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Pending Home Sales Miss, Decline For Third Month; NAR Criticizes Flawed Monetary Policy As Culprit

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With actual economic data now largely irrelevant, and why should it be : "got a recession? There's an EFSF for that" it is hardly worth noting that the third notable economic data point of the day, the first being GDP which came in line on an inexplicable surge in consumer spending in Q3 despite an epic collapse in consumer confidence, and a drop in the market to 2011 lows; the second being the nth consecutive print in initial claims over 400, which was the pending home sales update from the NAR which printed at -4.6% on expectations of an increase of 0.4%, and down from last month's -1.2%. This is the third consecutive monthly slide in sales data, and merely adds to yesterday's near record drop in median home prices, once again simply confirming that the biggest source of US "wealth" housing still has a long way to drop. And while we ridicule him all the time, even the NAR's Larry Yun has figured out that operation twist and monetary policy in general is a failure: "The Federal Reserve evidently has been attempting to lower mortgage rates, yet more consumers are faced with taking out jumbo loans that carry higher interest rates." Speaking of Jumbo loans, PrimeX jumped earlier today on the European news, and has since been drifting lower. It will continue doing so once some semblance of rationality returns.

From the NAR, which already has zero credibility to begin with and its upward bias has been documented on repeated occasions:

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said the housing market is being excessively constrained. “A combination of weak consumer confidence and continuing tight lending criteria held back home buyers, even though the private sector added nearly 2 million net new jobs in the past 12 months,” he said.

 

The PHSI in the Northeast declined 4.7 percent to 60.6 in September but is 4.0 percent above a year ago. In the Midwest the index dropped 6.2 percent to 71.5 in September but remains 12.3 percent higher than September 2010. Pending home sales in the South fell 5.5 percent in September to an index of 91.6 but are 5.0 percent above a year ago. In the West the index declined 2.1 percent to 105.8 in September but is 5.6 percent higher than September 2010.

Hilariously, even Larry Yun is now criticizing the Fed:

America’s monetary policy is contradictory and confusing, where some consumers with the best financial capacity and top-notch credit scores pay higher mortgage interest rates,” Yun said. “The Federal Reserve evidently has been attempting to lower mortgage rates, yet more consumers are faced with taking out jumbo loans that carry higher interest rates.”

 

Yun emphasized the need to reinstate higher loan limits in 42 states. “Just leaving excessive cash to sit in banks and not work into the economy is a drag on the overall recovery,” he said. “We need a comprehensive approach to address housing issues – not additional impediments.”

And with that observation of reality, we return you to today's continuing EURUSD and ES short squeeze.

 

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Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:16 | 1817067 Cognitive Dissonance
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Missed it by  >            that            <  much.

Again!

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:33 | 1817131 Oh regional Indian
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Hey CD, which bush have you been hiding under, eh?

And that, is really flexible. That can be stretched, shrunk, bloated, sugar-coated.

What a scary thought, someone said:

This housing collapse has no floor.

ORI

Nuclear Anniversaries Omens and other things

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:35 | 1817135 MillionDollarBonus_
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Flawed monetary policy is certainly a culprit for this disappointing figure. Dr Bernanke has become decidedly hawkish as of late, and to be frank he has failed to deliver the necessary level of MBS monetization. But that's not to say that congress shouldn't be looking for ways to increase aggregate demand through further fiscal stimulus programs such as HARP. And lastly, we are all to blame somewhat for America's poor consumer spending figures. Each and every one of us has a responsibility to boost aggregate demand by spending and taking out more consumer loans. If every American just spent an extra $1000, this would account for a total boost in aggregate demand of $312,454,000,000! Come on America, we can do this - I KNOW we can.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:54 | 1817199 Mohan
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Sorry pal - no offense. This is the kind of econo-gibberish (aggregate demand, MBS monetization, fiscal stimulus, yada yada) that brought this great economy to its current state of distress. The economy did just great in the 50s through mid 70s when know-it-all economists were just formulating their voodoo theories and the yet to be born new-breed financiers were still in their mother's wombs contemplating the explosive financial "instruments."

A good economy needs more engineers, inventors, scientists, true entrepreneurs. Not fake professionals who call themselves economists and spoiled brats with Ivy MBA Finance degrees who think that the world owes them bazillion dollars 'cause they are smart.

Here is something I will say in simple English to all the gullible  who keep believeing the bullshit by the Feds, Governmentsand the Econoclowns: The sound economic policy for any economy is not to interfere with business cycles and/or cost of capital.

Jeez!


Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:04 | 1817244 MillionDollarBonus_
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"The sound economic policy for any economy is not to interfere with business cycles and/or cost of capital."

