Housing 'Recovery' Shifts To Contraction

Tyler Durden's picture

Despite the market knowing better, the so-called housing recovery has hit a speed-bump (or brick-wall). Goldman's housing swirlogram shows that the revisions from an exuberant few months into January 2013 have dragged the reality of the 'recovery' rotating into full-blown 'expansion' to a crumble back into 'contraction'. Of course, we have seen homebuilder stocks exuberant like this before in the face of disappointing facts, but even the NAHB (desperate to portray confidence) is 'admitting' things are not as rosy as all-time highs in stocks might suggest.


From hopeful January to 'revised' contractionary March...


We have seen this before...


Chart: Bloomberg and Goldman Sachs

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Ahmeexnal's picture



Helmut Kohl, Germany's former chancellor, has admitted that he acted like a "dictator" to bring in the single currency to the country, otherwise he "would have lost" had he held a referendum.

"I knew that I could never win a referendum in Germany," he said. "We would have lost a referendum on the introduction of the euro. That's quite clear. I would have lost and by seven to three."

Bearwagon's picture

Thereby he broke the "Grundgesetz", germanys surrogate of a constitution, which in it's preamble clearly required exactly that, regarding the reunion. Since the Euro was introduced much later, he already had been in fact a dictator for quite a time. So he rinsed and repeated ...

The Juggernaut's picture

And the Fed anticipates ending QE?!  Hahahah

Groundhog Day's picture

"Now is a good time to buy?"


I guess the green shoots are turning brown before spring even gets in full swing

smlbizman's picture

this must be the housing market from down under.....the flush is going counterclock wise....i think...hard to tell from the stench of the contents..my eyes are burning

asscannon101's picture

Brown sharts! Hey, Everybody! I can see brown sharts on the horiz-... Ughh. Nevermind

Number 156's picture


I suppose that means that the German political system hasn't changed very much since 1933.


Againstthelie's picture

Helmut Kohn!

And Merkel is jewish, too: mother Herlind Jentzsch (from Poland).

Helmut Schmidt (also a former chancellor) is of jewish descant, too.

McMolotov's picture

Isn't that Jack Lew's signature?

HardlyZero's picture

Cold coffee just flew out of my nose...thanks!!  (no scalding to report).

Heeeer's Jack.

A_Dog's picture

On a cold Friday afternoon, I had come home from school. I had been thinking of the bitcoins all day. I was hungry, didn't have any lunch. In fact, I didn't eat because I spent the money. For the past month I was saving up for something. Something special which I bought via Zero Hedge bitcoin trading desk. I was surprised they didn't ask for ID; I was pretty sure the cashier noticed how nervous I was. Anyways, my mom asked my how my day was when I got home, but I ignored her. I have more important things to do. I run to the bathroom and unpack my bag. In my school bag is a white plastic bag from ZH. I open the bag, first removing the receipt and flushing it down the toilet to get rid of the evidence. My heart was racing now. I unpack the bitcoin monster from the bag.


I wonder what people will be asking me when they see that I am a millionaire. Should I say I was just work a lot? I remove the label from the tub and tear it into a thousand small pieces. I flush that down the toilet, too. It is time now. I run up to my room when my mom ask me what I am holding. I panic, sweat drips down my forehead and my teeth chatter. "Mom, it's just for a school project". "What project?" "I don't know mom I just started it!". A tear runs down my cheek. I run upstairs and calculate the bitcoins. What have I gotten myself into. There is no turning back now. The bitcoin monster is inside me now, it will control me. What should I do if I die? I cant let my family know about this.


I throw bitcoin bag out the window. I feel bitcoins taking control of me; I am now the monster. I walk downstairs, its time to check price; time to get rich. Now I worry, I don't want to get too rich; people will think I am from WallStreet. I am from WallStreet. No I am not. Bitcoins. All I see is the cash and babes now, I am almost downstairs when I hear "Do you want a cookie I just baked". I know I do not have time for this shit now. "No mom I do not want a cookie" I walk in the basement and drop to my knees before the computer screen, looking at the bitcoin chart, tears running down my cheeks. I turn to the right and look at myself in the mirror. Oh god, what have I done?


