The explanation of why the real estate market meltdown affected our overall economy so much is very telling when you look at the following graph.
This graph shows how much money was pulled out of our homes since the early 90s. And you can see the drop off in 2007 when we were in the lending debacle.
What was that money used for? Cars? Boats? Big screen TVs? Improvements/construction to the home? I have heard that 40% was consumer spending and 35% home improvement. Our equity, often referred as the Home ATM, has dried up as a source of money for most of us. And as that source of money dried up so did consumer spending in all the above areas. One of the hardest hit in California has been the construction industry.
Sales of real estate have gone up in the Santa Clara County about 40% over last year. But equity has not changed for the better in any significant amount. It may be a time for us to see construction jump back up with the Home Equity segment shrunken.
We can be very thankful for the turnaround in Real Estate in our area. When I speak to clients most home improvement projects are going to be lower priced – painting, fixture changes, etc. The policy of how do we pay for our wanted items have had to change. I know my spending pattern has definitely changed.