US Housing Market Crash 2021

US Housing Market Crash 2021

Housing Market Crash

In a game of Jenga, everything seems fine until the last piece is pulled.  On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, the last piece will be pulled, and we’ll see if the economy and housing market will stand strong and free.

When does a market crash?  Right after it hits big highs with prices that don’t match what consumers can afford. Demand disappears as people withdraw big ticket purchases. The long cold winter is just ahead and last week’s stock market sell off tells us a lot about what could happen.

 

The US housing markets are a dichotomy, first with those unaffected by the pandemic shutdown and all the others faced with foreclosure and eviction. The situation in San Francisco and New York shows this clearly where people are selling and leaving those states. It’s got some wondering about a housing market crash in 2021.

There are lots of unemployed, poor people who could rent or buy the vacant apartments in Manhattan, but they can’t afford them.  The rich are leaving, and many others too.  The big migration adds to the risk of a housing market collapse in cities, that could bring down all housing markets in the US.

 

We might understand a stock market crash, but with the stock market forecast on a volatile but upward trend, one more Trillion dollar Federal aid package, growing American wealth, $4 to $5 trillion in the money markets, improving economy and good jobs report, and the confidence of a great nation still intact, is it even conceivable we could see a housing market crash? Actually, the election might be the catalyst for a housing and stock market catastrophe.

What can Crash a Housing Market?

Rising taxes and mortgage rates. And this is what the Democrats are campaigning on. They’re enhancing the threat via calls for regulation — a strong anti-business agenda which would be enough to send capital investment elsewhere. After all, why would the wealthy agree to be taxed and why would investing in the US make any sense at all?

This coming Presidential election then is the number one signal of a potential economic, stock market, and housing market crash. Withdrawal of investment money from equity markets, and flight of capital could crash GDP and jobs, leading to crashes of both the housing and stock markets. That means the Dow, S&P, and NASDAQ would crash.

The Corona Virus arrived at an inopportune time. The US had still not regained full footing, with a $500 billion trade deficit and a government and people divided. Any change, or any severe turbulence could send the US economy plummeting, and given Joe Biden is leading in the election polls, the threat is very real.

The lack of discussion on this impending threat is frightening.

The dems are for open borders and have never said they would block China imports as President Trump has.  That means China stands to gain a lot.  And since they’ve controlled the pandemic surge via marshall law in their country, they are already to ramp up production.  The US is struggling to repatriate manufacturing here.

Word is, the dems say they can spend trillions to stimulate the economy out of its doldrums, but with cheap imports from China and Asia, US oil production plummeting, and no reason to invest in US economy, the strategy is laughably stupid.

Oil, Tourism, Hospitality, Small Business Decimated

The added weight of a prolonged Covid 19 depression will keep US production subdued for at least another 12 months.  The curse the dems have put on the economy will be there for them to clean up if they win the election.

Previously I stated that too much demand existed for the market to crash, but the Covid 19 situation doesn’t seem to have an end.  Prolonged stimulus will be needed to keep the markets from collapsing. Simply stopping evictions without supporting landlords and mortgage holders won’t work.

Real estate owners need funds to pay their debts and banks need those payments to avoid catastrophe too.  This situation is so severe that the dems have no idea what they in for. They’re so obsessed with discrediting the Donald Trump than they’re eyes aren’t on the road anymore.

Interest in buying homes is up, but much of this might be wishful fantasy.  The fact is, many returning workers are on the edge.  Any loss of employment through the dark winter could push our Jenga pile over.

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However, it seems the hunt for homes is on across America.

There is still a lot of interest in the possibility of a recession or at least, a crash of many housing markets across the US and Canada (Alberta Canada is in free fall right now). Given the VIX is registering the highest volatility of all time on the stock markets, and hyped media reports seem to send shock waves throughout the world, the specter of a housing market crash haunts us all.

Major Crash Factors for the US Housing Market:

  • Democrat blocking of Trump policies and stimulus during and after the pandemic
  • pandemic is slow to pass or comes back in October
  • home prices ridiculously high given that we’re in a recession
  • stock market at peak volatility
  • bankers quickly anticipate trouble and begin tightening mortgage lending
  • the Fed has to raise interest rates too quickly in 2nd half of 2020 to cover debt,  and given the size of the loans, a 1% increase would create defaults and panic selling
  • global economic failing impacts US economy
  • key housing bubbles in NY, Boston, Los Angeles, San Jose and San Francisco collapse
  • Trump loses election in November (Democrats are anti-business and previously allowed the China trade imbalance
  • cold war with China escalates
  • a return to globalism which would wipe the US dramatic gains of the last 3 years
  • “America First” dream dies followed by dramatic drop in purchases of China products
  • China’s debt ridden, export dependent economy topples
  • single-family housing construction permits decline
  • homeowners too fearful and dumping overpriced homes and condos while the getting’s good
  • massive student loan and personal debt defaults
  • investment tax breaks end
  • stimulus spending ceases
  • yield curve inverts again thus scaring the financial community

Cities such as Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, Bismarck, Anchorage, Casper, Midland, Lafayette, Bakersfield, are at risk.  The price of oil dropping is jeopardizing the whole state of Texas and Miami / Florida’s tourism industry is being wiped out. If people aren’t driving or flying, and it’s spring, low energy prices aren’t much of an economic boost.

