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What Super Bowl outcome means for real estate

Guest perspective: Past results help determine where market may go

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Housing cycles are supposed to be characterized by long trend intervals -- long periods of ups and downs. Today our markets are behaving much like the stock market -- one week up and the next week down. My guess is that depending on the news home buyers ingest during the week, they tend to react much like investors in other asset classes. This makes it more challenging to predict where the market is headed. As a kid I grew up next to railroad tracks, and one of my joys (to the chagrin of my parents) was hopping onto slow-moving trains. In order to know when trains were coming we would put our ears on the tracks and see if we could detect the faintest of sounds to know the train was on its way. It worked for the trains; let's see if it can work for the housing market. I delayed finishing this report over the weekend because it was time to go to the Super Bowl party. I did this deliberately so I could let the New England Patriots and New York Giants aid us in determining which way thi...