Selling Your House Guide from Robert Strohl

Why This Housing Market Is Not Like 2008

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 and how the expert projections are playing 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 much of the economy earlier this year and a major shutdown of many parts of the country. We’re simply not in the same boat as we were then, and here are five big reasons why that can give you greater confidence if you’re thinking of selling your house this year. 1. Appreciation

Annual 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 saw 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.

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The 6 years leading up to the housing crash

The last 6 years

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