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June Case Shiller Confirms Home Price Declines Continued, Down 4.5% Y/Y, 0.1% Lower In June

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The much delayed Case Shiller update for June is out, and it is both worse and better than expectations: year over year, the number printed at a -4.5% decline, slightly better than consensus of -4.6%, while the month over month change was -0.1%, on expectations of an unchanged print. Stripping aside the noise means that the housing market is crawling along the bottom after double dipping months ago but at least it is not imploding. And since this report is nearly 3 months old, it does very little to indicate what is actually happening with the economy.

From the report:

“This month’s report showed mixed signals for recovery in home prices. No cities made new lows in June 2011, and the majority of cities are seeing improved annual rates. The National Index was up 3.6% from the 2011 first quarter, but down 5.9% compared to a year-ago,” says David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Indices. “Looking across the cities, eight bottomed in 2009 and have remained above their lows. These include all the California cities plus Dallas, Denver and Washington DC, all relatively strong markets. At the other extreme, those which set new lows in 2011 include the four Sunbelt cities – Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix and Tampa – as well as the weakest of all, Detroit. These shifts suggest that we are back to regional housing markets, rather than a national housing market where everything rose and fell together.


“As with May’s report, June showed unusually large revisions across the same MSAs – Detroit, New York, Tampa and Washington DC. Our sales pairs data indicate that, once again, these markets reported a lot more sales closing in prior months, which caused the revisions. Since deed recording is usually county based, if the price trends across counties are very different, then delays from a subset of counties can lead to larger revisions. And data lag lengths tend to vary across the counties within a metro area. If counties with relatively stronger/weaker markets report sales with longer/shorter lags,  this will result in larger revisions as we receive the lagged data. Revisions are also likely to be larger when sales volumes are low or the proportions of distressed/non-distressed sales are changing rapidly. Any and all of these factors are likely contributing to the revisions we have seen over the past few reports.

“Nineteen of the 20 MSAs and both Composites were up in June over May. Portland was flat. Cleveland has improved enough that average home prices in this market are back above its January 2000 levels. Only Detroit and Las Vegas remain below those levels.”


The monthly change in the various MSAs that make up the Composite 20: biggest pain is in Portland, Phoenix, San Diego, San Fran, and Las Vegas, while an improvement was seen in Washington, Charlotte and Boston.

Full report

And here is Goldman's take:

BOTTOM LINE: Case-Shiller home price index declines slightly in seasonally adjusted terms, but rises sharply in not seasonally adjusted terms.

1. The Case-Shiller index of home prices in 20 metro areas falls by 0.06% on a seasonally adjusted basis in June, while the median forecast had looked for unchanged prices. Due to upward revisions in previous months, however, the 4.5% year-on-year decline is smaller than the median forecast. On a seasonally unadjusted basis, prices rose 1.1% month on month; we would put some weight on the n.s.a. numbers as there have been questions about the seasonal adjustment process in the Case Shiller data in the past.

2. The (seasonally-adjusted) home price index increases in about half of the metro areas, including large increases in Chicago (+1.32%), Washington DC (+0.95%) and Charlotte (0.86%). The largest declines are seen in Portland (-0.77%), Phoenix (-0.61%) and San Diego (-0.58%).


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Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:20 | 1614450 Dick Darlington
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"Creamer", where art thou?

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:21 | 1614454 Flakmeister
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WTF? I could have sworn that CNBC just flashed that house prices were up nationally??

Did I miss something?

Note to all: CNBC is muted, it is only a ticker...

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:24 | 1614461 Irish66
Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:30 | 1614482 Flakmeister
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Ahh.. the spinmeisters (no relation!) are at it again... Thnx 

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:46 | 1614523 Temporalist
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It's "un"amazing that once a gain there is negative news and what is Blmbrg discussing immediately?  Apple!

Talk about sucking the corporate dick!

