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Analysis Topic: Housing Market Price trends

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Housing-Market

Monday, March 07, 2011

Dubai Property Market Crash BubbleOmiX Update 2011 / Housing-Market / Middle East

By: Andrew_Butter

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf you drive out on the highway towards Abu Dhabi past the Jebel Ali Free Zone, look on the right and you will see, partly covered in sand, the remnants of the billboards that used to declare, “Where the Vision of Dubai Get’s Built”.

I met a guy who claimed to have come up with that tag-line. He was a young American, very nice and very-very smart, based in New York working for a big-name branding company, with absolutely no clue of what Dubai is/was about. But he was making really good money, and that’s fundamentally what everything is about, in Dubai.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Fannie and Freddie Reform: Too Little, Too Late / Housing-Market / Market Regulation

By: MISES

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid D'Amato writes: At the beginning of February, amidst Beltway budget clamoring and ahead of yesterday's statement from Bernanke, the Treasury issued a report to Congress announcing efforts to "wind down" Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The report, though conspicuously lacking in detail, sets forth three alternatives for reducing the role of the two government-backed companies, none of which actually prune the state's role in the housing market. Whatever route Congress decides to take, the fundamental problems that bedevil the present framework and caused the housing bubble (and resultant financial calamity) are left unaltered.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

U.S. Housing Market, More Trouble in Squanderville / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Whitney

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBob, Frank and Freddie all bought identical houses in the same neighborhood in 2004. Each man paid $300,000 for his home.

Bob paid the whole $300,000 in cash. Frank put down 10% (or $30,000) and took out a $270,000 mortgage. Freddie paid $0-down on a 100% mortgage.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

U.S. Home Improvements Lift Residential Construction Outlays / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Construction spending fell 0.7% in January after a 1.6% drop in the prior month.  During January, the 5.3% jump in residential construction spending was largely due to home improvements (+10.5%, see Chart 7), with new construction of single family-units (+0.9%) posting a small gain and that of multi-family units declining (-2.9%).  Non-residential private sector construction spending posted a significant drop (-6.9%). 

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Pending U.S. Home Sales Index Points to Likely Weakness in Home Sale / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) of the National Association of Realtors fell 2.8% to 88.9 in January, after 3.2% drop in December.  These back-to-back monthly declines bode poorly for sales of existing homes in the near term.  The PHSI has a 1-2 month lead on actual sales of existing homes.  Sales of existing homes rose 2.7% in January. 

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Housing-Market

Monday, February 28, 2011

Timing the China Property Crash / Housing-Market / China Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleInquiring minds are investigating Analysis of the Chinese Property Bubble by Huw McKay, Senior International Economist, for Westpac Bank.

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Housing-Market

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sales of U.S. New Homes Decline in January to Erase Gains Posted in December / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of new single-family homes fell 12.6% to an annual rate of 284,000 in January after nearly a 17% jump in December.  Effectively, the level of new home sales is back to the November 2010 mark.  The record low is 274,000 established in August 2010.  Regionally, sales of new homes fell in the South (-12.8%) and West (-36.5%) but advanced in the Northeast (+54.5%) and Midwest (+17.1%). 

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

U.S. House Prices Continue to Move Around Cycle Low / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

The seasonally adjusted Case-Shiller Home Price Index fell 2.1% in the fourth quarter following a 3.3% decline in the prior quarter.  The level of the index is close to the bottom registered in the first quarter of 2009 (see Chart 1).  Price gains from the first-time home buyer program were only a temporary lift. 

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Housing-Market

Monday, February 21, 2011

Best Sources for UK Mortgages, Biggest isn’t always best! / Housing-Market / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

The UK’s largest lenders* have a three quarter market share, but only provide 145 (29%) of the top 500 mortgages.**

Just six of the top 50 two year fixed/85% LTV mortgages are offered by the largest lenders, equating to a mere 12%.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

UK Mortgage Market Improves as Higher LTV Mortgages Increase / Housing-Market / Mortgages

By: MoneyFacts

The mortgage market has seen a gradual increase in the number of products offering higher loan-to-values (LTVs), providing some relief to borrowers with limited deposits.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Obama Proposes Fannie & Freddie Reforms as U.S. Housing Market Continues to Languish / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDon Miller writes: Three years after the housing market collapsed, efforts to clean up the financial mess created by Fannie Mae (OTC: FNMA) and Freddie Mac (OTC: FMCC) - the government agencies that largely inflated the bubble - remain stuck in limbo as Washington policymakers bicker over the details.

