July 13, 2024

For San Diego real estate the two most often asked question I get is: have we hit the bottom, and are prices going to rebound from here?

My best guess is that, for San Diego real estate a bottom may be in sight, but not this year! As far as a real rebound in San Diego home values, but probelity not for many years down the road. So, for you San Diego homeowners expecting some type of “V”  bottom/rebound or double digit annual home appreciation, it’s time to wakeup and face the new reality.

Once our San Diego housing bottom has been in place for some years, will home apprecialion outperform inflationary pressure in the entire economy? Probably not. I will say this, however: when rates and prices are shooting skyward, having a personal residence with a relatively low interest-rate fixed-rate mortgage is a great position to be in – assuming you have a job, and you are going to be able to keep it. First, there’s the tax deduction on the mortgage interest. But more importantly, a fixed-rate is just that: fixed. Even as all other prices and rates move higher, the mortgage payment doesn’t – making it a progressively smaller part of a household budget.

With the hyper-inflationary economy our government has all but guaranteed in the coming years we all have to live somewhere, and if part of your cost of domicile is going toward equity, and the interest you’re paying is fixed — in an environment of rising rates and prices — well, I guess it doesn’t get much better than that. The alternative is to rent — and leases escalate with inflationary surges.

In general, however, the reason I believe housing won’t outperform inflation is that credit is all but gone; no matter what any of the pundits say on CNBC, the stark reality is that people can’t get loans. It doesn’t take much to recognize that if the consumer can’t borrow, then he can’t buy a house. And if that condition has become the status quo – and I believe it has – then what will drive the housing market?

Plus, our distrous housing downturn has broken the back of the myth that California housing can only increase in value. It will take a long time before this realization fades into the background of the public concious. Plus, the Obma adminatration has already proposed limits on home mortgage interest rate write-off for higher income taxpayers (for starters). The country voted for change and change is what we are getting…live with it!

3 thoughts on “San Diego Real Estate Market Bottom?

  1. This is why I know housing is nowhere near bottom. There’s still people like this who believe housing can only go up – any downturn is just a hiccup. Heck, genius Cramer even called a bottom in 2007!!!

    Hoodia Gordonii

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