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  • Healthy Texas Economy Causes Surge in Housing Market

    04/15/2014 12:07:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Breitbart's Texas ^ | April 15, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    Housing markets have remained relatively weak in many areas of the U.S., with two notable exceptions: Washington, D.C. and Texas. Overwhelming evidence suggests that while the federal government, one of the nation's largest employers, is responsible for the ever-increasing housing demand in D.C.--the private marketplace is behind Texas' boom. The Lone Star State's pro-business environment, low taxes and reliable regulation have caused businesses to flock to the state. The result has been a bountiful job market, which draws individuals and families to Texas from around the world--many are eager to purchase homes upon arrival. Fresh statistics released by the federal...
  • PHOTOS: This Groundbreaking 3D Printer Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours

    04/14/2014 9:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    RYOT ^ | April 14, 2014 | Oliver Micheals
    From Oreos to body parts, 3D printers have been cranking out some pretty unbelievable stuff lately. But in Shanghai, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has been using a monstrous printing device to build homes at a breakneck pace — 10 homes in 24 hours. Measuring out at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this clearly isn’t your average retail printer. Unlike most 3D printers, this printing giant is fed with cement rather than plastic, making it especially well-suited for home construction. The best part is the houses are super cheap to make and they’re made...
  • Ten Countries Racing to Buy American Homes

    04/11/2014 6:58:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 04/11/2014 | http://247wallst.com/special-report/2014/04/11/ten-countries-racing-to-buy-american-homes/?utm_sourc
    International homebuyers are attracted to the United States for a number of reasons. These include favorable housing prices, good weather, the country’s relative economic stability and an attraction to America in general. As the housing market improved and home prices rebounded, the interest of foreign buyers in U.S. properties has soared. Interest in U.S. property increased dramatically in a number of countries between 2009 and 2013. In all, interest in home buying, according to housing market firm RealtyTrac, increased by 95% or more in 10 countries, and at least doubled in nine of these nations. Interest in U.S. property by...
  • Feds sue Long Island Town of Oyster Bay, allege housing discrimination against blacks

    04/11/2014 6:32:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Newsday ^ | 04/11/2014 | ROBERT E. KESSLER. AND TED PHILLIPS
    The U.S. Department of Justice sued the Town of Oyster Bay and Town Supervisor John Venditto Thursday for allegedly discriminating against black people in two affordable housing programs -- one aimed at first-time buyers, the other at senior citizens. In a complaint filed in federal court in Central Islip, prosecutors said both programs violated the federal Fair Housing Act because preferences were given to residents, or their children, living in the town, which has few black residents. To ensure that black people were not discriminated against in the selection process, the town should have given equal treatment to prospective occupants...
  • Use of cars can help families reduce poverty, large study finds

    04/08/2014 4:41:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Pioneer Press/WAPO ^ | 4-4-14 | Emily Badger
    In many circles -- including advocates for cleaner air, safer streets, public transit -- it's a major policy goal to get people out of cars. Reduce car use, and you reduce pollution. Reduce car use, and we'll need fewer costly roads and parking garages. Reduce car use and shift more people onto bikes and trains, and maybe we'll all spend less of our lives idling in traffic. That line of thinking, however, seldom considers a group of people for whom more car use might actually be a good thing: the poor. A group of researchers at the Urban Institute, the...
  • Hot Air Hisses Out Of Housing Bubble 2.0:

    04/08/2014 1:48:20 AM PDT · by Neidermeyer · 5 replies
    testosteronepit.com ^ | 04-7-2014 | unknown
    As home prices have soared in cities around the country, sales have cratered. The weather has been blamed, though the weather has been gorgeous in California where sales have crashed too, even in temporary boom town San Francisco. The “lack of inventory” and other excuses have been dragged out as well. In reality, homes have gotten too expensive.... Even for hedge funds, private equity funds, REITs, and other forms of Big Money with access to the Fed’s limitless free juice. They’d become powerful buyers over the last two years, gobbling up vacant homes sight-unseen by the thousands, in order to...
  • Brown: FHA's Insurance Premiums Sidelining Buyers

