Guest Post: Housing Recovery: What Has Been Forgotten?

Tyler Durden's picture

Via Lance Roberts of Street Talk Live,

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Snidley Whipsnae's picture

The big money buying/renovating/renting homes in the Phoenix area drove the rental price profits from 15% down to 6% and then they headed to Atlanta... where they are proceeding to do the same thing.

LawsofPhysics's picture

You are spot on Snidley.  Now about those wages...

Zer0head's picture

the very big money is in with both feet e.g. Blackstone's inviatation homes


in the article the author muses:

More importantly, why are economists, and analysts, not asking the question of "What happens to the housing market when the various support programs end?"

Answer: why would you think the support programs will ever end?


and as for the author's comment on historic norms - he needs to understand that revisionists are in control of both the government and the media such that metrics will be adjusted just wait until the Bernank announces his unemployment targets in this nwo world they will be seet somewhere between 6.5 and 6.8 notwithstanding the socalled historic norms of sub 5%

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Cus....cus......cus this can't go on much longer..........can it? I mean, where's the collapse for crying out loud?

<The insanity can exisit far longer than your sanity can.>

Apocalicious's picture

CD, the best quote I've heard in a while was "The market can remain solvent longer than you can remain rational."

dbomb12's picture

Happening here in Tampa FL.

Blackstone to buy $1 billion worth of Tampa Bay homes for rentals

By Drew Harwell, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Friday, September 21, 2012

kaiserhoff's picture

The more you know about Tampa, the funnier that is.

Lin S's picture

Here in SoCal they are still building.  I watched as some of the last, unmolested hills in the Brea/Diamond Bar area were reduced from their natural state to a bulldozed and backfilled plateau, then covered with boring, overpriced, mediocre-quality, stick-built McMansions.

Who the f%ck is buying these houses right now!?


Tsar Pointless's picture

Off-topic: KC Fed Manufacturing Index huge miss.

On topic: No housing recovery. Period. End of story.

HelluvaEngineer's picture

On the North side of Atlanta, it appears that everything is selling quickly now.

A neighbor just sold a 3000 sq ft place for $600k.  The interesting part is that the house on the other side of the street, about the same size, is currently listed for $240k.

GottaBKiddn's picture

Exactly. Housing doesn't recover because someone wants it to, it is always driven by jobs. Housing hasn't dropped anywhere near a normal market pricing. In the last 30 or so years the banksters pumped the housing prices right under our noses by every trick in the book. When houses go from $30,000 to $1,000,000 there is something very wrong, but nobody complained when they got their home equity loan. In fact, we believed it would never end.

Sorry, Lance. Dream on. No jobs, no housing.

Pool Shark's picture



What's driving this so-called "recovery" is cheap easy money (isn't that what got us into this mess originally?)

EVERYONE can afford a house when the federal government will back your 100% LTV mortgage with a mere $2.5k down and low monthly payments at a mere 3% interest.

The question becomes: how long can the feds continue to backstop these loans, and how long can 30-year mortgage rates stay at 3%?

Good luck with that...


Ayr Rand's picture

The Federal Reserve reported last month that for every house for sale in the US, there are 2.5 houses that should be for sale (i.e., they are vacant but not second homes, vacation homes, or have any other reason to be vacant) but are not for sale. This means that about 4M homes are being kept off the market to maintain price stability. This is being underwritten by the banks who own those homes, and  they are being underwritten, implicitly, by the Federal Reserve or the taxpayers or both. 

These houses have already been vacant for years on average. Likely they will begin to seroiusly deteriorate before too long, and will no longer pose a threat to the housing recovery. Instead, $Ts worth of MBS will be worthless because the underlying houses no longer exist as such. More bailouts on the way...

Sudden Debt's picture

If a boxer gets 10 uppercuts and drops to the floor, and he's able to lift his head for 1/10th of a inch, he's already in the recovery progress.

If he's able to stand up...

and still wants to fight...

it's okay... but his chances of winning... not so good... not so good...

but he recovered for a while and the crowd loves that shit because more blood will flow and the game isn't over yet.



mrktwtch2's picture

we dont sell houses here!!

mrktwtch2's picture

we dont sell houses here!!

francis_sawyer's picture

Damn good thing for them that they have nukes already ~ otherwise, the Israelis would probably want to bomb the shit out of them...

Yen Cross's picture

 Buy moar xau on this dip! I said the F/X risk wasn't priced in/ Gold is getting pummeled.  Buy this dip/

redpill's picture

The housing market's best chance is the ongoing distrust of equity markets driving people into tangible assets.

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

All the delusional are talking of a housing recovery.

Why are they not commenting about jobs/wage growth to support a real housing recovery?


XitSam's picture

That wouldn't fit the narrative. Duh. (I'm being serious, not sarcastic.)

Bob's picture

Why are (insolvent) banks not marking to market?

A Nanny Moose's picture

What wage/job growth? Who is John Galt?

Kreditanstalt's picture

It is true that the revival in the housing market is a positive thing and is certainly something that everyone wants.

We DO?  Who wants higher and higher housing costs...?


It is true that the revival in the CABBAGE market is a positive thing and is certainly something that everyone wants.

We wouldn't want high food prices, either, would we?

Orly's picture

Love me some Lance!


Dr. Engali's picture

25 years later and Japan's real estate prices are still deflating. There have been fits and starts but they are still on the decline. We will go through the same process.

neidermeyer's picture

We're going to see a big drop next year .. here's a Bloomberg article from earlier this year about the huge number of illegally foreclosed upon houses (faked paperwork) that have been held off the market and will be sold in 2013

RiotActing's picture

"Much of the current buying in the housing market has come from speculators and investors turning housing into rentals."

