Recently released research data project rising residential prices in 2013. The October 2012 Economic Survey by the Wall Street Journal panel of economists forecasted home prices as increasing at an annual rate of 3.25 percent in the forthcoming year. A similar National Association of Business Economists survey projected a 2.8 percent increase in home prices by the end of 2013.
Based on information from the latest Realtors Confidence Index (see below), REALTORS® are projecting a 3 percent increase in home prices in the forthcoming year. Both practitioners and economists are in good agreement on this one: prices are projected to increase.
Information provided by Jed Smith is Managing Director, Quantitative Research with the National Association of Realtors®. He has worked on real estate issues for the past 20 years, providing input on a variety of housing, commercial real estate, tax, and planning issues. Recently he has been involved in several international studies.