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Housing Boom Forces: How Will They Shape The Future?

In today’s WSJ article Whats behind the boom [1], the author explores what issues are important to consider in the housing boom.

Almost everyone agrees that prices can’t keep rising this fast much longer. The debate now is whether the boom will lead to a soft landing, with gentler price increases, or to a long, painful bust, in which prices fall considerably in some places before buyers regain confidence.

However the current boom ends, longer-term forces are reshaping the housing industry. Here is a look at some of them.

Some interesting trends on affordability and personal income:

Source: WSJ