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'Black Monday' Rattles Housing Market

 Chinese home buyers, in particular, may be more cautious in entering the U.S. housing market following Monday's massive stock market sell-off that sent stocks tumbling, according to housing analysts. The sell-off began in Beijing on Monday and sent shares plunging by record amounts across the globe. Chinese media dubbed it "Black Monday" as markets fell nearly 8.5 percent there.

In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 1,000 points just minutes after the opening bell alone on Monday. The Dow made up some ground later in the afternoon but still closed nearly 600 points in the red.

John Burns, CEO and owner of John Burns Real Estate Consulting, explained in a blog post that Chinese home buying will likely be under a cloud of uncertainty.

"While the recent Chinese stock market correction has caused a decline in sales (one of my builder clients has noticed a sharp pullback, another just told me about a home sale cancelation specifically due to the buyer's stock market losses, and one publicly traded home builder even mentioned the pullback on their earnings call), our research has convinced us of tremendous Chinese demand to buy US real estate for their families and as investments," Burns says.

However, Burns says there is some doubt over whether the Chinese will continue their big U.S. buying spree. He questions the number of people who will still be able to afford to purchase a home in the U.S. after the stock market correction and currency devaluation.

Chinese home buyers have been strong in the U.S. market lately. Sixteen percent of international home buyers come from China, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Chinese spent $29 billion last year on U.S. real estate, surpassing Canada as the top spenders.

Source: "Betting on Chinese Home Buyers in the U.S.," LinkedIn Blog (Aug. 24, 2015); "Stock Market Slide Continues Across Asia," The Washington Post (Aug. 24, 2015); and "Black Monday Hits Housing, Mortgage Finance Worse Than Dow, Nasdaq," HousingWire (Aug. 24, 2015)

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