The road to recovery for the housing market crash of 2008 was a long and gradual one. Although the market’s current downturn has caused endless concern, and while home sales have been predicted to suffer the biggest year-over-year decline since 2012, economists are far more optimistic about the market rebound this time around.

Quick Recovery Within a Year?

According to one recent analysis from Nationwide, home sales could be back to 2019 levels as soon as next year. Of course, the speed at which the market rebounds will largely depend on the coronavirus’ spread and available treatments. But real-estate market fundamentals were strong at the beginning of the year and a combination of low mortgage rates, favorable demographics, and solid household formations should help fuel a quick recovery.

Positive Trends

David W. Berson, Nationwide’s senior vice president and chief economist, says current data is already showing signs of a rebound. “New home sales unexpectedly increased for April, suggesting some consumers continued to shop while on lockdown,” Berson said. “Record-low mortgage rates have also helped to buoy the housing market, and mortgage applications for purchase have surged since bottoming out in early April.” If those trends continue, the market should quickly gain strength and be well-positioned for a market rebound. Follow the link for more detailed information (source).

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