“Waiting for the Light”
“Be aware that the market does not turn when it sees light at the end of the tunnel. It turns when all looks black, but just a subtle shade less black than the day before.”
–Jeremy Grantham, “Reinvesting When Terrified“; (March 2009 Newsletter)
Grantham, who manages $85 billion and is one of the most astute investors around, was actually talking about stocks, but his advice is equally applicable to the housing market.
In the same piece, he also makes two other indisputable points: 1) you’ll never catch the low — by the time it’s clear that that has happened, prices will already be higher; and 2) market commentary will be most negative at the bottom. So if you listen to it, you’ll either do the wrong thing, or nothing at all.
Interestingly, he rejects conventional wisdom about how to get (back) into a market that has fallen dramatically and still looks risky: ‘Since every action must overcome paralysis, what I recommend is a few large steps, not many small ones.’
Prospective home buyers will definitely relate . . .