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Jury Anger Displayed – The Public is Awake / By California Lawyer / July 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

As a follow-up to some earlier posts, this post brings into view the public perception component of the housing crisis, in real time, in a definitive, compelling manner.

Last week, in a quiet, bucolic part of this [...]

Setting the stage for the next collapse / By: Steve Saville, The Speculative Investor / 22 July 2014

Below is an excerpt from a commentary originally posted at www.speculative-investor.comon 20th July 2014.

When the central bank pumps money into the economy and suppresses interest rates it creates incentives to speculate and invest in ways that would not otherwise be viable. [...]

Bubblenomics and the Future of Real Estate / Ramsey Su / July 22, 2014

Behold the Monet

​Economics is like a Monet painting. Stand too close and all you see is a bunch of seemingly random paint strokes. Back up a few steps and an image emerges.

The painting of bubblenomics started with the Plaza Accord, September [...]

The inflection point has arrived in Southern California real estate: Investors make up smallest percentage of buyers in three years. Inventory continues to grow. / Dr. Housing Bubble / 21 Jul, 2014

As it turns out, investor buying does have a massive impact on local real estate. Big money is slowly starting to pull away from the real estate market. We are seeing this in dramatic fashion in Arizona and Nevada. It is also happening [...]

Historical Norms / By Andrew Hoffman / July 21st, 2014

Following last week’s soon-to-be-infamous Yellen quote that “price equity ratios and other measures (of stock, bond, and real estate valuation) are not outside historic norms,” I thought I’d do a bit of thought-streaming – starting with what an “historical norm” refers to.

Gold, Euro, Dollar & Where The Chinese Are Buying Real Estate / July 18, 2014

With action in the gold and silver markets heating up, today top Citi analyst Tom Fitzpatrick sent King World News four incredibly important charts which cover gold, the dollar, and the euro. Below are the four key charts that all KWN readers around the world must see as well as [...]

Record number of real estate purchases go to foreign buyers: Canadians target Las Vegas, Detroit Los Angeles, and Florida in General. Chinese targeting Los Angeles, San Francisco, Irvine, Las Vegas, Detroit, and Florida as well. / Dr. Housing Bubble / 14 Jul, 2014

Investor buying continues to be a major player in the current housing market. Over the last two weeks I’ve had the chance to drive down neighborhoods were international money is flooding in. It does give off reminders of when Japanese buyers were purchasing [...]

Strategic Relocation Brief: A Five Star Rated State for Your Survival Retreat / Joel Skousen / July 11th, 2014

Editor’s Note: The following article comes to us from our friends at Strategic Relocationand has been contributed by well known relocation specialist Joel Skousen. As is usually the case with Mr. Skousen’s highly informative briefs, this one touches on some key points to be digested [...]

Mortgage Bankers: ‘Unsustainable Housing Bubble Is Inflating’ / by Wolf Richter / July 10, 2014

Observations about a housing bubble being once again inflated in many areas in the US have transitioned from bloggers throwing around unpleasant party-pooper data to mortgage bankers.

In a survey conducted by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association for FICO – the same company after which [...]

Introducing Ghost Skyscrapers – NYC Real Estate Goes Full Retard / Michael Krieger / July 10, 2014

Late last month, New York Magazine published a lengthy and very important article titled: Stash Pad – Why New York Real Estate is the New Swiss Bank Account. The entire article is well worth a read, and left me shaking my head in disbelief the [...]

“Unsustainable Real Estate Bubble Is Inflating,” Mortgage Bankers tell FICO / by Wolf Richter / July 10, 2014

Observations about a housing bubble being once again inflated in many areas in the US have transitioned from bloggers throwing around unpleasant party-pooper data to mortgage bankers.

In a survey conducted by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association for FICO – [...]

Chinese Purchases of U.S. Real Estate Jump 72% as The Bank of China Facilitates Money Laundering / By Michael Krieger / July 9, 2014

American citizens already have a hard enough time affording a home. Squeezed out by financial oligarchs buying tens of thousands of properties for rental income, and faced with real wages that haven’t budged since the mid-1970s, the demographic of U.S. citizens that historically dominated [...]

China’s Colonization Of America’s Luxury Real Estate Market In One Chart / by Tyler Durden / 07/08/2014 11:26

As we first reported two years ago, one of the primary reasons, if not the main one (there is also the Fed to thank) why the US housing market, and specifically its ultra-luxury segment, has experienced a recovery in the past two years even [...]

Warren Buffett On The Real Estate Market / July 4, 2014

Warren Buffett is, as most people around the world assume, the best investor on the planet. Although the performance of his investment company, Berkshire Hathaway, has been below par over the last few years, the man has earned his reputation over a very long career.

In an interview with [...]

Guest Post: Are The Chinese Ghost Cities Really Empty? / by Koos Jansen / July 1, 2014 at 7:05 pm

“China is the most talked about, but the least understood”, was recently being said on CNBC. I fully agree – from what I know of the Chinese gold market.

