Monthly Archives: August 2010

New Jersey Home Price Tracker – August 2010

The New Jersey Home Price Index Tracker has been updated to include: * June S&P Case Shiller (Aggregate, Tiered, Condo) * Q2 FHFA Home Price Index (HPI, Purchase Only) * Q2 NJAR Home Price Index (Statewide Median) (click to enlarge) … Continue reading

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Case Shiller Day!

From Reuters: US home prices to eke out small June gain U.S. home prices likely eked out a small gain in June, but a rise would represent the final tail-winds of the homebuyer tax credit that ended in April rather … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, National Real Estate, New Jersey Real Estate | 132 Comments

“The problem is that every house on their block is for sale, too.”

From the NY Post (Hat tip Dan): Town is down on its luxe In this economy, it’s not uncommon for whole neighborhoods to be on the market. But Rumson, NJ, a leafy bedroom community of 7,200 residents, nonetheless stands out: … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Bubble, Shore Real Estate | 47 Comments

“The housing market should improve but it probably won’t.”

From Time: Housing Market: What’s Ahead? Are housing prices near a bottom? It’s not just policymakers, realtors and bankers who yearn for the turn. Anyone who owns a house, a condo or coop is surely wishing for some modest improvement. … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, National Real Estate | 110 Comments

There are no American soldiers in Baghdad

From the NY Times (Hat tip Cindy): Widespread Fear Freezes Housing Market You have to wonder sometimes what they’re smoking over there at the National Association of Realtors. On Tuesday, the self-proclaimed “voice for real estate” released its “existing home … Continue reading

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Bergen and Essex County Mega Comp Killers!

Wooooooooo!!! Double comp killer weekend! Might just bring a tear to my eye. From AMHS: Hi Grim. Hello all. I’m a long time lurker—thoroughly addicted to this blog for many, many years now. We just moved into our Montclair REO—-we … Continue reading

Posted in Comp Killer, Housing Bubble, New Jersey Real Estate | 296 Comments

Home price outlook not rosy

From MacroMarkets: Home Price Expectations Continue to Dim “For the third consecutive month, the consensus from the experts indicates weakened overall confidence in the U.S. housing recovery, with only 21% of our panelists now predicting positive growth in prices nation-wide … Continue reading

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July contracts continue downward trend for NJ

Jeffery Otteau reports contracts signed, not closed sales. This is a more timely indicator of market activity, since closed sales represent purchase activity from approximately 2 months prior. Contracts is also a forward looking predictor of closed sales over the … Continue reading

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Northern NJ – July Home Sales

With July Existing Home Sales widely expected to disappoint at 10am this morning, I thought I’d share with you all the equally gloomy Northern NJ data. The local July declines are significantly worse (at least 2-3x) than the consensus estimate … Continue reading

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Housing transitions from cash cow to dog

From the NYT: Housing Fades as a Means to Build Wealth, Analysts Say Housing will eventually recover from its great swoon. But many real estate experts now believe that home ownership will never again yield rewards like those enjoyed in … Continue reading

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How do we sleep when our beds are sinking?

From Reuters: Dropout Rate for Mortgage Aid Program Nearly 50%: Treasury The percentage of homeowners dropping out of the Obama administration’s premier housing rescue program rose in July to nearly half of participants, as owners receiving aid continued to struggle … Continue reading

Posted in Foreclosures, Housing Bubble, National Real Estate | 95 Comments

Hot Potato

From Housingwire: Fitch: Big Four Banks Face $180bn in Buybacks from Fannie and Freddie Government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae may exercise the right to force the big four banks, JP Morgan, Citigroup, Bank of America, and … Continue reading

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High-end short sales!

MLS# 2781150 78 May Dr, Chatham Original List: $2,795,000 Asking: $2,290,000 DOM: 300ish Purchased in 2007 for $2,955,000 MLS# 2790238 765 Ewing Ave, Franklin Lakes Original List: $4,250,000 Asking: $2,199,000 DOM: Forever (No Pic) MLS# 2776442 9 Peach Tree Place, … Continue reading

Posted in New Jersey Real Estate | 188 Comments

NJ unemployment rises in July

From Bloomberg: New Jersey’s Unemployment Rate Increases for the First Time Since December New Jersey’s unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent in July, the first monthly increase since December as municipalities cut payrolls to balance budgets. Employers shed 21,200 positions … Continue reading

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Altos: NY Metro July Prices Down, Inventory Up

(grim’s note: While the Altos numbers are a welcome addition, realize that they are month over month numbers, which tend to exhibit strong seasonality with regards to price and inventory. These numbers are hard to use (and potentially confusing/misleading) without … Continue reading

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