Spotlight: Corelogic Case-Shiller April 2019

To channel Jan Brady of the Brady Bunch, data, data, data… The information out of Corelogic Case-Shiller today shows a slowing real estate market.  Slowing price appreciation anyway.  Sales we know have been slowing nationally for months, but it’s the appreciation slowdown that is garnering the most attention this month.  And for good reason.  Since 2012 the value of real estate has been steadily increasing.  Therefore a slowdown is noteworthy. Right?   Hmmm… maybe not.  Let’s look at what I find to be the most salient point in the Case-Shiller announcement.


As you can see by the red dashes, even with the spectacular rise since the housing recovery began, there have been periods where the value of homes either paused or given a little back.  In fact, if you look at the graph since its inception, as I’ve marked with the purple lines, during the relatively slow growth during the 1990’s, there were similar periods of appreciation moderation and give back.

So what’s the point?  The point is that while we are in a period where the market is slowing, it is neither uncommon nor unexpected.  Moreover, this is a period when the moderation, decline, giveback, or whatever you want to call it, should be viewed in the historical context as what it is: an opportunity.  I don’t think in looking at the Case-Shiller graph you can conclude anything else because look at the trajectory.  With the exception of the Great Recession and the epic collapse of equity value caused by Wall Street and lender greed via no income, no asset loans packaged as Mortgage Backed Securities and sold as solid AAA rated assets instead of the junk that they were, there has never been a sustained decline in real estate values.  Thus what we have here is a periodic opportunity to acquire real estate at a better price than we did a while back.  This “blip” will be looked back on, just as I have demonstrated here with my colored hash marks, as a period where those who recognized this for what it is and buy, will be thankful that they did.   Have questions?  Contact me here.

About Tim Freund

Tim Freund has been a licensed real estate agent/broker since 1990. He spent 14 years as a new home sales rep, ran his own boutique resale brokerage for 5 years and is currently an Estates Director for Dilbeck Estates/Christie's International Estates in Westlake Village, Ca. Tim is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), an Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), a Corporate Mobilty Specialist (CMS) and a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES). Tim has successfully negotiated a loan modification for a client and has been a professional short sale negotiator. Tim sells along the Los Angeles and Ventura County lines, “from LA to Ventura..”. Tim has been married 31 years, has 2 children, is a native Californian and has been a resident of the Conejo Valley since 1991.
This entry was posted in Economics, Home Buying, Home Selling, Market Conditions, Market Conditions, Real Estate, Real Estate Correction, Tim Freund and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s