If not for Apple the spinmeisters would need Santa to come down and hand people presents in summer.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:37 | 1614500 Stumpy
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[Something good] amid [something bad]. "Amid". I fucking hate this word. I think it's ugly and that it's used way too often in MSM.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 22:24 | 1617591 StychoKiller
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Perhaps you prefer "amongst" :>D

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:49 | 1614533 duo
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I had the sound on.  I swear they said up 3.5% in June nationwide, and up 3% or something in the 10-city.  WTF?

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:54 | 1614550 optimator
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They were probably discussing inflation.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:58 | 1614557 dwdollar
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Yes, I saw it on their site as 'breaking news'.

I think they've gone from spinning the facts to blatantly lying.  Give the algos something to chew on for a minute then pull it and pretend it was a mistake.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:22 | 1614457 SheepDog-One
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Wait, the consensus was -4.6? Who has been saying home valuations would plummet? No one that I can recall, hasnt all the media central scrutinizers been yapping about how the bottom is in and the future is so bright they gotta wear shades?

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:48 | 1614529 LawsofPhysics
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Apparently, Ron Paul isn't the only "13th floor".  Just another step towards complete tyranny.  The MSM will simply be ordered to ignore or blatantly lie about bad facts.  Wait, same as it ever was.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:16 | 1614631 Oh regional Indian
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From a lecture in 1969. It's been in the works a loooooooong time.

"Privately owned housing would become a thing of the past. The cost of housing and financing housing would gradually be made so high that most people couldn't afford it. People who already owned their houses would be allowed to keep them but as years go by it would be more and more difficult for young people to buy a house. Young people would more and more become renters, particularly in apartments or condominiums. More and more unsold houses would stand vacant. People just couldn't buy them. But the cost of housing would not come down. You'd right away think, well the vacant house, the price would come down, the people would buy it. But there was some statement to the effect that the price would be held high even though there were many available so that free market places would not operate. People would not be able to buy these and gradually more and more of the population would be forced into small apartments. Small apartments which would not accommodate very many children. Then as the number of real home-owners diminished they would become a minority. There would be no sympathy for them from the majority who dwelled in the apartments and then these homes could be taken by increased taxes or other regulations that would be detrimental to home ownership and would be acceptable to the majority. Ultimately, people would be assigned where they would live and it would be common to have non-family members living with you. This by way of your not knowing just how far you could trust anybody. This would all be under the control of a central housing authority. Have this in mind in 1990 when they ask, "How many bedrooms in your house? How many bathrooms in your house? Do you have a finished game room? "This information is personal and is of no national interest to government under our existing Constitution. But you'll be asked those questions and decide how you want to respond to them."


Tue, 08/30/2011 - 11:08 | 1614952 optimator
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You'd be forced to lived within  X number of miles from your employment.  The employer would find you housing, based on your value to them.  The 'Emploryer' and your housing would be The State as would everything else.  The State would control everything including prices, where you travel, banking, everything.  Private trasactions without the State would be illegal.  Communism anyone? 

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 12:25 | 1615299 Cruel Aid
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To maintain the high home pricing, at some point they will have to begin supply destruction.

Homes don't maintain themselves. Squatters and banks aren't gonna do it.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:15 | 1614625 WonderDawg
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The bottom is in until it goes lower, that's about all. RE prices have been artificially levitated just as the equities markets have been. We can't even see the bottom from here. Take out the shenanigans by the banks, let the market clear, and then we'll see the bottom. Personally, I think 40-50% lower from where we are now and we can start talking about a bottom.


Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:48 | 1614841 lynnybee
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real estate bottoms when it's an all-cash market or someone will accept a few gold coins or one monster box of silver for a fabulously gorgeous home or upscale condo.      the scramble to get out of real estate escalates as the boomers get older & realize that they've been had by both WALL ST. & the U.S. GOVERNMENT.     & with the 3.8% tax on residential real estate sales that is due to start in 2013 (slipped into that OBAMACARE bill) , home owners will be getting even less than they were thinking.    Biggest wealth transfer scheme created.     We're being run by the MAFIA .      (where i'm living now you can't even give real estate away ! )

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:22 | 1614458 ZippyBananaPants
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How fat will Dominic "Dom" Chu get?  wow he has packed on the lbs!!

