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Shiller warns of market bubbles

Oh, no. Robert Shiller, the Nobel laureate and founder of the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, is getting worried by what he sees: Robert Shiller, who won the esteemed award with two other Americans for research into market prices and asset bubbles, pinpointed the U.S. stock market and Brazilian property market as areas of concern. “I [...]



Wall Street’s big play in the housing market

Here’s more evidence that Wall Street investors are playing a huge role in the housing recovery by snapping up tens of thousands of homes that might otherwise be sitting vacant due to their beat-up conditions. There are a couple of seemingly contradictory thoughts here: One, the same Wall Street that created the historic subprime-mortgage fiasco [...]



Foreclosures: They haven’t gone away

Maybe the foreclosure rate in Massachusetts has fallen. But here’s a list of the top 14 cities across the US that are still overwhelmed by foreclosures. They’re not quite where you’d expect them to be, like California and Arizona, etc. Yeah, sure, there are seven cities listed as being in Florida. No surprise there. But [...]



Officially sighted: The first “housing bubble” warning

Remember how many people kept predicting that we had “hit the bottom” during the recent housing market collapse — only to see the market hit a new low a month later? The bogus predictions literally went on for years, even becoming a running joke. Of course, some of the forecasters were eventually proved right, like [...]



Home equity is back

As home-sale prices rise, so does the net equity holdings of homeowners — and, boy, has it grown in recent months. Since 2011, the net home equity holdings of Americans rose by $1.7 trillion. But $500 billion of that growth occurred in just the past three months alone. To give you an idea how important [...]



The new ‘housing market party’

Bank of America and other large institutions are now predicting a steady rise in US home prices, as the housing market and economy finally seem to be getting over last decade’s mortgage and financial fiascos. But Scott is a little nervous about all the rhetoric, sensing a classic déjà vu moment all over again, as [...]



Menino pronounces ‘full recovery’ in Boston

Though it’s nice to celebrate “turning the corner” in the housing market (as we cheerfully did yesterday), we’re not about to go as far as the mayor and declare a “full recovery” for the entire economy here. Unemployment is still high, the housing market is still shaky, and there are a host of other lingering [...]



‘The Housing Wealth Effect’

Here’s a primer on how a recovering housing market helps the overall economy, as opposed to how a crashing housing market hurts the overall economy. File under: More please



Personal bankruptcies in Mass. plunged in 2012

The number of individuals filing for personal bankruptcies in Massachusetts fell by more than 18 percent last year, to about 11,964, the Warren Group reports. In other words: It’s more good news about the economy. Perhaps it might be described as better news, considering where we were coming from in terms of the economy.



Inflation since the American Revolution

This post may not have much to do with housing, but this is a pretty impressive chart tracking inflation since the American Revolution. Well, maybe housing is involved, considering how much home prices have risen over the decades and helped drive up overall costs for most Americans. Btw: The chart, via and as presented by [...]



Let's talk Boston real estate. The most recent real estate comments

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  • Nishant, Major Developers: Affordable homes can only be built outside downtown Boston: Yes, this is correct that...
  • warren currier, Done deal: Dr. Dre buys Tom and Gisele’s mansion for $40M: The property is located in LosAngeles,...
  • JS, Despite predictions, inventory of homes for sale continues to fall in Mass.: One thing that could be holding...
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  • John Ford, Charles Ponzi’s old Lexington home for sale at $3.3M: That’s a great idea. Anyone have an idea how...
  • Rich, Charles Ponzi’s old Lexington home for sale at $3.3M: Speaking of Mr. Ponzi, he ran his Ponzi scheme out of an...
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  • warren currier, Low mortgage rates may partly explain low inventory: The banks are making it very hard to get a loan....
  • Kiki, ‘Our biggest impediment’: Inventory: A quick maybe unrelated question. What’s a typical or...
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