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Is Portsmouth New Hampshire and the NH Seacoast entering a housing bubble?

With continued low inventory and rising prices in both Portsmouth NH and the New Hampshire Seacoast, some are saying we may be entering another housing bubble.

New Hampshire Seacoast

We asked the experts (in addition to us) what they thought of that theory and the likelihood of another housing bubble on the Seacoast.

David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices:

“Housing is not repeating the bubble period of 2000-2006.”

“…price increases vary unlike the earlier period when rising prices were almost universal; the number of homes sold annually is 20% less today than in the earlier period and the months’ supply is declining, not surging.”

Christopher Thornberg, Partner at Beacon Economics:

“There is no direct or indirect sign of any kind of bubble.”

“Steady as she goes. Prices continue to rise. Sales roughly flat.…Overall this market is in an almost boring place.”

While frustrated NH Seacoast buyers may not be able to find the home of their choice because of the continuing limited inventory of single-family homes and condos, there does not seem to be another bubble in the making.

The desirability of both Portsmouth NH real estate and the New Hampshire Seacoast is one of the driving factors in continued price increases. This is a very beautiful area with lots of attractions for people of all tastes.

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See market reports for Portsmouth NH and the New Hampshire Seacoast towns here.

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