Yeah? Check the Bay Area... this couldnt be further from the truth...

Kreditanstalt's picture

So what?   Fools rush in...

There's a fairly large but naive segment of the population that considers housing to be some kind of "investment" and a license to print money.  They are eternally, constantly, ridiculously optimistic about this, and only this, sector, ALL the time...

otto skorzeny's picture

you see these shows on HGTV etc. about these shitboxes in CA that are in desireable areas that are "fixups" (2000 sq ft of rotting stucco and linoleum)for $700k and they look like they should be condemned

RiotActing's picture

My point is these houses are not being turned into rentals. Fools arent rushing in anywhere in the Bay. Its over built. There is no new inventory. There is nothing to "rush in" to. The "fools" as you say it are already here. Very few are moving to the Bay unless their job is moving them there, its just too damn expensive. Jobs are still paying high dollar out here. We all know the shit is going to hit the fan but Silicon Valley will be insulated by much of it.

Kreditanstalt's picture

I suspect anything "paying top dollar" had better have demand (and customers) behind their product who are willing to fund these jobs...and I don't see it.

RiotActing's picture

Yeah ok, all customers will die when the next crash comes and there will be demand for nothing... right.... money will problably ceast to exist as well....


otto skorzeny's picture

sodomites must make a good buck. also-what you say must be true-it is in BOLDFACE

RiotActing's picture

Hey dumb fuck.... I copied and pasted the boldface in the post... the formating was carried over.

Next to Arch Stanton's picture

I know of investors buying up single family homes for rentals in the East Bay markets, specifically, in eastern Contra Costa County where median prices are now below $300K.  It is happening here, just not to extent it does in Las Vegas or Phoenix or Modesto.  And sure, the closer you get to San Francisco, the less you have investor buyers relative to other markets. 

SF Bay area is experiencing its own housing bubble in a way on the rental side.  Rents for many decent apartments in San Francisco have reached painful levels - a friend is moving out of his 2 bedroom apartment and going over to East Bay because in the past 2 years, the rent has gone from $3200 to $4000 and next month (if he stayed) to $5000.  This is a guy who is single and makes more than $150K per year and was splitting the rent with another roommate.  How many affluent renters can you count on in any market for any extended period of time?  These are not sustainable levels when compared with median income levels.  That's not the only example - have many more from developer clients who are building apartments on the Peninsula and Mountain View.  Rents average $3000 at least for any well-located, reasonably clean place.  Best properties command rents of $4000 to $5000, thanks to well-paid Apple and Google engineers.

From my perspective as a lender (yeah, don't get me started on the irony), many deals and markets are starting to look "priced to perfection".  Capital is coming at this market furiously and being deployed at very low yields thanks to ZIRP.  If job growth ever slows down just a fraction, this market will see a quick reversal in my opinion - the construction has predictably increased to cash in, but now I see it at a precarious point.  To keep this real estate market steady (both commercial and residential), you need Facebook, Google, Zynga, Twitter, as well as many other non-"brand" name companies we don't hear about, etc to keep hiring.  All the tech companies that have been doing well in the prior few years, sell their products outside of the Bay area.  At some point, there has to be a reconciliation of the economic reality in the rest of the nation/world with the SF Bay area economy.  I think that has started to happen with the lower revenue guidance many tech companies provided during 3Q earnings calls.

neidermeyer's picture

The Bay area is a special case ,, the homes are too pricey to attract big money to scoop them up for rentals ,, besides the legal environment there is CRAZY ,, It's absurdly easy there to rent a house , default on payment #1 and for minimal money in legal filings remain in the house for 2-3 years.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"It's a housing recovery because I said it's a housing recovery." - The Wizard of the Fed aka Ben Bernanke

otto skorzeny's picture

i know why construction employment hasn't gone up- the homebuilders are hiring illegals off of the books to build the shitty houses with shitty workmanship at a shitty wage so the employment #s may not reflect the (slight) uptick in homebuilding . and from what i have seen the only people getting loans are fairly(!) secure in their employment-like teachers and cops(read-guaranteed govt $)

Kreditanstalt's picture

I'll agree with you on the (overpaid) government employee getting loans bit, but "hiring illegals" is just the free market in action and they probably can do just as good as job as anyne else.

otto skorzeny's picture

So I guess the "free market" includes you paying 60%+ of your income in various taxes so the illegals can enjoy all of the stuff like paved roads, education, healthcare(they go to the emergency room for ANYTHING and can't be turned away) at none of the cost(other than a little sales tax) to them. wake up bud-we're all getting fucked

Kreditanstalt's picture

Agreed.  Don't blame the "illegals" themselves for that - or their employers (who might be you or I): BLAME GOVERNMENT!

RationalPrepper's picture

Serious questions I have for people smarter than I:  (1) If you own undeveloped land, if and when will building a house be most favorable/advantageous/affordable?  (2) Is it possible or even likely that existing home prices will fall, but new construction costs would rise due to inflation of materials (lumber, etc.) costs.?  (3)  If resale and equity are not a concern because a person intends to stay there a long time, is it better to build now at cheap rates, build later at a potentially lower cost and pay cash, or buy existing later and pay cash [becuase construction costs may remain high?]



GottaBKiddn's picture

Not to worry, Agenda 21 already has a sustainable use for your property.

RationalPrepper's picture

Gee, that's great!  I'm sure I'll be fairly compensated...But honestly, I don't think anybody is "coming for" my property.  Not in my lifetime, anyway.

edifice's picture

That's what the Jews said, in 1932.

De minimus's picture

Why would you build or invest in anything when the government is going to take it away from you because they can and want to and none of their appointed judges will disagree with them?

Somewhere in the background I heard someone say "...they wouldn't do that!...."