First a review of the previous three years ...
Here is a summary of forecasts for 2015. In 2015, new home sales will probably be just over 500 thousand, and total housing starts will be something over 1.1 million. It is early, but CoreLogic, Zillow and the MBA were very close on New Home sales, and CoreLogic, MetroStudy, MBA and Zillow were all close on starts.
Here is a summary of forecasts for 2014. In 2014, new home sales were 437 thousand, and total housing starts were 1.003 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.
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 a few forecasts for 2016 (I'll add many more of the next several weeks).
From Fannie Mae: Housing Forecast: October 2015
From NAHB: housing and economic forecast.
UCLA Ziman Center.
Note: For comparison, new home sales in 2015 will probably be just over 500 thousand, and total housing starts over 1.1 million.
I haven't worked up a forecast yet for 2016, however I think the NAHB forecast for new home sales is too high - as is the UCLA forecast for housing starts.
|Housing Forecasts for 2016|
|New Home Sales (000s)||Single Family Starts (000s)||Total Starts (000s)||House Prices1|
|UCLA Ziman Center||1,420|
|1Case-Shiller unless indicated otherwise|
2FHFA Purchase-Only Index