    04/03/2014 12:35:47 PM PDT · by illiac · 5 replies
    RealtorMag ^ | 4/3/14 | RealtorMag
    The rising insurance rates on Federal Housing Administration mortgages are putting home purchases “increasingly out of reach” for many qualified buyers who rely on FHA financing, National Association of REALTORS® President Steve Brown wrote in a letter to FHA Commissioner Carol Galante. In the letter, Brown urged FHA to lower its annual mortgage insurance premiums. Brown acknowledged the significant losses that FHA’s Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund faced during the housing crisis. FHA increased its premium structure as one way to reach a required 2 percent capital reserve ratio. But now that the agency is on the path to recovery, NAR...
  • It Was Never a 'Great Recession' In New York City (The City Did Not Experience a Housing Bust)

    04/03/2014 6:49:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    RCM ^ | 04/03/2014 | Robert Doar
    Sometimes success creates a problem. That's what happened in New York City with housing and homelessness. New York's housing market is very strong. The median price for a new condo in Manhattan rose to $1.73 million during the first quarter of 2014, up more than 30.6% from the first quarter of 2013, according to a market report from the real estate firm Douglas Elliman. Across the East River, the median price for a Brooklyn home reached $570,110, up 11 percent from a year earlier. The average monthly rent in Bushwick, a central Brooklyn neighborhood, which as recently as the 1970s...
  • MILLIONAIRES NEED YOUR HELP!... Ann Coulter

    04/03/2014 12:01:16 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 34 replies
    Ann Coulter Dot Com ^ | 2 Apr 2014 | Ann Coulter
    Last Sunday, The New York Times published a front-page article about the heartfelt need of California farmers for more illegal aliens. The first tip-off that heinous public policy ideas were coming was that the Times introduced farmer Chuck Herrin, owner of a farm-labor contracting company, as a "lifelong Republican." That's Times-speak for "liberal." Herrin admitted that he employs a lot of illegal aliens and bitterly complained that they lived in fear of "Border Patrol and deportations." (But, apparently, he doesn't live in fear of admitting he's violating our immigration laws.) Sorry that running a country inconveniences you, Chuck. He said...
  • Washington & Wall Street: Hensarling Charges CFPB with Lack of Transparency

    03/25/2014 6:44:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 19 Mar 2014 | Christopher Whalen
    The liberal dictatorship of Richard Cordray at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) came under fire this week when the head of the House Financial Services Committee (HFSC) called for the agency to open up its four advisory council meetings to the public and press. “Instead of operating behind closed doors, it’s time for the CFPB to live up to its oft-stated commitment to transparency and openness ... Wielding the power of the Dodd-Frank law, the CFPB has become an instrument for liberal tyranny focused against banks, mortgage companies, realtors, and other consumer credit professionals. The agency has been holding...
  • Furious Chinese Demand Money Back As Housing Bubble Pops

    03/24/2014 7:34:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/24/2014 | Tyler Durden
    <p>Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned or, it seems, like a Chinese real estate speculator who is losing money. After four years of talking (and not doing much) about cooling the hot-money speculation that is the Chinese real-estate bubble (mirroring the US equity market bubble since stock-ownership is low in China), the WSJ reports that the people are restless as the PBOC actually takes actions - and prices are falling. With new project prices down over 20%, 'homeowners' exclaim "return our hard-earned money" and "this is very unfair" - who could have seen this coming?</p>
  • You Too Can Make Millions "Flipping" Houses (As Seen on TV)

    02/26/2014 8:05:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/26/2014 | Mike Shedlock
    I have been under constant barrage of unsolicited phone calls recently. The phone calls typically begin with the same lie: "Mr. Shedlock you told a colleague of mine a few months ago to call you back when we have a really good investment opportunity". Given that I never ask anyone to call back, they are known liars from the start. Depending on what kind of mood I am in, I may hang up immediately or listen long enough to hear what kind of nonsense they are peddling. I asked one of the liars the name of his colleague that called....
  • JP Morgan To Lay Off 17,000 Mortgage Bankers In 2013 And 2014, Because The "Housing Recovery"

