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M REPORT | 45 O R I G I NAT I O N S E R V I C I N G DATA G O V E R N M E N T S E C O N DA R Y M A R K E T THE LATEST DATA Housing Experts Weigh in on What to Expect in '22 Populous cities Spartanburg, Huntsville, and Tuscon among those expected to experience stronger price appreciation in 2022. A ccording to a survey of more than 20 top U.S. economic and housing experts, slower housing price appreciation is expected to ease inflation and increase interest rates in 2022. NAR Chief Economist and SVP of research, Lawrence Yun, unveiled the consensus forecast today during NAR's third annual year-end Real Estate Forecast Summit. "Overall, survey participants believe we'll see the housing mar- ket and broader economy normal- ize next year," Yun said. "Though forecasted to rise 4%, inflation will decelerate after hefty gains in 2021, while home price increases are also expected to ease with an an- nual appreciation of less than 6%. Slowing price growth will partly be the consequence of interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve." For 2022, the group of experts predicted that annual median home prices will increase by 5.7%, inflation will rise 4% and the Federal Open Market Committee will twice increase the federal funds rate by 0.25%. Yun forecasts U.S. GDP to grow at the typical historical pace of 2.5%, barring any major, widespread transmission of the omicron COVID-19 variant. He expects the 30-year fixed mort- gage rate to increase to 3.5% as the Fed raises interest rates to control inflation but noted this is lower than the pre-pandemic rate of 4%. The housing market performed better than it has in 15 years in 2021, with an estimated 6 million existing-home sales. As mort- gage rates tick up slightly, Yun predicts existing-home sales will decline to 5.9 million in 2022. He also forecasts a modest increase in housing starts to 1.67 million as the pandemic's supply chain backlogs subside. NAR identified 10 housing markets as "hidden gems" that are expected to experience stronger price appreciation relative to other markets in 2022. Markets included are: • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas • Daphne-Fairhope-Farley, Alabama • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas-Missouri • Huntsville, Alabama • Knoxville, Tennessee • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida • Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, Florida • San Antonio-New Braunfels, Texas • Spartanburg, South Carolina • Tucson, Arizona "The housing sector performed spectacularly in 2021 in many markets, with huge gains achieved in places like Austin, Boise, and Naples," Yun said. "Several mar- kets did reasonably well in 2021, but not as strong as the under- lying fundamentals suggested. Therefore, in 2022, these 'hidden gem' markets have more room for growth." NAR considered a market a hidden gem based on two categories: 1) if the market's ratio of median home price to median family income is in the lower half of the 379 metro areas analyzed and 2) if the following seven indicators reflecting the strength of housing demand for that market are in the upper half of metro areas—wage growth, job growth, ratio of the change in population to the sum of housing permits, population growth, net domestic migration, percentage of the population ages 25 to 44, and the percentage of households with broadband service. NAR's top 10 list only includes metro areas with populations of at least 200,000. "Overall, survey participants believe we'll see the housing market and broader economy normalize next year." —Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and SVP of Research, NAR

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