Is a Recession Here? Yes. Does that Mean a Housing Crash? No.

Bill LewisEconomy, Home Ownership

Recession Yes - Housing Crash No

On Monday, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) announced that the U.S. economy is officially in a recession. This did not come as a surprise to many, as the Bureau defines a recession this way: “A recession is a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, normally visible in production, employment, and other indicators. A recession begins when the economy reaches a peak … Read More

What Impact Might COVID-19 Have on Home Values?

Bill LewisEconomy, Home Ownership

Impact of COVID-19 on home values

A big challenge facing the housing industry is determining what impact the current pandemic may have on home values. Some buyers are hoping for major price reductions because the health crisis is straining the economy. The price of any item, however, is determined by supply and demand, which is how many items are available in relation to how many consumers want to buy that … Read More

Will Home Values Appreciate or Depreciate in 2020?

Bill LewisHome Ownership, Home Purchasing

Will Home Values go Up or Down in 2020

With the housing market staggered to some degree by the health crisis the country is currently facing, some potential purchasers are questioning whether home values will be impacted. The price of any item is determined by supply as well as the market’s demand for that item. Each month the National Association of Realtors (NAR) surveys “over 50,000 real estate practitioners about their expectations … Read More

Why Home Equity Is a Bright Spark in the Housing Market

Bill LewisEconomy, Home Ownership

Home Equity Is a Bright Spark in the Housing Market

Given how we have seen more unemployment claims than ever before over the past several weeks, fear is spreading widely. Some good news, however, shows that more than 4 million initial unemployment filers have likely already found a new job, especially as industries such as health care, food and grocery stores, retail, delivery, and more increase their employment opportunities. Breaking down … Read More