Mar 8 2012

The City – San Francisco remains most overpriced region in California. Bay Area home values down 41 percent from May 2006 peak. 10 years to get to the peak 1996 to 2006. 10 years to bottom out 2006 to 2016.

People seem to think that simply having a good tech industry and a trendy scene warrants an entire region with many millions of people bidding on extremely old properties for whatever a bank will lend them.  I don’t say this with enthusiasm or any kind of bravado but the Bay Area has the most overpriced […]

May 24 2010

Why strategic defaults benefit the dialog on housing. Strategic defaults moving faster than HAMP modifications. The movement for stronger mortgage requirements.

I know many of you have strong opinions regarding strategic defaults.  People have a hard time blending in moral and financial obligations.  It really is a fine balance and public discourse gets muddied with emotional arguments to a somewhat obvious economic issue.  The housing market has not been normal for over a decade.  Even today […]

May 10 2010

Strategic Defaults go Mainstream – Why the strategic default trend shows us the need for larger home buying down payments.

You know something has gone mainstream when it hits 60 Minutes.  The latest episode on 60 Minutes discussed the topic of strategic defaults and how 1 out of 5 current foreclosures are actually occurring because people are voluntarily choosing not to pay their mortgage.  This is a trend that started last year and has picked […]

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