Many economists don’t expect the housing market to turn around nationwide until next year, but we’re hoping the optimism of the Wall Street Journal’s Cyril Moulle-Berteaux is more on target. In his opinion column today, he states “It is very likely that April 2008 will mark the bottom of the U.S. housing market.” From the 1990s to the early 2000s the housing market boomed, making affordable housing out of reach for many buyers. Mr. Moulle-Berteaux predicts “the market will turn because normal people can afford homes again.” And as normal people start buying, home prices typically stop falling – or at least home price declines start ebbing.
In Austin, we’ve been somewhat sheltered from the housing slow down. While nationwide the housing inventory is 11 months (the highest it’s been in 25 years), Austin is currently at about 5 months supply which signals a healthy market.
So if Mr. Moulle-Berteaux is right that the nationwide housing market is trending up, that’s good news for the country, and great news for Austin.
Start your Austin real estate search now.
Reference: The Housing Crisis Is Over by Cyril Moulle-Berteaux, The Wall Street Journal, May 06, 2008