There’s a lot of anxiety right now regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The health situation must be addressed quickly, and many are concerned about the impact on the economy as well as the Boston real estate for sale market.
Amidst all this anxiety, we will continue to see a rash of horrifying headlines over the next few months. Let’s make sure we aren’t paralyzed by a headline before we get the full story.
Finding reliable resources with information on the impact of the virus on the Boston real market is more difficult. For this reason, it’s important that I should shed some light on the situation both the positive and neagative. There are already alarmist headlines starting to appear regarding the national econcomy. Here are two such examples surfacing this week.
Though the headline is true, it doesn’t reflect the full essence of the Goldman Sachs forecast. The projection is actually that we’ll have a tough first half of the year, but the economy will bounce back nicely in the second half; GDP will be up 12% in the third quarter and up another 10% in the fourth. Unfortunately, certain media outlets are nor mentioning the second half of Goldman Sachs forecast, I guess bad headlines seem to sell more ads on TV and other news outlets.
This aligns with research from John Burns Consulting involving pandemics, the economy, and home values. They concluded:
“Historical analysis showed us that pandemics are usually V-shaped (sharp recessions that recover quickly enough to provide little damage to home prices), and some very cutting-edge search engine analysis by our Information Management team showed the current slowdown is playing out similarly thus far.”
The Boston real estate market will suffer for the next few months, but then it will recover. That’s certainly not Armageddon.
Here’s another example of a panic type headline from Bloomberg News, that doesn’t explain the full stroy
That statement was made by James Bullard, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. What Bullard actually said was it “could” reach 30%. But let’s look at what else he said in the same Bloomberg News interview:
“This is a planned, organized partial shutdown of the U.S. economy in the second quarter,” Bullard said. “The overall goal is to keep everyone, households and businesses, whole” with government support.
According to Bloomberg, he also went on to say:
“I would see the third quarter as a transitional quarter” with the fourth quarter and first quarter next year as “quite robust” as Americans make up for lost spending. “Those quarters might be boom quarters,” he said.
Again, Bullard agrees the national economy will have a tough first half and rebound quickly. This will also parallel with the Boston real estate for sale market
There’s a lot of misinformation out there. If you want the best advice on what’s happening in the current housing market, let’s talk today.