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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: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:14:22 +0000


The Boom-Bust Cycle Has Expanded Across The Globe

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 22:04:21 +0000

A two part series from Farm Futures. “About every year, Ron Pierson tries to trade one of his larger Case IH tractors for a new one. He did not this year because the dealer was reluctant to add another expensive piece of used equipment to the big supply already on the lot. Shorty Kulhanek, a [...]

The Carnival Is Over

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:52:46 +0000

A report from the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia. “Wayne Byres, chair of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, was on Thursday asked by Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson about a report from UBS that last month ranked Sydney fourth in a global ‘bubble index’ that sought to measure the risk of a real estate bubble. Mr [...]

Sellers Now Realize Word Is Out

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 15:12:20 +0000

A report from The Independent in California. “Livermore is on track to meet the goals and objectives of its housing element. Staff noted that at the current rate of development, Livermore would exceed the projected housing need under the current Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA), for years 2015-2022, by approximately 28 percent. In 2015, the [...]

The Beginning Stages Of Being Oversaturated

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:29:19 +0000

A report from the News Tribune in Washington. “Tacoma apartment rents have increased for the 11th straight month, according to Axiometrics, a research firm that tracks apartment rentals. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett’s average rent prices in September dropped to $1,777 from August’s $1,799, possibly fueled by an increase in the number of apartments available, said Axiometrics’ senior vice [...]

Spending Money Like They’re Printing It

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:04:51 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “Earlier this year, Mr. and Mrs. Cai, a couple from Shanghai, decided to end their marriage. The rationale wasn’t irreconcilable differences or even mild disagreements; rather, it was a property market bubble in China’s financial hub. The pair, who operate a clothing shop, wanted to buy an [...]

If You’re Selling It’s Time For A Reality Check

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:00:02 +0000

A report from the Desert Sun in California. “Madelaine LaVoie greets visitors with hugs and brownies at her Yucca Valley real estate office. LaVoie points to a little black cabin, with a mid-century slanted roofline and a wooden pergola, on the horizon. ‘That one just closed escrow for $400,000,’ LaVoie says, adding that it’s a [...]

It Looks Like Nobody’s Home, Because They Aren’t

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:27:27 +0000

A report from Biznow on Washington, DC. “Multifamily developers across the country have being trying to outdo each other with greater amenities in what has become a full-out arms race to attract tenants. But Kettler CEO Bob Kettler (founder of DC’s largest multifamily firm, in terms of units under construction) says the next big shift [...]

We’re Sort Of Running Out Of Customers

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:09:33 +0000

A report from MarketWatch. “Ever since the shock of the financial crisis ebbed and buyers began to return to the housing market, one truth has dominated: mortgage lending is tight. But is it? So much lending to people with higher credit scores and so little to those on the lower end of the spectrum has [...]

Investors Have Taken A Bath

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:15:46 +0000

A report from Domain News in Australia. “Sydney’s hot property prices and tight rental market have been described as a tenant’s nightmare. But in some suburbs, landlords are reducing their rents to secure a tenant. Sixty kilometres south-west of Sydney CBD, one landlord recently dropped the advertised rent on a three-bedroom house in Narellan. Rented [...]

Unsustainable Prices Prompt A Steep Decline

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:49:02 +0000

A report from “Gabe Pasquale’s pitch was four words long. ‘Look at that view!’ he said. Pasquale is a senior vice president for East Coast sales with the California-based real estate developer Landsea. He was giving a tour of the sales office and busy construction site for the company’s 184-unit condominium complex in Weehawken [...]

Handing A Drowning Man A Glass Of Water

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 22:41:53 +0000

A report from Bloomberg on the UK. “London house prices fell for a fifth month in August, the worst streak for the U.K. capital since the depths of the recession seven years ago. The decline is being led by higher-priced boroughs in central London, according to LSL Property Services. That analysis is echoed in forecasts [...]

What It Means To Be Hot Can Change Over Time

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 15:03:56 +0000

A report from the Columbus Dispatch. “It’s repeated so often, it’s a cliche: This is the hottest housing market in years. But what, exactly, does that mean? The most expensive market? The one with the most sales? The one with the fastest sales? The truth is, real-estate statistics can often paint a Picasso-like image. Zillow [...]