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How Money Vanishes

news.goldseek.com / By Steve Saville, The Speculative Investor / 20 January 2015

Changes in asset prices or any other prices do not cause changes in money supply, although many of the people who comment on the financial markets and economics believe otherwise. We were recently reminded of this mistaken belief when reading an analysis of […]

More “Boots On The Ground” Data – AND A Modest Proposal

investmentresearchdynamics.com / David Kranzler / January 20, 2015

Larry Yun is the Chief Slime-ball Economist of the National Association of Realtors. And the NAR represents whom? Right, real estate brokers. It’s Larry’s job to manufacture the snake oil that realtors use to sell homes. He doesn’t care about the buyer. He cares about generating commissions […]

The Virtual Real Estate Gold Rush 2.0

lfb.org / By Chris Campbell / Jan 15, 2015

“My take on virtual real estate would be this,” LFT reader, Vlad S. writes:

“Web domains on popular registrars (.com, .org, .net) containing valuable click-through keywords in low-competition niches, well designed and popularized to generate passive revenue with minimal investment.

“And if the name is right […]

What we can learn from the richest man in Asia

sovereignman.com / By Simon Black / January 15, 2015

It was nine months ago when we reported that Li Ka-shing, the richest man in Asia, had sold all of his major assets in China.

In 2013 when he started dumping his Chinese property holdings he was being ridiculed and criticized. Everyone was bullish on […]

Good Thing We Need More Strip Malls & Office Buildings: Fed Again Herding Yield-Seekers Into Sliced & Diced Commercial Mortgages

davidstockmanscontracorner.com / By Eliot Brown at The Wall Street Journal / January 14, 2015

A hunt for yield and a gradually improving property market are bolstering a key engine of U.S. commercial property lending, helping borrowers to refinance but also reigniting fears the market is getting overheated.

In all, lenders made $94 billion in loans […]

A New Year ‘Bail-in’ Resolution

gold-eagle.com / By Vicente Malherbe / January 12, 2015

The financial world is changing at a very fast pace and we would like to share with you some observations of alarming recent developments in the financial system. The New Year resolution of political leaders seems to be the global implementation of the bail-in framework, […]

Where did the real estate agents go? California has lost nearly 90,000 active real estate agents since 2008. New licenses are picking up even though sales volume is not.

doctorhousingbubble.com / Dr. Housing Bubble / January 11th, 2015

Real estate agents and brokers make a large portion of their income once a sale is completed. Escrow closes and the nice healthy commission is dished out. During the heyday of the housing bubble we had over 260,000 active real estate agents in California. Today it […]

Looking for deals in Los Angeles: Real estate sales slogging along while marginal areas take a hit. Deals in Watts for $100k if you don’t mind 669 square feet of living space.

doctorhousingbubble.com / Dr. Housing Bubble / January 8th, 2015

According to some, every single piece of livable space in Los Angeles is gentrifying at a glorious pace. Crap shacks are now mansions in their Kool-Aid colored glasses. Many try to disguise their deeply speculative ways as being conservative but in reality, they might as well […]

Real Estate, 2015 Outlook, Ramsey Su

acting-man.com / Ramsey Su / January 6, 2015

A Picture of Stagnation

No reason to sell. No reason to buy. That about sums it up. Unfortunately, that is about as optimistic a scenario as I can come up with, supported by equally optimistic growth expectations. In reality, the market has no support. We can only […]

Running Out of Bricks

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / January 5, 2015

A Warning Sign for the UK Housing Market

The UK real estate boom has largely recovered from the brief hick-up in 2008-2009, whereby the biggest price increases were as usual seen in London and the counties in London’s immediate neighborhood. As a result, prices have not yet […]

The Canadian housing bubble makes California real estate look sensible: Crash in energy prices will put pressure on home values up north as Canadians go into maximum leverage.

doctorhousingbubble.com / Dr. Housing Bubble / December 31st, 2014

As the year comes to a close, it is useful to put things into perspective. Sure, California has a love affair with real estate and we go through our traditional booms and busts. $700,000 crap shacks now litter the landscape but there are fewer and fewer […]

2015 Housing Trends: Will the Echo Bubble Continue Expanding?

charleshughsmith.blogspot.com / by CHARLES HUGH SMITH / DECEMBER 31, 2014

Considering the reality that only the top 5% have benefited from the policies of the past six years, it’s difficult to see how the Echo Bubble can continue expanding in 2015.

After two years of bubble-type price increases, the big question for housing in […]

Home Prices in U.S. Rise at Slower Pace in Year Ended in October (Biggest Loser? Cleveland)

wallstreetexaminer.com / by Anthony B. Sanders / December 30, 2014

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of Confounded Interest. To view original, click here.

U.S. house price growth slowed to 4.5 percent in October as wage growth remains stalled at 2.1% growth.

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) — Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose at […]

A Tale of How It All Went Down

silver-coin-investor.com / By Dr. Jeffrey Lewis / Dec 26, 2014

“Memory is fiction. So is the future. But there is some truth in fiction.”

When they woke Thursday morning, the banks had been closed on the east coast for 2 hours. Electronic payment systems worked select areas only, government services, food, and energy distribution.

In […]

The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing

silver-coin-investor.com / By Dr. Jeffrey Lewis / Dec 21, 2014

“There is a current set of delusions that is powerful and dangerous: that monetary debasement can be infinitely pursued without consequences; that the financial system is now solid and sound; that the low volatility and high prices of stocks, high-end real estate and bonds are […]

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…

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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 […]