Housing Market

FOMC Minutes Show "Considerable Uncertainty" About Trump Impact On Economy

Since The Fed decided unanimously to hike rates in mid-December, bonds, banks, and bullion are best but the broad stock market is lower. The key area of today's minutes was on the impact of Trump's policy agenda (which was the focus of Yellen's press conference), and they did note that there were "upside growth risks from fiscal policy" and this might mean Fed "needs to raise rates faster."

Mortgage "Refi Boom" Crashes To Lehman Lows

While mortgage applications tumbled across the two-week holiday period - even seasonally-adjusted - it was the complete collapse in the refinancings that is most notable. Down over 60% since August, the refi index crashed over 22% over the xmas/new year period to its lowest since the post-Lehman collapse in Oct 2008.

Trump Treasury Nominee Mnuchin Declines To Answer Senator's Questions, Was Accused Of "Widespread Misconduct"

OneWest Bank, which Donald Trump’s nominee for treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, ran from 2009 to 2015, repeatedly broke California’s foreclosure laws during that period, according to a previously undisclosed 2013 memo from top prosecutors in the state attorney general’s office. Meanwhile, Mnuchin told Senator Sherrod Brown he declines to answer questions about his views on financial regulations, sanctions and his time as head of a bank

Kunstler: 2017 Is When The Wheels Finally Come Off

The American people have been punked by their own government and their central bank, the Federal Reserve, for years and the jig is now up. In 2017 both will lose their authority and legitimacy, a very grave matter for the survival of this republic.

A Biased 2017 Forecast, Part 1

"We are prone to overestimate how much we understand about the world and to underestimate the role of chance in events..."

Pending Home Sales Tumble As Surging Mortgage Rates Paralyze Housing Market

"The budget of many prospective buyers last month was dealt an abrupt hit by the quick ascension of rates immediately after the election,” NAR chief economist Larry Yun said. "Already faced with climbing home prices and minimal listings in the affordable price range, fewer home shoppers in most of the country were successfully able to sign a contract."

Something Wicked This Way Comes

"The narrative about an improving economy, thriving jobs market, and glorious future is bullshit. I know it. You know it. And your establishment puppeteers know it. But only “fake news” sites would dare reveal these inconvenient truths."

San Fran Billionaire Luanches Plan To House Homeless In Shipping Containers

Billionaire California real estate developer John Sobrato is looking to convert 200 steel shipping containers into micro apartments that can be rented out homeless and low-income families...but wealthy Santa Clara residents have already started a petition confirming that they're all for subsidized housing for the homeless so long as it's not in their neighborhood.

Mass Deception

The point in highlighting these examples is to remind you that people’s opinions, especially those with a vested interest in a certain outcome, may not always be trustworthy. We simply urge you to examine the facts and data before blindly relying on others.