Western reporting on China swings from the most powerful [...]

“Gold Is Money, Everything Else Is Credit” JP Morgan / By Bill Holter / June 30th, 2014

The quote in the title, “Gold Is Money, Everything Else Is Credit” is attributed to JP Morgan himself while testifying in front of Congress back in 1912 shortly before his death. I will explore this quote because it was exactly 100% correct back then [...]

Norway Sovereign Wealth Fund Unveils “New Strategy” – Buy 5% Of Every European Stock / by Tyler Durden on 06/24/2014 18:05

Having learned last week that the world’s central banks are their sovereign wealth proxies have secretly pumped over $29 trillion into markets in the last few years, it is not entirely surprising to hear from one of the largest – Norway $888 billion oil fund – [...]

The flipping real estate problem: Flipping is another factor inflating real estate values in many markets. Average gain from 2013 flips in San Francisco is $194,000. Stock market wealth impacting real estate. / Dr. Housing Bubble / 23 Jun, 2014

Making money during the first housing bubble was virtually fool proof. And even if you were a fool, you had plenty of do-it-yourself television shows to hand hold your way into real estate riches. You were dumb not to participate. If the working [...]

Spot The Oxymoron: “Growth Down, Optimism Up” / by Simon Black / June 20, 2014

With a nod to the absurd, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen freely admitted earlier this week that the Fed really has no idea what’s going to happen to the economy.

Bear in mind this is the person who controls interest rates in the United States, effectively [...]

Swedish Real Estate Bubble – Peaking 2015? / By Martin Armstrong / June 13, 2014

The IMF warns against financial problems in the Swedish economy. The government needs to urgently curb private debt home buying warns the IMF. If the property prices fall, Sweden threaten economic turmoil.

The recent data indicate that household debt ratios are high across all income [...]

Industry with highest level of depression treatment? Real estate and intercity passenger transit. SoCal home sales continue to lag as spring and summer season fail to take off. / Dr. Housing Bubble / 12 Jun, 2014

The recent sales figures continue to show a slow start to the spring and summer SoCal selling season. While sellers in many areas are now asking for peak prices, the number of debt slaves buyers continues to shrink as many homes languish on [...]

Another Housing Red Light: Furniture Spending Negative For The First Time Since 2012 / by Tyler Durden / 06/10/2014 13:03

When nearly two years ago everyone jumped with joy after the US housing market posted its latest uptick, the fourth since Lehman, with all previous three promptly fading as dead cat bounces always do, the permabulls were quick to bet that “this was the [...]

The showdown in housing: Inventory increasing in California as sellers drink the Kool-Aid of housing mania 2.0. $769,000 and you get one bathroom. Low volume and cooler heads starting to rationalize the biggest purchase of their lives. / Dr. Housing Bubble / 9 Jun, 2014

Welcome to the summer SoCal housing season! This is typically the house horniest time of the yearand real estate agents are getting ready for all the open houses they will be hosting for future big eyed buyers. Last year, housing lust was reaching fever [...]

Not An Algo Is Stirring Ahead Of The ECB’s Announcement / by Tyler Durden / 06/05/2014 07:06 -0400

In today’s abnormally quiet overnight session one could hear a pin, and certainly the USDJPY, drop: with everyone focusing on the ECB announcement in one hour, not a single algo is willing to make any big moves, or even start some momentum ignition, [...]

The US Housing Market’s Darkening Data / 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 [...]

Getting off the Grid / By Martin Armstrong / June 2, 2014

A host of emails have come in on this subject from did non-Americans has assets seized by USA after 1934 ro can real estate be used to the extreme won’t they just confiscate all traceable assets.

If you are going to look at real estate to [...]

More Housing Bad News: Household Formation At 30 Year Lows / by Tyler Durden / 05/30/2014 11:06

It was a little over two years ago when, scrambling for the next catalyst to justify a home price rebound (which as we then said and have subsequently been proven right was rising only due to three factors: i) offshore oligarchs parking laundered “all-cash” money [...]

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. / 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 [...]

Easy Real Estate Financing / Ramsey Su / May 27, 2014

Fun for the 0.1%

Borrowers and policy makers alike have been complaining about how real estate financing may be overly stringent. To them I say: stop whining. Financing has never been easier and cheaper.

Invitation Homes, aka Blackstone’s REO-Rental investments company, just securitized [...]

What does $600,000 buy you in Southern California real estate? A look at Pasadena, Arcadia, and Torrance. Some boomers cashing in their housing lottery ticket. / By Dr. Housing Bubble / May 23, 2014

We have an astute audience that reaches beyond the confines of the 405 and 10 freeways. I know it is hard for some readers to see beyond PCH but it is true, the U.S. is an expansive and far reaching country. It is [...]