    02/25/2014 8:53:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/25/2014 | Tyler Durden
    The last time JPMorgan had an investor day, Jamie Dimon explained to Mike Mayo why he is richer than him (and pretty much anyone else). This year, Jamie will be more focused on explaining to 8,000 JPM workers why after firing 16,500 people in consumer and mortgage banking, the bank will now let go another 2K and 6K in those same two groups (which will bring total mortgage and consumer banking headcount reductions between 2013 and 2014 to at least 17K and 7.5K, respectively). This may be tricky especially in the context of, you know, the housing and economic...
  • Michigan Assessors On the Path To Raise Property Taxes

    02/25/2014 5:59:48 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/23/2014 | Anne Schieber
    Few taxpayers realize it, but some local Michigan assessment departments are taking liberties when they reassess the value of private property. Generally, the practice involves posting a public notice of "canvassing" and sending a worker — in some cases part-time college students — to knock on doors. If no one is home, the assessors measure the house and inspect the yard for structures they suspect are not listed on the assessment card. The only thing that will stop them is a "no trespassing" sign or a verbal rejection from citizens who answer the door. Assessors began this practice after the...
  • Exploding student loan debt threatens the housing recovery. Here's why...

    02/21/2014 8:07:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 02/21/2014 | Bernice Napach
    It hasn't been a good week for the housing market. Sales of previously owned homes fell 5.1% in January -- the fifth drop in the past six months -- to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.62 million, the lowest level in a year and a half. New home construction fell 16% in January compared to December -- the biggest percentage drop in almost three years -- and permits slipped by more than 5%. Homebuilders reported a 10-point decline in their confidence index for February to 46 -- below the key 50-point level which separates a growing market from a...
  • Existing Home Sales Hit Lowest Rate Since July 2012

    02/21/2014 7:11:45 AM PST · by mykroar · 8 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 2/21/2014 | FOXBusiness
    <p>U.S. home resales fell more than expected in January and hit an 18 month-low as the combination of cold weather and a lack of housing stock sidelined potential buyers.</p> <p>The National Association of Realtors said on Friday home sales dropped 5.1 percent to an annual rate of 4.62 million units, the lowest level since July 2012. December's sales pace was unrevised at 4.87 million.</p>
  • Here's How Much You Have To Make To Buy A House In 25 Major Cities

    02/20/2014 8:52:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/20/2014 | ANDY KIERSZ
    Online mortgage company HSH.com recently estimated the salaries needed to afford a house in 25 metropolitan areas across the United States. Because, the cost of real estate varies across cities and regions — you need to be making about four times as much money in San Diego as in Cincinnati to afford a house. The map illustrates these differences. The wider the circle over a city, the more you need to make to afford a house there: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE MAP AND TABLE
  • Here's How Much Money You Must Earn To Buy A Home In 25 Big US Cities

    02/18/2014 4:38:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/18/2014 | MEGAN WILLETT
    The cost of living in America varies wildly. In Cleveland, people need a base salary of at least $19,435 a year to afford the average home, while San Franciscans must make upward of $115,000 annually.HSH.com, an online mortgage and consumer loan information website, figured out how much a person would have to earn to afford a home in 25 of the country's largest metropolitan areas.To do so, HSH looked at the National Association of Realtors’ fourth-quarter data for median home prices and HSH.com’s fourth-quarter average interest rate for 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages to determine how much money homebuyers would need to...
  • Land Bank Is Not a Good Deal For Citizens

    02/04/2014 7:46:44 AM PST · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/1/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    A recent report from the Kent County Land Bank claims the agency's actions resulted in a $16.5 million economic impact in the community at a cost of $364,846. That would be an astonishing return on investment of 4,400 percent. If true, this would be great news for residents. Unfortunately, it is based on a simple analysis that in part is based on estimates and assumptions. That has not stopped the claim from receiving media attention. Land bank officials arrived at their claim by tallying the following: $2,996,783 in sales $225,974 in real estate commissions $367,331 in demolition and clean out...
  • African-Americans squeezed out of the housing market

