June 1, 2008

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  1. realors are uselessJune 02, 2008

    That picture for this month's posting reminds of of some houses realtors have tried to show me before.

    Now I just look myself and find my own.

    I always sell FSBO

  2. don't worry congress is on itJune 09, 2008

    The latest stats show one in ever seven ( 1 : 7 ) homes in America are in foreclosure.

  3. next big market failureJune 11, 2008

    The next thing to fail in Real Estate will be the commercial / retail properties...which are over priced per square foot and the service provided by the landlord / property owner sucks.

    With the high cost of gasoline and inflation, people will stop buying retail, so all the little Mom and Pop stores, and small owners will go under leaving vast amounts of vacant stores for bargain prices.

  4. re, next big market failure

    I totally agree, I was looking for a small retail outlet and as usual Realtors suck.

    So, I went to my local banker and they gave me the names of some of their customers who are in financial strapped cash flow positions and I arranged to get a small space from them as a sub let renter. Everyone benefits from this.

    So if you're looking ask your local banker for help.

  5. AnonymousJune 18, 2008

    Ads for Overpriced Real Estate (Phoenix)

    I just finished looking at the real estate for sale ads on Craigslist. Lot's of sellers in fantasyland, that's for sure.

    Anyway, they should have a flagging category called "Overpriced Piece of Crap." That might weed out the nutcase sellers who think it's still 2006.

    And some advice to anyone wanting to sell their real estate: lower the price. Remember what your house was worth in 2000? That's probably about what it's worth now, maybe even less.

  6. Realtors are still asking for 6%, what fantasy land are these assholes in?

  7. AnonymousJune 18, 2008

    Realtors in Phoenix will do ANYTHING to convince you to buy a cardboard house in some lockdown community 40 miles outside of town.

  8. 6% = Greed !!!June 18, 2008

    For every decent real estate agent, there are 100 that should be working at McDonald's.

    If you are dumb enough to use a realtor, shop around ...

    If they aren't selling at least 1 house per month, even in a bad real estate economy like this, they aren't worth shit.

