As you have probably heard, China seems to be on the edge of a significant crash. This has prompted questions of how to predict and prepare for the next real estate market crash in the US. We've had a couple of suggestions that tracking NODs (Notice of Default – the first step in the foreclosure process) would be a good indication. We have no crystal balls but here are our thoughts.
There is probably no single, reliable technique for predicting the next real estate market crash because each crash has a different cause. More than once we've been asked if tracking NODs would be a good predictor of a coming crash. I believe tracking NODs will tell you what has already happened as opposed to what is going to happen.