Planning To Buy A Home? 5 Things To Know About The 2018 Housing Market

forbes | December 13, 2017

Are you thinking about buying a home in 2018? You’re not alone. Across the country, lots of people are trying to decide whether to make that leap into homeownership next year. So, since 2017 is coming to a close, we decided to write up our thoughts on where the housing market stands today and what you should look for in 2018, in collaboration with Unison Home Ownership Investors. Our analysis is based on the 2017 Unison Investment Management report. Keep reading for an overview of the top five things you need to know about the housing market in 2018.

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