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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, 06 Dec 2016 21:53:26 +0000


There’s Not This Crazy Deluge Of Offers Like Before

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:43:07 +0000

A report from CTV News Vancouver in Canada. ” Data released Friday showed that those looking to buy a single family detached home in the city last month forked over about $1.5 million in Metro Vancouver, but recent listings suggest that the benchmark is falling. CTV News found a number of East Vancouver homes priced [...]

It Went From Very Hot To Very Cold All Of A Sudden

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:25:25 +0000

A report from the Wall Street Journal. “Home builders say they are fairly upbeat about housing conditions. The stock market suggests otherwise. A gauge of home-builder sentiment in recent months has hovered near its highest level in 11 years. But the housing recovery has sputtered in recent months following a strong start to 2016. And [...]

What Was Profitable Is Now Borderline

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:40:09 +0000

A report from the Guardian on Australia. “Despite early indications that some housing markets in the mining states will hit the skids, the Australian mortgage-financed housing bubble continues to grow. The Reserve Bank of Australia is pushing to find a scapegoat to lay blame for economic challenges that may arise within the Australian economy. That [...]

Among Those Worried About What Happens Next

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:05:53 +0000

A report from Bloomberg on Washington. “Just a few days after Vancouver announced a tax on foreign property investors, Seattle real estate broker Lili Shang received a WeChat message from a wealthy Chinese businessman who wanted to sell a home in Canada and buy in her area. After a week of showings, he purchased a [...]

A Supply Flood Giving Greater Choice And Leverage

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 16:30:29 +0000

A report from CNBC. ” In its recent survey of nationwide rent conditions, data from apartment rental site Zumper said that the most expensive markets in the nation saw either flat prices or outright declines—demonstrating evidence of a potential top. ‘Among the top ten most expensive rental markets, only one city, Seattle, saw median rent [...]

The Housing Bubble Playing Out

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:45:04 +0000

A report from Bloomberg on Canada. “Vancouver home sales plunged 37 percent in November from a year earlier, extending the slowdown in Canada’s most expensive property market for the fifth straight month. Sales have been falling year-on-year since July, with buyers sitting out as the price of a typical home skyrocketed to more than 12 [...]

People Who Invested Have Been Left High And Dry

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:07:02 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “The Woodlands mansion with the ‘biggest closet in the U.S.’ is just not selling. The home is back on the market. This time for much cheaper. Originally, homeowner Theresa Roemer listed the residence at $12.9 million. It’s now on the market for $7.95 million. That includes the [...]

Buyers Are Waiting For The Market To Further Decline

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:05:00 +0000

A report from the Wall Street Journal on Massachusetts. “Even as U.S. home prices hit a high in September, the building bonanza of luxury apartments in Boston, one of the nation’s hottest rental markets, may be peaking, according to a report. The number of permits issued for new housing units across Greater Boston is expected [...]

Not Long Ago, Things Were Different

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:12:22 +0000

A report from Q13 Fox in Washington. “Seattle is the hottest housing market in the country according to new numbers released by the Case-Shiller Indices. Home prices across Snohomish, Pierce and King Counties are up and Seattle prices are rising twice as fast as the rest of the country. Derek Parkhurst purchased a home in [...]

The End Of A Decade-Long Boom Sounded Alarm Bells

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 01:35:20 +0000

A report from in Australia. “Last year their house prices were skyrocketing — now they’ve come back down to earth. Growth in property prices across a range of once booming Sydney suburbs has recently ground to a halt after hitting an affordability ceiling. The slowdown was most evident in Parramatta, where the median house [...]

Overpriced Homes With Inflexible Sellers Will Sit

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:04:54 +0000

A report from the Boston Globe in Massachusetts. “The epic building boom that has added thousands of luxury housing units in the Boston area may have peaked, as a report to be released Tuesday by an influential foundation suggests the region has run out of customers willing to shell out huge sums in monthly rents. [...]

When Selling Isn’t Really An Option

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:43:11 +0000

A report from the Montreal Gazette in Canada. “It seems like a person can’t throw a rock in downtown Montreal without hitting a new condo project promising state-of-the-art facilities, a rooftop pool, breathtaking views and a communal lounge. It begs the question: Are there too many condos in Montreal? Anecdotally, the answer is yes. ‘There [...]