Has the housing market bottomed out? That’s what they’re saying over on the Calculated Risk. Noting that the data shows that new home sales hit a low in mid-2010 and have gone sideways since, the soothsayers at the economics blog predict that housing prices, a metric that hits a lot closer to home for buyers and sellers, will hit a low point next month and rebound from there. The writer cites three reasons for the optimism: (1) the national price-to-rent ratio (historical graph on the jump) is finally back to “normal” levels; (2) there’s been a large decline in listed inventory; (3) housing policy initiatives are likely to lessen the downward pressure of distressed sales. Of course, all real estate is local, so results may vary.
The Housing Bottom is Here [Calculated Risk]
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