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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: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:39:55 +0000


Creating A New Definition Of Affordable

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:29:31 +0000

A report from AZ Big Media in Arizona. “Last year was good for Arizona’s residential real estate market with boosted home sales, prices, and agents making deals. One noticeable shift in 2017 was that Millennials are now reaching a point of financial well-being. According to Homeowners Financial Group, a local mortgage banker specializing in the [...]

There Were Some Unrealistic Expectations

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:01:00 +0000

A report from Radio Australia. “Less than a decade ago this coastal Queensland town was on property investors’ wish lists, but today 80 per cent of homes are selling at a loss. Young couple Philip and Aleisha bought their first home in Gladstone in 2012, when their central Queensland town was still high on an [...]

Prices Can Easily Be Reduced

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:43:57 +0000

A report from Bisnow on California. “Indicative of the city’s booming landscape, the Los Angeles Planning Commission is considering two high-rise mixed-use developments in downtown LA. There are 25 residential developments under construction and more than 75 mixed-use and/or residential projects are being proposed. ‘The Downtown LA renaissance reached new heights in 2017, showing continued [...]

It Is Going To End In Tears

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:20:04 +0000

A report from The Business News Network in Canada. “A video of rapper Pitbull jumping and dancing on stage, surrounded by six dancers, isn’t an image one would typically associate with the property market. But that’s the first item showcased on the website of the Real Estate Wealth Expo, which will have thousands flocking to [...]

Mortgage Lenders Are Experimenting Again

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:50:24 +0000

A weekend topic starting with The Street. “In the aftermath of the Great Recession, no-money-down mortgages got a bad rap, blamed for being part of a toxic brew of bad lending that crashed the real estate market. But in a bid to reach credit-worthy buyers struggling to save up thousands to secure a loan, mortgage [...]

Why Does Everyone Become Greedy At The Same Time?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:51:16 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “U.S. new-home construction cooled by more than expected in February on a reversal in the volatile multifamily category, while building remained on pace to contribute to economic growth this quarter, government figures showed. The report indicated a tight supply of homes is getting an influx: The number [...]

What Were Assets Are Turning Into Liabilities

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:37:38 +0000

A report from KDKA on Pennsylvania. “High-end, luxury apartments in Pittsburgh, which typically command top dollar prices, are now going for a fraction of the cost. It’s been a building boom that’s changed the face of neighborhoods. Now, that boom is petering with oversupply – too many units for too few prospective tenants. ‘I think [...]

Sold At A Discount

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:55:45 +0000

A report from the Orlando Sentinel in Florida. “Increased numbers of homeowners in Orlando — and most of Florida — fell behind on mortgage payments late last year, bucking national trends, according to CoreLogic. Metro Orlando’s rate of homeowners falling at least a month behind tripled in December from a year earlier. Orlando homeowners were [...]

More Are Looking At An Asset That Won’t Gain In Value

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:31:51 +0000

An opinion piece by Alex Pollock in The Hill. “After the peak of the housing bubble in 2006, U.S. home prices fell for six years, until 2012. Are these memories getting a little hazy? The Federal Reserve, through forcing years of negative real short-term interest rates, suppressing long-term rates, and financing Fannie Mae and Freddie [...]

What Did I Buy During The Binge?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:08:08 +0000

A report from the Alabama Newscenter. “The multifamily market is hot. Rents continue to rise, occupancies remain strong and the development pipeline seems to be all but slowing down. In Huntsville, nine of the 13 multifamily developments in the pipeline — planned, prospective or under construction — are luxury, A-class projects totaling 4,133 units. Can [...]

It Is Still Very Easy To Borrow Money

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 15:20:43 +0000

A weeked topic starting with two reports from the Greenfield Recorder in Masschusetts. “Standing at the intersection of bad luck and what a seniors advocated says is a public policy failure, an elderly man who has been called a ‘Robin Hood of builders’ will face foreclosure Tuesday and an inevitable eviction. Bob McCollum, 73, first [...]

The Fastest Market To Reach Oversupply

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 16:36:08 +0000

A report from the Coloradoan. “With 1,100 market-rate units coming online and more than 2,000 in the pipeline, some experts wonder if Fort Collins is in danger of a bubble, where oversupply pushes up vacancy rates, depresses rents and leaves hundreds of units wanting for tenants. It’s making some developers and market watchers a little [...]