Here’s a question – does the economy affect the housing market, or does the housing market affect the economy? That’s a good question to consider.  Our economy has been doing well for a while now. But still people have fears that 2008 will repeat itself. Are we headed for another recession, and if so, will the housing market be affected?  Economists and analysts are of the opinion that a recession is comin in our near future. This isn’t an opinion based on politics, but data analysis. Zillow Research recently reported on a Pulsenomics survey that took a look at the housing market by surveying market analysts and experts.  This report also indicated when the next recession could begin:

“Experts largely expect the next recession to begin in 2020.”

A recent survey of economists by the Wall Street Journal backs this up:

“The economic expansion that began in mid-2009 and already ranks as the second-longest in American history most likely will end in 2020 as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to cool off an overheating economy, according to forecasters surveyed.”

Does this mean that we should worry about a housing crisis?  Not at all.

Here's how the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a recession:

“A period of temporary economic decline during which trade and industrial activity are reduced, generally identified by a fall in GDP in two successive quarters.”

As we remember, a recession is a slowing down of the economy, as happened in 2008. But a recession doesn’t always cause a housing crisis. As you may recall, in 2008 the housing bubble burst, causing the recession, not the other way around. In fact, during the previous five recessions home values appreciated.

According to the experts in the report, the top three probable triggers for the next recession are:


  • Monetary policy
  • Trade policy
  • A stock market correction


A housing market crash came in 9th in this list. Those same experts also projected that home values would continue to appreciate in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Other experts agree that the housing market won't be affected by a recession:

Mark Fleming, First American’s Chief Economist, explained:

“If a recession is to occur, it is unlikely to be caused by housing-related activity, and therefore the housing sector should be one of the leading sources to come out of the recession.”

And U.S. News and World Report agreed:

“Fortunately – and hopefully – the history of recessions and current issues that could harm the economy don’t lead many to believe the housing market crash will repeat itself in an upcoming decline.”

In summary, a recession may be in our future, but it doesn't mean that there will be a housing crisis.

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11716 Easy Goer Road SE, Albuquerque, NM  $289,000

3 Bedrooms/ 3 Bathrooms (2 full, 1 partial) / 2600 Square Feet

Beautiful Southwest style home in Volterra. Light, bright and open floorplan with plenty of entertaining space!  Mountain views! The secondary bedrooms are large plus a loft and the utility room is upstairs for convenience! Mountain views! Beautifully maintained landscaped front and backyards!

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