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Housing bubble left a wake in the sector, is a recovery eminent?

Open House sign by of Phil Sexton of John Hall and Associates.

Open House sign by of Phil Sexton of John Hall and Associates.

Zillow + Trulia reports = good news?

With Zillow’s report that home values have plummeted by a third since the real estate peak and Trulia’s report that owning a home is more affordable than renting in most of the 50 largest cities in America, some analysts are saying good news is ahead.

It may be the search for a silver lining, but overall, most note that housing is struggling and uncertainty about unemployment and pending legislation makes forecasting difficult.

Concerns about housing

“There are several reasons to be concerned about housing at present,” economist Barry Ritholtz said. “First, any economic deterioration, especially a recession accompanied by further job losses, will start another leg down in Housing and an accompanying set of bank balance sheet problems. Second, many asset classes recovering from a Boom & Bust cycle do not simple revert to fair value but often careen wildly past it towards a deeply undervalued state. Third, following a debt crisis, consumers spend a decade or more deleveraging, and tend to downgrade purchases that involve taking on more credit — like a mortgage. Last, any former investor favorite that suffers a collapse can take a long time to recover investor confidence. Its been more than a decade since the dotcom bubble popped, and the Nasdaq at ~2,500 is still off its bubble highs by 50%.”

Proof that housing is struggling

Further, Ritholtz shared four charts that reveal why he and others are chiming in that silver linings are great, but housing is anything but sitting pretty:

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  1. Manhattan Beach Realtor

    August 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    There's some price point at which buying makes more sense than renting. This point has already been hit, and surpassed, in many markets around the country; the big problems are consumer balance sheets, bad credit, and uncertainty in the labor market. Housing will recover-and recover FAST-when federal budget issues are put on a healthier path, and employment recovers.

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