Will Home Prices Plunge at Any Time?

People are asking whether home prices will fall?  NAR Realtor Survey reports that home prices are already falling and some

We’d have to agree there has been significant housing development, but never quite enough. Trump tried to end the regulation that has been and still does strangle housing construction in CaliforniaFlorida, Arizona, Illinois and other states.

Will home prices drop in Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Denver, Philadelphia, Tampa, Dallas, Houston, Seattle and Boston and New York,

However if the Dems won the 2020 election, and shipped jobs back to China, vast amounts of investment capital would flee the US. The job loss, defaults, and lack of lending would indeed be part of an epic type housing market crash and stock market crash.  This possibility darkens the 6 month and 1 year projections considerably.

Housing Market Crash Timeline

What would a timeline for a housing crash look like?  Here’s a guess: a 5% drop in home prices in May, 7% in June if everything holds economically.  If the Corona Virus is held at bay, home prices could stay flat for July,  and then begin a slight 1% increase in August and September.

If President Trump is elected, and that’s a big worry now given his handling of the Corona Virus emergency. We’re at Easter now and in no way can people go back to work or kids go to crowed classrooms. The drain on the economy is huge and the housing market will see a slide.

45 economists surveyed by NABE expect the economy to shrink by a 26.5% rate in the second quarter, after a 2.4% decline in GDP in the first quarter. In the second half, they expect growth to turn positive, with an increase of 2% in the third quarter and 5.8% in the fourth quarter — from a report from CNBC.

Consumers are expected to resume spending once the pandemic is over, but everyone can see how dependent the economy is on US consumers.

The Democrats are persistent in their media assaults on the President, believing that at some point they can haul him to the ground. But as voters ready to vote, Trump will warn them about capital flight, international supply chain dangers, dangers of foreign dependence, government spending pullbacks, lost jobs, lower wages, and foreclosures.

He could make a case for his bullish approach to running the country, because an ineffectual President would get railroaded for sure.  It will be very interesting to how US voters react in the Presidential election.

Threats to the Markets

Number one threat now:  The endless continuation of Corona Virus infections. With no cure on the horizon, no one can say when the economy can get rolling again. However, it does appear that China is rolling again. It’s a wild card because medical experts simply don’t know what havoc it will wreak on the economy.

Another open trade deal with China is very risky. It might push jobs back out of the US and devastate business investment here. Investors are confused about where to put their money and are simply holding on to it.

If President Trump accepts a poor trade agreement with the Chinese, it could crash US stock markets and push us into recession, even if multinational corporations breathe their own sigh of relief.  I don’t believe any trade deal would be signed and the two are miles further apart now. America First, means the Chinese are gone.

Which are the cities most likely for a housing crash? Which cities should you buy property in 2019?

How Vulnerable is Your City?

Yet, investors and homebuyers should still be concerned about a housing bubble in their cities. Not all states have recovered from the last recession, nor benefited from any Obama era Federal government policies.  There really are cities at risk of crashing.

In late 2020, could the Fed ratchet up interest rates to pay for all the stimulus?  In fact, almost every recession, housing crash, or major catastrophe has been aided by fast rising interest rates. These rate spikes kill off business and put extreme pressures on mortgage holders. Markets crash quickly then interest rates are quickly lowered.

This transition to a US centered economy over many many years, still puts the country into a vulnerable period of uncertainty and GDP risk.  Will companies build factories here or instead hold off and hope for a Trump loss in 2020?

Unfortunately, “soft landings” after rate hike cycles are as rare as unicorns and virtually all modern rate hike cycles have resulted in a recession, financial, or banking crisis. There is no reason to believe that this time will be any different — Forbes report.

But what happens when Malinvestments in Europe and Asia become visible and crashes begin to happen there?

Markets crash when you least expect them to. After reading this post, you’ll see how easy it could happen from California to Texas and New York to Chicago. What will stop the dominoes from falling?

Don’t we learn from history?” Perhaps history can only tell us whether the housing market 2020 is headed on a downward path, but can’t really say when or how it will happen, which cities might crash.

