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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: Wed, 24 May 2017 12:31:46 +0000


Genuine Sellers And Speculators Alike High And Dry

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:21:32 +0000

A report from Bloomberg on Canada. “Home Capital’s troubles started with ‘unlucky’ brokers. That’s what Canadian banks and insurers call the mortgage merchants who get caught submitting fraudulent loan documents. Yet the brokers, whose names are now on databases maintained by lenders and mortgage insurers, can still win business since they haven’t been prosecuted for [...]

A Disconnect Between Economics And Reality

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:15:02 +0000

A report from the Seattle Times in Washington. “As Seattle summers keep getting hotter and hotter, a once-unthinkable perk for renters here has become more commonplace: air conditioning. Traditionally, there hasn’t been much of a point for local developers to spend the extra money to install A/C and new construction was rare enough that new [...]

The Crux Of The Problem Is Oversupply

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:59:25 +0000

A report from Fox News. “Top Republican lawmakers have expressed concerns about the cuts President Trump plans to make for the 2018 budget year, which is due out Tuesday. The blueprint is certain to include a wave of cuts to benefit programs such as Medicaid, food stamps, federal employee pensions and farm subsidies. ‘We think [...]

Tremendous Velocity That Is Not Normal In Any Market

Sun, 21 May 2017 14:22:44 +0000

Expanding on the previous weekend topic with the Amarillo Globe News in Texas. “Housing demand keeps rising in Amarillo, and the supply isn’t keeping up. Local real estate agents say first-time buyers, retirees seeking medical care and country folk moving into town have crowded the housing market and caused prices to rise, especially in the [...]

More Of An Intended Feature Than A Flaw

Sat, 20 May 2017 14:07:25 +0000

A report from the New York Times by Robert Shiller. “There is still no consensus on why the last housing boom and bust happened. That is troubling, because that violent housing cycle helped to produce the Great Recession and financial crisis of 2007 to 2009. But the explanations for what happened in housing are not, [...]

The Sound Of The Pincer Grip

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:20:02 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “Low inventory has caused home prices to rise and forced prospective homebuyers into bidding wars, which in some cases has produced another side effect: appraisals that come in lower the contracted sales price, according to Allison Bartholomew, president of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors. ‘The prices [...]

Well In Excess Of The Desired Equilibrium

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:00:53 +0000

A report from CNBC. “The largest generation is finally starting to buy houses. The trouble is, there aren’t enough houses for sale to feed their appetite, at least not enough they can afford. Enter the nation’s recovering homebuilders. They may want to play to this great big audience, but doing that will hurt their bottom [...]

About To Suffer From Years Of Accelerated Improvement

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:56:45 +0000

A report from the Union Tribune in California. “In the first quarter of this year, local residential building permits were at their lowest since the Great Recession — largely because of a drop-off in apartment construction, said data from the Construction Industry Research Board. Builders and analysts point to about 3,000 new apartments in San [...]

They’re Not Betting As Much As They Were

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:02:08 +0000

A report from Q 13 Fox in Washington. “When you think the housing market couldn’t get any hotter, it does and continues to set records. Chinese investors make up the majority of foreign buyers in our area. They have always been interested in the Puget Sound area but several local realtors are telling Q13 News [...]

They Almost Can’t Give It Away

Sun, 14 May 2017 23:02:51 +0000

A report from the Toronto Sun in Canada. “Bidding wars have slowed and traffic at open houses appears to be down across the GTA and Hamilton after the province introduced new measures to cool the red-hot real estate market. Tim Hudak, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association said he’s heard from hundreds of agents [...]

The Glut Of Rentals Will Be Felt In The Wallet, Of Course

Sun, 14 May 2017 15:19:42 +0000

A report from the Los Angeles Daily News in California. “If you’re in the market for an apartment, there may be some relief ahead after months of through-the-roof rents. ‘L.A. is going against the current for a change, with rent prices relatively stable and signs of an even better year ahead for local renters,’ said [...]

Think Back To The Old Days - Just A Couple Of Years Ago

Sat, 13 May 2017 14:31:27 +0000

A report from the Mercury News in California. “At a Silicon Valley of Realtors meeting this month, Carole Rodoni, president of Bamboo Consulting, said realtors need to educate buyers that this market is not a negotiation market; rather, it is a competitive market. ‘Buyers have to be quick, fast and ready to perform, or the [...]