Market Update: Coronavirus Impact on Real Estate
March 19, 2020
Stock Market Volatility Index Reaches Record High Turbulence Reinforces Long-Term Strength of Real Estate
Stock market correction spurs portfolio recalibration. As the new coronavirus (COVID-19) broke free from China, the prospects of increased economic risks drove Wall Street into a flight to safety. Over the course of the following three weeks, the S&P 500 index fell 30 percent and pushed the 10-year Treasury to a record low, briefly touching 0.42 percent on March 9. Since bouncing from that intraday low, the Treasury rate has been on an upward trajectory. Market turbulence remains elevated, with the volatility index reaching its highest level on record. This has reiterated the comparative stability of real estate investments, while the record-low interest rates have sparked an increased appetite for acquisitions and a wave of refinance activity.