According to a recent article Home Prices Start to Dip, Recalling ’90s Slump on NYTimes.com all the talk of the housing slump and downward real estate market seemed foreign to most homeowners, considering that the value of real estate has increased exponentially in value in recent years. For example, the prices of real estate in Manhattan make homeownership unattainable for most. Although, the Manhattan real estate market has remained strong throughout this alleged slump, more cracks have begun to show in the housing market. Furthermore, some analysts have gone as far to label the present market comparable with "severe downturn in the region during the recession that followed the boom years of the late 1980s." According to the article, the strongest tell tale sign of trouble is the weakness of Manhattan.