Economic & Demographic Factors in San Francisco Bay Area Real Estate Markets
A Compass Special Report in Charts
Household, Federal Corporate & International Debt Trends
June 2019 Review
Throughout the world, debt has increased to new heights in recent years, typically surging past previous peaks seen prior to the 2008 finacial markets crash. However, due to the large drop in interest rates since then, the cost of serving this debt is much lower than it was at the time. Low rates have encourage consumers, companies and governmetn around the world to take on more debt, and for investors searching for yield to purchase debt of lower quality and more risk. Debt that must be serviced, and typically paid paid back at some point.
Interest rates are currently close to historic lows, but rates can be subject t osudden, dramatic changes, affecting and cost of serving. Internationally, the currency upon which a particular debt is based can also be subject to such changes.
Debt and debt defaults often play a very large role in economic crises, acting as preciitating, destabilizing and/or heightening factors, as well as significant limiting the ability of indebted parties - whether individual, corporate or governmental entities - to resond effectively to ameliorate such crises. At times of such crises, the collateral upon which debt was extended in the first place (stocks, homes and other assets) can decline rapidly in value, putting the debtor "under water," i.e. the sale of the collateral cannot cover the debt. The suprime-financing foreclosure crisi is a classic example.
For all these reason, increasing levels of debt - and the inability to service or pay back the debt - are often harbingers of a positive economic upcycle moving toward a negative down cycle, whether characterized by a market crash, recession or downturn of lesser scale.
It is impossible to know how median and average value statistics apply to any particular home without a specific comparative market analysis. These analyses were made in good faith with data from sources deemed reliable, but may contain errors and are subject to revision. It is not our intent to convince you of a particular position, but to attempt to provide straightforward data and analysis, so you can make your own informed decisions. Median and average statistics are enormous generalities: There are hundreds of different markets in San Francisco and the Bay Area, each with its own unique dynamics. Median prices and average dollar per square foot values can be and often are affected by other factors besides changes in fair market value. Longer term trends are much more meaningful than short-term.
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