Meanwhile, the market continues to suffer through the aftermath.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Commercial Real Estate No Longer the U.S. Economy's Achilles Heel / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: While many analysts had it pegged as the next big threat to the U.S. economic recovery, the commercial real estate (CRE) market is actually on the mend.

No doubt, fallout from bad loans will continue to pose challenges to banks for the next several years. But on the whole, commercial real estate seems to have finally found a bottom.

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Housing-Market

Sunday, February 06, 2011

U.S. Mortgage Crisis: Where Does The Homeowner Stand? / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Stephen_Merrill

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOver the past several years, the real estate industry in the United States has undergone a near collapse. House prices have been reduced so far by 25% nationwide due to the bursting of real estate bubble. The only vibrant part of the real estate market in the present economic recovery is the millions of foreclosed homes being sold to bargain hunters.

Some smaller States, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Alaska, have managed to avoid a big downturn in prices and hope to continue to do so. The big States most affected by the real estate disaster though, California, Michigan, Nevada, Florida, have lost more than one-half on home values in many major cities.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

U.S. Housing Bear Market Resumes in 2011 / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Clif_Droke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAn oft-repeated maxim is that real estate is one of the best long-term investments. For the better part of the last 60 years or so this certainly held true. In a typical “long wave” or 60-year Kress cycle, real estate benefits almost from the start of the inflationary leg of the long wave and prices tend to increase even after the 60-year cycle of inflation/deflation peaks, and real estate prices can continue to increase in the ensuing dis-inflationary years of the cycle. It’s mainly during the final “hard down” part of the cycle -- which is defined as the final 8-12% of the cycle -- that the real estate market struggles under the weight of deflation.

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Housing-Market

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Best Time in History to Buy a House / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: Right now, is the best time in history to buy a house in America.

Today, I'll show you why… based on a few cold, hard facts.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sales of New U.S. Homes Rebound from Historical Low / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of new single-family homes increased 17.5% to an annual rate of 329,000 in December after holding steady during November.  The magnitude of the jump in sales of new homes is impressive but it is important to note that home sales are recovering from a historically low level.  Sales of new single family homes stood at an annual rate of 280,000 in November, which is close to the historical low of 274,000 recorded for August 2010.  Putting things in perspective, the peak of new home sales was 1.389 million home and it occurred in July 2005. 

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

U.S. Home Prices Remain a Challenge, Near Term Improvement Unlikely / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

The Case-Shiller Home Price Index fell 0.5% in November marking the fifth consecutive monthly price decline following gains in the each of the three months of the second quarter.  On a year-over-year basis, the index has declined 1.6% in November after a 0.8% drop in October.  Moving back in time, the Case-Shiller Home Price Index posted year-to-year gains in each month during the February-September 2010 period, reflecting the positive influence of the first-time home buyer credit program. 

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

U.S. Housing Market into the 2020's / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Tony_Caldaro

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFrom time to time we have been reviewing the historical housing market index, provided by Case-Shiller, in an attempt to identify historical patterns. Since the historical index is not provided in nominal terms (inflation included), but real terms (inflation excluded), this has been a difficult task. Everything we track, in OEW terms, is quoted in nominal prices. After several attempts over the past few years we feel we have identified enough historical patterns to offer an educated projection for the US housing market going forward. We present the history of US housing prices using a chart courtesy of Steve Barry/Barry Ritholtz. This chart displays the past 120 years of US existing home prices in real terms, with a dashed line forecast by Robert Shiller of Case-Shiller.

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Housing-Market

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sales of Existing U.S. Homes Soar in December, Partly From Distressed Sales / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSales of existing homes rose 12.3% in December to an annual rate of 5.28 million.  Purchases of single-family homes increased 11.8% in December to an annual rate of 4.64 million, the highest since August 2007, excluding the hikes recorded when the first-time home buyer program was in place during several months of the 2009-2010 period. 

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Housing-Market

Thursday, January 20, 2011

U.S. Housing Starts Decline in December, But 2010 Closes With a Few Positives / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleStarts of new homes fell 4.3% to an annual rate of 529,000 in December.  Although builders broke ground for the construction of new multi-family units (+18%) in December, single-family starts declined 9% to an annual rate of 417,000.  The level of housing starts is close to historical lows (see Chart 1) and the January Home Builders Survey (Composite index has held steady for three straight months) suggests that builders are not optimistic about the near term outlook for home building activity. 

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