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The One Thing Every Homeowner Needs To Know About a Recessionย 

A recession does not equal a housing crisis. Thatโ€™s the one thing that every homeowner today needs to know. Everywhere you look, experts are warning we could be heading toward a recession, and if true, an economic slowdown doesnโ€™t mean homes will lose value.

Theย National Bureau of Economic Researchย (NBER)ย definesย a recession this way:

โ€œA recession is a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, normally visible in production, employment, and other indicators. A recession begins when the economy reaches a peak of economic activity and ends when the economy reaches its trough. Between trough and peak, the economy is in an expansion.โ€

To help show that home prices donโ€™t fall every time thereโ€™s a recession, take a look at the historical data. There have been six recessions in this country over the past four decades. As the graph below shows, looking at the recessions going all the way back to the 1980s, home prices appreciated four times and depreciated only two times. So, historically, thereโ€™s proof that when the economy slows down, it doesnโ€™t mean home values will fall or depreciate.

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The first occasion on the graph when home values depreciated was in the early 1990s when home prices dropped by less than 2%. It happened again during the housing crisis in 2008 when home values declined by almost 20%. Most people vividly remember the housing crisis in 2008 and think if we were to fall into a recession that weโ€™d repeat what happened then.ย But thisย housing market isnโ€™t a bubbleย thatโ€™s about to burst. The fundamentals are very different today than they were in 2008. So, we shouldnโ€™t assume weโ€™re heading down the same path.

Bottom Line

Weโ€™re not in a recession in this country, but if one is coming, it doesnโ€™t mean homes will lose value. History proves a recession doesnโ€™t equal a housing crisis.

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