Market Report

Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA

Short-term forecast

Underperform

House price changes in the Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA metro market are forecasted to underperform the national market in the short term. Based on the housing market vitality metric, the market ranks 384 among 402 US metro housing markets. Currently, the metro market is underperforming the national market and performance is forecasted to deteriorate.

MARKET RANK
Mar 2020 Mar 2019
384 / 402 299 / 402
SITUATION
Mar 2020 Mar 2019
Underperforming Underperforming
OUTLOOK
Mar 2020 Mar 2019
Negative Negative

Forecasted Performance

The local housing market vitality is forecasted to deteriorate and performance will be in the bottom decile of all metro markets. Improvements in national economy and housing availability conditions lift the forecasted performance and changes in job market conditions drag down the forecast.

Trailing 12-month Performance

Over the last twelve months, local housing market vitality remained unchanged and performance is currently in the middle fifty of all metro markets. Improvements in new construction and job market conditions lifted trailing 12-month performance and changes in housing availability and national economy conditions moderated performance.

Industry Specialization

The local economy is specialized in: Pro Bus svcs, Fncl activities, and Information. Mining, Leisure Hosp, and Other svcs industry sectors are less important to the local economy. Industry specialization helps explain the differing impact of industry trends on local economies in contrast to industry composition which describes the structure of the economy. A Specialization Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the sector having a greater share of the local economy than it does of the national economy. Sectors with a Specialization Index greater than 120 characterize the local economy.

Industry Composition

Accounting for 59% of the local business economy, the top three industry sectors are: Trade Trans Util, Pro Bus svcs, and Manufacturing. These industry sectors create the bulk of the jobs and earnings that power the local economy. Longer-term trends that impact these sectors will have an enduring effect on the local economy.

Market Demographics

Compared to the US, Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County, PA metro market has a lower incidence of poverty and the local population has more purchasing power. There are more high school graduates and a larger proportion of the population is college educated. Lastly, the local population is less diverse than the overall US population. A Demographics Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the factor being more intense in the local market versus the national average. Characteristics of the local population is a longer-term factor that influences the housing market.