What goes up must come down. The same applies in reverse in the real estate market. What goes down must go up. In this case, the up part might take several years. There are lots of factors when determining when the housing market will go back up. Job growth is one of them. Foreclosure of properties must come down, the economy must get better etc.... When there is a high demand for buying a home thats when the prices go up. When everybody is trying to sell and there is no real demand to buy a house, thats when the prices go down.