Why There Won’t Be a Recession That Tanks the Housing Market

The word “recession” has been in the news a lot over the last couple years, ever since home prices started normalizing from their record highs. This may make you worry that we’re headed toward a housing market crash like we saw in 2008. Luckily, experts predict this is not the case! Let’s take a look at what they have to say.

Economists’ Recession Predictions

Jacob Channel, Senior Economist at LendingTree, says that the economy is doing just fine: “At least right now, the fundamentals of the economy, despite some hiccups, are doing pretty good. While things are far from perfect, the economy is probably doing better than people want to give it credit for.”

A recent Wall Street Journal economic survey shows that 39% of economists think there’ll be a recession in the next year. Just one year ago, 61% were projecting a recession (see graph below):

We didn’t have a recession in the last year, and it’s looking even less likely we’ll have one now! To understand why, let’s look at unemployment.

Current Unemployment Statistics

Typically, we see unemployment spike at the start of a recession.

The chart below shows current unemployment rates compared with historical data from Macrotrends, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Trading Economics.

The red bar shows the unemployment rate after the financial crisis in 2008, when the housing market crashed. The orange bar shows the average unemployment rate for the last 75 years of data. The blue bar shows our current unemployment rate as of January 2024. As you can see, our current unemployment rate is below the 75-year average, and much lower than the rate at the time of the 2008 financial crisis.

Economists’ Unemployment Predictions

Next, let’s look at the graph below, which uses data from that same Wall Street Journal survey to show unemployment predictions.

As you can see, economists are projecting low unemployment rates over the next three years. They don’t expect unemployment rates to even hit the 75-year average, much less the 8.3% we saw in 2008.

Unfortunately, some people will still lose their jobs in the next year even if the unemployment rate stays low. This is a very difficult situation for anyone to face, though luckily there are options to avoid foreclosure.

When we look at the big picture, though, we can feel assured that there won’t be a large flood of foreclosures that could crash the housing market.

Bottom Line

Most experts do not expect a recession in the next year, or a spike in unemployment. This means you don’t have to fear a housing market crash. If you’re planning to make a move, 2024 is a good year to do it! 

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