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‘Ten Economic Questions for 2013′

Bill McBride comes up with his top economic questions and concerns heading into 2013 — and three of the ten have to deal with the housing market: Housing prices, housing inventories, and residential investments (i.e. new construction starts). It’s a good list worth thinking about as we prepare for 2013… Continue reading | 1 Comment



The world’s worst housing market

What’s the world’s worst housing market? Hold the Detroit and Las Vegas jokes. Instead, it’s … Spain. Check out some of the stats. Yikes… Continue reading



‘The end of the housing crisis’

How many times has someone predicted that we’ve hit bottom in the housing market? Probably a gizzillon times. But recent data shows that we may indeed be at the end of the housing crisis — and it was ultimately about just letting the market heal itself. An update — More evidence of recovery: Foreclosures were […]



‘The student loan bubble mirrors the housing crisis’

Here’s a thought-provoking article about how the current student-loan bubble resembles the build up to last decade’s housing bubble — complete with absurdly easy credit, low lending standards, government-backed loans, and large private lenders all too ready to push the risk envelope because they know they won’t be held responsible. More than likely, it probably […]



One reason to root against a housing recovery

You might be saying, “Huh? Don’t root for a housing recovery?” That’d normally be a logical reaction. But a housing recovery also helps Too Big Too Fail Banks, allowing them to go back to their old reckless and risky ways. In a strange twist, the limping-along housing market is actually keeping the big banks in […]



S&P Case Shiller: U.S. home prices increase for sixth straight month

Good news: US housing prices were up again in July, indicating a sustained if slow housing recovery. It should help the overall economy too. Boston’s prices, seasonally adjusted, were also up in July, Fyi. And, oh, Atlanta’s market is also showing signs of improvement, though it’s like saying a few hours after a heart attack, […]



More good news on U.S. housing front

There’s more good news on the U.S. housing front: Sales were up over the summer while construction starts on new homes also increased. It’s not exactly jumping-for-joy news. But, hey, we’ll take it. Update – Hold that optimism! One prominent economist says we haven’t seen the bottom yet of the housing market and prices could […]



‘Unimpeachable signs that this national nightmare is now over’

What national nightmare? Laverne & Shirley reruns? Boiled spare ribs? What? Wait, it’s the housing slump nightmare that’s now allegedly and unimpeachably over. OK, we can live with that, though the only thing worse than Laverne & Shirley reruns and boiled spare ribs is watching Laverne & Shirley reruns while eating boiled spare ribs. And […]



Brisker sales, smaller inventory

Here’s an interesting piece about how sales of homes are picking up in the U.S. while the overall supply is dwindling. It’s pushing up prices, slightly. Of course, there’s probably yet another wave of foreclosures coming out of the old pipeline. But it’s still encouraging news… Continue reading



‘The can’t build homes fast enough here’

Can you guess where they’re talking about? Seaport? Cambridge? Nantucket? Weston? Nope, nope, nope and nope. Hint: It’s farther west. Much farther west. File under: Energetic recovery… Continue reading



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