Mar 24 2010

The Bulk of Californians Bought or Refinanced During the Peak – 4.6 Million Moved into a New Housing Unit from 2005 to 2008. 1.7 Million Additional Homes priced under $249,000.

I think looking deep into the housing data of California helps illuminate the story of the housing bubble, but also the drawn out aftermath.  Of the 12 million occupied units in California, over 4.6 million people entered their new housing unit between 2005 and 2008.  This occurred during the peak time.  So to really get […]

Oct 30 2009

The Negative Equity Conundrum: Why Having Equity in a Home is Important. 1 out of 4 Mortgage Holders in a Negative Equity Position.

The post title should be obvious but something occurred during this decade that gave the impression that somehow, equity in a property was of little importance.  The last time in our history that we saw this massive amount of negative equity was during the Great Depression.  But even then, it was a poor comparison because […]

Sep 29 2009

California Housing Still Over Priced: Examining Case Shiller Data and Seasonal Distortions. The Impact of Shadow Inventory on Price.

One simple rule that every student of introductory economics understands is that a product that has more demand than supply will typically push the price up.  The recent stabilization in housing prices has given the impression that the housing market is correcting on its own.  Nothing can be further from the truth.  There are three […]

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