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Analysis Topic: Housing Market Price trends

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Stamp Duty Cut UK Housing Market Election Boost, Home Buyer Examples / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The UK housing market will receive a significant boost from midnight tonight with what amounts to a cut in the amount of stamp duty charged on approx 90% of property purchases as the Chancellor, George Osborne in his Autumn statement does away with a huge anomaly / penalty in the way stamp duty tax is charged on property purchases, where for instance just a £1 increase in the price paid would tend to result in many extra thousands due in stamp duty tax that tended to result in huge bottlenecks around the stamp duty bands that acted as caps on house prices in many areas and thus resulted in much inertia.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

London Property Bubble Primed To Burst - Consequences For UK Economy and Sterling / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: GoldCore

The ongoing slump in oil prices looks set to take their toll on London’s “super prime” property markets with attendant consequences for the rest of the London property market. Foreign money that had been flooding into the UK from a whole array of international sources and parking in London real estate is drying up.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Tiny Houses May Signal a Big Market Change / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: MISES

Jonathan Newman writes: The flowering of the tiny house movement is due in large part to the most recent boom-bust cycle, which left many homeowners wondering if mountain-sized homes are worth equally sized debt or a risky gamble on future housing prices. For some, this meant moving into a house that could be smaller than their previous house’s bathroom.

Although definitions vary for what “tiny” means — from the hardcore enthusiasts to the more inclusive tiny-housers — most agree that any residence smaller than 1,000 square feet fits the bill (but most are less than 500 square feet). And speaking of the bill, such dwellings can range anywhere from $10k to $50k, depending on the size and amenities, and they can enjoy total monthly utilities in the double digits.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Too Difficult to Get a U.S. Home Loan / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Bloomberg

HUD Secretary Julian Castro spoke with Bloomberg TV's Peter Cook about the first positive balance for the Federal Housing Administration's mortgage-insurance fund in two years and the outlook for an overhaul of federal housing-finance rules.

Castro detailed the improving financial picture for the Federal Housing Administration, stating the government's mortgage insurance fund is "back in the black" for the time in two years: "Is it now in positive territory. In fact, over the last two years it's seen an increase of $21 billion in its value. And the underlying fundamentals of the portfolio of the fund are stronger than they have been in quite a while."

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

U.S. Housing Market San Francisco at Critical Mass / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Harry_Dent

The website, zerohedge.com, recently reported on an interesting indicator that makes perfect sense, but it’s one that I hadn’t seen before.

They reported that the San Francisco Case-Shiller year-over-year home price index is the primary real estate market that foreshadows when the stock market or any other major bubble will crash. In other words, it’s the bubble that best forecasts other bubbles bursting.

The reason that San Francisco is unique is that it’s very bubbly from a very limited supply… it reflects both Silicon Valley and the tech bubble… and it also reflects the “mega” bubble that is China.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, October 30, 2014

US Mortgages, Risky Bisiness "Easy Money" / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Mike_Whitney

Here we go again.

Last week, the country’s biggest mortgage lenders scored a couple of key victories that will allow them to ease lending standards, crank out more toxic assets, and inflate another housing bubble.  Here’s what’s going on.

On Monday,  the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Mel Watt, announced that Fannie and Freddie would slash the minimum down-payment requirement on mortgages from 5 percent to 3 percent while making loans more available to people with spotty credit. If this all sounds hauntingly familiar, it should. It was less than 7 years ago that shoddy lending practices blew up the financial system precipitating the deepest slump since the Great Depression. Now Watt wants to repeat that catastrophe by pumping up another credit bubble. Here’s the story from the Washington Post:

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Global Housing Markets - Don’t Buy A Home, You’ll Get Burned! / Housing-Market / Global Housing Markets

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Europe had hundreds of inspectors check 130 banks for a year in that stress test. Who do you think picked up the tab for that? And what did Europe’s taxpayers get in return? As I’m looking right now, they got falling stocks and 3 Italian banks in which trading was halted. What was the ECB’s goal with the tests again?

Oh right, to restore confidence in the markets … Well, with WTI oil falling fast below $80, I think we can now confidently say the Boys of Brussels are either not up to the job, or they’re letting the whole caboodle rapidly drift south on purpose. Probably a bit of both.

