Apparently, psychology is at play in the housing market!
[Disclosure: I have been trying to sell my own house for ten months]
Kudos to Andrew Leonard at Salon for his insight into many economists’ delusions of perception (see No one wants to buy a home. Whose fault is it?)! He correctly points out that many so-called experts have a skewed view of when human psychology comes into play in their market decisions. So potential homebuyers are now fearful about what the housing market will do in the future (continue to crash, perhaps even burn? Or turn around?). No arguments there, just rueful agreement (in my case; see disclosure, above). But what about when gloom and doom forecasts are not heard far and wide? Well, it turns out people might be just as whacky during the boom as they are during the bust. Feel free to gasp now.