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Big expectations for home sales through 2018

More homes are predicted to be sold this year than in more than a decade. In 2017, the number of existing-home sales is expected to increase about 3.5 percent to 5.64 million. By 2018, existing-home sales will likely rise another 2.8 percent to 5.8 million, according to forecasts by the National Association of REALTORS.

The rise in new jobs, pent-up household formation, and increasing consumer confidence are helping to propel the housing market forward, says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist.

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