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Inventory is expected to rise next year, reports Washington Post writer Michele Lerner. According to data, inventory is expected to increase by less than 7% in 2019, and most of the new listings will be high-end houses in expensive housing markets rather than property affordable to first-time buyers.

Home prices are anticipated to rise by 2.2 percent, according to, a slower pace of growth than the past few years. At the same time, mortgage rates are predicted to rise to 5.5 percent, according to, which cuts into affordability.

Millennials have been long anticipated to increase the number of first-time buyers in the market. But first-time buyers were just 31 percent of all buyers in October, down from the previous month and from last year, according to the National Association of Realtors, a reflection of the difficulty of finding and affording a first home. For sellers, competition for buyers will be more heated, particularly for expensive properties, according to Owners of median-priced homes will be more likely to sell their homes quickly as long as they price them appropriately.

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