While the economy faces a slowdown from the COVID-19 pandemic, economists are pointing to the housing market as a way to jumpstart the recovery. Every home sale added more than $88,000 to the economy in 2019, the National Association of REALTORS® reports. And economists point out that home sales can have that same economic boost during the coronavirus pandemic, too.
“Real estate has been, and remains, the foundation for wealth building for the middle class and a critical link in the flow of goods, services, and income for millions of Americans,” Nadia Evangelou, a research economist with NAR, notes on the association’s Economists’ Outlook blog. Real estate accounts for nearly 18% of the GDP.