The housing market hasn't bottomed out yet.
For the third quarter, the closely-watched S&P Case-Shiller national
home-price index fell 16.6%, and experts are predicting further declines. Of
the top 100 markets, here are 10 with the worst forecasts.
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Home values never went up.
lowering the interest rates (Al Greenspan will go into history as the
bubble creator by excellence) they basically printed money and gave it
away to everyone. It was the ability to buy a higher loan that was
increased, not the VALUE of the property. No one's income went up, in
fact, because of the inflation, income came down.
According to a study of the Deutsche Bank by
2,011 half of the American home owners will be under water.The reason all this is important
is that, if you’re underwater, you’re much more likely to default on your
mortgage than if you have some equity.
Posted October 30, 2009
The worst U.S. housing crash since
the Great Depressionhas led to
a record number of foreclosures and shaved almost a third off property values.
The S&P/Case-Shiller Index of 20 cities in August was 29 percent below its 2006
high, after rising for four consecutive months...click
here for more...
Posted July 8, 2009 - Delinquencies
on U.S. Home-Equity loans reach record.
July 7 (Bloomberg) -- Late payments on home-equity
loans rose to a record in the first quarter as 18 straight months of job losses
and a slumping economy left more borrowers unable to pay their debts, the
American Bankers Associationreported.
Delinquencies on home-equity
loans climbed to 3.52 percent of all accounts from 3.03 percent in the fourth
quarter, and late payments on home-equity lines of credit climbed to a record
1.89 percent, the group reported today. An index of eight types of loans rose
for a fourth straight quarter, to 3.23 percent from 3.22 percent in October
through December, the group said.
Posted June 7, 2009 - Take some time
to watch this video clip!
Posted June 4, 2009
Posted May 12, 2009
The median U.S. home price
dropped 14% in the 1st quarter from a year earlier. The average median existing
home price declined to $ 169,000 and distressed properties sell typically for
20% less than other homes on the market.
Posted May 1st 2009
Foreclosures keep rising.
Those who even dare to hope we've seen the end of the real estate problems are
in for a huge surprise.
Home sales are not any better....
Posted February 23, 2009
apartment prices are very high relative to the observable fundamentals.
three alternative yardsticks-price/rent, price/income, and affordability-we find
that prices would need to decline by 35%-44% to return to the valuation
levels seen in the 1995-1999 period, before the start of the recent boom.
(admittedly unrealistic) assumption that prices decline by the same percentage
in each market segment, this type of drop would imply that a 1- bedroom condo
whose price currently averages roughly $800,000 would decline to $480,000; a
2-bedroom condo would decline from $1.7 million to $1 million; and a 3-bedroom
condo would decline from $3 million to $1.8 million.
is firing more and more people, the odds are that incomes will fall back to the
pre-1986 level of 2 times the national average-and if national per capita income
remained unchanged-prices would need to fall as much as 58% to return to the
1995-1999 price/income ratio.
Posted February 5, 2009
The Real Estate slump isn't over yet.
Just like the Spanish banks, the American banks keep sitting on their
foreclosures so they can spread the pain...click
here for more...
Posted December 23,
Sales prices for existing
U.S. homes fell the most on record in November, tearing a deeper hole into
households’ already tattered finances. The median resale price fell 13 percent
from a year before, to $181,300, “probably the largest price decline since the
Great Depression,” National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun
said in Washington. Sales slid to an annual rate of 4.49 million, lower than
New Home inventories are
soaring to unseen levels:
New-home sales tumbled 5.3% to the lowest level in 17 years
during October, while prices kept retreating.
Posted September 18 and
updated October 27,
We start to see REAL
SALES. Asking prices are half of what they were only a couple of years ago.
Opportunities start to show! Foreign buyers are flocking into the USA and
Florida to buy Real Estate.
The number of homeowners
ensnared in the foreclosure crisis grew by more than 70 percent in the third
quarter of this year compared with the same period in 2007, according to data
Nationwide, nearly 766,000
homes received at least one foreclosure-related notice from July through
September, up 71 percent from a year earlier, said foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac Inc.
Posted September 4,
The decline in home prices hasn't
been seen since the Great Depression, Gross said. That drop translates to an
even bigger decline in overall wealth as the effects ripple through markets,
Gross said. Home prices in 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas fell
15.9 percent in June from a year earlier, according to an S&P/Case-Shiller
Posted August 5, 2008
Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan
orchestrated the Real Estate bubble and hereby enabled the American economy to
survive somewhat longer. Now that he has little political obligations left (does
he?) his comments have become more reliable.
Amazing is what he said last week: " The falling home prices in America are
"nowhere near the bottom" – you can take to the bank. This may
surprise some, especially since the national media just reported the
single largest year-over-year drop in U.S. home prices, May's record 15.8%
Even worse is that according to realtors,
appraisers, homebuilders and mortgage brokers, the Home sellers still don't get
it! Home prices didn't soar for any sound fundamental reason. They soared
because of low interest rates,easy credit and a $500,000
capital gains tax exemption. (A misallocation of funds, in other words.)
Posted July 31, 2008
The American Real Estate market is in a
really bad shape. Prices are coming down, and so has the dollar. In other words,
we have ‘SALES’. More and more opportunities are seen, especially for the
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June home foreclosures up 53 percent Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:12am EDT
By Helen Chernikoff
NEW YORK (Reuters) -
Home foreclosure filings jumped 53 percent in June from a year earlier, although
they were down 3 percent from May, and foreclosures are expected to rise
further, real estate data firm RealtyTrac said on Thursday.
rose on an annual basis in 39 states to a total of 252,363 properties during the
month, with Nevada, California, Arizona and Florida posting the highest
One out of every 501
U.S. households received a notice of default, auction sale or bank repossession
in June, RealtyTrac said.