This is a purist/extremist view. The world is not black and white - it comes in shades of grey. You have to accept the value of fiscal and monetary stimulus or else you are simply an extremist.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 12:05 | 1817481 eureka
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Here's some "shades" for you:

"Jumbo Loans" - means that the rich  and or aspiringh rich are busy gobbling up McMAnsions at pennies in the dollar.

They're gonna feel really good about themselves; at least they'll be watching the crash of US Paper-Financial Empire from a premium seat - until the "mansion" goes on fire.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 12:15 | 1817525 FeetOnTheGround
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Shades of gray ARE black and white.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:51 | 1817201 s2man
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Im doing my part; converting every FRN I can into physical assets.  Short $, long stuff.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:53 | 1817424 curbyourrisk
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You are a tool of the BERNANK.

 

People like you are part of the problem.. I bet you would like to give the world a can of coke too, then hold hands around the camp fire and sing kum-bay-ah.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:37 | 1817148 chubbar
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I keep reading where the analysts believe this price drop will stop at 1996 pricing. I built a house in 1996 and sold it in 2005. The price according to Zillow (not sure how accurate they are) has it BELOW the amount I spent to build it back in 96', and I did a pretty decent job of keeping the cost down.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:12 | 1817264 Cognitive Dissonance
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'Hey CD, which bush have you been hiding under, eh?'

I will be posting a new article today called "Breaking Broken Connections." 

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 12:55 | 1817710 Oh regional Indian
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Nice, very apt under these Scorpionic, Samahain-y, day of the dead-y times.

Thin veil and all. look forward to reading it.

ORI

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:38 | 1817149 philipat
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NAR Spokesperson:

"Look, let's totally ignore reality and seasonality. We're here as a chearleader. Sales were up month over month, which, of course, they always are at this time of year. The fact that they are down YOY, which factors seasonality? Oh fuck that, this is sales promotion and most readers are too fucking stupid to have any understanding of basic mathematics. Etc Etc."

SHessh............................

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:17 | 1817075 Tsar Pointless
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Let's see.

Dazzling with brilliance was jettisoned long ago.

Now, baffling with bullshit isn't even working.

What now?

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:25 | 1817098 Poule Mouillee
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Spin it with Spirit?

Flog it with Fervor?

 

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 15:15 | 1818295 Devore
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Brilliance > bullshit > lies.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:19 | 1817077 homersimpson
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Looks like this is bullish.. 240+ and counting.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:29 | 1817114 MFL8240
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Everthing is bullish when the whole sytem is based upon bullshit.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:53 | 1817207 s2man
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Got bullshit?  You'll need it for your garden.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:20 | 1817078 alien-IQ
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Consumer confidence plummeting is a sign that Banks (and the FED) are doing their job spectacularly since it is their goal to break the morale and spirit of the general population.

The decline in home sales is just a small part of it.

If the government wanted the consumer to feel more confident, all they would have to do is remove the government dick from the consumers ass and I'm certain they will feel much much better.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:21 | 1817080 Waterfallsparkles
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Really does not matter how low interest rates are if the Banks will not lend to anyone.  Their so called credit standards are now way too high.

It also does not matter how low interest rates are if the House will not Appraise.  Now the Appraisal process is being run by the Banks.

The Banks dumping propertys on the Market way below Market Value almost guarantees that a House sold by an individual will not Appraise.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:37 | 1817152 disabledvet
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whatdaymean? they give Government money for free? I don't understand. Nice kitty-cat btw. what's his name?

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:02 | 1817242 Waterfallsparkles
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Senoria short for Senorita.  My Cat is a little Girl.  When she was a kitten her face markings looked like a French Man with a little mustash and a gotee.  I could not call her Sinor so I named her Senorita.

She is a real little devil too.  With a real personality. So cute.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 16:35 | 1818613 NumNutt
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Your partially correct, the credit standards have increased because the government passed new regulation after bailing the banks out the first time around. They now are requiring the 20% down to help keep people from walking away from their homes. One of the new regulations also is that in the past a bank could pick who they wanted to perform an appraisal, now the new federal regulations require that the government picks at random a local appraisor to perform it. This is to stop any appraisals being given with a false value to make the loan go thru.  In the governments view these new regulations are to keep another housing bubble from occuring, the reality is they have killed the market.  Your comment of the banks dumping foreclosed properties on the market at below market value is also a mojor issue that continues to drive all the values down.....and down we will continue to go.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:21 | 1817082 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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Will the FED ever pay for it's crimes?

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:23 | 1817091 alien-IQ
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In a word: No.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:28 | 1817115 Hephasteus
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No. But they'll print people permission slips to pay on their behalf.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:31 | 1817126 Unprepared
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That's why I rather believe in Hell

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:24 | 1817093 fuu
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The $100 down 203k's will fix this by the next reporting period...

