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Is There a 'Bubble' in the Housing Market Now?

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  • Jonathan McCarthy
  • Richard W. Peach

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Real home prices have been rising strongly since the mid-1990s, and have continued to do so even as the economy has weakened. This has sparked the concern as to whether there is a bubble in the housing market, the collapse of which could harm the overall economy. Taking into account fundamentals – including more appropriate price indices and interest rates – aggregate home prices are relatively high but not yet out of line. Home prices in some areas still may be set for a fall; however, prices in these areas typically have been volatile. Previous large home value declines in these areas have not had a sizable negative effect on the aggregate economy.

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  • Jonathan McCarthy & Richard W. Peach, 2005. "Is There a 'Bubble' in the Housing Market Now?," NFI Policy Briefs 2005-PB-01, Indiana State University, Scott College of Business, Networks Financial Institute.
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