Why a Housing Crash Isn't on the Horizon: A Closer Look at Today's Market

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Why a Housing Crash Isn't on the Horizon: A Closer Look at Today's Market

In the current real estate climate, many speculate about the possibility of a housing crash that would mirror the events of 2008, significantly lowering home prices. However, a comprehensive analysis of current data and trends suggests otherwise. Here's why we believe the housing market is on solid ground, continuing its upward trajectory.

Stricter Lending Equals Stronger Foundations

The ease of obtaining a home loan prior to the 2008 crisis contributed significantly to the market's collapse. Today, the landscape of mortgage lending has drastically changed. Modern borrowers face rigorous standards set by mortgage companies, a shift that has notably decreased the risk of default. Data from the Mortgage Bankers Association illustrates this tightening of lending criteria, signaling a market built on more solid ground than before.

Inventory Shortages Keep Prices Afloat

Unlike the overflow of homes available during the 2008 crisis, today's real estate market is characterized by an inventory shortage. According to the National Association of Realtors and the Federal Reserve, the current supply of unsold homes stands at a mere 3.0-months' worth, in stark contrast to the 10.4-month supply at the 2008 peak. This scarcity of available homes is a key factor in maintaining home prices, preventing the drastic decreases seen in the past.

Home Equity: The Unutilized Cushion

The early 2000s saw homeowners leveraging their properties to the hilt, using their equity to fund lifestyles beyond their means. This reckless borrowing left many underwater when the market crashed. Today's homeowners, however, exhibit more caution. Black Knight reports a record-high in tappable equity, indicating not only that homeowners are in a better financial position but also that they are less likely to find themselves in distress. The minimal number of underwater mortgages today further reduces the risk of a market flooded with distressed properties.

Conclusion: A Resilient Market

While the desire for lower home prices is understandable, current market indicators and trends suggest that a significant downturn is unlikely. Today's real estate market bears little resemblance to the pre-2008 landscape, thanks to tighter lending practices, limited inventory, and the prudent use of home equity by homeowners. As we look ahead, it's clear that the foundation of the housing market is robust, supporting continued price growth rather than a crash.

Content inspiration: keepingcurrentmatters.com

 

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