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:25 | 1817099 RobotTrader
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The  Comfort Index is the worst of all time and housing is still in the tank.

Nothing has been fixed to create jobs.

However, the time to buy stocks is when the news is the worst and people are exiting mutual funds in droves with multi-week withdrawals.

The fact that the SPY is down a paltry 7% from the highs during the worst economy in 75 years is proof that the market is acting strong.

Just watch what happens when things actually improve and all that bond money starts piling back into stocks and we get 40 consecutive weeks of mutual fund inflows.

LOL....

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:27 | 1817110 jcaz
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Yeah, that will save your 3 shares of Netflix.....

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:37 | 1817147 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Holding dollars instead?

Robo is right to a certain extent, but of course Robo does not tell the whole picture......

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:29 | 1817116 Hohum
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Robo,

I know it's your schtick, but when things improve the price of oil will climb up and nip any nascent recovery in the bud.  That includes recovery in the "market."

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:38 | 1817153 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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In a real environment, yes.  With Bernanke printing trillions of dollars, well, inflation may take oil higher than ever before, but stocks will also be more expensive.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:38 | 1817373 earleflorida
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oil is a fossil fuel, thus it's prehistoric, period -

what use oil has in the future is but its  derivative by-products providing limited usefulness soon to be a 19th century footnote in the industrial history books via 21st century! 

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:36 | 1817117 FunkyMonkeyBoy
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... or, more likely, the stock market catches up with physical/economic reality.

The FED has been trying to wag the dog that is all...

... they failed, and it has cost $trillions...

... now every member of the FED should be hung for treason, very simple really.

... and then we come up with a new fair system for the people, that hasn't been hijacked by Jewish interests.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:34 | 1817134 jeff314
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you are funny

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:43 | 1817173 disabledvet
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very odd. the best performing financial asset ytd is treasury debt. the worst is high yield corporate. needless to say what Europe has done is not pro-business. yet the market rallies. sounds like questions to me. here's a famous one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8gfMXEmCew4

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:58 | 1817227 alien-IQ
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You remind me of a character in the Charles Bukowski poem "My Friend William";

my friend William is a fortunate man:
he lacks the imagination to suffer

he kept his first job
his first wife

can drive a car 50,000 miles
without a brake job

he dances like a swan
and has the prettiest blankest eyes
this side of El Paso

his garden is a paradise
the heels of his shoes are always level
and his handshake is firm

people love him

when my friend William dies
it will hardly be from madness or cancer

he'll walk right past the devil
and into heaven

you'll see him at the party tonight
grinning
over his martini

blissful and delightful
as some guy
fucks his wife in the
bathroom.

Charles Bukowski

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:02 | 1817237 Mae Kadoodie
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Robot, unless you are, like, 15 years old, your "LOL" useage priveledge has just been terminated.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:25 | 1817103 monopoly
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Market appears stalled here just like housing. What a train wreck.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:27 | 1817112 OutLookingIn
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The NAR 'spins' bullshit!

Talk about a conflict of interest, the NAR would like nothing better, than to return to full speed ahead and damn the financial torpedoes!

The housing sector and some aspects of the CRE market have many years of devaluation to look forward to yet. This is the two edged financial sword that deflates asset values and inflates consumer base goods. While at the same time diminishes your take home pay, for those that still have a job.

Can you say stagflation? I knew you could!

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:31 | 1817120 snowball777
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Sure, Larry. We'll just have some mythical buyers suddenly decide to buy "more" house. LOL

Debt deflation spiral. There is no up.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:32 | 1817122 MFL8240
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Consumer confident is down, unemployment is terrible, housing is terrrible, and the GDP is up because unemployed people are spending money buying Chinesse made goods!  hahahahahahaha!!  Sure.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:36 | 1817142 jdelano
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in six to eight months, today's GDP number will be revised down to -0.4

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:15 | 1817276 earleflorida
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the other day i heard some brainiac economist or whatever on the financial networks speak of chinese imported goods and products as a saving grace for the unemployed, and no-where to-go off-shored job market here in america -

[sic] if they didn't have low cost products from china their plight would be much worse,... that china is helping their purchacing power with (excuse me for saying this,... if american jobs weren't offshored in the first place there would be no need for this recourse by the way, stupid me?) these hard times regrettably falling upon the U.S. labor force,... should be comforting to them, while they [emphasis THEY] ,'bask-n-a-jobless-recovery, and a future-of austerity', while the U.S burns it's Phoenix! 

