Home sales rebounded to the strongest level in five years in 2012, as home building bounced back to levels not seen since early in the recession. Near record low mortgage rates, rising home prices and a drop in foreclosures have combined to bring buyers back to the market. Experts forecast that there will be just under 1 million housing starts this year roughly matching the 28% rise in home building in 2012.
Many Analytics are forecasting a 50% rise both this year and next year, which it estimates will create more than 1 million new jobs. Sales are soaring because a combination of strong market fundamentals near record low mortgage rates, lower unemployment and a rebound in home prices, all of which are bringing in buyers into the market who had been waiting for it to hit bottom. The mortgage rates and years of depressed home prices have also combined to create the most affordable housing market on record. Many realtors are predicting strong sales should continue into 2013 and beyond. It has a forecast for 5.1 million existing home sales this year, and 5.4 million next year.