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California rental rates based on counties and a trip into Huntington Park for real estate deals: When will the renting trend reverse?

doctorhousingbubble.com / March 24th, 2015

The financial system is gearing up for providing maximum leverage to those willing to take the dive and purchase a crap shack. Low down payment loans are now making their way back into the system and the machinery of credit is flowing nicely. I’m sure many of you are in […]

Realtor: Low Mortgage Rates Are Killing the Industry

wolfstreet.com / By Melissa Terzis, Realtor, City Chic Real Estate, Washington, DC / March 23, 2015

Mortgage Rates need to go up. There it is. They do. These rates are killing the industry. The DC Real Estate Market is the Poster Child for why interest rates need to go up.

Since the beginning of this […]

Meet “The Wohl Of Wall Street”: The Inland Empire’s Own 17-Year-Old Hedge Fund Manager

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 03/18/2015 07:57 -0400

A decade ago the Inland Empire was known for having more real estate agents than any other profession, because “making money in real estate was so easy, anyone could do it.” Now it’s the rise of the “hedge fund managers.”

Turns out E-trade knew precisely who […]

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 […]

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, […]

Real Estate is Doomed – Part 3: In Substance Foreclosure

acting-man.com / Ramsey Su / March 9, 2015

Quasi-Insolvency

There is good news. Part 3 is the last of the “Real Estate is Doomed” series … and it is short.

“In substance foreclosure (ISF)” is a technical FASB accounting term. I first learned about this term during the S&L era in pertinence to income property […]

Blackstone Buys America’s Most Iconic Skyscraper With Rent Collected As “America’s Landlord”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 03/08/2015 21:50 -0400

As we’ve noted previously, the post-crisis, Fed-subsidized rush to acquire distressed real estate resulted in none other than Blackstone becoming the US’s largest landlord. The giant PE firm — which borrowed $3.6 billion in seed money from Deutsche Bank to get its real estate empire up […]

Latest Existing/New Home Sales Show Market Decline Will Accelerate

investmentresearchdynamics.com / By David Kranzler / March 4, 2015

Mortgage purchase applications have declined in 7 out of the first nine weeks of 2015. Based on seasonality, they should be increasing every week…Just so you don’t think my view on the housing market is a lone voice out there:

The complacency in evidence today is […]

Meet Landlord Loans: You Too Can Be A Real Estate Speculator

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 03/04/2015 11:25

Just when we thought the news flow around shoddy loan securitizations couldn’t get any better (or worse, depending on how you look at it), we get this headline from the NY Times: “Equity Firms Are Lending to Landlords, Signaling a Shift.”

Forget falsifying loan documents to get […]

Real Estate is Doomed – Part 1: The Fed

acting-man.com / Ramsey Su / March 2, 2015

Too Much Debt

The Chair and the Vice Chair of the Fed both spoke last week. Janet Yellen testified in front of the House and Senate with this speech. Stanley Fischer’s speech was delivered here. They were basically the same speech, Yellen’s just had more fluff for […]

The investor buying party in real estate: In last four years institutional investors have purchased over half a million homes. 2014 was a four year low in investor buying.

doctorhousingbubble.com / February 22nd, 2015

Investors continue to be a big percentage of home sales although overall home sales are rather low. Big investors started pulling back from the housing market late in 2013 and steadily into 2014. But even as that trend continues, we find some states heavily dominated by investors. In more […]

Southern California home sale volume for January slowest since 2008: The stalemate accelerates with Orange County seeing a monthly median price drop of $28,500.

doctorhousingbubble.com / Dr. Housing Bubble / February 19th, 2015

Sales volume continues to be exceptionally weak in Southern California. The Taco Tuesday debt lovers are finding that HGTV upgrades on crap shacks are luring in fewer lemmings. People are probably coming to the stark realization that 30 years on a mortgage is a very long-time […]

The Next Real Estate Crash

acting-man.com / Ramsey Su / February 18, 2015

On Shaky Ground

Real estate does not crash, it is real estate financing that crashes.

Easy sub-prime mortgages caused real estate prices to artificially appreciate, lack of even-more-sub-than-sub-prime financing caused prices to come back down. Real estate did not crash, the sub-prime mortgage market did. During the […]

Chinese Home Prices Suffer Biggest Annual Drop Ever: Why This Matters

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 02/17/2015 08:22 -0500

While the world’s attention is glued to events in Greece, the real action continues to evolve quietly thousands of kilometers east, in China, where the near record surge in new loans remains unable to offset the dramatic slowdown in shadow banking issuance. And while China’s bubble-chasing, […]

For Brazilians, Miami Real Estate Is All About Re-location, Re-location, Re-location

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 02/16/2015 18:45

As London is to Moscow, so Miami is to Rio… Following the re-election of Dilma Rousseff – the center-left president that is generally loathed by Brazil’s elites – the WSJ reports, rich Brazilians are relocating to South Florida en masse. As one attorney notes, “mainly they […]

Office Overbuilding As Fed Keeps Foot On Gas Pedal (Houston Has 18.4 Million Sq Ft of Office Space Under Construction As Oil Prices Tank)

wallstreetexaminer.com / by Anthony B. Sanders • February 11, 2015

It was inevitable. Office construction in the US is repeating the dreaded boom-bust cycle that crushed Texas real estate in the 1980s.

Yesterday, I noted that Houston-headquartered Halliburton is planning to lay off a considerable chuck of its workforce. Now we learned that Houston […]

The Canadian housing market will implode in dramatic fashion: 5 charts highlighting the inevitable pop to Canada’s real estate boom.

mybudget360.com / by mybudget360 / February 10, 2015

The Canadian housing market is deep into bubble territory. We all know that bubbles can go on for longer than most people think. But with the crash in oil prices and people fully believing their own hype, the market is setup for a big fall from grace. […]

Hidden Real Estate Gems in Central America

US oil and gas extraction employment – bust and boom, via St. Louis Federal Reserve Research

acting-man.com / by Bill Bonner / February 5, 2015

The Ups and Downs of Wall Street

More ups. More downs. That was our forecast for the stock market. So far, volatility looks like a winner. The investor “fear […]

Is Real Estate Really Real?

acting-man.com / Ramsey Su / February 2, 2015

Ownership Can Be Ephemeral

Deflation is upon us. There is excess capacity in everything far in excess of demand. Every Central Bank in the world is devaluing its currency. The US alone added over $4 trillion to the Fed’s balance sheet. Abe has been going hog wild […]

Stuck in the housing middle with you: Americans moving less and inventory near record lows.

doctorhousingbubble.com / Dr. Housing Bubble / February 1st, 2015

One of the dirty perceptions put out there is that home buyers stay put in their homes for many decades counting their days until the mortgage burning party arrives. The real estate pitch is always built around longevity. Think about your future kids, dogs, and the […]