Towards the end of each year I collect some housing forecasts for the following year, and it looks like most analysts are optimistic for 2015.
Here is a summary of forecasts for 2014. In 2014, new home sales will be around 440 thousand, and total housing starts will be close to 1 million. No one was close on New Home sales (all way too optimistic), and Michelle Meyer (Merrill Lynch) and Fannie Mae were the closest on housing starts (about 10% too high).
In 2014, many analysts underestimated the impact of higher mortgage rates and higher new home prices on new home sales and starts.
Note: Here is a summary of forecasts for 2013. In 2013, new home sales were 429 thousand, and total housing starts were 925 thousand. Barclays were the closest on New Home sales followed by David Crowe (NAHB). Fannie Mae and the NAHB were the closest on housing starts.
The table below shows several forecasts for 2015.
From Fannie Mae: Housing Forecast: November 2014
I don’t have Moody’s Analytics’ forecast, but Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics said today “that single-family starts could be closing in on 1 million units by the end of 2015 and multifamily production could go as high as 500,000 units.” That seems too high.
by Bill McBride