Ahmeexnal's picture

You deserve a Hugo or a Nebula for that short story. But...wait, that ain't science fiction that you wrote.

Bearwagon's picture

(with a calm and soothing voice:) Look into my eyes. Sit down. Hear my words. Take a deep breath ...

Sigep0612's picture

Just then...Dad walks down the to the basement steps.  With his checks red and puffed he shouts "What the hell is going on...you doin' drugs...hooked on porn?" Before I can get a word in he continues "You've never refused one of your Mothers cookie's your entire life."  It then hits me.  Shazam! "I can sell Mom's cookies and get paid in Bitcoins."   I jump up...kiss Dad on the check and run upstairs. 

As I get to to the top of the stairs I hear the old man yell "I thought you said last week that you decided not to be gay anymore. What the hell?" 

I am sure they thought I was nuts when I went springing out the front door yelling "Tiptoe through the Bitcoins...through the Bitcoins...! "  

To be continued.....


TheMerryPrankster's picture

The low rake of machine gun fire from the choppers nearly deafened me as I watched Dad's beautiful Bermuda lawn shred into Easter Grass.

i dropped to my knees blinded by the searchlights i rolled under Dad's Escalade. He just made his first payment, I thought as the choppers raked the glass windows sending diamond sparkly shards in every direction.

Who, I wondered, narced me out?

A_Dog's picture

I was so happy I ran upstairs and started masturbating to to a video of a girl drinking piss, I came and then sat there continuing to watch the video for a few seconds. I was overcome with such a massive wave of post-masturbation regret and disgust that I immediately began throwing up. At this point I was covered in puke and cum, and I felt like throwing up more, so I got up and started running to the bathroom, but my underwear was still around my ankles so I tripped and fell on my face. I couldn't hold in my second wave of puke anymore, so I just stayed on the ground and threw up all over my carpet. Then my dog came in and started licking up my puke. I got pissed, yelled at him, and tried to push him away, but I just ended up getting my arm covered in puke. I was so upset I just rolled over on my back and started crying, and eventually passed out.

ekm's picture

Hey Fonzanoon, housing recovery for you.

fonzannoon's picture

There is no housing recovery. There is no recovery. The economy is dead. Now imagine what it would be if rates were higher.

OT Schiff on CNBC debating gold with CNBC retards.

FWIW Schiff is supporting the idea of what bitcoin represents. Good for him.

ekm's picture

Keep the hedges.

The executive order could come at anytime at no notice.

20% drop in 5 days. 50% drop in 3 months.

Crude oil at $40.

swissaustrian's picture

Managed futures funds (CTAs) are going to make a killing.

e-recep's picture

it's been 18 months already and the price is not coming down.

besides, what is the production cost of oil nowadays?

TrumpXVI's picture

Thanks for the swirlogram.

I think I'm gonna' throw up now.

wee-weed up's picture

The "housing recovery" has always been like the last 4 "summers of recovery"...

yet another Obama Admin pipedream pushed by their lapdog MSM.

HardlyZero's picture

Agreed, and now that there is no more 'robosigning' issue...the housing market should quintuple in a few years.

TheMerryPrankster's picture

how you buy house no job? bitcoin? foodstamps? squatters?

 Quintuple? to the moon alice.

NAR, Yun and alien Greenspan all concur with ur analysis. Housing never go down. All markets local, how could all markets drop together. No need to carry loans at resale value, use mark to market plus put thumb on scale.

these were the best of times, these were the worst of times. mostly the latter unless you occupy the top 1 percentile.

insanelysane's picture

Does anyone think this is how Egypt got the pyramids?  Housing bubble burst and they decided that the government should just have the construction workers build pyramids instead of creating another housing bubble.

Ahmeexnal's picture

It's a toroidal strucure now. Apple Campus 2.

