The U.S. finally has moved beyond attention-grabbing predictions from housing “experts” that housing is bottoming. The numbers are now convincing.
Nearly seven years after the housing bubble burst, most indexes of house prices are bending up. “We finally saw some rising home prices,” S&P’s David Blitzer said a few weeks ago as he reported the first monthly increase in the slow-moving S&P/Case-Shiller house-price data after seven months of declines.
WARNING: Short Sales – love em or hate em, they’re here to stay! Go beyond the basic short sale designation. Watch the FREE Short Sale video and download the FREE Short Sale training guide.NOTICE: Free book guaranteed for first 100 agents only
From here on, housing is unlikely to drag the U.S. economy down further. It will instead reflect the strength or weakness of the overall economy: The more jobs, the more confident Americans are about keeping their jobs, the more they are willing to buy houses. “Manufacturing had led growth and construction had lagged,” JPMorgan Chase economists said last week.”Now the roles are reversed: Manufacturing growth has slowed as private construction comes to life.”Free, Easy, Qualified Leads - Without Cold-Calling or Spending $$$ to Buy Them! Register now for the ‘Secrets of the Millionaire Agent’ training event, and get “Think & Grow Rich: Real Estate Edition” and the “Real Estate Treasure Map” absolutely FREE. Learn the high-volume secrets of America’s top-producers! Notice: First 1,000 agents only, so hurry!. Watch Video and Download Free Books Now.
Plenty could go wrong. The biggest threat is a large shadow inventory of unsold homes, homes which owners won’t put on the market because they are underwater, homes that will be foreclosed eventually and homes owned by lenders. They have been trickling onto the market, slowed in part by government efforts to delay foreclosures; a flood could reverse the recent rise in prices. Or the still-dysfunctional mortgage market could get worse. Or overly zealous regulators or a post-election change in government policy could unsettle mortgage lenders or home buyers.
But the housing bust is over.Source: Wall Street Journal