds like the beginning of a busy year. Thanks for sharing the encouraging predictions.

Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 7 years ago

This is a great list, and I agree with it.  However, I think that any of the items on the list would be items that just about anybody currently doing well, and currently having their finger on the pulse of the market, would come up with.

I think 2013 is going to be a very good year.  The election is over, and at least the uncertainty that many felt was holding things back last year... is gone.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago