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The Housing Bubble Blog

Examining the home price boom and its effect on owners, lenders, regulators, real estate agents and the economy as a whole.

Published: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:59:26 +0000


The Glut Of Supply Is Showing Up

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:49:05 +0000

A report from Bloomberg on California. “Landlords counting on downtown Los Angeles as a cash machine may be in for the same bout of pain as their counterparts in Manhattan, where a flood of supply has started to drive down rents. More than 4,000 new apartments are forecast to hit the Los Angeles market this [...]

Perfunctory Valuations Abound

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:13:38 +0000

A report from CNBC. “December’s steep drop in single-family housing starts is not indicative of what is really going on at construction sites across the nation. There is optimism among homebuilders and a sharp rise in demand from homebuyers. Builders are now starting to build more speculative homes — that is, homes that don’t have [...]

Greed Is An Intoxicating Flaw

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:45:11 +0000

A weekend topic starting with the Khaleej Times. “There is a litany of research surrounding the formation of an asset bubble on how and if even possible to identify them. In the real estate market, the largest crash in recent times was during the World Financial Crisis (WFC) of 2008. A closer look into Dubai [...]

Hangovers From The Massive Stimulus

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:18:29 +0000

A weekend topic starting with Pork Business. “The coming year is pivotal for agriculture because we will find out if we have entered a stabilization zone or if we begin another leg down, says Terry Barr, senior director, CoBank. Barr, along with fellow ag economist David Kohl, highlighted key differences in the current setback in [...]

The Issue That Sellers Don’t Feel Great About

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:57:40 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “ named Las Vegas the number one real estate market in the country for 2018. Home prices are rising, but does that mean we’re heading toward another housing bubble? Realtors like Tim Kelly Kiernan believe the market tends to go up and down they’re optimistic we’ve [...]

We’ve Already Reached A Turning Point

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:48:58 +0000

A report from The Daily News in Washington. “In a rental climate favorable for landlords, out-of-town investors have been flocking to Cowlitz County. They are having a major impact on the housing market. Mike Rodley, a California investor who owns 65 rental units in Kelso and Longview, said he rehabilitates his apartments every time a [...]

Does The Hype Match What’s Really Happening?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:53:24 +0000

A report from Las Vegas Now on Nevada. “Experts in real estate describe the downtown Las Vegas housing market in these words: The demand is high, and the inventory is low. The Fremont 9 is a major new housing complex that is expected to open later this year. The complex will add several hundred homes [...]

Talk Of Substantial Price Cuts

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:33:45 +0000

A report from Dow Jones Newswire on China. “China’s housing market has defied gravity and government restraints for two years, floating on a tide of bank loans and speculation. Until now. In Beijing and Shanghai — two of the country’s largest markets — and other megacities, sales have stalled and prices have dropped, falling slightly [...]

A Bout Of Realism Rather Than The Usual Optimism

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:25:17 +0000

A report from Global News in Canada. “It was tough at the top for people who sold their luxury homes in Vancouver last yea, according to Sotheby’s International Realty Canada’s 2017 Year-End Top-Tier Real Estate Report. When you break those sales down into three price segments, the most expensive of them saw the biggest drop [...]

The Cure Is What Caused The Next Crisis

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 15:38:56 +0000

A weekend topic starting with the Citizen Times in North Carolina. “When discussing the West Asheville real estate market, one highly technical term surfaces repeatedly. ‘Oh yeah, it’s insane — it is,’ Delias Thompson said with a laugh, standing in front of the home she recently built with her partner. Thompson noted that several nearby [...]

More Of A Supply Problem Than A Demand Problem

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:21:57 +0000

A report from the Seattle Times in Washington. “Rents are dropping significantly across the Seattle area for the first time this decade, as a flood of new construction has left apartments sitting empty in Seattle’s hottest neighborhoods. The biggest rent decreases were mostly in the popular Seattle neighborhoods that are getting the most new apartments. [...]

What We Are Experiencing Is A Return To Sanity

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:00:53 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “ESG Kullen just closed on a bulk condo deal in Delray Beach, and plans to immediately renovate and sell them off individually. The real estate firm paid $7.5 million for 93 units at the 275-unit Murano at Delray Beach, according to Mark Meland, an attorney who represented [...]