  9. The Re-Poster GuyJune 18, 2008

    Home prices continue sharp descent

    Single-family home prices dropped 7.7% in the first quarter in the largest year-over-year decline since the National Association of Realtors began reporting prices in 1982.
    The median sales price fell to $196,300, down 4.8% compared with the last three months of 2007.
    Lawrence Yun, the chief economist of NAR, attributed much of the record decline to liquidity problems dragging down high-priced markets.
    "These are highly unusual results because there were very few jumbo loan originations in the latest quarter," he said. "So sales are much slower in high-cost areas."
    Jumbo mortgages skew results
    That sales slowdown changed the mix of houses sold.
    In California, according to Yun, homes bought with jumbo mortgages - more than $417,000 - accounted for 40% of all sales before liquidity for these loans dried up during the summer of 2007. Since then only 10% of sales in California involved jumbo loans.
    In February, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the government sponsored enterprises that guarantee a market for conforming loans, have raised the $417,000 cap to include mortgages of up to $729,750, but lenders were still charging much higher rates for these "conforming jumbos," between 1% and 1.5% more than ordinary conforming loans. The higher rates are discouraging sales in higher price ranges and so skewed NAR's median price results.
    Many of these same markets were also among the hardest hit by the subprime implosion, which forced many lower priced homes back on the markets, again dragging down NAR's results.
    That helped put many California and other Sun Belt cities, with their toxic combinations of both high prices and heavy proportions of subprime mortgages, among the biggest losers.
    In California, Sacramento prices plummeted 29.2% to $258,500 compared with last year and Riverside prices fell 27.7% to $287,100. Prices in Las Vegas fell 20.2% to $247,600 and those in Phoenix dropped 15.4% to $222,200.
    Some Midwestern cities, hard hit by factory closings, also suffered huge losses with Lansing, Mich., prices falling 26.9%. Saginaw, Mich., had the lowest median prices of any of the 150 markets studied; a median house in Saginaw sold for just $65,400.
    "You have two themes: the weak industrial economies under increasing pressure by struggles of the Big Three automakers and the deflating of what were once the most prominent bubble markets," said Michael Youngblood, an analyst with FBR Investment Management.
    About of a third of the markets did show gains. The best performer in the nation was Binghamton, N.Y., where prices rose 11.8% to $109,700. Then came Peoria, Ill., up 10.4% to $119,000 and Spartanburg, S.C., where prices rose 10.2% to $130,300.
    Regionally, in the Northeast, single-family home prices rose slightly, 3.2% to $280,000. But prices in the South dropped 7.5% to $164,200, in the Midwest they fell 7.9% to $142,700 and in the West they plunged 12.3% to $296,300.
    Foreclosures put more homes in play
    Hurting home prices were big rises in foreclosure rates over the past 12 months, which threaten to get even worse. Delinquencies more than doubled over that time and more than 155,000 lost their homes in bank repossessions during the first three months of the year. With many adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) poised to reset this year to higher interest rates, defaults could go even higher.
    "Yes, but I hasten to say it's not merely the ARMs," said Youngblood. "Fixed rate loans are performing poorly as well."
    All that foreclosure activity added to the glut of homes on the market. The total inventory has risen to an average of 10 months worth of unsold homes. In addition, a record number - 2.9 million - of vacant homes are up for sale, according to the Census Bureau.
    The big inventory has led to aggressive price slashing and increased incentives by builders looking to sell homes. They've also cut way back on housing starts, which are at a 17-year low.
    The pace of existing home sales, at about 492,000 a month, is about a third less than its peak during the summer of 2005.
    Condo prices fared a bit better than single-family homes. The median price fell just 3% since early 2007. The worst hit market was the Sarasota area, where condos dropped 35% over the past 12 months to $268,500. Sacramento condo price cratered 33.4% to $147,200. In Miami, prices fell 26.4% to $176,100.
    The best performing condo market was about as far from the madding crowds of South Beach as one can get: Bismarck, N.D., condo prices soared 36.4% compared with 12 months ago, to $124,900.
    The price declines in falling markets may not have run their course. Some analysts point to low home prices in many Midwestern cities and assert there's not much room for prices to fall but Youngblood disagrees.
    "If we'd had this discussion a year ago, we would have said the same thing - how much further can they fall?" he said. "But jobs are declining and people are moving out and you're getting sharper home price declines than you ordinarily would."
    Also, according to Youngblood, the sheer volume of foreclosures takes a toll. "Recent studies report that foreclosed properties sell for an average of 20% less than comparable properties that have not been foreclosed on," he said.
    As for the bubble markets that have already lost 30% of their values, Youngblood thinks their declines are not over. He expects some to drop another 20% or so through February 2009.

  10. I Say Put Them All In PrisonJune 20, 2008

    Finally the government is getting off its dead ass and going after all these scamming worthless mortgage brokers.

  11. Eric StandsJune 20, 2008

    re, put them all in prison

    Yes, and today they announced they will also be going after Lenders, Appraisers, and Realtors.

    I can't wait....
    Jail them all, they have ruined America with there bullshit and greed!

  12. AnonymousJune 24, 2008

    Arizona is becoming the foreclosure capitol of America

    This used to be a nice place to live. Now home values in Arizona are plummeting with no end in sight. Squatters are moving into the endless number of empty foreclosed homes and destroying them. Banks can't unload these houses, even at auction. Neighborhoods are being trashed because owners are not willing/able to maintain their homes/yards and they really don't give a shit what their house looks like if it's gonna be foreclosed. Goddam former RENTERS who bought homes with nothing down and an adjustable rate mortgage trash their homes...which they treated like crap anyway and had no business buying...before they walk away from their home with negative equity and reducing the value of the homes that ARE well-kept...they don't give a shit. The homeless population of Phoenix has doubled in the last 2 years, adding to the trash and unsightliness of this place. Arizona turning into one large blighted area.

  13. take noteJune 24, 2008

    New construction permits fell to an all time 17-year low last week.

  14. jason berhardJune 24, 2008

    New Home Sales are at the lowest in nearly 2 decades and expected to get worse. Some major players (builders / developers) are verily hanging on - what's next?
    Will the government bail them out like they did the banks, mortgage companies, auto companies, and airlines?

  15. howling madJune 26, 2008

    Donald Trump says the housing market will get worse but doesn't think the commercial real estate will be effected...he only says that because he owns so much that if it declines even 1% his empire is in trouble.


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