The US Housing Market Is Raising Serious Red Flags

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
By Paul Martin

by Lakshman Achuthan, op-ed via Bloomberg.com,
ZeroHedge.com
Tue, 10/16/2018

Real home price growth looks to have already entered a cyclical downturn that is likely to intensify as affordability worsens…

Despite a robust U.S. economy, at least as measured by gross domestic product, real home price growth is locked in a cyclical downturn. If that’s not bad enough, it will likely get worse based on the same approach and factors that correctly flagged the housing bust – in real time – in early 2006.

Home prices are highly cyclical and, as everyone discovered from the last recession, their movements can have material consequences for the broader economy. Yet, according to the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s Aug. 1 monetary policy meeting, policy makers are only starting to recognize the “possibility” of a significant weakening in the housing sector as a “downside risk.” Our research suggests that real home price growth has already entered a cyclical downturn that is likely to intensify. Data this week is forecast to show a drop in housing starts and existing home sales.

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