Why an Economic Slowdown Will NOT Crush Real Estate this Time

    The  National Association for Business Economics released their February 2019 Economic Policy Survey. The survey revealed that a majority of the panel believe an economic slowdown is in the near future:

    “While only 10% of panelists expect a recession in 2019, 42% say a recession will happen in 2020, and 25% expect one in 2021.”

    Their findings coincide with three previous surveys calling for a slowdown sometime in the next two years:

    1. The Pulsenomics Survey of Market Analysts
    2. The Wall Street Journal Survey of Economists
    3. The Duke University Survey of American CFOs

    That raises the question: Will the real estate market be impacted like it was during the last recession?

    A recession does not equal a housing crisis. According to the dictionary definition, a recession is:

    “A period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally identified by a fall in GDP in two successive quarters.”

    During the last recession, prices fell dramatically because the housing collapse caused the recession. However, if we look at the previous four recessions, we can see that home values weren’t negatively impacted:

    • January 1980 to July 1980: Home values rose 4.5%
    • July 1981 to November 1982: Home values rose 1.9%
    • July 1990 to March 1991: Home values fell less than 1%
    • March 2001 to November 2001: Home values rose 4.8%

    Most experts agree with Ralph McLaughlin, CoreLogic’s Deputy Chief Economist, who recently explained:

    “There’s no reason to panic right now, even if we may be headed for a recession. We’re seeing a cooling of the housing market, but nothing that indicates a crash.”

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