What Role Does The Real Estate Market Play In The Economy?

EconomyWe have witnessed a continued stream of good news flowing in for the housing market so far this year and there is no doubt that a recovery is underway. Trulia’s Housing Barometer shows each month how quickly the market is heading back to “normal.” Trulia is showing that the market is currently 56% of the way back compared to only 33% one year ago. This number comes from averaging 3 key indicators:

*Construction starts were up 47% year over year, the highest level since June of 2008 – 55% back to normal.

*Existing home sales slowed a bit but were still up 10% year over year – 66% back to normal.

*The foreclosure and delinquency rate fell to it it’s lowest level since October of 2008 – 48% back to normal.

Though it is great to hear real estate is doing well it is often mentioned that this means an overall boost to the economy. Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons why.

Many career fields and even the Government depend on real estate success. Of course lenders and builders benefit when the market is doing well but a closer look shows that the impact goes much deeper than that. Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist, says that the market recovery is responsible for about 1/3 of the economy’s growth and a large number of jobs. When we think about homes being purchased many times this means a need for landscaping, remodeling, lawn equipment and numerous other items. This pours spending right back in to the economy. The effects go through several levels, as home purchases and home construction increase the demand for materials and supplies is also increased, boosting retail jobs, manufacturing jobs and labor jobs.

Another way home purchases help is in the tax sector. Most communities depend on tax dollars to provide road maintenance, parks, emergency personnel and other services. With more property tax dollars coming in cities are able to spend more on improvements. With these improvements it is easier to attract job providers or in some cases, recreational visitors to the area. This completes a loop of money being circulated in the economy.

These are just a few of the ways that real estate affects the economy and there are many more. As the market continues to level now is the time to consider a purchase. When you are ready we will be here to help you navigate the process from beginning to end.

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