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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: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:49:42 +0000


It Turns Out We Might Have Too Much Housing

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:38:06 +0000

A report from “Having borne the brunt of declines in U.S. apartment rents since the third quarter of last year, urban luxury apartment communities are in some cases now cutting base rents and offering multiple months of free rent and other incentives to attract a depleted pool of high-income renters, according to CoStar Portfolio [...]

Not The Get-Rich-Quick Scheme That It Has Been

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:06:48 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “An investor group led by real estate broker Vivian Dimond will take over the partially built H3 Hollywood development, with plans to finish construction, settle subcontractors’ liens and partially repay buyers. Hollywood Station Investments halted construction of H3 Hollywood last fall after finishing 13 floors of the [...]

On A Quiet Day You Can Hear The Values Falling

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:54:22 +0000

A report from ABC News in Australia. “It’s two weeks from the federal budget, and the Government is under pressure to come up with a strategy to put the brakes on rising house prices. The Coalition has long argued that if more housing supply comes on to the market, record prices rises could be dampened. [...]

The Path To Prosperity

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:28:49 +0000

Two reports from Bloomberg on Canada. “Canadians fretted for years that home prices in the country’s largest city are rising at an unsustainable rate. Now they’re doing something about it. Ontario, the country’s most populous province, announced on Thursday a set of measures aimed at cooling the Toronto housing market. The province’s securities regulator on [...]

Where Any Fool Who Wants To Buy Can Buy

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:41:00 +0000

A report from the Los Angeles Times in California. “Bidding wars are common and prices are rising during the popular spring buying season. A report out Tuesday from CoreLogic shows the Southern California median home price jumped 7.1% in March from a year earlier, hitting $480,000 in the six-county area. And despite low inventory, sales [...]

A Glut May Pressure Owners To Drop Their Prices

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:04:09 +0000

A report from Multi-Housing News. “W. Allen Morris, president and CEO of The Allen Morris Co., recently spoke with MHN about how he sees the multifamily landscape shaping up for 2017. MHN: With about a quarter of the year behind us, what have you seen so far in 2017 when it comes to multifamily investment [...]

A Baseline When Many People Overpaid Is Illogical

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:04:08 +0000

A report from Westworld on Colorado. “Thanks to Denver’s red-hot real estate market, more and more people trying to buy a home in the metro area are finding themselves in bidding wars, resulting in offers that frequently blow past the property’s listed price. The incredible demand, as well as the speed with which purchases are [...]

The Biggest Swing You Could Imagine

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:43:43 +0000

A weekend topic starting with Mother Jones. “Are we in a second housing bubble, as I suggested in a chart I posted a couple of days ago? Brad DeLong has an optimistic take: ‘There were three good reasons in the mid-2000s to believe that housing prices should jump substantially….How much were these worth? Not enough [...]

Hand-Wringing About A Housing Glut

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:03:51 +0000

A report from Money Watch. “If you want to rent an apartment in one of those high-rise buildings going up in major cities nationwide but can’t find one in your price range, this could be your lucky day — or even your lucky year. Rents may slowly be spiraling downward by as much as 20 [...]

Responding Rationally To Loose Money

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:32:38 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “The slumbering housing market in Greenwich, the Connecticut town favored by Wall Street’s financial elite, jolted awake in the first quarter as buyers emboldened by the rising stock market committed to purchases — as long as they didn’t have to pay full price. Prices remain 20 percent [...]

You Keep Bidding, And Then You Have Buyer’s Remorse

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:02:42 +0000

A report from the Citizen Times in North Carolina. “In the red hot local real estate business, it’s a little taboo to use ‘the B-word.’That’s mainly because everyone has painfully fresh memories of the last housing bubble, which burst with a near-nuclear detonation in 2008, leading to a worldwide recession with impacts that lingered for [...]

It’s Almost Like Buyers Are Playing With Monopoly Money

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:04:26 +0000

An update on Canada and Australia: CBC News. “If real estate is a lottery draw, Toronto-area homeowner Marni Blouin won the jackpot. Blouin and her husband purchased their modest detached home in Scarborough, Ont., 12 years ago for $238,000. In early April, they listed it for sale at $629,000, after hearing about the scorching-hot market [...]