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Analysis Topic: Housing Market Price trends

The analysis published under this topic are as follows.

Housing-Market

Monday, April 28, 2014

Why U.S. Housing Market Has Stalled — And Why Everything Else Will Follow / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: John_Rubino

It’s not easy being a mainstream economist. You spend your life building models that become your professional identity. And when those models fail to describe and predict reality, you’re left wondering about the meaning of it all.

The latest case in point is US housing. Keynesian economic models say that if you lower mortgage rates you get more houses bought, sold and built. A nice, simple piece of cause and effect. But today’s mortgage rates are at levels that would have incited a buying frenzy a generation ago, employment is rising — and home sales, home building and mortgage originations are all flat-lining.

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Housing-Market

Sunday, April 27, 2014

US Housing Market Is Down For The Count / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Recent news, graphs and data confirm what we have long said would inevitably become clear: the entire global economy appears to have “functioned” through an orgy of refinancing, LBO and M&A lately. That is to say, zombie money has been enthusiastically slushed and re-slushed around to provide commissions, bonuses etc. to bankers and brokers, a process enabled by central bank and government policies in which large amounts of credit were thrown against the wall like so much Jello, hoping – but not demanding – that some would stick. Zero bound interest rates made this process all the more attractive, since it was crucial to lure mom and pop back in. But now, if our eyes don’t receive us, it is reaching its inherent limits. And that’s going to hurt something bad.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fed Follies, U.S. Housing Market Fiasco / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: LewRockwell

So far we have experienced 7 million foreclosures. Beyond that there are still 9 million homeowners seriously underwater on their mortgages and there are millions more who are stranded in place because they don’t have enough positive equity to cover transactions costs and more stringent down payment requirements.

And that’s before the next downturn in housing prices—a development which will show up any day. In fact, another downward plunge is a positive certainty now that the buy-to-rent LBO speculators are rapidly pulling out of those “flash” bull markets in Arizona, California, Los Vegas, Florida and elsewhere. The latter were merely short-lived price eruptions which were an artifact of the Fed’s free money policies.

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Housing-Market

Monday, April 14, 2014

London House Prices Bubble, Debt Slavery, Crimea 2.0 - Russia Ukraine Annexation / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Is London House Price Boom Sustainable? Regional UK House Prices Analysis

Recent data released by the Nationwide illustrates that whilst UK average house prices are rising by near 10% per annum to stand at £180,264 and now just 3% away from their 2007 peak (-3%), meanwhile London has been in a raging bull market for well over a year with prices rising by 18% per annum putting the average at £362,699 which is more than 20% above London's 2007 peak.

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Housing-Market

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Australia House Prices Bubble 'Flashing Red', Debt to Income at Record Level / Housing-Market / Austrailia

By: Mike_Shedlock

Australia's housing bubble is back in full swing. Prices rose almost 11 percent over the past year to record levels in absolute terms and near-record levels as a share of household income.  Prices in Sydney rose 15 percent.

Household debt as a percent of income surpassed the previous record.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Nationwide UK House Prices 9.5% Inflation, Housing Market on Steroids, Help to Buy Anniversary / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The Nationwide woke up today to the UK house prices boom underway by reporting that its HP inflation index had risen by 9.5% over the past 12 months to stand at £180,264 as average UK house prices home in on breaking their 2007 peak (-3%), something that London achieved over a year ago having since galloped ahead to stand at an average price of £362,699 which is more than 20% above its 2007 peak.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

UK Home Solar Panel Installations Good or Bad for House Buying and Selling? / Housing-Market / Solar Energy

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The solar installation industry has been busy for many years convincing home owners with well rehearsed sales pitches and graphs of how much they could earn each year by profiting from FREE energy from the sun to generate their own electricity by installing large arrays of solar panels onto their south-ish facing roofs, that like a contagion soon tend to spread to neighbouring roofs despite the fact that the southern most tip of the Island of Britain lies a good 500 miles north of the start of the optimum zone for generating solar energy.

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Housing-Market

Monday, March 31, 2014

How to Turn Disappointing U.S. Housing Market Data into Greater Returns / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: DailyGainsLetter

John Paul Whitefoot writes: Since the beginning of 2012, the U.S. housing market has been considered one of the bright spots in an otherwise uneven economic environment. Between 2007 and the end of 2011, the U.S. housing market fell 33%—since then, it has rebounded, climbing roughly 22%.

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Housing-Market

Friday, March 28, 2014

How to Increase the Value of Your Home With Loft Conversions / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Percentage added to the value of ones home is typically 125% to 200% of costs incurred. Typically £30k spent can convert into as much as a £60k increase in value.

If your loft is of at least 2.3 metres in height (centrally) then a loft conversion is one of the easiest ways to add both space and value to your home that can typically yield twice the amount spent. The cost to convert a loft into a layout of 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom would typically cost £30,000 to £40,000 for a standard dormer window conversion, therefore adding approx £60k to £80k to the value of ones home.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

North England's New Mega-city - MANFIELD, Comprising Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield, Rotherham... / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Investing in Future New Mega-Cities

Whilst most house hunters will be viewing properties in terms of what would be a good investment over the next 10 years or so, I tend to gaze much further into the mists of time to try to ascertain what the mega-trends are and then attempt to leverage my wealth towards profiting from them, even if most of the payoff could come beyond my life-time and thus for future generations to profit from.

