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Why This Housing Market Is Not Like 2008 in Waldorf, MD - Skip Young

Dated: July 3 2020

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Why This Housing Market Is Not Like 2008 in Waldorf, MD - Skip Young

There are so many questions swirling around today about where the housing market is headed amid this economic slowdown. In order to best understand the current state of the market and how expert projections may play out, it’s best to look at our economic history, and how today is vastly different than the housing crisis of 2008, known as the Great Recession.

Many of us experienced financial hardships, lost homes, and were out of work during the Great Recession – the recession that started with a housing and mortgage crisis. Today, we face a very different challenge: an external health crisis that caused a pause in the economy and a major shutdown in many parts of the country.

  1. Home Price Appreciation
  2. Mortgage Credit Availability
  3. Home Price Appreciation
  4. Use of Home Equity
  5. Number of Homes for Sale

1. Home Price Appreciation

When we look at appreciation in the visual here, there’s a big difference between the 6 years prior to the housing crash and the most recent 6-year period. Leading up to the crash, we had much higher appreciation in this country than we had coming into this year. In fact, the highest level of appreciation most recently is below the lowest level we saw leading up to the crash. Prices were rising going into this economic slowdown, but not at the rate they were climbing back when we had runaway appreciation.

2. Mortgage Credit Availability

The Mortgage Credit Availability Index is a monthly measure by the Mortgage Bankers Association that gauges the level of difficulty to secure a loan. The higher the index, the easier it is to get a loan; the lower the index, the harder. Today we’re nowhere near the levels seen before the housing crash when it was very easy to get approved for a mortgage. After the crash, however, lending standards tightened and have remained that way ever since.

3. Number of Homes for Sale

One of the causes of the housing crash in 2008 was an oversupply of homes for sale. Today, as shown in the next image, we see a much different picture. We don’t have enough homes on the market for the number of people who want to buy them. Across the country, we have less than 6 months of inventory – an undersupply of homes available for buyers

4. Use of Home Equity

The next chart shows the difference in how people are accessing the equity in their homes today as compared to the period leading up to the housing crash. Back then, consumers were harvesting equity from their homes (through cash-out refinances) and using it to finance high-end lifestyles. Today, consumers are treating the equity in their homes much more responsibly.

5. Home Equity Earned

Today, 58.7% of homes across the country have at least 60% equity. In 2008, homeowners walked away when they owed more than what their homes were worth. With the equity homeowners have now, they’re much less likely to foreclose on their homes.

Bottom Line

Mortgage rates are hovering near historic lows and prices are not forecasted to depreciate. If you’re thinking about buying a home, now may be a great time to lock in a low mortgage rate and make your next move.

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There are currently 23 million veterans and service members right in your local community of Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. They transact over $153 billion annually in the Local Real Estate purchases and Selling of Property, along with the Rental Market. Learn how you can help tap into and serve the veteran community with VAREP, the Greater Annapolis Chapter. Skip Young your Waldorf MD Realtor® and Veteran is still continue's to serve my country by helping our community of brothers and sisters by representing the Government Affairs division. The position is about assisting in changing the laws that help protect veterans and service members who need to find housing in the Washington DC Maryland and Virginia area.

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