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:31 | 1817123 marcusfenix
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today marks the single largest and most profound disconnect and decoupling from reality I have personally ever witnessed in the markets, so much so I don't think they will ever be able to find the rabbit hole again and are doomed to wander in wonderland forever. to mark this absurdly surreal return to the jobless, house-less recovery a little queensrych-

I've got to do something
about the loathsome
state I'm in.

DiS CoN NeC TeD
DiS CoN NeC TeD
DiS CoN NeC TeD

Everywhere I see decay.
Mechanized and sterilized
visions of replay.
I must release my rage.

Oh...
DiS CoN NeC TeD
I'm...
DiS CoN NeC TeD
feeling so...
DiS CoN NeC TeD

D ow n.........

Maybe all I need
beside my pills
and the surgery
is a new metaphor for reality.

I'm...DiS CoN NeC TeD
feeling so...
DiS CoN NeC TeD
oh...
DiS CoN NeC TeD

- you know -

Queensryche-Disconnected
Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:34 | 1817133 MFL8240
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Could not agree more!  Money printing now equals growth.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:31 | 1817127 Undecided
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Every paper is preachng how nice it is that the U.S. has growth today...I guess they just don't understand how inflation works anymore...alot of people going to get hurt.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:32 | 1817128 Bansters-in-my-...
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Well don't worry the "markets"have no eyes and no ears.

So...

They seem to think a trillion dollar levereged BAILOUT is a good thing.

FuckTards.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:32 | 1817129 antonwarnung
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This rally may feel good to some.  To me, I would love to be long but don't need A#$%^%&%^&* that is coming.  Sure there have been some less bad numbers out there but as pending home sales and other data suggest there are some serious structural problems with the US and world economy.  The dollar is tanking and the euro rising?  If anything this whole whing will end with EU collapse or Euro monetization.  How are either of those scenerios consistant with the dollar falling?  What am I missing here?  How will the fed start QE3 with the dollar in the toilett and equity and serious commidity inflation if this rally keeps going? 

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:39 | 1817155 jdelano
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Your problem is your sane and not retarded.  Here's what you need to do.  Go shit in a two liter Pepsi bottle.  Cap it and leave it on radiator for several weeks.  Next, open bottle and huff the escaping gases deeply into your lungs.  Return to your computer.  Invest in market.  You will CRUSH it from that point forward so long as you remember to continue taking healthy gulps of methane every few minutes.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:32 | 1817130 antonwarnung
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This rally may feel good to some.  To me, I would love to be long but don't need A#$%^%&%^&* that is coming.  Sure there have been some less bad numbers out there but as pending home sales and other data suggest there are some serious structural problems with the US and world economy.  The dollar is tanking and the euro rising?  If anything this whole whing will end with EU collapse or Euro monetization.  How are either of those scenerios consistant with the dollar falling?  What am I missing here?  How will the fed start QE3 with the dollar in the toilett and equity and serious commidity inflation if this rally keeps going? 

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:35 | 1817138 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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How's everyone's dollars doing?  Well?  Yeah?  Yeah?  Bahahaha...

King dollar!

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:02 | 1817239 s2man
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mine are fine, 'cause they are silver dollars

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:35 | 1817139 vato poco
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Is there ANY whine or other bullshit realtors won't stoop to? Jesus, they make teachers and used-car salesmen seem like silent, gritty Josey Wales by comparison. (Middle class) people aren't buying houses because they can do simple math, Larry. Why sign up for a deal where you're *guaranteed* to be $5 or $10K underwater within 18 months? *Before* the realtors sacred 6% commission?? Why stop at the Fed? Aren't there some commies around y'all can blame too?

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:37 | 1817145 Long-John-Silver
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I wonder if this is whats causing Silver to take off to the upside this morning?

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:39 | 1817158 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Many reasons

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:43 | 1817174 wisefool
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Why is it a bad thing that people are getting jumbo loans? That indicates prices are stable or going up? Also even with the jumbo premium aren't rate near the lowest levels recorded in history? What does the NAR actually want?

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:45 | 1817184 BigSkyBear
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"Punt Team!!!!!....Get in there Goddammit!!!!"

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:20 | 1817303 earleflorida
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take the safety! 

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:00 | 1817234 slaughterer
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All other indices pulled off 5% gains today, and all the SPY can do is struggle with 2.2%?

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:03 | 1817245 s2man
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I'm thinking about refi'ing. I doubt I'll get it though. Got divorced 5 years ago and still have shit on the credit report from that episode.

Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:06 | 1817251 Snakeeyes
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Look at the longer term numbers. 


NAR: Pending Homes Sales Decline 4.6%, Consumer Comfort Declines

http://confoundedinterest.wordpress.com/

Pending home sales are volatily and seasonal. But the Bloomberg Comfort Index shows the big fall in 2008 (and some in Q4 2007)  and it has never been the same since.

 

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