Spot The Massive Depression, And The Tiny Recovery, In This Existing Home Sales Chart

Tyler Durden's picture

When it comes to home purchases, there are the rich, with $1MM+ existing home  transactions up a recoveryish 13% in the West, and then there are the poor, where in the cheapest bucket have crashed a depression-like -45% (no, not due to the weather).


Why is this an issue? Because homes priced $500K and lower represent 90% of all existing home sales. On the recovery-ish end, homes priced $1 million and above are just 2.1%.


Or, to summarize, Rich 1 - Poor 0... Just like the Fed wanted it.

Source: NAR

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TruthInSunshine's picture

Billary/ShrubJeb 2016

other news, the American Middle Class is broke dick poor, Taco Bell has Loaded Grillers $1 "Happy Hour" (get your edible food-like substance feast on), and Moochelle sayz "life is about splurging."

Middle Class Tango Down! If you aren't in top 5% (where median annual income is only $53,000), you're just going to have to suck it up (the top 80% to 94% already ate each other - wait for the top 95% to 98% to do the same).

Moochelle: Splurge Amerikans! Spend! Eat! Have Fun! Vacation!

Jeb Bush, John McAnus, and other RINOS push for MOAR ILLEGALS at Davos.

Say What Again's picture

Just re-fi, taking out $50K, and BTFD, BTFATH, because you know that real assets are for suckers.  Give me paper promises.

OK - That was easy

p.s. We're less than 30 minutes away from the end-of-day ramp-a-thon.  Are you ready?

fonzannoon's picture

Maybe today GILD and AMGN overcome all obstacles and show that treating fat people for obesity related disorders despite inquiries from congress can get the S&P to 2000 as planned.

Say What Again's picture

I'm sure it was just an oversight on your part, but you forgot to mention any 3D printer companies,  and a few of the Chinese Internet stocks.

Son of Loki's picture

Taco Bell?

Only on special occassions like Easter ... maybe. Cant splurge like I used to.

pods's picture

Trust me, if you eat Taco Bell you will splurge.

That joint should sell toilet brushes!


Ham-bone's picture

stopped there on a recent road trip...asked wife to grab me something, she got me a burrito thing and I barely made it 20 miles down the road before total blow out...some sort of green stuff supposed to be guacomole was sickening.

disabledvet's picture

what the hell is an "existing home" anyways?


and you get "cash out" for refinancing? that sounds like the greatest deal ever!

do i have to repay the debt?

and what "value" do you asses my "existential home" at these days? the last guy offered me a buck...but if we're talking borrowed does a million sound?

pods's picture

Refi with cash out on Monday, All in stawks on Tuesday, cash out Wednesday and retire on Thursday.


TruthInSunshine's picture

I'm buying/hoarding as many Lululemon Yoga Pants, Herbalife Snake Oil Pills, Injectable Botox, iGadgets and downloading King Candy Crush Saga Software Apps, because these things will appreciate in value & be tradeable commodities of high value during the next downturn.

Get your cash converted into stawks and RadioShack/JCP/BestBuy/McDonalds/e*trade baby/Kelp Pill products as quickly as possible.

Farmville farm land, too!

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

Lululemon yoga pants

Those should be in demand, the hawt girls have to have them. If they can't pay you cash for them, maybe you can be their sugar daddy!

pods's picture

Your pants say Yoga but your ass says McDonalds!

Say What Again's picture

Pods -- You're on a roll today!

rosiescenario's picture

....speaking of come HOG's sales were so high in the quarter???? Just who in the hell is buying all these $15K+ bikes????


You'd think that the weather might have deterred motorcycle sales, but no.

Say What Again's picture

It has been a very profitable year for Heisenberg and his friends in the bike club.

ZerOhead's picture

Billary/ShrubJeb 2016

I think that's the right ticket... plus it save billions in campaign bribes and reduces jet fuel consumption and thus Global Warming.

Besides... if Hillary ran as VP Jeb's life wouldn't be worth a nickle.

McMolotov's picture

I'm gonna write-in the name of the woman who threw the shoe at Hillary.

Shoe-Thrower 2016

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

Too bad they weren't golf shoes that hit the target.

FEDbuster's picture

Golf shoes have softspikes.  Make it those ice climbing spikes!

Deathrips's picture

No shit...another lie you say? Color me shocked.


Repeat after me.






FreedomGuy's picture

I live out West and they are building home like we are in full recovery and prosperity. I texted a coworker as I passed about three condo and housing projects on the drive home. I asked if there was a projection for a million new inhabitants of our city.

If the markets were free...including real interest rates this stuff would not happen over and over and over again. Each time the sine wave gets more extreme, as well.

Frankly, I despise you statists who believe in the genius and benificence of the State with religious zeal. I prefer the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus as more realistic.

dreadnaught's picture

I see this too, and think it all may suddenly come to a grinding halt

Hohum's picture

That's okay because soon those 100K homes will be worth 1M--everyone wins!  /s

Oh regional Indian's picture

The divide is now a chasm.

Strong flows the ri(C)o grande, but only the twisted may take a dip!

It's the middle class that is always getting created and then destroyed.

AbbeBrel's picture

How DARE you take Schumpeter's name in windVANE!!

NoDebt's picture

Learned this the hard way selling my Mom's nice-but-modest townhouse (in a good school district in a growing area with reasonable taxes) recently.  "Regular guy" houses are a tough fucking sell.  If you don't feel like accepting some cash-only rentier's "wholesale" offer, you will be holding onto that pile of sticks for a LONG time.  And I'm not anywhere near California.

davinci7_gis's picture

It must be Tuesday...look at the Market SOAR!

falconflight's picture

Those two charts contain so much information...a home run by ZH!

ayy_bizzle's picture

Great timing....I am leaving my job in telecommunications and going into real estate. Face palm*

Bay of Pigs's picture

Im sure the NAR has a reasonable explanation on these stats...maybe the weather?

What a fuckan Clown Show.

Critical Path's picture

Thank god Bernanke was helping main street otherwise this would have looked pretty awful

NihilistZero's picture

Main Street didn't even get a reach around.  Real mortgage cram down legislation could have helped even out the sweet, slobbery, liquidity fellatio Wall Street received.  Not saying the retard home debtors who over leveraged deserved it, but in lieu of what the Banks got Ben could've thrown the serfs a bone.

FreedomGuy's picture

The problem with Bernanke/Yellen and the central planning geniuses is that they cannot actually create any jobs. They can print but it will not circulate to the unemployed short of the helicopter drop.

While the Fed does monetary policy, Obama and his leftist crew do income confiscation and economy wrecking. The Fed and Statists are roughly equal and opposite forces keeping us stagnant at this point.