"June was the second
straight month with more than a quarter million properties nationwide receiving
foreclosure filings," said James J. Saccacio, chief executive officer of
RealtyTrac. "We have not yet reached the top of this foreclosure cycle."
Record drop in US home prices - AP - Jun 24 2008 9:02PM
York - US home prices tumbled in April at the fastest rate since a widely
followed index was begun in 2000 with all 20 metropolitan areas surveyed
posting annual declines for the first time.
The Standard &
Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index of 20 cities fell by 15.3% in April
versus a year ago, according to Tuesday's report. Prices nationwide are at
levels not seen since August 2004. The narrower
10-city index declined 16.3% in April, its biggest decline in its more than
Meanwhile, a report
from the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight said US home prices
fell 4.6% in April from the same month last year, when the index peaked.
That marked the biggest decline ever in the agency's monthly index which
dates back to January 1991. The government
index is calculated using mortgage loans of $417 000 or less.
government report has shown nationwide price declines, the Case-Shiller
index has shown far greater drops because it focuses on larger cities where
prices rose further during the boom years, and includes riskier loans.
No surveyed city
stayed above water, according to the Case-Shiller index. The last holdout,
Charlotte, North Carolina, finally succumbed to the national housing
downturn, with prices there slipping 0.1 percent from a year ago. Las Vegas and Miami
both continue to post the largest declines, falling 26.8% and 26.7%,
However, the annual
declines in Denver, Dallas and Cleveland were less severe than in the
previous month, but Maureen Maitland, a S&P vice president, is reluctant to
peg that as an indication of stabilization. "We wouldn't call a
trend on one-month data," she said.
The report also
showed prices in eight metro areas increased in April from March, but the
gains could be seasonal blips as the home-buying spring season starts up
rather than a sign of a turnaround, Maitland said. The housing slump,
along with higher food and fuel prices and disruptions in the credit
markets, has taken its toll on consumer sentiment.
An industry group
Tuesday said US consumer confidence fell unexpectedly sharply in June to the
fifth-lowest level ever. The Conference Board's reading of consumers'
expectations also hit an all-time low.
US housing crisis deepens as foreclosures soar- June 13, 2008
Foreclosures add to the Credit Crunch, the Crack-up boom, the destruction of
fiat money and will push up interest rates substantially in the near future. The
problem ain't going away as the vicious circle is closed!
By James Quinn, Wall
crisis is reaching near-catastrophic levels as the number of people losing their
homes and those seriously behind on mortgage payments soared last month.
One in almost every 500 American mortgage holders now has either lost their home
or is on the verge of losing it, as the credit crisis claims victims throughout
US banks repossessed almost three times as many homes in May as they did in the
same month last year, taking control of 73,974 homes, against 28,548 in May
2007, according to a survey by RealtyTrac, the property research group.
The level of foreclosures - the legal process a bank begins to reclaim property
after a mortgage holder falls badly behind on payments - rose by 48pc last month,
the 29th consecutive month of year-on-year increases.
The states of Nevada,
California and Arizona are the biggest victims of the housing crash. In Nevada,
one in every 118 households received foreclosure notices in May. In Arizona, the
figure was one in every 201 households.
The current crisis was
sparked by an environment of low interest rates and lax lending practices among
many mortgage brokers. As a result, and despite the US Federal Reserve reducing
interest rates to 2pc from 5.5pc last September, a growing number of Americans
cannot afford to meet their mortgage payments as the US economy continues to
Inflation is adding to
their woes, with the US Consumer Price Index rising 0.6 percentage points in
May, up 4.2pc in the year, with core prices, stripping out fuel and food, up
0.2pc to 2.3pc.
U.S. Economy: Home Resales Decline, Inventories Jump (Update2)
By Shobhana Chandra –
Friday May 23, 2008
May 23 (Bloomberg) --
Sales of previously owned homes in the U.S. fell in April and the supply of
unsold properties reached a record, signaling no let-up in the 27-month housing
Purchases declined 1
percent to an annual rate of 4.89 million, higher than forecast, the National
Association of Realtors said today in Washington. The
median price fell 8 percent from April last year, the second-biggest drop.
``There is no
indication that things are improving,'' said
Christopher Low, chief economist at FTN Financial in New York, who forecast
sales would drop to a 4.9 million pace. ``Inventories will stay out of balance
at least until the end of 2009 and prices will keep falling.''
Defaults on subprime
mortgages have prompted lenders to restrict credit, while falling
property values have given buyers who are still able to get financing reason
to delay purchases. The slide in home values may hurt consumer spending, which
accounts for more than two-thirds of the economy.
Glut of Homes
The number of
unsold homes on the market at the end of April jumped to 4.55 million from
4.12 million in March. The total represented 11.2 months' supply at the current
sales pace, the highest on record and up from 10 months at the end of the prior
median price of an existing home fell to $202,300 from $219,900 in April
``We had an unrealistic
run-up of prices and the faster they come back down to the real world the
William Cheney, chief economist at John Hancock Financial Services in
Boston, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. ``The faster prices come
down, the quicker we can get back to an equilibrium where we actually have
In Florida for a home purchased in
2006 at $350,000 the monthly payments are $3200 dollars at a 5% interest
rate. Renting it out earns $1200 dollars a month. The asset you purchased does
not pay for itself and in fact, it is the definition of insolvency--it consumes
more than it produces. Year over year the Case -Shiller home prices index
are down over 14%, declining at a 24% rate.