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Analysis Topic: Housing Market Price trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Housing-Market

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Value of Housing Markets in USA and UK Past, Present, and Future / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Andrew_Butter

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe nationalization of Fannie and Freddie signaled that the valuations of assets used to secure loans to which these companies were exposed, were suspect.

"Legally" Fannie and Freddie were solvent. But no one believed the valuations, first the market didn't, and finally, neither did the regulators. This was an extraordinary admission of failure of the system of valuation, past and present.

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Housing-Market

Saturday, September 13, 2008

US Housing Bear Market Nowhere Near a Bottom / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: John_Mauldin

  • Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Headwinds to Growing Your Wealth
  • The Wealth of Nations
  • Housing: Are We at the Bottom?
  • Alt-A is the New Subprime
  • 3.5 Million Unemployed and Counting

This week we look at the housing market in some detail. When can we expect it to turn around? Part of the problem is that a new wave of foreclosures is coming due, and this time it is not subprime. And that means more problems for the large financial companies. Also, as predicted here, consumer spending is taking a hit as consumers are finding it increasingly difficult to get credit and a deteriorating labor market is dragging down total spending. There are some very interesting details in the data that was released this week. And we take a quick peek at the outlook for inflation. What is in the pipeline, so to speak? It should make for an interesting letter.

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Housing-Market

Friday, September 12, 2008

U.S. Foreclosures Shock Wave Ripples Through Housing Market / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Peter_Schiff

Bloomberg is reporting U.S. Foreclosures Hit Record in August as Housing Prices Fell .
U.S. foreclosure filings rose to a record in August as falling home prices made it harder to sell or refinance homes to pay off the mortgage, RealtyTrac Inc. said.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fannie and Freddie Bailout Doomed, Lessons from UK Northern Rock Bust / Housing-Market / Credit Crisis 2008

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne of the aims of the take over of the Fannie and Freddie by the US Government is to stabilize the housing market by taking over and providing liquidity to the mortgage market is doomed to fail. In the UK we have the example of the Northern Rock bank bust of Sept 07 and what subsequently transpired over the last 12 months as a possible guide of key assumptions being made now in the US that could prove to be wrong.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

UK House Price Crash Spreads Economic Chill Implying Interest Rate Cuts / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Nationwide

  • Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe price of a typical house fell by 1.9% in August
  • More borrowers opt for fixed rate loans to protect their payments in uncertain times
  • Gloomy Governor opens the door to rate cuts
Headlines August 2008 July 2008
Monthly index * Q1 '93 = 100 329.5 335.9
Monthly change* -1.9% -1.5%
Annual change -10.5% -8.1%
Average price £164,654 £169,316


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Housing-Market

Friday, September 05, 2008

UK Housing Market Crash Now at Minus 12.8% For August / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Halifax's latest house price data shows that the housing market crash continued to accelerate into August, plunging by 1.7% that saw another £3000 wiped off house prices following the £3,300 write off for July to stand at down 12.8% on the year to August (on a non seasonally adjusted basis). UK house prices have now fallen by more than 8% since April. If a fall of 8% in 4 months cannot be considered a crash in UK house prices than I do not know what can. No wonder Chancellor Darling virtually threw in the towel during the weekend in his famous "I give up, please let me spend more time with my family" speech.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

UK Housing Market Rescue Plan Will Fail as Government Seeks to Lasso First Time Buyers / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhilst house prices are tumbling at the rate of 2% a month, the labour government finally revealed its feeble attempt to interfere with market forces by suspending the 1% stamp duty taxed on house purchases on properties up to a value of £175,000 for a period of 1 year.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Chancellor Darling's Panic Move on Stamp Duty Freeze to Rescue Housing Market / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Telegraph is reporting Chancellor raises stamp duty threshold to £175,000 .
Buyers of homes worth up to £175,000 will not have to pay stamp duty, Alistair Darling has announced, as he promised the country would "get through" the economic downturn.

In a surprise move to try to revive the housing market, the embattled Chancellor said that the £125,000 threshold at which buyers pay 1 per cent stamp duty will be raised from tomorrow and frozen at the new level for one year.

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Housing-Market

Monday, September 01, 2008

When Will Southern California House Prices Bottom? / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInquiring minds are wondering about California home prices. My friend "BC" pinged me recently with the following thoughts:

Were the Kuznets Cycle to confirm to past patterns, real median CA house prices will not again return to the '04-'06 levels for another 15-20 yrs., if then given the longer-term demographic profile, normalized lending standards, and likely slower real GDP growth trend (2% vs. 3-3.5%).

