But in many markets home prices have gone up tremendously, thus negating the 'affordability' effects of these exotic mortgages. Additionally, these exotic ( aka toxic) loans sacrifice long term affordability for short term affordability.
With the popularity of exotic mortgages, it's never been easier for homebuyers to afford their dream house even if it's out of their preferred price range.
Walter Molony, spokesman for NAR, said the housing market's strength in the last few years has been the result of a simple supply and demand equation: with an improving job market and low interest rates, there were simply more buyers inWhere is the counter agrument to Walter 'shill' Molony? They say "he didn't think there was necessarily a direct correlation?" He probably hardly ever thinks. NAR should have just hired a parrot to be spokesperson. The parrot could be placed in David Lereah's office ( chief economist of NAR).
the market and sellers could demand higher prices.
He added while there has been "an explosion in first time homebuyers using no-down payment loans" or other exotic mortgage products, he didn't think there was necessarily a direct correlation between the availability of flexible home financing products and the housing spike.
But don't expect a free-fall in housing prices, experts said.
Ellen Bitton, president and chief executive of Park Avenue Mortgage Group, said the market is more likely to undergo stabilization rather than any major decrease in valuation.
"People who have only been looking at the real estate market in the last few years think prices have to increase by 10 to 20 percent a year," she said. "But that's a frenetic market, not a normal market."
She estimated that housing prices would return to a more stable 3 to 5 percent growth rate once it returns to a buyers market.
"But we have a way to go before we see that," she added.
CNN does not mention the possibility of significant price declines in the bubble markets. Where is a quote by an expert who recognizes the bubble? Where is Ben Jones?