US Prices Compared To Income

U.S. housing prices have rebounded strong in the U.S. since the housing collapse in 2006. How does the U.S. recovery compare with other countries? And what is the impact of the collapse of oil prices and slower Chinese economic growth on the ongoing recovery of the U.S. housing market? This was the topic of discussion at a recent REALTOR® University Speaker Series, with Dr. Alessandro Rebucci, Assistant Professor of the John Carey Business School as speaker.

According to Dr. Rebucci, U.S. average house prices have increased fairly relative to national income from their 2010 levels compared to what has been happening in other countries (see Chart 1 below). Using the house price-to-income as indicator, he noted that prices have risen faster than income in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. So the increase in U.S. house prices after the housing downturn has actually been more moderate compared to the recovery in other countries.


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