Vashta Nerada's picture

If so, it proves that China is regressing - from building walls to building ghost cities.

Jason T's picture

now wait for car sales to hit the brick wall .. now what do we do Ben?

q99x2's picture

The 2009 graph looked a lot healthier.

RockRiver's picture

Must have the shiney....

evernewecon's picture




Thoroughly Consistent 



With The

Fed Buying Mortgage Equivalents

Not At Market Value And The Large

Banks Then Turning To The

Mortgage Release Program

(More Foreclosures--Ability To

Push For A Little Higher Price Even

Though The Bubble-Value Mistake

Not Ratio Reflected Has Been

Bought Out.)

And The Fed's Been Doing That In

What As A Result Of That Combined

With The $Trillions In Free Reserves

Looks To Me Like A Candidate

For History's Greatest Bond Bubble

--Self Created--Into Which It Will

Sell Its Own Assets.

That Makes The Banks



Wait.  He Wants You To Die For The Fed.

NoDebt's picture

I LOVE SWIRLOGRAMS!!  They are my absolute favorites.  They're so "circle of life".  Who's with me?

Never did make it back into the "expansion" quadrant, did we? 

But just one minute here..... even back in 04, 05, 06 it never made it into "expansion".  HUH??  If those years didn't count as "expansion" what would???  And hold on.... it's measuring monthly change against the NAHB index???

I thought real swirlograms measure rate of change vs. acceleration in rate of changed (2nd derivative).

IT'S A FAKE!!  IT'S A FAKE SWIRLOGRAM!!  I feel so.... lied to and used.  It's 'The Crying Game' of swirlograms!

Bicycle Repairman's picture

And interest rates haven't gone up, yet.

I'm reminded of the Cooney-Holmes fight.  Cooney threw out his back while training and the fight had to be postponed.  A sportwriter wrote "He hurt himself training? What's gonna happen when Holmes hits him?"

ebworthen's picture

Everything is fine in the toilet bowl until the flush and swirl.

Logiclee03's picture

Seriously....here in Louisville agents are literally advertising for listings in the $300-$500k range. No inventory and plenty of demand> can't speak for other markets.

IMA5U's picture

Long GOLD till it goes to ZERO



It's a HEDGE!!!!!!!

Sudden Debt's picture

that graph looks like the flying patern... of a fly...

rubearish10's picture

Goldman Schmoldman! FU LLoyd!

IridiumRebel's picture

Parents can't sell their house. Brother can't sell their house. Wife's parents can't sell their house. We can't sell our house. What am I missing?

new game's picture

are you in detroit? location and price, mainly price, guess you could give it a way...

real estate is like gum on your shoe in las vegas...

IridiumRebel's picture

Areas are Fairfield Ct, Richmond Va, Cincinatti Oh and Martinsberg WV so you tell me....

kareninca's picture

Oh.  Fairfield.  Hmm.  That makes it harder.

If you were in a middle-brow part of CT (that is, the rest of the state), I'd suggest FLOWERS.  Regular CT people are crazy about flowers.  To have a shot at unloading a CT house, you plant annuals on every square inch of lawn you can, and make it bloom NOW.  Cut forsythia's and put them in pots to bloom.  Dig up forsythias from a neighbor's (the things are weeds; they'll be glad) and plant them so they bloom this spring.  Plant annuals (bulbs), and have the house tour include a map that shows where they will come up, and what they will look like.  Maybe there are bulbs that you can plant now, that are prepped to bloom now.  At the entrance to the house, hanging pots of (BLOOMING) flowers.  Inside the house  -  blooming house plants.

I'm from eastern CT, and that would work there, if anything would.  But Fairfield may be different.

CoolBeans's picture

Agreed - inlaws have a beautiful water front home that is not super fancy but nice...and the price they are asking makes me weep....but not a single bid in over a year.  To think that their area was so "hot" before -- people would knock on doors to ask the owners, "How much?" when houses weren't even for sale.

My, how things have changed.