Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Distressed vs non-distressed housing market bifurcation

Some readers have pointed out that the improvement in the housing market they are seeing has been in better neighborhoods and for non-distressed properties. There is no question that we have a bifurcated market.

Non-distressed properties are down on average 25% from the peak while the distressed property market is down 40%. As the chart below shows, the non-distressed segment has shown far more (relative) price stability than the overall market.

Source: Morgan Stanley Research.(also DataQuick ; using Repeat Sales methodology)
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