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Housing-Market

Monday, March 24, 2014

What’s Handicapping First-Time U.S. Homebuyers? / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: DailyGainsLetter

John Paul Whitefoot writes: For months and months now we’ve been pointing to seemingly obvious economic data to prove that the U.S. housing market is in trouble because of the weak U.S. economy. Those in the “know”—economists and the real estate board—have been waxing eloquence on how the weather is the main culprit behind the disappointing U.S. housing market numbers.

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Housing-Market

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sheffield Best Estate Agents, Buyer and Seller Rating / Housing-Market / Sheffield

By: N_Walayat

(Last Update 2nd May 2014) Sheffield has a very active housing market with over 2,500 properties on the market at any one time and with nearby Rotherham another 1,000 that generates more than £2 million in commissions annually shared out between more than 20 local estate agents.

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Housing-Market

Saturday, March 22, 2014

U.S. Housing Market One Chart Says it All / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Whitney

Get a load of this chart from DataQuick’s National Home Sales Snapshot. It’ll tell you everything need to know about housing.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Reverse Mortgages 101 / Housing-Market / Mortgages

By: Don_Miller

My grandfather liked to use clever sayings to make a point. One of his favorites was, “the same thing, only different!” As we pulled together this article, I immediately thought of how his funny little saying applied.

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Housing-Market

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sheffield, Rotherham Best Rated Estate Agents as Voted by Home Sellers / Vendors / Housing-Market / Sheffield

By: Nadeem_Walayat

(Last Updated 2nd May 2014) Sheffield at anyone time has over 2,500 properties on the market with nearby Rotherham another 1,000 resulting in a large and highly active market with many estate agents of all shapes and sizes fighting for the highly lucrative sales fees and percentages of sales.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fannie and Freddie reform is necessary, but not at expense of private sector investment / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Ronan_Keenan

Private investors and the government don’t always make easy bedfellows and nothing exemplifies this more than the case of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. After verging on collapse in 2008, the government-backed mortgage groups are now turning significant profits, but investors are not happy.

Since their inception, the structure of Fannie and Freddie has been a point of contention. Established by government charter, the entities are owned by private shareholders and guarantee the vast majority of US mortgages, buying and selling loans from financial institutions to provide money for the banks to facilitate lending to home buyers. For much of their existence the groups’ configuration has drawn criticism as private investors enjoyed the profits while losses were felt by taxpayers. Things have changed since then.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Has the U.S. Housing Market Hit the Wall? / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Carl_R_Tannenbaum

The housing market began 2013 with a great deal of momentum, but recent data on this sector has moderated considerably. It would be easy to blame this trend on the weather, but there may be more to the housing story. The contribution of this sector to economic growth going forward may not be as robust.

Construction and sales fell to a very low base level during the depth of the recession, and therefore were able to show outsized gains as the recovery began. Residential investment was one of the biggest contributors to gross domestic product growth in 2011 and 2012.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The Securitization Fraud That Collapsed the U.S. Housing Market - JPMorgan Chase Mortgage Fraud / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Ellen_Brown

In a nearly $13 billion settlement with the US Justice Department in November 2013, JPMorganChase admitted that it, along with every other large US bank, had engaged in mortgage fraud as a routine business practice, sowing the seeds of the mortgage meltdown. JPMorgan and other megabanks have now been caught in over a dozen major frauds, including LIBOR-rigging and bid-rigging; yet no prominent banker has gone to jail. Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of all mortgages nationally remain underwater (meaning the balance owed exceeds the current value of the home), sapping homeowners’ budgets, the housing market and the economy. Since the banks, the courts and the federal government have failed to give adequate relief to homeowners, some cities are taking matters into their own hands.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Three U.S. Homebuilders to Short During $336-Billion Housing Gap / Housing-Market / Housing Stocks

By: DailyGainsLetter

John Paul Whitefoot writes: I hate to harp on the U.S. housing market so much, but it is a major indicator of the health of the U.S. economy. Following previous recessions, investment in the U.S. housing market increased early on and helped drive the recovery. In fact, the U.S. housing market was a major factor that helped lift the U.S. economy out of past recessions in 1981, 1990, and 2001. But it isn’t happening this time around.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

UK Mortgages Five Years of Historic Low BOE Interest Rate Analysis / Housing-Market / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

Thursday is expected to mark the fifth year of the historically low BoE base rate of 0.5%. 

Moneyfacts has analysed the lowest mortgage rates available in March 2009 against today’s equivalents.

The table below shows the lowest mortgage rate five years ago for 60% LTV was 2.99% compared to today’s equivalent mortgage, which charges just 1.48%. After working out the true cost of the mortgage including fees and introductory offers and based on a £150,000 mortgage over 25 years, today’s borrower is saving almost £800 (£788.96).

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