Housing Bubble

Vancouver Goes For Housing Bubble #2: Will Fund Home Down Payments With Interest-Free Loans

The British Columbia government is repeating all the worst mistakes of the first bubble, and shortly after bursting the ultra high end housing bubble over the summer, is now offering to "help" first-time homebuyers to cover the cost of a mortgage down payment with an interest-free loan, a move that is certain to create another bubble, this time on the low end. 

Aussie Housing Market Collapses: Building Approvals Crash 25%

Following September's 9.3% MoM plunge in Aussie home approvals, hopes were high that October would see a bounce (expectations were for a 2% gain) as central bankers jawboned confidence higher. However, it didn't... Building approvals collapsed 12.6% MoM and a shocking 24.9% year-over-year decline is equal to the worst drop since Lehman. Ironically, just this month Aussie Treasurer eased restrictions on foreign buyers (otherwise known as bag holders it would seem).

US Home Prices Rise Above July 2006 Levels, Hit New Record High

Almost exactly ten years after the last housing bubble burst, unleashing a dramatic crash in US real estate prices today Case Shiller reported that as of September, its Index covering all nine U.S. census divisions, surpassed the peak set in July 2006 as the housing boom topped out, and in doing so the average home price has now climbed back above the record reached more than a decade ago.

The Market's Next Headache: China's (Not So) Stealth Tightening

In recent weeks, China’s central bank has effectively tightened monetary conditions based on the shifting composition of its repo operations. As a result, the local bond market is getting increasingly nervous as selling - first of bonds, and then of equities - is expected to accelerate in response to what appears to be China's (not to) stealth tightening of financial conditions.