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Why Isn’t Housing A Bubble?

by John Rubino on September 22, 2014 · 19 comments

In his book The Postcatastrophe Economy, iTulip’s Eric Janszen notes that financial bubbles don’t repeat. That is, yesterday’s bubble is never tomorrow’s because hot money likes to chase the next big thing, not the last big thing. Which explains how US equities, government bonds, fine art, and trophy properties like London penthouses can all be […]

 

Thinking About 5% Mortgages

by John Rubino on June 26, 2013 · 9 comments

They say that one sign of creeping old age is that memories from past decades are more vivid than those from past days or weeks. They’re right. I don’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday but clearly recall bragging about refinancing our mortgage for 6% back in the early 2000s. That was a killer […]

 

Housing: New Bubble or More Trouble?

by John Rubino on April 17, 2012 · 22 comments

The in-laws own a gas station in Miami that they’ve wanted to sell for years. But they dithered when the market was hot and ended up being stuck with it when interest evaporated in 2009. Lately, though, the phone has begun to ring again. It’s not exactly a feeding frenzy but real offers are coming […]

 

Real Estate Rolling Over — Everywhere

by John Rubino on August 3, 2011 · 10 comments

The double dip in the US housing market isn’t unique, based on all the similar reports popping up around the world. Here are four from yesterday: Hong Kong Home Sales at Lowest Since Early 2009 on Rates, Curbs The number of housing transactions in Hong Kong plunged to the lowest in 30 months on rising […]

 

The Housing Double Dip, QE3, and Gold

by John Rubino on May 25, 2011 · 26 comments

Back during the previous bubble the “Real Estate Bust” breaking news section at DollarCollapse rocked: Tons of fresh links with apocalyptic titles and lots of fish-in-a-barrel ideas for shorting the banks and home builders. Then the action fizzled. Home prices and sales stabilized, and housing seemed destined to bump along for a while, playing little […]

 

To Borrow or Not to Borrow

by John Rubino on December 20, 2009 · 8 comments

I just got off the phone with a friend who’s buying some commercial real estate but isn’t sure how to pay for it. Should he use cash and own it outright, with no worries about making payments? Or should he finance it and pay off the loan with ever-cheaper dollars — in effect going long […]

 


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