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Housing-Market

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Evidence of New U.S. Housing Market Real Estate Bust Starting to Appear / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: EWI

Editor's note: With permission, the following article was adapted from the October 2014 issue of The Elliott Wave Financial Forecast, a publication of Elliott Wave International, the world's largest market forecasting firm. You may review an extended version of the article for free here.

In February, The Elliott Wave Financial Forecast discussed the great boom in New York City's residential real estate and its keen resemblance to what happened in 1929, when the demand for luxury housing also spiked to previously unseen heights. At 133 East 80th Street, we found this plaque commemorating the earlier era's brick-and-mortar monuments to a Supercycle degree peak in social mood.

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Housing-Market

Friday, October 24, 2014

Meet the New U.S. Housing Market Mortgage Rules – They’re the Same as the Old Ones / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: And you thought the federal government was getting out of the mortgage guaranteeing and backstopping business.

In fact, the feds are not only not getting out of the mortgage business, but they’re already blowing up the next bubble.

As a result, the Great Recession – spawned by the credit crisis, easy-money mortgages and low interest rates – is going to make a comeback.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Five U.S. Housing Market Warning Signs Point to Real Estate Market Downturn / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: John_Mauldin

By Tony Sagami

Investing is about piecing together different bits of information into an illustrative picture—sort of a Wall Street version of the connect-the-dots game we played in kindergarten.

That’s why the headline below from Bloomberg made my investment antennae stand up and motivated me to look for either confirmation that the real estate market was indeed slowing down or contrary evidence to explain if the weak summer sales numbers were just a temporary aberration.

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Housing-Market

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Evidence of Another Even More Sweeping U.S. Housing Market Bust Already Starting to Appear / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: EWI

Editor's note: With permission, the following article was adapted from the October 2014 issue of The Elliott Wave Financial Forecast, a publication of Elliott Wave International, the world's largest market forecasting firm. You may review an extended version of the article for free here.

In February, The Elliott Wave Financial Forecast discussed the great boom in New York City's residential real estate and its keen resemblance to what happened in 1929, when the demand for luxury housing also spiked to previously unseen heights. At 133 East 80th Street, we found this plaque commemorating the earlier era's brick-and-mortar monuments to a Supercycle degree peak in social mood.

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Housing-Market

Monday, October 13, 2014

The U.S. Housing Market Recovery is a Lie... / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Money_Morning

Shah Gilani writes: Ben Bernanke began his tenure as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board just as the housing bubble was peaking in February 2006.

He exited the post in February of this year after supposedly shepherding the country out of the Great Recession the mortgage crisis spawned.

He recently admitted the housing recovery is hitting a wall.

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Housing-Market

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Second-Richest Man Says Mortgages Now a "No Brainer" / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: DailyWealth

Dr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: Warren Buffett is the second-richest man in America today, behind Bill Gates. (He was the richest man in the world in 2008.)

He made his fortune through the financial markets. Buffett, to me, is the greatest financial mind of our time – if not ever.

Right now, Mr. Buffett says to get a fixed mortgage... Specifically, he calls it a "no brainer" today...

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Housing-Market

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Monetizing the UK Housing Market Bubble with 20% Discount Election Bribes / Housing-Market / UK Housing

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Many people continuously ask how can UK house prices continue rising from already a very high levels to what appear to be new bubble extremes, especially when average wages have been falling in real terms for the past 5 years and only likely to turn marginally positive this year. The answer to this remains the same in that all governments of whatever party will always seek to monetize the UK housing market in an attempt to keep inflating the housing bubble in perpetuity by literally printing money (QE and and debt that will never be repaid but inflated away).

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Housing-Market

Friday, October 03, 2014

The Diversity of the Current US Housing Market / Housing-Market / US Housing

By: Boris_Dzhingarov

Though greatly improved from the staggering declines of the past decade, the US housing market still tends to undervalue homes by an average estimated 3%. This is the broad view, but America is an enormous country with multiple submarkets. Comparing Metropolitan home sales to the sale of homes in less concentrated areas illuminates the fact that US Housing is not one market, but several.

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