Monthly Archives: May 2008

Not so fast with the granite

From the Wall Street Journal: Will Upgrading Your Home Help You Sell It? Big-Ticket Renovations Lose Value Amid Market Slump; Investing in Curb Appeal By M.P. MCQUEEN May 15, 2008 If you’re putting your home on the market anytime soon, … Continue reading

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NJ Unemployment Rate Rises to 5%

From the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development: Employment Relatively Unchanged in April Unemployment Rate at 5.0 Percent for the Month In April, New Jersey payrolls increased by 1,000 and the state’s unemployment rate edged higher by 0.2 percentage … Continue reading

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Foreclosures up 65% in April

From Bloomberg: U.S. Foreclosures Rise 65 Percent as Vacated Homes Add to Glut U.S. foreclosure filings climbed 65 percent and bank seizures more than doubled in April from a year earlier as rates on adjustable mortgages increased and vacated homes … Continue reading

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NJ home prices rise and fall

From the Asbury Park Press: Sale prices of homes stabilizing at Shore Home prices in the area that includes Monmouth and Ocean counties were essentially flat in the first quarter of 2008, declining by 0.6 percent from the same period … Continue reading

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Gas prices popped the home price bubble?

From CEOs for Cities: Driven to the Brink (PDF) How the Gas Price Spike Popped the Housing Bubble and Devalued the Suburbs The collapse of America’s housing bubble—and its reverberations in financial markets—has obscured a tectonic shift in housing demand. … Continue reading

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So much for being responsible…

From the Wall Street Journal: The Biggest Housing Losers May 12, 2008 You may not know it, dear reader, but Congress is playing you for a sap. During the housing mania, you didn’t lend money at teaser rates to borrowers … Continue reading

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Otteau: “the housing market has further to fall”

From the NY Times: Spring in a Cold Climate THE only way to know when the residential real estate market has “hit bottom” will be with a look in the rear-view mirror, according to Jeffrey G. Otteau, the New Jersey-based … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Housing Bubble, New Jersey Real Estate | 84 Comments

Weekend Open Discussion – Part II

Now Open, Part II! Prior weekend thread closed due to comment overflow

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Weekend Open Discussion

This is the time and place to post observations about your local areas, comments on news stories or the New Jersey housing market, open house reports, etc. If you have any questions you wanted to ask earlier in the week … Continue reading

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Why rescue underwater borrowers?

From the WSJ: Keeping Families Above Water May 8, 2008; Page A2 The latest flash point in the debate over the nation’s bursting housing bubble is this: Since so many American houses are worth less than their mortgages, should the … Continue reading

Posted in Housing Bubble, New Development, Risky Lending | 297 Comments

Northern New Jersey April Residential Sales

Preliminary April sales and inventory data for Northern New Jersey (GSMLS) is in. Please note that this data is subject to revision. The first graph plots the unadjusted sales data (closed sales) for the counties listed. Please note the lower … Continue reading

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Ex-NAR economist Lereah changes tune

From Newsweek: It’s Going to Get Worse Economist David Lereah was once the housing market’s biggest cheerleader. Now he says the bust isn’t near over, and home prices still have a long way to fall. Let me confess at the … Continue reading

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Bernanke begs for a bailout

From Bloomberg: Bernanke Urges Action to Slow Jump in U.S. Home Foreclosures Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, seeking to end the worst housing slump in a quarter century, urged the government and mortgage lenders to intensify their efforts to … Continue reading

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Getting harder to borrow

From the Wall Street Journal: Banks Toughen Terms on Loans Both Consumers And Businesses Feel the Impact By SUDEEP REDDY May 6, 2008; Page A3 In a blow to an already wobbly U.S. economy, banks are imposing tougher lending terms … Continue reading

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Has it ever been a bad time to buy?

According to the National Association of Realtors, the answer is no, it has always been a good time to buy… …even during the darkest depths of the Great Depression. Unemployment was nearing 16% and approximately 8 million Americans were unemployed. … Continue reading

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