Creighton University Economist Ernie Goss says housing prices are increasing at a rate of about 13 percent a year.

Goss says one factor in the increase is the fed's "cheap money" policies which are encouraging some people to take more risks with their spending. Goss says that has translated into people investing in land and houses. He adds that gold purchases have been declining somewhat recently after a period of brisk gold sales, with people apparently changing their investment strategies to target property.

Goss says the current housing market is in a "bubble, adding that while home sales are not back to pre-2008 levels, "we're headed in that direction".