Coronado real estate expert Corey Simone gives her advice on the housing market each week in The Coronado News. Photo courtesy of Corey Simone.

Now that we understand that interest rates have little impact on the Coronado housing market, what does?

Home buyers may be experiencing issues from having their portfolios tied to a topsy-turvy stock market.

After reaching a record high in early 2022, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 9% last year, while the S&P 500 was down 20% for the year.

Coronado was not insulated and did feel the effects of these changes in the stock market in the second half of 2022.

My clients often ask why.

When the stock market experiences a downturn, it has a significant impact on consumer confidence, which then affects the luxury housing market.

How the stock market influences homebuyers

Here are some ways in which a downturn in the stock market can impact consumers:

*Reduced purchasing power: The wealth and total purchasing power of many buyers may decline during a slump in the stock market. This can lead to a decrease in demand for properties and a slowdown in the market as buyers become more cautious about making major purchases.

*Fear of job loss: Concerns about the state of the economy as a whole and prospective job losses can arise when the stock market declines. People may reduce their spending when they become
more apprehensive about the economy. This can then have a domino effect on the broader economy.

*Negative media coverage: Negative media coverage brought on by a stock market decline can also affect consumer confidence, causing a more pessimistic outlook on the economy and housing market.

*Investment strategies change: During periods of market turbulence, many investors switch their holdings from stocks to bonds, which can increase bond prices and result in higher interest rates. This may lower interest in luxury houses and make it harder for prospective purchasers to get financing.

Simultaneously, poor stock market performance can lead to reduced corporate profits, which can impact the luxury housing market in a number of ways.

When companies are earning less money, they may be less likely to invest in their workforce, expand their operations and are less likely to invest in new projects. This can lead to reduced development and construction activity.

If you are looking for an agent who not only understands real estate, but also the economy and the effects it plays on your home sale or purchase, give me a call today!

I am able to provide insights into current market conditions and help clients make informed decisions based on changing economic conditions.

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