November 2017

The facts of residential real estate have remained consistent in 2017. In 
year - over- year comparisons, the number of homes for sale has been fewer 
in most locales, and homes have been selling in fewer days for higher prices. 
This hasn't always been true, but it has been a common enough storyline to 
make it an overarching trend for the year.

New Listings in the Milwaukee region decreased 6.9 percent to 1,155. Pending
Sales were down 53.6 percent to 604. Inventory levels fell 8.8 percent to 4,613
units.

Prices continued to gain traction. The Median Sales Price increased 8.1 percent
to $200,000. Days on Market was down 26.2 percent to 48 days. Sellers were
encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 6.3 percent to 3.0
months.

New tax legislation could have ramifications on housing. The White House
believes that the tax reform bill will have a small impact on home prices,
lowering them by less than 4 percent, and could conceivably boost
homeownership. The National Association of REALTORS® has stated that
eliminating the mortgage interest deduction could hurt housing, as the doubled
standard deduction would reduce the desire to take out a mortgage and itemize
the interest associated with it, thus reducing demand. This is a developing
story.



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