Existing home sales

existing home sales

One can see that while the median price has been rising, new existing home sales have been in a general decline for several months. In simple terms, it comes down to affordability; there is a limit to how much disposable income the average American has to allocate towards their monthly payments.

price and demand of new and existing homes

In some instances, monthly payments have increased 50% for a similar-priced house purchased

roughly 8 to 12 months ago. Housing is another leading economic indicator. For most Americans, homes represent their most significant investment, and housing wealth accounts for approximately half of their total household net worth. When housing prices fall, Americans spend less because they feel poorer. As housing prices fall, Tax revenues drop, homebuilders cut back on building projects, construction workers get fired, and unemployment levels rise.

A new survey from consultancy PwC released this month showed 50% of companies are planning

to reduce overall headcount. Additionally, 46% of companies said they are dropping or reducing

signing bonuses, while 44% are rescinding offers

Not too long ago, wage inflation was a big issue, and at that time, in the Market Update service and in our private forums, we stated that soon the opposite would occur. It is now coming to pass. Shortly a plethora of articles will emerge saying how the average American will probably have to work until he dies as opposed to retiring at a certain age.

When things appear dire, that is when contrarian investors should raise their heads and start looking for deals. Experts are notorious for making the loudest noise at or close to market bottoms. While we expect existing home sales to decline and price to fall, the market will bottom once the Fed deflects. The Fed will take a knee as both the stock market and the economy are hooked on easy money. Risk takers can start looking for bargains as it is now a buyers’ market. Don’t be in a rush to buy; the idea is to look for the best possible deal.

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