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Underwater in Southern California and trend reversals: 10 percent of SoCal homeowners remain underwater despite recent increase in home prices.

doctorhousingbubble.com / Dr. Housing Bubble / September 3rd, 2014

You would think that the recent rise in home prices across Southern California would be enough to bring most homeowners into a positive equity position. However, we still have 1 out of 10 homeowners in a negative equity position. The total number of homes [...]

The Home-Flipping Bubble Implodes

wolfstreet.com / Wolf Richter / August 22, 2014

Home flipping – buying a home and reselling it within 12 months, hopefully for a profit – is the American entrepreneur’s reaction to the vagaries of the housing market. When these gutsy people perceive a big profit opportunity, such as soaring home prices, they [...]

What happens when investors pullback form the housing market? Cash sales volume down 21 percent in California year-over-year. Sales volume remains incredibly low as inventory builds up.

doctorhousingbubble.com / Dr. Housing Bubble / 28 Jul, 2014

Big investors have been a critical component to the housing market going back to 2008. Over the last few years, we have seen the smalltime ragtag mom and pop investor creep back into the market trying to make money on flips. Of course as [...]

Chinese Home Prices Decline In Record Number Of Cities, Average Sale Price Has Biggest Drop Since Lehman

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 07/18/2014 09:00 -0400

China’s attempts to “reign in” its credit and housing bubble (to “taper”, if you will) and to deleverage its financial sector, so widely trumpeted over a year ago just before its banking system nearly locked up overnight, are rapidly becoming the biggest joke in [...]

Is Canada Next? (A Very Ugly Chart)

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / July 15, 2014

While the US has been struggling for five years with a recovery that has been so crummy that “recovery” often shows up in quotation marks, Canada has been rolling in good times. Its economy has been powered by a housing bubble beyond even [...]

Is Canada Next? (In One Very Ugly Chart)

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / July 15, 2014

While the US has been struggling for five years with a recovery that has been so crummy that “recovery” often shows up in quotation marks, Canada has been rolling in good times. Its economy has been powered by a housing bubble beyond even [...]

Same problems, different date? Home prices vs wages

investmentwatchblog.com / July 10, 2014

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The Untimely End Of San Francisco’s Tech And Housing Bubbles

testosteronepit.com / Wolf Richter / JUNE 13, 2014 AT 5:02AM

In our neck of the woods, Vinod Khosla is currently most notorious for trying to boot people off Martins Beach, across the coastal mountains from Silicon Valley. Californians love their beaches, even if the water is frigging cold in the summer. And so [...]

UK May Home Prices Surge By Most Since 2002

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 06/05/2014 11:10

Two weeks ago we asked, rhetorically, “Whose Housing Bubble Is Bigger?” and showed the April home price increases in the UK and China:

Today, we have our answer. As the WSJ reports, “U.K. house prices rose at the fastest monthly pace in almost 12 years and to [...]

A history of a turning housing market in Southern California: Does the contraction in sales necessarily mean a fall in home prices?

doctorhousingbubble.com / By Dr. Housing Bubble / 3 Jun, 2014

Housing markets have a very slow inflection point compared to say the stock market. When the stock market corrects, the reaction is nearly instantaneously and the visual cues are so apparent by thousands of flashing red signs. In housing however corrections happen in [...]

The US Housing Market’s Darkening Data

peakprosperity.com / by Brian Pretti / June 3, 2014, 1:15 AM

When looking at residential real estate, we often tend to focus almost solely on recent price movements in assessing the health of the housing market at any point in time. But as both homeowners and income-earners in the larger economy, of which [...]

The disappearing real estate agents of California: From 542,000 in 2008 to 403,000 California Broker and Sale Licensees. Low volume and low sales continue to dominate market.

doctorhousingbubble.com / Housing Bubble / 29 May, 2014

One of the more interesting sidebars of the jump in home prices in 2013 is that many real estate agents are not necessarily thrilled. You would think that with prices in some areas reaching near peak levels that real estate agents would be jumping for [...]

Chart Of The Day: Whose Housing Bubble Is Bigger?

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 05/19/2014 12:14

Last week we reported that the Chinese housing market, a carbon copy indicator of Chinese market liquidity, has completed a very mutated “head and shoulders” pattern in what increasingly many are seeing as a precursor to what may be – absent another massive liquidity push [...]

The Brutal, Beneath-The-Surface, Slo-Mo Crash Of Stocks

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / MAY 12, 2014 AT 1:42AM

Leon Black, epitome of the smart money and CEO of private equity giant Apollo Global Management, explained the phenomenon this way during Thursday’s earnings call:

At a conference in the spring of last year, I was somewhat infamously quoted as saying that [...]

The battle between traditional buyers and cash buyers: Cash buyers still make up over 30 percent of market and purchase applications fall to lowest level since December of 2000.

doctorhousingbubble.com / By Dr. Housing Bubble / 5 May, 2014

People adapt very quickly to new circumstances. Today, many are coming to terms that the housing market is dominated by investors. Existing home sales are running at a pathetic pace now that investors are slowly stepping away from the single family home punchbowl. [...]

Mortgage Standards Are Plunging – It’s Muppet Fleecing Time All Over Again

libertyblitzkrieg.com / By Michael Krieger / April 21, 2014

In February, I highlighted the fact that subprime loans were about to make a return in my piece: Subprime Mortgages are Back…This Time Marketed as “Second Chance Purchase Programs.” In that article, I posited that with the “all cash” private equity shops and hedge funds no [...]

What does $500,000 buy you in Southern California real estate? A look at Culver City, Pasadena, and Riverside.

doctorhousingbubble.com / Dr. Housing Bubble / 9 Apr, 2014

We have a large readership from California but also many others that simply enjoy peeking into the mania that is SoCal real estate. It must appear to an outsider that all Californians ever think about is buying, selling, and flipping real estate. During certain periods of [...]

Hot Air Hisses Out Of Housing Bubble 2.0: Even Two Middle-Class Incomes Aren’t Enough Anymore To Buy A Median Home

testosteronepit.com / By Wolf Richter / APRIL 7, 2014 AT 1:36AM

As home prices have soared in cities around the country, sales have cratered. The weather has been blamed, though the weather has been gorgeous in California where sales have crashed too, even in temporary boom town San Francisco. The “lack of inventory” and other [...]

Pending Home Sales See Biggest Collapse Since May 2010: Weather, Affordability Blamed

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 01/30/2014 10:09 -0500

Pending Home Sales collapsed 8.7% month-over-month – the worst since May 2010 – missing by the most in over 3 years. This is a 6.1% drop YoY. Of course, analysts coul dnever have guessed that weather could have an impact (and ths reduce [...]

Cash investors altering psychology of real estate market: Can the regular home buyer compete with the big money from Wall Street?

doctorhousingbubble.com / Dr. Housing Bubble / 20 Jan, 2014

Investor buying has pushed the real estate market into uncharted territory. Starting in 2008 after the crash in home values, investors at first stepped in slowly and now they represent a dramatic share of all home purchases. This may not matter to some in most states [...]