From the desk of Willie Delwiche.
- Housing market activity restrained by supply imbalances
- Surging demand and lack of supply sends home prices to record levels
- Buyers becoming price-sensitive and home buying plans plummet
I’ll start by acknowledging more questions than answers on this subject. But that itself is part of the point. The housing market was one of the earliest parts of the economy to bounce back last year, but activity in recent months has been more uneven. Existing home sales in April unexpectedly fell (and are at their lowest level since June) and new home sales fell more than expected last month and data for the preceding month was revised lower. There is evidence that supply constraints (in terms of both current housing stock as well as workers and supplies necessary to build additional units) are weighing on activity. But when something as diverse and complex as the national housing market gets wrapped up in a narrative that is almost universally endorsed, I get more than a little skeptical.