    01/27/2014 10:48:32 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 69 replies
    CNN Money ^ | January 27, 2014 | Les Christie
    More African-Americans are being squeezed out of the housing market. Not only are they less likely to apply for a mortgage than any other ethnic group, but African-Americans are also 2.4 times more likely to get denied a mortgage than Whites, a recent study conducted by Zillow and the National Urban League found.
  • A Stunning 63% Of Florida December Home Purchases Were "All Cash"

    01/23/2014 2:05:35 PM PST · by Lorianne · 48 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 23 January 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Back in August, when we wrote that "A Stunning 60% Of All Home Purchases Are "Cash Only" - A 200% Jump In Five Years" based on Goldman data, many laughed, unable to fathom that the majority of the US housing market has become a flippers' game played by institutions and the uber wealthy, who don't need a stinking mortgage to buy that South Beach mansion. The implication of course being that housing is not effectively shut for that part of the population - the vast majority - that relies on credit to be able to purchase a home (a finding...
  • 3D printing could transform home building

    01/22/2014 10:29:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 22, 2014
    Building a 2,500-square-foot house in less than 20 hours? It sounds like a tall tale, but a professor at the University of Southern California says it is absolutely possible. He would toss out traditional building practices and replace them with a single 3D printer. It's called contour crafting, creator Behrokh Khoshnevis, the director of the manufacturing engineering graduate program USC, tells CBS News. "Construction the way its done today is very wasteful," he explained in a presentation at TEDxOjai. "Our solution benefits from advanced technology...it is essentially a way of streamlining the process of construction by benefiting from the experience...
  • Affordable housing targets gay seniors

    01/20/2014 6:14:20 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | 01/20/2014 | KATHY MATHESON
    PHILADELPHIA — Jerry Zeft was so excited to move into his new apartment that he slept on an air mattress for nearly a week while he waited for his bed and other belongings to catch up with him. No matter that he's 70 years old. Zeft had landed a coveted spot in a new affordable housing complex for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Only two other U.S. cities have similar developments. "I wanted to get into a community that I'm more comfortable in," Zeft said shortly after picking up the keys to his...
  • Welfare spending: how Britain outstrips Europe

    01/19/2014 2:30:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Joel Gunter and Dan Palmer
    Welfare spending in Britain has increased faster than almost any other country in Europe since 2000, new figures show. The cost of unemployment benefits, housing support and pensions as share of the economy has increased by more than a quarter over the past thirteen years – growing at a faster rate than in most of the developed world. Spending has gone up from 18.6 per cent of GDP to 23.7 per cent of GDP – an increase of 27 per cent, according to figures from the OECD, the club of most developed nations. By contrast, the average increase in welfare...
  • 7 great reasons why you should consider building your next house with Straw Bales

    01/17/2014 2:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    StrawBale blog ^ | January 1, 2014 | Andrew Morrison
    Why Build With Straw Bales? Straw bale construction lends itself well to an owner builder project. Some of the applications well suited for straw bale include: a cottage, office, garage, studio, and an art barn. You don’t have to limit yourself to these smaller projects. Thousands of people have successfully built their own straw bale house. As a world leader in straw bale education we want to help you every step of the way. I’ve created a great introductory video on why to build with straw bales. You can watch that by clicking the play button below. Please read on...
  • Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $500

    01/12/2014 11:07:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 01/14/2014 | Drew Philip
    My first job out of college was working for a construction company in Detroit. “We’re an all-black company and I need a clean-cut white boy,” my boss told me over drinks in a downtown bar when he hired me. “Customers in the suburbs don’t want to hire a black man.” When a service call would come in, we would ask, “Does he sound white or black?” If it was the former, I would bid the job. If the latter, my boss would. Detroit is one of the most segregated metro areas in the nation, and for the first time I...
  • Katrina Victims Say Brad Pitt's Charity Homes Are Already Rotting

