I joined Oliver Renick on TD Ameritrade Network last Friday to discuss the housing market and some of my recent comments from the newest Three Minute Macro video. In short:
- Interest rates over 6% creates an unaffordability problem that is likely to put downward pressure on prices as demand dries up and supply increases.
- This isn’t a 2008 repeat, however, because you won’t have the low quality adjustable rate borrower being forced to panic sell.
- We’re also unlikely to see a financial panic because banks are much healthier and the Fed is much more involved in shoring up the financial markets at the first whiff of contagion.
- Housing is likely to be fragile for several years until the supply/demand imbalance in the interest rate market corrects.
- My estimate is that prices could fall 10-15% at the national level and perhaps more in hotter markets.
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