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:24 | 1614462 mist929292
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You should see MarketWatch's bold top headline "Home prices tick up in June".  I knew I needed to check ZH for reality. 

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:37 | 1614502 SheepDog-One
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Financial media now reduced to outright lying fraud water carriers. The end draws near.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:27 | 1614469 Gandalf6900
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I will tolerate no violance in my house

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:27 | 1614471 Cdad
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But Cramer said housing bottomed 2 years ago.  Very well then, continue the implosion.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:40 | 1614497 SheepDog-One
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But the Clownhorn and Bloomturd are reporting prices UP!

No part of this can be shown to be a positive anywhere, financial media now reduced to outright whores.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:41 | 1614512 He_Who Carried ...
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Home prices were trending flat in June with Case-Shiller's adjusted composite 10 index, which is a three-month average, holding unchanged for a second straight month (prior month revised from plus 0.1 percent). The composite 20 index edged 0.1 percent lower for a second straight month with 11 of the 20 cities showing declines in June. Seasonality is at play during spring and summer which is a strong time for home sales and, in what is a mild positive, seasonality is also at play this year as well. Unadjusted data show 1.1 percent gains for both the composite 10 and composite 20 indexes during June following 1.0 percent gains for both in May.
Watch for comments on housing in today's FOMC minutes followed by construction spending data on Thursday.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:44 | 1614520 SheepDog-One
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'Trending flat' my ass...Ive got a family full of real estate people and there are no sales anywhere, and no construction. All they have is a glut of unsold homes and even if they get a nibble, the closings fall apart due to the shit head banks ultra tight lending. 

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:53 | 1614547 Caviar Emptor
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Yeah Sheep. Got a friend who was big into the game. After getting lucky unloading some properties by deed-in-lieu he now has properties that are in his words absolutely unsaleable. At ANY price. But taxes and maintenance are on his tab. 

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:09 | 1614593 Rainman
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The US government is the biggest owner of residential properties...nearly a quarter million of them....or about 30% of foreclosed inventory. They can't figure out what to do with it all.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:29 | 1614711 MachoMan
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You mean they can't figure out what to do with the inventory....  other than sell it to cronies for pennies on the dollar?

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 11:07 | 1614943 lynnybee
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You mean they can't figure out what to do with the inventory.... other than sell it to cronies for pennies on the dollar?      good one, MachoMan ...... those foreclosed homes aren't available to the average person who could buy them low & live in them; those pennies-on-the-dollar are for the rich, well-connected.      Remember who runs this country now, it's not the citizens, it's the criminals, Obama being bankster-in-chief.      I try to tell my friends & family that the country is being run by mafioso-types & that OBAMA's boss is JAMIE DIMON & OBAMA is really a banker ............ they roll with laughter At ME !   

If I didn't know better, I'd almost swear that the country was being taken down deliberately so that the monied interests could come in & buy everything for pennies on the dollar ; one would almost think this was a grand design, wouldn't one ?   

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 11:59 | 1615162 MachoMan
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There are crumbs that fall through the cracks...  and for very, very affordable prices...  but, this is the exception and not the rule...  it's kind of like the grab for gold or silver...  finding 100oz bars, etc., is incredibly difficult and/or impossible at times, whereas finding single ounces or fractions thereof is generally not incredibly difficult... 

The diligent of the morts are out picking up crumbs with feverish pace...  the game is already over for most...  a few are able to use the last of their dry powder (that isn't getting replenished)...  but the top of the ladder keeps getting new powder...

A deflationary collapse would act to combat the wealth gap to a certain degree...  and would end a significant amount of the damage of cronyism...  but that is presuming some semblance of law and order remains and not just a plantation...  which is a fairly large presumption...  and, inevitably, the smartest sharks will have already left for better hunting grounds...  materially unaffected from the collapse or any efforts to subdue them, presuming they have done anything wrong.