    01/03/2014 8:51:24 PM PST · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    SFChronicle ^ | January 02, 2013 | Heather Alexander
    Katrina Victims Say Brad Pitt's Charity Homes Are Already Rotting By Heather Alexander, Houston Chronicle January 2, 2014 Actor Brad Pitt visits the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans during a trip to lobby government officials to increase the speed of re-construction on July 13, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pitt and Global Green USA created a sustainable design architecture competition to showcase affordable, energy-efficient construction. Actor Brad Pitt visits the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans during a trip to lobby government officials to increase the speed of re-construction on July 13, 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Pitt and...
  • Joke Headline of the Day: "Pending Home Sales Rise"

    12/31/2013 6:52:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/31/2013 | Mike Shedlock
    I was perusing online stories about today's release of pending homes sales data from the National Association of Realtors. Here are a few sample headlines. NAR: Pending Home Sales Edge Up in NovemberCNBC: US pending home sales rise 0.2 percentCalculated Risk: Pending Home Sales Index increased 0.2% in NovemberForbes: Pending Home Sales Tick Up In November, First Time In Five MonthsReuters: U.S. pending home sales end slide, hint at stabilizationFox Business News: Pending Home Sales Rise Slightly, Miss Street View One Headline Title Stood Out Zero Hedge: Pending Home Sales Plunge At Fastest Pace Since April 2011 It took about...
  • SketchUp's Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

    12/15/2013 7:48:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Inhabit Blog ^ | November 20, 2013 | Lidija Grozdanic
    What if you could assemble your house like Legos using free modeling software and a 3D printer? That’s the idea behind Eric Schimelpfening‘s WikiHouse – a home designed entirely in SketchUp that can be downloaded by anyone, customized to fit the user’s needs and sent to the 3D printer. The components are then snapped together using less than 100 screws to make rooms that can be rearranged as easily as you would rearrange furniture.The WikiHouse Open Source Construction Kit can be downloaded by anyone interested in building a house. What distinguishes it from the modular houses of the 1950s...
  • Taper Tantrum: The Fed, Inflation, Unemployment and House Prices

    12/15/2013 1:22:49 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 6 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/15/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee meets on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. To taper or not to taper, that is the question. Hamlet-to-be-or-not-to-be3 Let’s take a look at inflation thus far. Since 1947, there have been only three periods of deflation where the consumer price index (CPI) has fallen for consecutive months: 1949-1950, 1954-1955 and most recently, 2009. inflationcpi121413 Notice that inflation (as defined by year–over-year changes in the consumer price index) has been declining since September 1981 when inflation hit 11%. The latest measure of inflation is 0.9% YoY for October 2013. At the same time, house...
  • Mel Watt And The Flat-lined Mortgage Purchase Application Problem (Real Household Income Falling)

    12/11/2013 10:50:40 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/11/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    There are two pieces of mortgage application index news today. First, Mel Watt (D-NC) was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new FHFA Director by a vote of 57-41. Only two Vichy Republicans, Bob Portman (VR-OH) and Richard Burr (VR-NC) voted for the confirmation of Mel Watt, a person with no regulatory experience and an affordable housing hawk. Watt will now be the “regulator” for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage giants in conservatorship with the FHFA. Why would President Obama nominate someone (and the Democrats confirm) with NO regulatory experience for perhaps the most important regulatory job...
  • The 106.2% Solution? Top 40% Paid 106.2% of Income Taxes While Bottom 40% Paid -9.1%

    12/10/2013 3:58:50 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 11 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/10/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the Congressional Budget Office, the top 40% of Americans paid 106.2% of income taxes. How can the top 40% pay MORE than 100% of income taxes? Simple. The bottom 40% of Americans paid -9.1% of income taxes. And they received an average of $18,950 in government transfers. Of course, we know that real median household income has been falling generally since 2000 and especially since 2007. And house prices have been falling, but house prices have changed course and have been rising since 2012. csrealinc Seriously, how can the US have a dynamic housing market with such a...
  • How Obamacare Could Kill the Housing Market in 2014

