Decent shelter is a basic human need. An economy that cannot sustain a viable housing market that provides affordable shelter for all of its citizens is an economy in trouble.
Housing impacts the macro-economy in two main ways – by the impact of activity in the housing sector and via the role of housing wealth in affecting consumption behavior. It is also one that has been the source of vulnerabilities and crises. All through history, housing booms and busts have quite often been detrimental to both financial stability and the real economy. IMF research shows that of the nearly 50 systemic banking crises in recent decades, more than two thirds were preceded by boom-bust patterns in house prices. The cost of resolving housing crises can be very high—in the case of Ireland, for instance, government bailouts of banks from the housing collapse ate up 40 percent of the country’s GDP.
The U.S. housing market, which plunged the economy into recession six years ago and was a persistent drag on the recovery, has now turned and has become a key economic driver at a time when other sectors are slowing.
Near Zero interest rates, rising rents and an uptick in household formation have ignited demand world over. In many countries, the housing markets are getting overheated.
Here are the top 10 hottest real estate markets in terms of price rise in 2013.
Rise in house prices (1 year)
Traditionally, housing markets are not as prone to bubbles as other financial markets due to large transaction and carrying costs associated with owning a house. However, a combination of very low interest rates and a loosening of credit underwriting standards could spell trouble.
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