The dark side of house price appreciation

New research shows rising real estate prices crowd out other sectors, leading banks to cut commercial lending as they boost property loans.

Policymakers around the world often worry about decreases in real-estate prices and other asset prices, and take measures to prevent them. For example, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has engaged in large-scale asset purchases – especially of mortgage-backed assets – to support the housing market and, in turn, the overall economy.

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