    12/10/2013 1:58:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    InvestorPlace ^ | December 10, 2013 | Ethan Roberts
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as “Obamacare”, was created to give millions of uninsured Americans access to health care. But in their zeal to pass historic legislation, the designers and proponents of the law failed to consider the possible negative economic ramifications of the devilish details within the ACA, particularly as it may affect the real estate market. Within the last 12 years, we have already witnessed the strength that housing has upon the American economy. It is no coincidence that during the period from 2001 to 2006, both the real estate market and the general economy were...
  • ANOTHER Housing Crisis? This Time In Rental Markets (Real Problem Is Declining Real Income)

    12/10/2013 11:06:49 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 8 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/10/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    “We are in the midst of the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has known,” said Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. There are now 43 million renter households, or 35 percent of all U.S. households, the highest rate in more than a decade for all age groups, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. That’s 4 million more renters today than there were in 2007. For those aged 25 to 54, rental rates are the highest since the center began record keeping in the early 1970s. Wait a minute. The Clinton Administration wanted to...
  • Can immigration reform transform the housing market?

    12/10/2013 6:22:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/10/13 | Ed Brady, Henry Cisneros, Mel Martinez
    As Congress restarts conversations about the federal budget and deficit reduction, the immigration reform debate is still front and center for many. As that debate unfolds, it is important to put some hard facts on the table. What are the costs and benefits of reform? What impact will reform have on economic growth and wages? How will immigration reform affect the federal budget? A new study by the Bipartisan Policy Center Immigration Task Force found the evidence suggests that immigration reform can produce significant economic dividends for our country. -snip- A major finding of the study is that immigration reform...
  • Oh We Got Trouble, Right Here In Bubble City: Real Income Fallinbg While House Prices Rise

    12/09/2013 11:31:31 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/09/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    There are cheers from the media about the latest jobs report. While some speculated that it was so good that The Fed would begin tapering their assets purchases, few noticed that the 10 year Treasury yield actually fell on the jobs report. But let’s look at the longer term picture. House prices are rising rapidly despite declining real median household income. Problem 1: Labor’s share of nonfarm business have been falling for decades, but it’s decline has been accelerating since 2000. laborsharelt No problem, many economists say. The U.S. has been moving towards a service economy for decades. But, …...
  • Since Oct 2008, 4.6 Million Foreclosures Completed, Foreclosure Inventory Falls 30.6% YoY

    12/09/2013 6:54:03 AM PST · by whitedog57
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/09/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The CoreLogic National Foreclosure Report is out for October 2013. The good news! Foreclosure inventory in the U.S. fell 30.6% YoY in October. sersleinf120913 Florida leads the U.S. in foreclosure inventory as a percentage of mortgaged homes at 7.1%, followed by New Jersey at 6.7% and New York at 4.9%. clforecinvstate The lowest state in terms of foreclosure inventory? Wyoming at 0.4% followed by Alaska and Nebraska at 0.6%. If we compare judicial and non-judicial foreclosure states, we see a glaring difference. The worst states for percent of homes in foreclosure at judicial states (FLA, NJ, NY). The best states...
  • FHA To Drop Loan Limits (Lowering The Brad Pitt Mortgage Limit), Hawaii Still The Highest

    12/08/2013 11:51:10 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/08/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to Nick Timiraos at the Wall Street Journal, Housing Agency (FHA) Will Reduce Mortgage-Loan Limits next month. The maximum for single-family homes in certain “high-cost” housing markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York will fall to $625,500, from the current level of $729,750. This is an attempt to bring the FHA back in line with their original mission of supporting first time homebuyers, not the Brad Pitts of the world. Why does the Federal government insure mortgages in expensive cities that are far more costly than middle America? Ask your Congressman. Example. Honolulu leads the nation in...
  • Coastal Fats: Millionaires Defaulting On Mortgages In Record Numbers While Others Struggle

