Media reports suggest that the real estate industry is a bubble that is about to burst. But how true is this?
There is a lot of fear about the real estate industry. Media reports suggest that the real estate industry is a bubble that is about to burst. But how true is this? Below are two facts that suggest there is no real estate bubble.
Fact No. 1
The real estate economy is local, not global
Unlike the stock market, which is based on the national and world economy, the real estate market is very much a locally-based economy. What does this mean? This means that while the stock market is influenced by economic rise and fall of industry all over the nation, the real estate market is not. Real estate prices in California may not influence prices in New York, and that’s that. In real estate, a broad analysis of what is happening around the nation does not always reflect what is happening in your home town.
Fact No. 2
When there’s a demand, there’s a supply
As long as there’s a demand there’s a supply. Real estate is about real people who need homes, and people will always be buying homes, because people need to live somewhere. If you look to the future, you’ll see that there’s an ever increasing demand for real estate. Take, for example, the fact that millions of migrants are arriving in the United States each year. This movement translates into a need for real estate. Moreover, it’s also much easier to get a home loan these days, which means that people will be buying homes. People also get married much later, which means that they’ll probably be buying a home while still single.
Home buying is a concrete need, unlike the stock market, which is less concrete. In the stock market, buying and selling happens at the snap of a finger. In real estate, economic activity is less volatile. The industry is inherently more stable.
The real estate market will rise and fall, but in general real estate prices rise in the long term. So, if you are investing, simply hold onto your purchase for the long term, and you’ll see that this is no bursting bubble.