The first order of business is to really, really implement justice as objectively reasonable and as diligently as possible...  and, in general, this means a massive gutting of the financial sector...  (not literally)...  this will serve a few purposes including, but not limited to, destroying a few means of their control (including the PPT/FED/banking sector in general) and actually instilling some degree of trust into the system.  This does not mean a redistribution of wealth and a witch hunt for all with any net worth...  that's simply lazy, mob rule and has nothing to do with justice... 

I think A LOT of matters would naturally fall into place after this first order... 

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:22 | 1614664 SoCalBusted
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In my area, houses are no longer For Sale.  They are For Rent.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:29 | 1614480 MFL8240
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More news on the "rocovery"!!  lol!!

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:30 | 1614481 warchopper
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Just look at the tail of the curve. It's starting to slop upwards! It's a recovery in the housing market!!! //sarcasm//

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:30 | 1614484 pantheo
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masturbation all the way. MW says the same mass media gum as well

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:32 | 1614491 navy62802
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Standby for implosion. Imploding housing prices are unavoidable. Prices will nosedive once the banks pull the cork on the bottle. There are thousands upon thousands of foreclosures sitting on the books because of all of the fraudulent paperwork that was used to write the mortgages in the first place. And once those foreclosures hit the books, look out below!! And if you think about it, a housing implosion is the only way to fix the mess that has been created. Inflated prices were the primary support for all of the exotic credit instruments that led to the 07/08/09 financial crisis. And the only way to ultimately fix the problem is to write down the value of the underlying properties. If left to gravitate on the open market, housing prices will plummet. It is inevitable.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 12:01 | 1615177 legal eagle
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Unfortunately, that is more class warfare.  Stealing from the poor to give to the rich.


Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:36 | 1614498 IMA5U
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and BAC is down a mere 0.72%


most crowded short on wall street?

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:36 | 1614499 LoneStarHog
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Yeah...and...what would happen IF the criminal banks put their HOARD of ROEs on the market?

Hey, Shiller, why don't you include all the ROEs which are OFF MARKET?

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:57 | 1614559 Rockfish
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REO = Real estate owned.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:32 | 1614733 snowball777
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Reich Eeediots Pwned

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:37 | 1614501 PulauHantu29
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Driftin glower for 10 years imo. That's the normal RE cycle. Since greenspan held rates at near zero for so long creating an even bigger bubble, this down trend may last a generation of 30 years. And now The Bernank will not let it correct so we can move on and let house prices recover...added to the foreclosure freeze and prices will tumble for years to come.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:08 | 1614539 topcallingtroll
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I guess they think 20 years of zero returns with modest inflation is better than a system reset. Since the average person has no savings they are probably following Kant's imperative in a utilitarian sense, the greatest good for the greatest number.

I think a quick system reset and zeroing out all current stock and bondholders in insolvent banks is the greatest good for the greatest number, but what do I know. I am just another anonymous troll.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:41 | 1614513 RobotTrader
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Pulte and Lennar taking off like scalded dogs.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:46 | 1614526 Flakmeister
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Yep....fill your boots.... I'll take TNH which has already spun off ~$10 in dividends so far this year....

In at about ~98....

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:48 | 1614530 Stumpy
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Man, I loved TNH. Untill I saw that LPs dividends were cut by 15% (or 30%, don't remember) at the source for canadian investors.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:52 | 1614545 Flakmeister
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The converse applied for US investors in the CAN trusts that were in tax exempt accounts... Non-exempt at least you get a credit on your taxes paid....

Still, TNH is a solid long term play, volatile but a keeper.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:54 | 1614548 slaughterer
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Do not forget KBH as well. 

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 12:37 | 1615368 Libertarians fo...
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Yeah, another correct call by that MathMan guy.  He was the first one calling for a rally in homebuilders in 2H 2011. 

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:44 | 1614518 anynonmous
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Listening, watching and reading re Case Schiller it is a clusterfck

you can make that report say anything seasonal non seasonal  monthly yearly quarterly quarterly annualized revised etc 

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:46 | 1614524 topcallingtroll
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Big Mac index is useful here.