    12/08/2013 7:51:35 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 14 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/08/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    While foreclosure activity as a whole has been declining in the U.S., there are still some unnerving aspects to the housing and mortgage recovery. So, it’s time for “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” The good. According to RealtyTac, overall U.S. foreclosure activity is down 23 percent year-to-date through October 2013. The bad. Foreclosure activity on properties in the $5 million-plus value range is up 61 percent from the same time period in 2012. And most of it is concentrated in Florida and Los Angeles. I designate Atlanta as an honorary coastal city since Georgia does have properties on...
  • 203k Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Added (Bartenders Lead Again), Personal Income Declines -0.1%

    12/06/2013 6:41:29 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/06/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The November jobs report is out from the Department of Labor and nonfarm payrolls rose more than expected. 203,000 jobs were added versus the expectation of 185,000. However, most jobs added were low paying jobs and holiday season related. The unemployment rate fell to 7.0% while the underemployment rate dropped to 13.2%. Labor force participation rate rose to 63.0% from 62.8%. WHERE were the jobs created? The biggest winners were low paying jobs related to the Holiday season for the most part: Food services and drinking places 17.9 General Merchandise Stores 13.8 Temporary Help Services 16.4 Home Health Care Services...
  • On West Coast, Along With House Prices (Another Affordability Crisis In Housing?)

    12/05/2013 3:26:29 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 7 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/05/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Trulia released its price and rent monitor today. In November, asking home prices rose 12.1 percent year-over-year (YoY), increasing in 98 of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas. Regaining a bit of steam since the slowdown began in July, asking prices rose 1.0 percent month-over-month (MoM) and 3.0 percent quarter-over-quarter (QoQ). In fact, the quarterly increase is the fastest in five months, though still lower than in the spring. The west coast along with Atlanta and … Detroit(?) are still growing in price at a rapid rate, but that rate is slowing down. askrpicertrulia Rents on the west coast are...
  • Deceleration Nation: The Contrary Recovery, Government Regulation And Housing Finance Reform

    12/02/2013 12:50:43 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/02/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    It appears that the Corker-Warner housing finance bill is still leading in the reform derby, despite its obvious problems and omissions (like protecting the property rights of current investors). Anyone remember the beating General Motors bond investors took in the government bailout of GM? Corker-Warner does little to fix any housing market problems that exist. And that is because housing legislation can’t cure what ails the economy: decreasing labor force participation and real median household income. Here is a chart of three economic indicators with clear downward momentum: civilian labor force participation (blue), the US homeownership rate (red) and real...
  • Countryfried: Bank of America to pay Freddie Mac $404 million in mortgage settlement

    12/02/2013 8:08:29 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 13 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/02/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Bank of America has agreed to pay Freddie Mac $404 million in a mortgage settlement over 716,000 loans, many purchased from Countrywide. This is one of many lawsuits by the Federal government over Countrywide and related mortgages. One wonders when the litigation will end. Here is the thing. These suits are largely about representations and warranties between the loan seller and the loan purchaser concerning underwriting standards. The reps and warranties provide relief to the loan purchaser if the underwriting of the loans by the loan seller proves to be misleading or false. But there is another issue called causality....
  • Housing boom and bust lesson still not sinking in

    12/02/2013 6:45:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/02/2013 | By Ross Finley
    Housing markets are booming again in parts of the U.S. and Britain and they haven’t stopped doing so in Canada for the better part of a generation. What is most striking about the latest round, at least when you listen to those who ought to know, is how nothing much except the price has changed. We were told a stern lesson in the months and years after the financial crisis, borne out of an over-inflated, over-leveraged U.S. housing market securitised up to the scalp by Wall Street and leaping ever higher up a steeper incline on a blind instinct never...
  • House Prices, Home Ownership And Real Income - Why Housing Is Still Weak And Investor Dependent

