9 real estate trends to expect in 2017

  • Thinking about buying or selling a home next year?

    No matter what your real estate goals, it's good to learn everything you can in order to make the best deal.

    We asked Svenja Gudell, chief economist for Zillow, and Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com, what we can expect to see in the market next year.

    While predicting how the real estate market will behave is never an exact science, this year could be especially difficult to predict, the experts said.

    "I think at this point it will be a very interesting year as we see what President Trump will put into place as far as housing policies," Gudell said. He cited possible changes to affordable housing regulations, vouchers and how the Federal Housing Authority works during the Trump administration.

    While some presidential policies are tough to foresee at this early stage, plenty of market trends for the new year are much clearer.

    Click ahead for nine predictions about the real estate market in 2017.

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