Average selling price of usa home 174,100.

Big Mac 3.75.

House to Mac ratio above 40,000.

When it hits 20,000 houses will be a relative bargain.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 12:26 | 1615308 sun tzu
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Average price or median price?

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:50 | 1614525 Caviar Emptor
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There was some buying of REOs by large cash investors in the spring, reflected in this report. 

THe next leg down has already begun as layoffs have taken off and manufacturing and global economies are double dipping

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:51 | 1614538 Irish66
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Consumer confidence spin next

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:52 | 1614544 thetrader
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don't forget the long term trend.....

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:53 | 1614546 LawsofPhysics
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Tyler,  CNBC is running something about an Italian town minting its own money.  Any truth to this?



Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:56 | 1614556 Caviar Emptor
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Barter economies will spring up all over as the fiat system implodes. It's another reason why QE is not only useless but destructive. 

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 09:59 | 1614561 topcallingtroll
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A guy I know who started as a farmer and now is the local real estate magnate, having built apartments for fifty years, says now is an excellent time to buy houses for a little rental income while waiting for appreciation. He said dont buy or build apartment complexes now.

Observations from those in the trenches I find interesting.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:10 | 1614597 Rockfish
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In the Balt Metro a lot of money rushing into new apt complexs to fill shortage in rental units, i believe they will be at over capacity in no time. This fall - winter should take anothe 5%-10% best deals yet to be had.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:21 | 1614660 SheepDog-One
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And the turnover rate in apartments is high. Ive got a friend who does maintenance and upkeep on vacated apartments he says theyre seeing about 4 months avg rental from move in to when the tenant skips.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:48 | 1614824 MachoMan
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This is why you partner up with a lawyer...  The real estate lobby is so ridiculous in most states that repossession of the premises is a given and you'll get attorneys fees and couple months rent thrown in to boot...  for commercial properties, you might even get statutory damages...

I'm about to dip my feet in the RE biz...  have a little dry powder...  but, I wouldn't be doing it if I wasn't planning on partnering with a RE broker and given I can do the legal work...

here, at least, single family is in a bubble on the low end...  basically everything under $100k has been bid up to $100k...  I presume that is about the top of gov't aid, subsidy, and creditor rope...  people only look at how much the payments will be, not whether they'll have to add on the loss in value to their monthly payments...  but, at any rate, here at least, there aren't any deals in this category.  Anything above $200k sits on the market with its thumb up its ass.  Everything in between is hit and miss, with little or no profit to be made...  razor thin margins on spec houses, etc.

CRE is dead...

multifamily RRE is about the only thing here that has any chance of being worthwhile...  or whatever distressed sales you can find...  although, you'll have to fight the rest of the jungle critters for the carcass...  but I see this interest waning as of late... 

I'm planning on only getting in on distressed properties and without any leverage...  just have to be incredibly disciplined...  and do a lot of research and planning...  If you don't have much tied up in a place, then if it falls to shit, you won't get hurt too badly...

And I say all this from probably one of the best real estate markets in the country...  (we actually have jobs here).  For comparison purposes, a 3/2 ~1500 sq. ft newly constructed house w/ brick & siding is in the ~$135k range all day here, tack on another $10k for homes in the "best" school district...

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 12:32 | 1615338 sun tzu
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Where do you live with prices so low and low unemployment? North Dakota?

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 14:20 | 1615864 MachoMan
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Northeast Arkansas... 

Looking at the BLS data, it seems strange...  we  have some huge fluctuations as a % in our unemployment rate from month to month...  until recently, we were considerably less unemployed than the national average...  but now we're at 8.2% as of June.  A little higher than the rest of the state, but still a full % point behind the national average...  I dispute that (I think our unemployment is lower), but I have nothing but anecdotal evidence to suggest it.

