Home in on Housing

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We have a big week for housing data coming up. We are going to get information on existing home sales, new home sales, and housing inventory. We have seen housing and rents take up an increasing position in the inflation picture this year as commodity inflation has ebbed. Much of the rising housing costs can be put down to the lack of inventory (people selling homes) coupled with very low interest rates that make purchasing a house, or a rental property, relatively inexpensive. The numbers of homes for sale went from averaging around 1.2 million before the pandemic to around 500k in 2021. This is inflationary based solely on the supply and demand equilibrium. Demand fell during and after the pandemic but supply absolutely cratered falling more than -50%. That is the price shock in a nutshell as demonstrated by the chart below.

There are positive data points in the housing market. In July the average price per sq/ft was actually down. Supply is coming back, up 100% from the recent lows. Based on the increase in supply alone, housing inflation may begin to moderate. Illustrated in the chart below with a red arrow is the recent decline in month-over-month price increases. If this trend continues, we can see real estate prices come back to an inflation number that is closer to normal. We were running between 5%-10% price increases for several years in a row before the pandemic. This helped make real estate a great investment since the Global Financial Crisis. However, higher mortgage costs are also putting a damper on housing demand, and when this is coupled with higher supply, we may actually see inflation moderate in the housing market.

The supply of homes is trending back to normalized levels according to the most recent data, though it is still below pre-pandemic levels. As with other forms of inflation, we desire to see a return to normal price increase levels. We do not want to see a large price decrease in the aggregate price of homes.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.   Trend signals are proprietary research of EWM Investment Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of Executive Wealth Management, LLC. Data source for returns is FactSet Research Systems Inc. This chart is not intended to provide investment advice and should not be considered as a recommendation. One cannot invest directly in an index. Executive Wealth Management does not guarantee the accuracy of this data.

Model Updates

There were no trades in EWM Investment Solutions models during the week ending on August 20th, 2022. All major domestic equity market sectors are currently in a neutral trend, while international equity remains in a long-term unfavorable position.

Quote of the Week

“But the retail sector is abuzz about consumers trading down. After Walmart beat earnings estimates this past week, it said that customers were buying less deli meat and more chicken, hot dogs, and canned tuna, and that U.S. stores were getting a lift from high-income shoppers stopping in for bargains.”


An excerpt from Jack Hough’s recent article in Barron’s titled “Anyone Else Turning Cheap? It Looks Like a Trade-Down Economy” detailing the growing frugality of American consumers.

Out & About

August 15, 2022, the EWM Team went to a Habitat For Humanity job site in Howell. We spent all day putting siding on the house, building a roof on the shed, and painting the inside of the home. We look forward to serving our community as a team!

Thank you for your patience and understanding in allowing us to spend a day volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. 

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The Debut of Roller Skates was a Smash!

In the 1760s, John Joseph Merlin was a distinguished Belgium clock maker, musical instrument maker, and successful inventor. Merlin created the first inline roller skates, which strapped directly onto shoes. Before learning to use them well or provide a way of stopping once rolling on them, he decided to debut them at an elegant costume ball for the guests.

Merlin added a masquerade mask to his gentleman’s attire of the day and proceeded to skate around the ball while playing violin. The music he played was classical, but his antics at trying to keep from falling could have been labeled ‘rock and roll.’ The public debut of his new invention found him with severe injuries, a crushed violin, and a large mirror left in glass shards, valued to be worth 100k in today’s currency. It was one of the rare, if only times, an invention was considered both a failure and a smash.

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