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Housing-Market

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Fed Rate Cuts Fail to Halt US House Price Crash / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Prieur_du_Plessis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFeldstein says low Fed rates may not stimulate growth
“Harvard University economist Martin Feldstein, a member of the committee that charts American business cycles, said the Federal Reserve cannot count on low interest rates to buoy economic growth.

“‘Lower interest rates are not going to get us anything more,' said Feldstein, who retired in June as president of the National Bureau of Economic Research. ‘The economy has really shown one sign after another of weakening.'”

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Housing-Market

Friday, August 29, 2008

US Real Estate Another Bottom in Sight? / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Peter_Schiff


Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOnce again, real estate market watchers have pounced on a shred of seemingly positive news to proclaim that the long sought “bottom” is in sight. The routine is becoming extremely stale, but somehow the media never seems to tire of it. This time the “good” news was that the percentage declines in national home prices (according to Case Shiller) in July where not as large as they were in June. Although the report contained many other negative data points, including increased inventories and a spike in foreclosure sales, it was the slowing declines that got spotlight. Talk about grasping at straws.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

UK Idiotic Tax Policy Demolishes Properties / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Mike_Shedlock

Previously we discussed the Growing Herd Of White Elephants in the US. Today, let's take a look at white elephants in the UK.

Preemptive White Elephant Demolition
The Telegraph is reporting Buildings razed turning British cities into 'bombsites' .
Hundreds of buildings are being razed as a result of an empty property tax, turning British cities into "bombsites", a government regeneration chief said.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The US Housing Market Mess the Experts Missed / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Stathis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe latest data on housing continues to worsen on most fronts.In fact, the data is now showing strong indications of bold predictions I mad in 2006 and as recently as May 2008 – the prime mortgages would be next. For those of you who did not read my May 13, 2008 article, “NAR's Yun Continues to Mislead on Housing” I have reprinted it below.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Recently Congress passed the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act., also known as the Housing Bill. Its passage was lauded by many who are legitimately concerned about foreclosures and the housing market in our country's economy. I was asked how I could vote against a bill to help American homeowners, but I found this bill to have more to do with helping big banks than helping average Americans.

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Housing-Market

Friday, August 08, 2008

The Day That Alt-A Mortgages Died / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBloomberg is reporting Fannie Mae, Battling Losses, to End Alt-A Mortgages .
Fannie Mae, the largest U.S. mortgage- finance company, will stop buying or guaranteeing Alt-A home loans, such as those that require little or no documentation of borrower incomes or assets, by yearend.

The company announced the changes when reporting its fourth straight quarterly loss today. The second-quarter net loss of $2.3 billion, or $2.54 a share, included $5.3 billion in credit- related expenses.

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Housing-Market

Friday, August 08, 2008

UK Housing Market Freezes as Chancellor Dithers Over Stamp Duty / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe crashing UK housing market is heading for a further deep freeze following speculation that the Chancellor, Alistair Darling is about to suspend the Stamp Duty tax charged on house purchases in an attempt to stabalise the housing market. The few buyers that are in a position to proceed with home purchases are now delaying completing contracts or pulling out altogether and thereby likely to make the collapse in the level of market transactions even worse, thus contributing to the squeeze on sellers, estate agents and other housing market transaction beneficiaries.

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Housing-Market

Sunday, August 03, 2008

US Housing Market Crunching Banks, Earnings and Economy / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Prieur_du_Plessis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHousing, credit and labor … oh my! -“Recent data releases and reports suggest that the consumer will continue to be pressured on all fronts: income (or cash flow), wealth and credit. Consumers can spend using any of these buckets. However, with the labor market continuing to weaken, housing continuing to deteriorate and credit harder to come by, the outlook for spending remains bleak despite recent declines in gasoline prices.

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Housing-Market

Saturday, August 02, 2008

The Cost of Escalating Fed Bailouts is Sustainable Home Ownership / Housing-Market / Government Intervention

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMike Larson writes: When is enough, enough? How much is too much?

Those are the questions I've been pondering lately as I survey the housing and mortgage market landscape. It seems like every week we get another borrower bailout initiative.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, July 31, 2008

UK House Prices Falls Accelerate to -8.1% / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Nationwide

  • Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe price of a typical house fell by 1.7% in July
  • The price of a typical house is now £15,000 lower than this time last year
  • Housing purchase activity reaches a new low
  • Weakening economic conditions raise the likelihood of earlier interest rate cuts
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Housing-Market

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

US House Prices Suffer Record Falls In Case-Shiller Home Index / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe May S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices are now out. New York, July 29, 2008 – Data through May 2008, released today by Standard & Poor's for its S&P/Case-Shiller1 Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, show annual declines in the prices of existing single family homes across the United States generally continued to worsen in May 2008.

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