This recent chart from Case Shiller shows the volcano like shape of the last collapse. What’s different about this new rise is the unsteady, less steep climb, upward.  Those halting steps could show the fear of investors and homeowners and how panic might be bigger factor this time.  Alternatively, it could show housing market resilience.

Subprime mortgage default started it last time, but will something else launch the avalanche for the next one? Will a global recessionary tsunami rocket to US shores?

Zillow polled 100 economic experts about the economy and they believe a recession is coming in 2020. It’s amazing that they saw it coming, but it took a non-financial agent to start the recession.

Housing crash warnings have been sounding for many years both here and in China, which means the pressure for a big crash has been building.  China is in trouble and so is Canada. With pressure, the human element, the human reaction, built on expectations built up by obsessively negative anti-Trump propaganda, could be sufficient to launch a panic-induced collapse.  A panic meter might be the most significant crash signal.

A small statistical event then might only be needed to spark a crash event (like an ember at a California summer campfire).

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What Are the Key Housing Crash Factors to Watch?

There are numerous housing crash factors discussed below from geopolitical events to trade related to rising interest rates, the end of stimulus spending, and excessively high home prices.  A trade war with China could be crash factor #1.  Will debt, deficits, and tariff barriers be the issues that start bursting housing bubbles? Will it be political opposition by the democrats and meddling within the US?

See the local metro housing markets: Chicago,  San Francisco, PhiladelphiaSan DiegoLos Angeles, Miami, Houston, Seattle, New York, Sacramento and Boston and for all of Florida.

Certainly the recent comments of the President that “Trade Wars are Good” don’t help settle the panic. Trade tariffs, strong inflation and cost of living rises, along with high mortgage rates and the adjustment to new protected market economies are serious threats.

Even Trump supporters are worried about the transition ahead to 2020.

In this post we try to take an objective look at the unthinkable. At least, it’s unthinkable for some that booming markets in Los Angeles, San Fransisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, Dallas, Charlotte, Boston and Miami could possibly collapse.

Others can’t wait for the bubbles to burst so they can finally buy a home. Irrational thinking that can create strange events.

Is the Toronto housing bubble (worst in world now) the future for US cities?  If the China housing market crashes, will the reverberations hit the US markets? What an interesting but scary phase of US history this is.

When Will Local Market Bubbles Burst?

If you look at the forecasts for all the bubbled up city markets such as San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Seattle, New York and Boston you’ll likely think back to prices before the last crash.

 

Check the state of the US housing market forecast  

The recent stock market correction gives us pause for thought about how volatility can factor into a housing crash. However, the housing market is healthy with home construction rising and it will be a long time before demand is satisfied.

Mathematicians have studied housing bubbles, such as The University of Pennsylvania, and their HOUSING BUBBLE STRUCTURAL MODEL AND HYPOTHESES models couldn’t figure it out. The factors they studied do play a role, but housing bubbles and crashes are likely a cultural phenomenon (outside of major recessions).  It comes down to values, attitudes, dreams and panic emotions.

There are some financial market players who make their fortune on crashes and if consumers are miffed about the direction of the market, it would be fertile ground for crash talk.

As long as Americans are employed with rising wages and growing GDP, housing crashes aren’t likely. Yet, a few experts such as Harry Dent are convinced a housing market disaster looms in the next few years. Even Anthony Robbins spoke up about it in a video below.

But no such housing market crash has happened. More like wishful thinking on the part of some.

A growing number of homeowners and buyers are talking housing bubble. With prices stable, economy strong, and demand persistent, why would so many feel the market could crash? Is buyer and seller pessimism enough to launch a sudden collapse?

Neil Kashkari talks extensively about false prophets (Alan Greenspan) and the sources of market bubbles such as $100 barrel oil, and other uncontrollable situations.  He says market bubbles and crashes are very complex and the source is often completely unexpected. Could the oil sheiks take the US economy down again? Could China do it? Is the $20 Trillion debt a threat? Or is just the end of a bull run in the stock market?

However, in those cases where debt is fueling the asset value increase, a correction could trigger financial instability, because banks might take huge losses and potentially fail.” — Neil Kashkari.

Check the stats and 2020 forecasts for the Denver housing market, Chicago housing market, Boston housing market, Los Angeles housing market, San Francisco housing market, Philadelphia housing market, and New York housing market.

Top 10 Cities Most Likely to Experience a Housing Crash

From a report in AOL.com here are the top ten US Cities most likely to experience a crash:

  1. Portland, Oregon
  2. Charleston, SC
  3. Buffalo, NY
  4. Fresno, CA
  5. Los Angeles, CA
  6. Dallas, TX
  7. Salt Lake City, UT
  8. Austin, TX
  9. San Jose, CA
  10. San Francisco, CA

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Are you looking for the best cities to invest in real estate or to avoid those metros most likely to crash? The top 80 cities to buy rental properties gives you a peak at the potential of rental property investment.

