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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, 24 Nov 2017 16:02:49 +0000


The Shake-Out Of The End Of The Boom

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:52:20 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “For close to a year, investors have been locked in an epic fight to hold onto their units in a 1990s Miami Beach condo-hotel, amid claims they owe $9.4 million in unpaid assessments. Between December 13, 2016 and October 9, Port Orange, Florida-based Schecher Group has filed [...]

The Intertemporal Structure Of Preferences

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 13:44:02 +0000

A report from the Malay Mail Online in Malaysia. “Haphazard construction of new property without regard for market forces was the reason for the existing oversupply of real estate, said an industry group. The Association of Valuers, Property Managers, Estate Agents and Property Consultants in the Private Sector Malaysia (PEPS) said this when expressing support [...]

A Wealth Of Inventory And A Lack Of Demand

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:06:29 +0000

A report from the D Magazine in Texas. “If you’re a Realtor, your expanding waistline has already told you there’s something going on in the apartment world. Almost any day of the week, some apartment complex is hosting lunch for Realtors and apartment referral agents. The goal isn’t Christmas cheer; it’s snagging tenants for their [...]

A Bubble Perspective

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:41:40 +0000

A report from the Press Democrat in California. “The rebuilding of fire-damaged structures in the North Coast would take over 6,000 construction workers three years to accomplish, an economist told business leaders in Santa Rosa. Attracting and housing so many workers will be hard, but the county’s economy won’t keep expanding without more homes, Christopher [...]

Something Has To Give

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:25:28 +0000

A report from Mortgage News Daily. “Housing activity in the third quarter of 2017 is described as ‘continuing its rough patch’ in Fannie Mae’s latest edition of Economic Developments. The company’s economists say that activity pulled back across the board during the quarter. Leading indicators suggest that the rough patch demonstrated by third quarter [...]

A Buying Frenzy Has Been Encouraged

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:06:43 +0000

A weekend topic starting with a piece by Matt Barrie with Craig Tindale. “I recently watched the federal Treasurer Scott Morrison proudly proclaim that Australia was in ’surprisingly good shape.’ Indeed, Australia has just snatched the world record from the Netherlands, achieving its 104th quarter of growth without a recession, making this achievement the longest [...]

The Times Of Rising Interest Rates Is Beckoning

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:03:11 +0000

It’s Friday desk clearing time for this blogger. “A full-floor, 6,240-square-foot penthouse at Midtown billionaires’ bunker One57 recently sold at a foreclosure auction for $36 million. That number is 29 percent lower than the original $50.9 million price shelled out by Nigerian businessman Kolawole Akanni Aluko for the newly-minted condo in 2014. The fire sale [...]

Something That Sellers Aren’t Used To

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:40:39 +0000

A report from Kamloops This Week in Canada. “Federal authorities have loosened incoming rules for new homebuyers who sign deals this year, allowing them to qualify under current mortgage rules. The issue was highlighted by the Canadian Home Builders Association, which said as many as 20,000 Canadians who purchased homes this year could be caught [...]

A Perpetual Seller’s Market Can’t Last Forever

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 13:42:33 +0000

A report from the Washington Post. “For the past few years, sellers have had all the power in the local real estate market. Today’s buyers and sellers are accustomed to a market marked by rapidly increasing prices, low inventory, fast offers and bidding wars. But real estate is cyclical and a perpetual seller’s market can’t [...]

If There Are No Takers, There’s No Turning Back

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 16:32:48 +0000

A report from Q 13 Fox on Washington. “We’ve heard about Chinese investors driving up local housing prices but it’s rare to hear from them firsthand on why Western Washington is so desirable. On Thursday, a delegation representing nearly 60 percent of Chinese investors interested in our region visited the Eastside. They toured three luxury [...]

Too Much Supply Or Not Enough Demand?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:04:34 +0000

A report from Bisnow on Texas. “The Dallas multifamily market is looking a little rough with rent growth continuing to sag due to incessant Class-A deliveries. More product is on the way — Dallas is No. 2 in the nation for multifamily permits issued this year. This has raised some concerns about overbuilding. ‘Dallas continues [...]

The Battle Lines Are Drawn

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 14:43:47 +0000

A weekend topic starting with CBS New York. “How will local homeowners be impacted by federal tax reform? As CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, the Tri-State Area may already be feeling the impact in its real estate market. New homes are being built in affluent Roslyn, but who will buy them if high property taxes are [...]