    12/01/2013 10:57:26 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 11 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/01/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    There is a lot of talk about a new housing bubble. If you look at a chart of house prices, you can see why. cs2009 This is a faster acceleration rate in house prices than during the much-discussed housing bubble of the last decade. csindices112613 Can it continue to accelerate? There are a couple of factors that say no. First, real median household income has been falling since 2000 and particularly since 2009. It is difficult to maintain price growth under these conditions once investors pull out. csrealinc Second, home ownership rates continue to fall …. along with real median...
  • Two Excellent Reasons To Keep DeMarco As FHFA Director, NOT Mel Watt

    11/30/2013 10:37:39 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 4 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/30/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Senate will likely take up the confirmation of Mel Watt (D-NC) as Director of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). Now that Harry Reid (D-NV) triggered the nuclear option allowing Democrats to use simple majority voting on most appointments, it is likely that Watt, who has no regulatory experience, will be confirmed as FHFA Director. What has Ed DeMarco accomplished as a regulator? Many things including, • Significant progress has been made on the development and initial testing of the Common Securitization Platform (CSP); however challenges, including necessary changes to Fannie Mae’s...
  • Obama and Democrat Policies Harm Minorities And The Middle Class (Krugman Is Krazy!)

    11/28/2013 3:13:52 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/28/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Government policies including the Fed monetary expansion have seemingly made matters worse for the average American family. Particularly since 2007. The GINI coefficent is a measure of income distribution in country. And it has been skyrocketing since 2007 when Democrats took control of Congress and 2009 when they achieved a majority in both the House and Senate AND the Presidency. But for all the talk of income redistribution and “leveling the playing field,” things have only gotten worse for the average American household. Here is the GINI coefficent for the USA since 2005. Note the decline from 2006 to 2007,...
  • Hawaiian Eye: 2014 Fannie, Freddie Conforming Loan Limits Highest In Hawaii (Mostly Blue States)

    11/27/2013 3:47:35 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/27/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    FHFA has released the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac conforming loan limits for 2014. The big winners? Hawaii! fanniefreddicll Second is Alaska (AK). Fortunately, there aren’t enough people in the Aleutians to cause taxpayers serious problems if the unemployment spikes and/or housing prices collapse. Third on the list are Guam, the Virgin Islands and … West Virginia. West Virginia?? California, Washington DC (Maryland, Virginia), Wall Street (New York, New Jersey), Carolina Coast vacation hub (Kitty Hawk) and Idaho. Somehow, I don’t think it is Napoleon Dynamite’s hometown that is among the costliest housing in the USA. Napoleon-Dynamite-napoleon-dynamite-117744_720_540 Once again, I...
  • Vacation Home Comeback! House Price Index Increased 0.2% In September, +9.0% YoY (SC, NV, FL)

    11/25/2013 11:23:19 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/25/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Lender Processing Services (LPS) released its latest LPS Home Price Index (HPI) report, based on September 2013 residential real estate transactions.According to the report, U.S. Home Prices rose 0.2% in September, up 9.0% Year-Over-Year (YoY). LPS HPI – September 2013 The big winners? Nevada, Georgia and South Carolina. The big losers? NE “blue states”: Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. lpshpisept13 On a metro level, Myrtle Beach SC, Charleston SC, Atlanta GA, Miami and Naples FL were the big winners. The big losers? Most of Connecticut and Springfield MA. bigmetro Hey, at least bankrupt Modesto CA is making a comeback! So...
  • Economic Recovery? Pending Home Sales Fall To May 2011 Levels (Falling Real Income)

    11/25/2013 8:15:58 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 1 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 11/25/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the National Association of Realtors, pending home sales dropped 0.6% in October. The West led the decline with -4.1%. Year-over-year (YoY), pending home sales fell -2.2%, the lowest print since May 2011. Was it interest rate increases? Partly, at least in May and June. But since a recent high on August 22nd, the Freddie Mac 30 year mortgage commitment rate has been falling along with pending home sales. Rising house prices combined with declining real median household income isn’t helping home sales. And, of course, falling labor force participation isn’t helping, although house prices continue to rise in...