Is this the right year to buy a rental income property?   Or is the the best time to sell your home?

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There are 19 comments for this article
  1. Kera at 12:53 pm

    A real estate agent recently told me, if everyone is sitting on cash waiting to buy house in 2020, what do you think is going to happen? Too many people are waiting in sideline, as soon as we have semi dip, everyone will run to buy house and price will go back up. I am guessing Q1 to be the dip and price to be up by summer when normal people buy anyway

  2. Kyler at 8:58 pm

    I’m waiting for the federal reserve to roll back interest rates before I buy a home. It’s an outrage that every recession or financial crisis was assisted by rate hike cycles. The federal reserve should be audited heavily if not abolished altogether. How can we allow one single entity, a privately owned entity, that type of control over our economy.

  3. Aln at 12:05 pm

    Are you waiting for the house prices going down again in the bay area? Just hold your breath and keep dreaming. It won’t likely happen until 2035.

  4. Michael Gallacher at 8:06 pm

    Hi Gord, I really liked your article. I am happy to see Salt Lake City as one of the top ten cities likely to get experience a crash. My wife and I are saving up cash for our first home. We are both 33 and have one daughter. We can’t believe how ridiculous the asking prices are for the crumbling shed 1950’s homes are here in SLC. The contractors out here only build huge $300k+ homes or high density housing which is nothing we want. The wages here have not kept up with the increase in home prices. Any idea when Utah might see a price crash? We can hardly wait!

  5. Mark at 12:09 am

    Hi Gordon, great article. Like others I have the money to purchase a home now but I’m wondering if I’d be better off waiting till 2020 to do so given the potential volatility and uncertainty ahead in the next year or two. My current market is the Salt Lake City Utah area, would love to hear your thoughts!

  6. Misselle at 11:33 am

    I’m looking to buy my first home in northern CA but I’m going back and forth with whether I should hold off. Prices are incredibly high here. I keep thinking prices will decrease (been saying that since 2015) but that’s not happening. Enjoyed reading the article.

  7. Jack at 6:53 pm

    Gord, been considering buying in North County San Diego for the last couple years but really fear these out of control prices could come back to bite this first time buyer. Do you think its a good time to buy or wait another year or so?

    • Gord Collins Author at 10:53 am

      Hi Jack, I can’t offer advice and I can’t imagine a first time buyer buying in North County. Oceanside home prices are up 11% in the last year, so a lot of buyers/investors are optimistic. I don’t see availability improving much in San Diego County and with the economy so strong, things look good. However, with geo political uncertainty, you need to be able survive a crash anytime in the next 5 years!

  8. Skylar at 2:07 pm

    Hello Gord, any idea about the DC market and Northern Virginia? The average price of a 2100 sq foot townhouse is now $675K and over inflated. I want to buy because I have a toddler and we need more space but don’t want to be under water if the market crashes.

    • Gord Collins Author at 10:59 am

      Hi Skylar, I can’t offer advice unfortunately. Availability in Northern Virginia is very constrained, so the question is whether new homes are being built. People aren’t selling their homes, listings down 4%, and the economy is strong. It’s risky which is why governments are amending financing rules. Did you consider buying a property with a rental income unit?

  9. Rahil at 8:23 pm

    Me and my husband want to buy a first home (Condo) in San Diego, do you think it is a good idea to wait? interest and home price is high now. we are confused…

  10. Tamara Shure at 10:57 am

    I’m in the market to buy a house in San Diego County and turn it into a vacation rental. I own one and it is very successful. I’m wondering if I should wait to buy, and if a recession would lead to a decrease in vacation rental bookings? I’m concerned and do not want to find myself under water. Any updates on this fascinating chain of discussion as of April, 2018?

  11. Doug at 11:57 am

    So Gord, it sounds as if there are quite a few people posting on here that need to run for office, all I hear is a ton of gum flapping, that’s all these lefts are good for, nothing but talk. Trump 2020

  12. Lana Delgado at 2:29 pm

    Housing prices are overinflated and the “growth” is unsustainable. I am hoping that it all crashes down again because I want to buy a home and I am not interested in buying at the insane prices that are around right now.

    • Gord Collins Author at 12:38 pm

      Lana, a lot of people are talking housing crash in many markets, but that could take the whole economy down. Even with a crash, it would still be tough for buyers. The right approach to bring prices down is more housing supply. The governments should provide tax breaks and other incentives for housing development and legislation which promotes new housing projects. Good finding a place you can afford.

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