If house prices are overvalued, for example, they have risen much faster than average earnings and renting. Then there are benefits to allowing house prices to fall. At the moment, many first time buyers are priced out of the market; this has led to a shortage of key public sector workers in areas like London. Falling house prices can have economic benefits, for at least some section of the workforce. A fall in house prices could also discourage future house price speculation (although the early 90s was soon forgotten). If the government try to intervene against market forces it may only delay the inevitable fall.