According to yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, many people still see real estate as their ticket to wealth. In several surveys conducted the expectation of the real estate market to bounce back could be as soon as six months. But many experts see things differently.

In the Wall Street Journal article it stated:

Karl Case, an economics professor at Wellesley College whose name adorns the S&P Case-Shiller home-price indexes, has studied U.S. house prices going back to the 1890s. Over the long run, he says, home prices tend to increase on average at an inflation-adjusted rate of 2.5% to 3% a year, about the same as per capita income. He thinks that long-run pattern is likely to continue, despite the recent choppiness.

Other experts make similarly modest predictions. William Wheaton, a professor of economics and real estate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says he expects house prices to increase at a rate roughly one percentage point higher than inflation over the long term. Celia Chen, director of housing economics at Moody’s Economy.com, a research firm, expects house prices to increase an average of around 4% a year over the next couple of decades.

So what are your thoughts?

Source: Wall Street Journal

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