The Government Shutdown’s Affect on the Real Estate Market

Nov 4, 2013

Now that the U.S. government is once again up and running, many wonder what the government shutdown’s impact on the real estate market (especially the mortgage end of the market) was, and what will happen going forward. Some states felt the effects more than others, and Colorado was said to be the eighth most affected state.

One quick red flag comes from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which reports that newly-built single-family homes were down two points in October.

The NAHB says the decline may be due, in part, to the shutdown; but now that everything is up and running again, the decline should be reversed in the coming months.

“A spike in mortgage interest rates, along with the paralysis in Washington that led to the government shutdown and uncertainty regarding the nation’s debt limit, have caused builders and consumers to take pause,” NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said just as a deal was being reached in Congress. “However, interest rates remain near historic lows and we don’t expect the levels of rates to have a major impact on sales and starts going forward. Once this government impasse is resolved we expect builder and consumer optimism will bounce back.”

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