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Housing Contribution To US GDP Lowest In Post-War Era

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/27/2015 14:45

In “Underwater Homeowners Here To Stay” we highlighted a report from Zillow which showed that negative equity has now become a permanent fixture of the US housing market. The report also showed that the percentage of homeowners who are underwater was flat from Q314 to Q414, […]

The US Housing Bubble In One Chart: Home Prices Outpace Wage Growth 13:1

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/26/2015 18:14

If there is one chart that most clearly captures the unsustainable US home price appreciation bubble, it is the following which was released overnight from RealtyTrac: it is based on an analysis of wage growth and home price appreciation during the U.S. housing recovery of the […]

The Housing “Recovery” Is Fabricated Optimism

wallstreetexaminer.com / by Shah Gilani, of Money Morning • March 26, 2015

When I moved to Sarasota in 1999 I was invited by a prominent local to an “un-wedding wedding” to make new friends in town. I accepted the invitation and, not wanting to display my ignorance, avoided asking the burning question, “What’s an un-wedding […]

Now What in America’s Mucked Up Housing Market?

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter • March 26, 2015

The US housing market has become a special creature. The government subsidizes it in a myriad ways, and more than ever. The Fed has repressed interest rates to ludicrous levels. This has given Wall Street a great opportunity to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars […]

Mucked Up Housing Market: Wage Growth v. Home Price Boom

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / March 26, 2015

The US housing market has become a special creature. The government subsidizes it in a myriad ways, and more than ever. The Fed has repressed interest rates to ludicrous levels. This has given Wall Street a great opportunity to borrow hundreds of billions of dollars […]

Housing Stocks Tumbling Already

investmentresearchdynamics.com / By Dave Kranzler / March 25, 2015

Just so you are not hearing the bear side of the housing market story from me, Seeking Alpha published an article today from another analyst who is seeing the same fundamental problems with the housing market as me: The Housing Market Looks Like A Short.

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How Cold Was It This Winter? So Cold That New Home Sales Hit A 7 Year Record!

New House Sales

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by Lee Adler • March 24, 2015

Do you know how cold it was up north this year?

How cold was it?

It was so cold up north this year that old people like me bought houses in Florida.

The headlines said that new home sales boomed.

U.S. New […]

New Home Sales Data Goes Full Retard With Report Frozen Northeast Saw 153% Surge

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/24/2015 10:21

This is how ridiculous government data has become: in the same month in which both Housing Starts and Existing Home sales significantly missed expectations, misses which were promptly blamed on the weather, the Census Bureau moments ago released a stunner of a New Home Sales number, […]

Caught Between A Housing Bubble And Falling Crude Prices, Norway Will Invest Oil Riches In Foreign Real Estate

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/23/2015 20:30

Norway is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Last week, the Norges Bank defied market expectations by leaving rates unchanged citing an overheating housing market. Here’s the statement:

“The key policy rate was reduced in December to counter the risk of a pronounced downturn […]

Here’s Why We Appreciate Housing Sales and The Fraud MUST Go On

wallstreetexaminer.com / by Lee Adler • March 23, 2015

“Sales of previously owned homes rose in February, a sign that the housing market is healing…” That’s how the Wall Street Urinal reported today as it pointed to a 1.2% increase in the seasonally adjusted (SA) nonsense National Association of Realtors (NAR) existing home sales […]

Demolition Derby: Despite Rising Home Prices, Negative Equity Rate Flattens

wallstreetexaminer.com / by Anthony B. Sanders, Courtesy of Confounded Interest / March 20, 2015

The US housing bubble began to burst in Q4 2007 and leveled-out starting in 2009 (and started rising again in 2012). However, mortgage debt outstanding started to fall in April 2006 and is close to growing again. It is as if […]

Fannie And Freddie Are Headed For Another Bailout

investmentresearchdynamics.com / by Dave Kranzler / March 18, 2015

Taxpayers pumped over $200 billion in to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac after the financial collapse of 2008. While the Obama Government used taxpayer subsidized loans to move a large quantities of foreclosed housing inventory from the FNM/FRE and in to big investment funds, FNM/FRE were […]

Pushing On A String: The Fed’s Spectacular Failure To Stimulate Housing

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / by David Stockman • March 17, 2015

The “incoming data” was disappointing again this morning—–this time the culprit was housing starts which were off by 17% from January. But please don’t blame the “weather” again.

The data below is for single family starts which are less volatile than apartment construction. At an annual […]

Nirvana? Housing Starts Suffer Biggest Decline Since 2008 (Down 17 Percent MoM In February)

wallstreetexaminer.com / by Anthony B. Sanders, Courtesy of Confounded Interest • March 17, 2015

This is the housing Nirvana housing analysts are yammering about? US housing starts were down 17.02 percent from January to February, the WORST drop since 2008.

And housing starts are down 3.3 percent compared to the same month last year.

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Desperation Sets In With Homebuilders

investmentresearchdynamics.com / By Dave Kranzler / March 17, 2015

Lennar announced that they are going to jump into the home rental business. This is another way of conveying the fact that they have too much inventory and need to try and “monetize” some of their inventory. Housing: Look Out Below.

This is an outright […]

Housing Starts: Biggest Plunge In Four Years

investmentresearchdynamics.com / by Dave Kranzler / March 17, 2015

Will the price of lumber be the tell-tale that they can’t hide? Or do you want to believe the “it was the bad weather in New York, man” narrative? Housing starts ripped lower in February, down 17% from January. They were 14.4% lower than consensus estimate. […]

Bizarro World: The 100 Percent LTV, 0 Rate Mortgage (Affordable Housing Crisis … Again)

wallstreetexaminer.com/ by Anthony B. Sanders, Courtesy of Confounded Interest • March 15, 2015

Back in 1980, the inflation rate reached 14.6%. The 30 year fixed-rate mortgage reached 18.63% in October 1981. The high rate of inflation and the high 30 fixed-rate led to mortgage innovation to 1) help homebuyers better afford a home purchase […]

Four Years Since Fukushima, Calls Grow for Nuclear-Free World

“Let’s be clear, the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi was manmade,” said U.S. nuclear engineer and whistleblower Arnie Gundersen. (Photo: Matthias Lambrecht/cc/flickr)

thedailysheeple.com / by Lauren McAuley via Common Dreams / March 12th, 2015

Crisis lives on as 250,000 Japanese still reside in temporary housing while struggle to contain hundreds of thousands of tons of […]

That’ll Kill the High-End Housing Boom in US Trophy Cities

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / March 12, 2015

High-end American homes are hot among foreign investors. Last year, the Association of Realtors reported that they spent $92.2 billion on US homes over a 12-month period, up 35% from a year earlier. Chinese investors spent $22 billion, up 72%, paying a median price of $523,000. […]

Wall Street Bonuses Rose 2% in 2014 To $172,860: 427% Increase In 20 Years

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/11/2015 12:22

Finally some good news for brokers of ultra-luxury Manhattan real estate. Following the recent freeze in the most expensive housing segment in NYC in which “deals slowed to a trickle” as a result of the soaring US Dollar, and the crack down on offshore illegal wealth, […]