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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: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:59:14 +0000


The Market Is Getting Ready To Make A Big Switch

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:49:24 +0000

A report from KSBY in California. “If you live in Santa Maria, you may have noticed more homes for sale in your neighborhood. There may have been a lot of price reductions, too. One local realtor says the market is getting ready to make a big switch. ‘We start seeing it shifting from a sellers’ [...]

General Market Conditions Have Deteriorated

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:15:56 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “The economy officially bottomed in June of 2009, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. Since then, our country has been slowly working its way back to less dire, more promising, conditions. The road to recovery has been somewhat slow and bumpy, but this morning’s S&P [...]

A Price That Is At Once Unbelievable And Plausible

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:14:41 +0000

A report from the Sierra Sun in California. “While the recent regional housing study shows that more than half of Truckee-Tahoe’s workforce commutes to the region from other locations, real estate sales in the area are on the rise. ‘The majority of the buyers in our area are second homeowners, vacation homeowners, investment buyers,’ Ellen [...]

No Bubble Has A Happy Ending

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:25:38 +0000

A report from Mingtiandi on China. “It may have seemed like an attack by the undead, but a crazed mob that tore the doors off a Hangzhou real estate office last weekend came in search of apartments, not human flesh. When homes went on sale at the unnamed property firm in the capital of Zhejiang [...]

The Availability Of Liquidity And Financial Pain

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:27:50 +0000

A report from the Associated Press. “Pale green and 8 feet tall, tightly packed corn stalks reach to the horizon throughout the Midwest in what is likely to be the biggest harvest the U.S. has ever seen. Aside from a sense of pride in breaking the previous record by nearly a billion bushels, farmers won’t [...]

It’s A Buyer’s Market, But Not Many Out There

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:42:54 +0000

A report from Bloomberg on Connecticut. “In Greenwich, the leafy Connecticut town famous for its cluster of hedge funds and the titans of Wall Street who occupy many a gated mansion, the rich are being maddeningly frugal. As Barry Sternlicht complained when he assailed his former hometown as possibly the country’s worst housing market. ‘You [...]

We Are Sinking Fast

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:42:42 +0000

The Age reports from Australia. “All across Melbourne, new apartments riddled with faults have been sold to investors and residents. Some of the problems are so costly to fix that it would be cheaper to build the apartments again. Often these cases play out behind closed doors or, quietly, in the courts. After all, who [...]

Landlords Beware, People Are Shopping Price

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:28:32 +0000

A report from the San Mateo Daily Journal in California. “Renters struggling to afford the considerable cost of living locally may see some relief on the horizon according to county real estate professionals who project the market will soften. Average rents have nearly doubled in and around San Mateo over the past five years, jumping [...]

Now There Is A Slowdown On Everything

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:11:44 +0000

A report from the Financial Post in Canada. “Your home may have climbed in value as much as 35 per cent in the past year, so why wouldn’t you want to own another one? Increasing numbers of homeowners keen to take advantage of a booming market for low-rise detached homes are ‘doubling up’ on their [...]

Stagnant Inventory At Unrealistic Prices

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 13:15:12 +0000

A report from the Culpeper Star Exponent in Virginia. “The latest news in the long-stalled Clevenger’s Corner mega-development and other housing projects topped the Friday morning agenda of the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors retreat meeting. Culpeper County Planning & Community Development Department Director Sam McLearen told the board that Centex Homes recently withdrew its [...]

Something More Complicated Might Be Going On

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:59:38 +0000

A report from the Daily Nebraskan. “In the past four years downtown Lincoln has quintupled its number of beds through the addition of several student-marketed apartment complexes, adding the perfect living option for some, but a nightmare for others. Often targeted toward students, the new downtown apartment complexes provide housing and other amenities for those [...]

Another Bubble Within The Bubble

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:27:29 +0000

An interview from the Epoch Times. “To make outsized returns or avoid some nasty losses in investing, you have to go against the grain. There are few people who live that principle more than Reggie Middleton, the CEO of fintech (financial technology) company Veritaseum. On his independent research website BoomBustBlog, he called the demise of [...]