We have quite a bit of manufacturing jobs...  and the city owns part of a power plant...  which allows the city to offer incoming businesses cheaper electricity than other competitors...  the city utilities are also very cheap for residents.  We're one of the cheapest places to live in the country.

However, our bread and butter is AG...  we grow the shit out of rice, beans, and cotton.  As long as commodity prices keep rising, the wealth spills over to a large extent and wages are able to somewhat keep up...

Ultimately, I think we trend towards national averages...  it just takes us longer to do so and I suspect our recovery will also be quicker on the back side...  simply put, we just didn't have the level of malinvestment other places did.  Don't get me wrong, we have an incredible amount of fat to remove (literally and figuratively), but I think we're fairly well situated relatively speaking. 

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:25 | 1614689 SoCalBusted
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Just wait until the government gets into the rental business!

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:02 | 1614570 Rockfish
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Due to the hurricane I have been without power since Saturday, I live in a middle clas niehborhood mostly maded up of self employed, politian and retired. I can tell you there was a lot barter taking place over the weekend. Upper Chesapeak Bay region.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 12:32 | 1615344 sun tzu
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Don't tell the IRS

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:02 | 1614571 optimator
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I'm in a neighborhood with the average home worth 300K and none for sale.  One home was taken by the Feds, three years ago,  as the owner was into mega drug deals.  The home and grounds are maintained well.  Quite a few have looked into buying it, but it is not for sale.  Sign on the door says, owned by Federal Government - No trespassing.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:34 | 1614744 snowball777
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Might as well read "Squat Here".

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:03 | 1614572 Caviar Emptor
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Big big miss on CB COnsumer confidence

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:17 | 1614639 kito
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media says all is well. return to your diversionary activities everybody.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:33 | 1614739 Gromit
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I have six homes for sale just now and traffic is very slow during what is historically (San Diego) the busiest time of the year. Where are the back to school buyers?

Looking forward a little, real estate is going to get a bid becasue

1)  Rents cannot rise as prices fall for very long

2)  When the next wave of the structual bear market which began in 2000 hits we are going to see millions and millions of people who will never trust their future to a piece of paper ever again. Think real assets.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:35 | 1614748 snowball777
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Where are the back to school buyers?

At their second or third shitty job.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:42 | 1614800 Gromit
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Fair enough but their rent is increasing.

If they buy entry level ($250K around here) and use FHA/VA whatever, pay 10K over list negotiated price with a 10K cash credit back to buyer, they can buy for noithing down (thanks USA government) and pay less than rent in mortgage, tax insurance etc.

And they have a call option at the purchase price (they keep any appreciation) and a put option (if price falls give it back to the bank).

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:54 | 1614877 Hubbs
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The Hispanic option: Crowd extended families together under one roof.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 11:07 | 1614944 DOT
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Having a Call or Put requires a market in which you can buy and sell.


Tue, 08/30/2011 - 12:36 | 1615365 candyman
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Oh yea baby I just picked up about 5 grand...i'm going to the bank, this is GREAT news for this steamrolling economy. <sarc>

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 18:32 | 1616828 NumNutt
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The housing market is FUBAR. I have been trying to refinanace, but the bank won't because the house will not appraise high enough so that they get a warm fuzzy fealing. So my next option is to sell, well can't do that either, due to the fact that in order to just break even I would have to list my house 35,000 over the appraised value just to break even. All this on a house that I am not underwater on. So my final option since the local house prices are all fucked up by the banks dumping foreclosures into the local market...I am walking away, I am going to stay in my house until I recieve an eviction notice then I will leave, in the meantime I am saving as much money as possible for as long as possible, then I will rent someplace of equal size for a fraction of my current mortgage. fuck the feds.

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 19:34 | 1617022 BlackholeDivestment
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FUBAR is right. Moral Hazard means the devil owns your post 1999 priced home and lives off your labor until you die of foodstamp government cheese. You are homeless and there is no point in working. Good times, American dream ..Bitchez. lol paaaaathetic.

...and in the interim.

Mon, 09/05/2011 - 09:41 | 1634068 shacai
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