Just In: The Latest Housing Data From CoreLogic

| March 1, 2012

Housing Tid Bits….. The latest quarterly report out of CoreLogic is full of insights about the state of U.S. housing. Key among them is that “negative equity and near-negative equity mortgages accounted for 27.8 percent of all residential properties with a mortgage nationwide in the fourth quarter, up from 27.1 in the previous quarter. Nationally, the total […]

Case-Shiller Real Estate Prices Continue To Fall Even With Record Low Interest Rates!

| February 28, 2012

There is no housing recovery as of yet….that according to Case Shiller. The Case Shiller housing index just showed a 8th consecutive month of home price declines. During this time we’ve had one of the most favorable winter buying periods ever, caused by favorable weather conditions accross the United States with one of the warmest winters on record (other then in Alaska). And let’s not forget the record low interest rates on mortgages. Anyone […]

Listen Up Class, We Have More On Housing And It’s ‘Worth’ Your Attention, Pun Intended

| January 28, 2012

According to Freddie Mac, while the value of all housing is down 30%, and home equity is down 55%, we see that mortgage debt owed is only down a minestrone 3%. Bottom line, the U.S. housing market is back to the Armageddon high debt-to-equity ratio that was only ever seen during the Q1 2009 economic wipe out, and even worse, we […]

Bonus Time! But It’s Really Bone Us, The Tax Payers!

| November 15, 2011

This is almost too ridiculous to review…….Nearly $100 million of tax dollars went to lucrative pay packages for top executives at (almost bankrupt) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, filings show. Geez  The latest cost estimate from FHFA is that the two bailouts will end up costing taxpayers about $124 billion through 2014, though that figure […]

PIMCO’s El-Erian: They Don’t Understand

| September 8, 2011

The U.S. Fed doesn’t get it, stimulus won’t work, they’re addressing the wrong things here….we have “structural issues and they require structural solutions.” Ei-Erian Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Mohamed El-Erian said the U.S. faces “serious” economic challenges, including lagging housing and labor markets, that will prove resistant to Federal Reserve stimulus efforts. “You simply can’t […]

Real Estate Existing Home Sales Continue To Fall

| June 22, 2011

Considering that we’re in the summer buying season, this is bad news….. Purchases of existing homes fell 3.8% in May from the prior month to an annual rate of 4.81 million homes. At that pace, sales this year would drop below last year’s 13-year low of 4.91 million. At the same time, the price of […]

The Wall Street Journal: Housing Recovery Stalls, Conference Board Said Consumer Confidence Fell Unexpectedly!

| December 28, 2010

So, just wondering why this is such a surprise to the media types……Incomes are down (based on taxes paid) according to Trim Tabs, and home ownership maintenance expenses are rising across the board, including real estate taxes.  The baby boomers are net sellers, not buyers.  The middle class is being squeezed. The demographic economic model is to downsize […]

More Stringent Mortgage Underwriting Standards Sought By The FDIC

| September 11, 2010

FDIC’s Bair Warns of Government “Exposure” in Mortgages WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A key U.S. banking regulator raised concern on Wednesday about the risk of “exposure” the government is taking on in the mortgage market and urged more stringent standards for underwriting mortgages. “We should all be concerned about the type of exposure that the government […]

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