We are currently seeing bullish indicators regarding housing demand coupled with bearish indicators regarding housing prices. Let’s take a look at the past relationship between house demand and house prices and see what it suggests for the future in real estate prices. Words: 450
So says Katchum (http://katchum.blogspot.ca) in edited excerpts from his article* as posted on Seeking Alpha.
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Katchum goes on to say (paraphrased in large measure), in part:
The Housing Market Index (HMI), published by Wells Fargo, is an index of over 300 home builders which shows the demand for new homes. Chart 1 below, of the HMI since 1985 onwards, shows that demand bottomed in 2009 and has recently risen to the highest level since 2007. The index runs from 0-100, however, so the current demand level shown is still much below the average throughout those years.
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|Chart 1: Housing Market Index|
The Case-Shiller Index in chart 2 below shows that home prices in the U.S. have hit an all-time low – down 2.6% in March – since the economic crisis hit in 2008.
|Chart 2: Case-Shiller Index|
Comparing the 2 Indices Historically
Comparing both charts above we can see that in the 2005-07 period…the Housing Market Index fell first – in 2005-2006 – indicating demand was going down for new houses and then – in 2007 – the Case-Shiller Index declined indicating that prices followed down. From that we can conclude that, basically, demand goes down first, after which housing prices fall with a delay of one to two years. The same can be said during the year 1989-91 period when the Housing Market Index started to fall in 1988-1989, after which the Case-Shiller Index fell in 1991.
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When Can We Expect Prices to Rise?
Looking into the future, based on the above co-relationship, do we have a bullish or bearish scenario going forward? Theoretically, the Housing Market Index is the primary indicator and it is going up right now, so demand is going up for new homes. That being the case, we should expect the Case-Shiller Index (that is, prices) to go up with a delay of 1-2 years or sometime between 2013 and 2014….
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