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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Dr. Baker: Housing Bubble Fact Sheet

by Calculated Risk on 7/27/2005 10:51:00 PM

Dr. Dean Baker of Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) has put out "The Housing Bubble Fact Sheet". (thanks to Ficus for the tip).

1. The unprecedented rise in house prices has dangerous implications for the economy.

2. The housing bubble has created more than $5 trillion in bubble wealth, the equivalent of $70,000 per average family of four.

3. The increase in house prices is not being driven by fundamental factors in the housing market, such as income and population growth.

4. The housing bubble regions are large enough to have a major impact on the national economy.

5. The collapse of the housing bubble will throw the economy into a recession, and quite likely a severe recession.

6. The collapse of the housing bubble is likely to put major strains on the financial system and require a federal bailout of the mortgage market.

7. The sooner house prices drop, the less economic damage there will be.

8. The housing bubble could pop from higher interest rates, but it could also deflate even if interest rates stay low.
Read Dr. Baker's fact sheet for the details. I agree with most of his points, but Baker is more pessimistic than me.