The 2020 Real Estate Projections That May Surprise You


This will be an interesting year for residential real estate. With a presidential election taking place this fall and talk of a possible recession occurring before the end of the year, predicting what will happen in the 2020 U.S. housing market can be challenging. As a result, taking a look at the combined projections from the most trusted entities in the industry when it comes to mortgage rates, home sales, and home prices is incredibly valuable – and they may surprise you.


Mortgage Rates


Projections from the experts at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac all forecast mortgage rates remaining stable throughout 2020:


Since rates have remained under 5% for the last decade, we may not fully realize the opportunity we have right now.


Here are the average mortgage interest rates over the last several decades:

1970s: 8.86%

1980s: 12.70%

1990s: 8.12%

2000s: 6.29%


Home Sales


Three of the four expert groups noted above also predict an increase in home sales in 2020, and the fourth sees the transaction number remaining stable: