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Examining the home price boom and its effect on owners, lenders, regulators, real estate agents and the economy as a whole.



Published: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:25:08 +0000

 



The Supply Surge Is Becoming The New Normal

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:15:54 +0000

A report from Bisnow on Virginia. “The Fairfax County submarkets of Reston and Tysons, both emerging areas boosted by the opening of Metro’s Silver Line, have pipelines full of new apartment construction. Several top developers at Bisnow’s Fairfax County State of the Market, worried they might be building too many rental units. JBG Smith Executive [...]



It Was Cheap Money That Took Prices Up

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:20:11 +0000

A weekend topic starting with Silicon Beat in California. “Housing economist Lawrence Yun got everyone’s attention Thursday — he talked about bubbles in his address to the 27th Annual Convention and Expo of the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors. His assessments were largely reassuring. Given the tight supply of existing homes and the failure [...]



Shackled Purchasers Are Second-Guessing Their Rabid Decisions

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:29:24 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “Sergio Pino is going ’super micro’ at Midtown Doral. In a bid to attract local buyers, the Miami developer is including smaller units in phase two of his mixed-use Doral development. At Midtown Doral, more than 90 percent of buyers so far have been Venezuelan. Now, due [...]



Growing Inventory And Declining Prices

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:36:04 +0000

A report from the Credit Union Journal. “With the housing crisis and the recession firmly in the rear-view mirror, more and more credit unions are looking for ways to help consumers qualify for home loans — even if that means accepting a significantly lower down payment than might ordinarily be required. One example is Orange [...]



Even These Darlings Have Recorded A Drop In Prices

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:25:18 +0000

A report from the Financial Post in Canada. “Renters will tell you they can’t afford the escalating prices to lease out a unit in the Greater Toronto Area’s ridiculously tight condominium apartment market. Yet, as the average rental rate in the city for a 734-square-foot condo increased to $2.99 per square foot or $2,219 in [...]



Long-Term Failure To Some And Severe Stress To Most

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:05:47 +0000

A report from Multi-Housing Biz. “This week marks the release of the October Housing Tides Report, featuring an update to the Housing Tides Index, an objective and sophisticated approach to quantifying and comparing the health of U.S. housing markets. Driving the significant drop in the Index was the release of 2016 local household formation data [...]



Asking For Trouble

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:01:37 +0000

A report from the New York Post. “A pair of top Obama-appointed bank regulators still serving in the Trump administration could spark another mortgage meltdown by lowering credit standards and encouraging risky lending practices. Democrat Mel Watt, who is serving a special five-year term as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is pushing the [...]



It’s Inevitable That The Bubble Is Going To Burst

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:57:37 +0000

A report from LA Weekly in California. “City Hall is well on its way to requiring developers to help pay for affordable apartments, the governor recently signed legislation that could lead to $4 billion in new housing funds, and a slew of new units downtown has goosed the vacancy rate and slowed rent increases. ‘One [...]



The Glory Days Could Soon Become A Nightmare

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:32:15 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “The appraisal profession has been changing over the last ten years as the economy, real estate market, demographics and laws have changed. Recently both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac introduced lending programs that waive all appraisal requirements for certain purchase money mortgages. The agencies are competing with [...]



It’s The Ending Of The Boom

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:06:21 +0000

A report from Nine News in Australia. “The Reserve Bank, regulators and the government have got their wish. Property prices in the white-hot Sydney property market are starting to recede. The problem now for those regulators - and for first home buyers and others who are keen to get into the market - is how [...]



Used To Be Hot, But Is Now Slowing Down

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:09:27 +0000

A report from the Washington Post. “Buyers in the Northern Virginia suburbs, like buyers in other areas, are slowing down a little this fall and opting to wait for the right place at the right price in some neighborhoods. In the most popular locations, though, the sales pace is still fast. ‘Buyers in the DMV [...]



The Market Is Not What It Was Six Months Ago

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:38:50 +0000

A report from CBC News in Canada. “New buyers can expect home ownership to become even less affordable next year as mortgage costs rise, while current owners will be largely insulated from higher rates. That’s one of the main takeaways of a new outlook from Scotiabank, which forecasts mortgage carrying costs to increase by about [...]