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Housing Bubble 2: California November Home Sales Plunge to Multiyear Lows

wolfstreet.com / by Wolf Richter / December 18, 2014

San Francisco is known for its mind-boggling booms and breathtaking busts as the hot money from all over the world ebbs and flows amidst startup frenzies and IPO manias.

And now the hot money is flowing. It has created a delirious craziness in the housing market, […]

How NYC’s Biggest Real Estate Project in a Generation is Being Financed by Selling Green Cards to the Chinese

libertyblitzkrieg.com / Michael Krieger / Dec 15, 2014

The selling of U.S. green cards to foreigners, particularly the Chinese, has grown exponentially in 2014, and represents a significant public policy debate very few Americans are aware of. I covered the surging issuance of EB-5 immigrant visas a couple of weeks ago in the post: How […]

After 11 Quarters In A Row, US Households See Net Worth Tumble $141 Billion In Q3

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 12/11/2014 12:06

US Household net worth dropped $141 billion in Q3 2014 after rising non-stop on the heels of various QE-inflated stock and real-estate prices for 11 quarters in a row. Mrs. Chairman, get back to work…

Charts: Bloomberg

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Flipping and gentrifying: The art of flipping homes in lower income areas. If you remodel it, will the people come? A case study in Inglewood.

doctorhousingbubble.com / Dr. Housing Bubble / December 8th, 2014

Flipping is only lucrative on a large scale when you have a strong uptrend in real estate. It is hard to make a sizable profit when markets are more fluid especially when appreciation rates are tied to more historical standards. But California is destined for at […]

Did Blackstone Just Call The Top In Commercial Real Estate?

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 12/08/2014 19:00

Blackstone’s well-timed IPO in 2007 was almost the perfect top-tick indicator as ‘the smart money’ private-equity guys cashed out into the public markets at peak euphoria. Earlier this year we noted that, among others, Blackstone was drastically ratcheting down purchases (and in fact selling what it […]

How Retailers Manipulate Your Senses To Increase Their Sales

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 12/02/2014 19:30

If you notice that display racks this holiday season are nicely scented, it’s not just shops are tidier at year’s end. Scents like citrus and floral can make you linger and stay alert in the shop to buy more. Marketers believe scents do sell, with an increasing […]

Housing Fraud is Back – Real Estate Industry Intentionally Inflating Home Appraisals

libertyblitzkrieg.com / Michael Krieger / Dec 2, 2014

Almost 40% of appraisers surveyed from Sept. 15 through Nov. 7 reported experiencing pressure to inflate values, according to Allterra Group LLC, a for-profit appraiser-advocacy firm based in Salisbury, Md. That figure was 37% in the survey for the previous year.

“If you thought what was happening […]

Video of the Day: Ferraris, Maseratis & More – How the Children of Chinese Oligarchs Live it Up in SoCal

libertyblitzkrieg.com / Michael Krieger / Nov 20, 2014

The interesting thing about America in 2014, is that the worship of our own domestic criminals just doesn’t cut it anymore. In order to ensure our celebration of corruption is crystal clear to the entire planet, our “leaders” have eagerly opened the floodgates to criminals […]

Dear Portugal, Meet Your New Landlord – China

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 11/14/2014 20:59

With Wall Street having bid real estate prices to the moon in the US (and become Spain’s biggest slumlord), and handed them happily over to willing Chinese ‘get-my-money-out-of-China’ buyer greater-fools, it would appear the Chinese (having colonized America) have found a new more attractive place to […]

“World’s Richest Restaurateur” Sees An Imminent Crash In America’s “Crazy” Real-Estate Market

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 11/13/2014 14:36

When it comes to the fair value of assets, especially cash-flow generating real estate, few are as qualified to opine as the man dubbed “World’s Richest Restaurateur”, billionaire Tilman Fertitta, chairman of Landry’s Restaurants which counts among its properties such brand names as Morton’s, Rainforest Cafe, Bubba […]

Which Cities/States Will Be the First to Default When the Economy Rolls Over?

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / CHARLES HUGH SMITH / TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014

What happens to local governments when the economy rolls over?

Though we’re constantly reassured the “recovery” that’s stumbled for five years has years of strong growth ahead, history suggests the “recovery” is due to roll over. Few recoveries last longer than 5 or 6 […]

Quote of the Day – An Incredible Statement from the City Attorney of Las Cruces, New Mexico

libertyblitzkrieg.com / By Michael Krieger / Nov 11, 2014 at 10:29 am

He describes to a roomful of local officials from across the state how Las Cruces police officers waited outside a bar for a man they hoped would walk out drunk because they “could hardly wait” to get their hands on his 2008 Mercedes, […]

The Next Crash in 2016

bullionbullscanada.com / by Jeff Nielson / 10 November 2014 13:49

For the past two years (more or less) readers have read warnings that a horrific economic collapse is brewing across the Western world. It will be the final collapse for these regimes, as none of these economies will be able to survive this coming cataclysm […]

Buyer traffic slows down and the great housing standoff: Buyer and seller traffic declined substantially to start the fall real estate season.

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

The latest figures from the National Association of Realtors show that both buyer and seller traffic declined substantially to start the fall selling season. The assumption was that the mania of 2013 would carry forward and slapping on a faux hardwood floor would suddenly add $50,000 […]

States With Low Business Taxes

teapartyeconomist.com / taxfoundation.org / October 28, 2014

Each year, the Tax Foundation rates states in terms of business taxes and personal taxes. If you want to start a business, where should you live?

If you want to buy real estate as an investment, where should you live?

If you want to live where your kids […]

How China & Gold Will Shape The Future

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/26/2014 21:48

Willem Middlekoop, author of The Big Reset – The War On Gold And The Financial Endgame, believes the current international monetary system has entered its last term and is up for a reset. Having predicted the collapse of the real estate market in 2006, (while Ben Bernanke […]

The World Series Of Real Estate

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/24/2014 19:31

With The Royals and The Giants flip-flopping scores like an HFT-trader on FOMC day, we thought a glance at the two teams’ local real estate markets might give some context for who comes out the weekend the winner… As RealtyTrac notes, the San Francisco Giants may have […]

Goldman and Blackstone Enter Spanish Real Estate – Pain and Suffering for Poor People Immediately Ensues

libertyblitzkrieg.com / Michael Krieger / Oct 24, 2014

Last year Madrid’s city and regional governments sold almost 5,000 rent-controlled flats to private equity investors including Goldman Sachs and Blackstone. At the time, the tenants were told their rental conditions would remain the same.

But as old contracts expire, dozens of people have received demands for […]

“Evidence Of A Sweeping Housing Bust Is Starting To Appear”

investmentresearchdynamics.com / By David Kranzler / October 23, 2014

Bloomberg notes, for instance, that in the immediate vicinity of One57, three copycat buildings are “rushing” toward completion, and “some real-estate experts warn of an oversupply of luxury dwellings.” Across the river in New Jersey, the story is the same: “Real estate officials are predicting […]

Mapping China’s Bursting Real Estate Bubble

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 10/22/2014 17:55

With global growth concerns on the rise, whether a bust in the Chinese housing sector could threaten the economic activity and financial stability of the world’s largest contributor to growth is top of mind for Goldman Sachs. As Michael Pettis warns, “this story only has a few […]