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While renovation spending rose to a record at the end of June and will reach a new high by the end of 2019, a slowdown is on the horizon. Americans spent $322 billion on remodeling and home repairs during the 12 months ending in June, a 6.8% jump from a year earlier, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. However, 2020 will be a different story.
Millennial homebuyers are less likely to take extraordinary measures to be able to afford their mortgage payments in 2019, according to a study from Redfin, which says that more Millennials are leaving roommates and renting in the past.
China’s currency controls, as well as international tensions between the U.S. and a slew of countries traditionally thought of as our allies, are putting a crimp on America’s real estate market by thwarting demand from foreign homebuyers. Purchases by Chinese people, the biggest share of foreign purchasers, plummeted 56% in the 12 months ended in March, while British home purchases tumbled 48%.