Is the housing market too bubbly?

A quick glance at the price of homes might make you think it’s 2008 all over again. But in my opinion this housing market is a different animal.

In my view, real estate is one of the best investments you will ever hold. And with the right approach, you can still come out ahead in an inflated market.

Navigating this wild housing market as a buyer is a tall task. 

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) tracks data across 40 of the richest nations in the world. Annual house price growth among those OECD nations hit 9.4% in the first quarter of 2021. It was the fastest pace for price growth in 30 years.

Stability Rules

In my view, there’s a difference between the U.S. and the rest of the world: stability.

The U.S. was never unstable during the pandemic in my view. Couple that with these other factors, and you create a surge in home prices:

Inventory is low. June data from the National Association of Realtors said that the inventory of houses for sale in the U.S. is down over 20% from this time last year.

The pace of new home construction wasn’t keeping up with demand before the pandemic. Throw in pandemic closures, and you have a real shortage of stock.

Renters have wanted a house for a while, especially after the last year. At the same time, Millennials are getting married and starting families. It was the recipe for an explosion in home prices.

This post first appeared on August 4 on the Money & Markets blog.

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