Why There Won’t Be a Downturn That Hits the Housing Market

Why There Won’t Be a Downturn That Hits the Housing Market

There’s been a lot of talk about a possible economic downturn lately. And you might be concerned that we could be heading towards a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. But let's take a closer look at the latest insights from experts to understand why that scenario isn't likely.

According to Jacob Channel, Senior Economist at LendingTree, the economy is holding up quite well:

“At the moment, the economic fundamentals, despite some challenges, remain relatively strong. While things aren't perfect, the economy is performing better than many may realize.”

This sentiment is echoed by a recent survey from the Wall Street Journal, which found that only 39% of economists predict a recession in the next year. This is a significant decrease from 61% just one year ago.

Most experts agree that a recession isn't imminent, and one key factor supporting this view is the current unemployment rate. Let’s compare it to historical data from Macrotrends, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and Trading Economics. As illustrated in the graph below, today's unemployment rate remains historically low:

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The data shows that the current unemployment rate is much lower than both the long-term average and the rate observed during the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

But what about the future? The projections in the graph below, based on data from the Wall Street Journal survey, indicate that economists don't anticipate a significant increase in the unemployment rate over the next three years:

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These forecasts suggest that the unemployment rate is expected to remain well below the long-term average, indicating a stable job market in the coming years.

While it's true that some individuals may face job losses in the future, experts don't foresee a scenario where widespread foreclosures lead to a housing market crash. Projections indicate that the unemployment rate will stay below historical averages, mitigating the risk of a foreclosure crisis.

In conclusion, the consensus among experts is that a recession is unlikely in the near future, and the housing market is not expected to be significantly impacted by an increase in foreclosures.

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