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64   willywonka   ignore (6)   2020 Apr 9, 3:30pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

If you be liquid, you may be able to pick up some cheap homes. Asset stripping, Chinese Communist style, comrades.
65   mell   ignore (4)   2020 Apr 9, 5:02pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Hircus says
I look at the stock market today and gotta say I'm surprised to see we ended the day at a level that puts us down only about 18% from our peak a couple months ago, before we crashed. And, were currently about where we were 1 yr ago.

Granted, if you did a s&p 1 yr trend line and compared our current level with where we likely would have been if we followed the trend instead of crashing, then we are down a good clip.

But, damn, being down only 18% just feels at odds with the atmosphere. I guess big money must feel that the stimulus is sized appropriately in relation to how this event is panning out.

I don't trust words that come out of very many of the talking heads. But I do trust rich billionaire fucks not to lose their fortunes, and right now they seem bullish. But maybe this is just volatility manifesting itself in a spike.


There will be continued optimism as most bigger companies can easily take a hit for one quarter. Until earnings I don't see another crash. And if earnings come in at or above estimates we may reach previous levels sooner than later again, but I doubt there will be any meaningful growth beyond that. Next we need to rehire many who lost their jobs without their fault. It's doable if they don't fuck this up with further lockdowns.
66   RC2006   ignore (2)   2020 May 5, 10:42am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Whats going on with the housing market? I thought for sure we would see signs of it cracking by now but still don't see any price declines. I think it needs to correct and thought for sure this virus would be the last straw.
67   ad   ignore (0)   2020 May 5, 10:51am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-home-prices-are-rising-during-the-pandemic-11588671002

Why Home Prices Are Rising During the Pandemic
While buyer demand has softened and sales fell 8.5% in March, the supply of homes on the market is contracting even faster

By Nicole Friedman, Wall Street Journal
Updated May 5, 2020 11:41 am ET

The economy is shrinking, businesses are closing and jobs are disappearing due to the coronavirus pandemic. But in the housing market, prices keep chugging higher.

Home prices plunged during the last recession after a housing crash caused millions of families to lose their homes. Home values could start to erode again, especially when mortgage forbearances end, some economists warn.

But that hasn’t been the case so far. The median home price rose 8% year-over-year to $280,600 in March, according to the National Association of Realtors. While buyer demand has softened and sales fell 8.5% that month from the prior month, the supply of homes on the market is contracting even faster, recent preliminary data shows.

“Demand absolutely just got a kick in the gut, but at the same exact time, so did supply,” said Skylar Olsen, senior principal economist at Zillow Group Inc.

Homes typically go under contract a month or two before the contract closes, so the March NAR data largely reflects purchase decisions made in February or January.

Even by the end of last month, many sellers were reluctant to cut prices. Only about 4% of sellers cut their prices in the week ended April 25, down from 5.7% during the same week last year, according to Realtor.com. ( News Corp, parent of The Wall Street Journal, operates Realtor.com.)
68   Fortwaynemobile   ignore (3)   2020 May 5, 10:52am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I don’t see it yet.
69   ad   ignore (0)   2020 May 5, 11:01am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Hircus says
Granted, if you did a s&p 1 yr trend line and compared our current level with where we likely would have been if we followed the trend instead of crashing, then we are down a good clip.


Good point. You could start a preliminary examination with the P/E ratio. https://www.longtermtrends.net/price-earnings-ratio/

The S&P 500 needs to go down about 20% from current level to return to fair value. However that is calibrated based on the past (i.e., pre-2008) when the Federal Reserve was not as proactive in monetary policies. So perhaps there is a "new average" or "new normal" as far as fair valuation (i.e., P/E ratio range between 15 and 20, instead of 10 to 15).
70   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostakovitch   ignore (52)   2020 May 5, 11:49am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

This is glorious!

Housing prices can return to reasonable 1940 levels and a handful of hedge funds can buy every last house for pennies on the dollar and then buy all housing construction firms and force AMERICA! to disgorge every last dime in RENT!, exactly as the Founding Fathers commanded.

SO FUCKING MAGA!
71   rigidmember   ignore (0)   2020 May 5, 1:34pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

RC2006 says
Whats going on with the housing market? I thought for sure we would see signs of it cracking by now but still don't see any price declines. I think it needs to correct and thought for sure this virus would be the last straw.


In the Bay Area but here are my observations from people I know:

1) White collar professionals - Working from home continuing to collect paychecks
2) Blue collar trades - Many kept working, some furloughed but will return to work this week
3) Service workers - Furloughed/laid off. Restaurant workers, retail, etc

Who buys homes in the Bay Area? See #1 above. This is one reason why homes have not really budged in price through the shelter in place. Also, I assume the data represents those homes that went under contract just before the shelter in place. It will be interesting to see the data for May and the next couple months though. I know there have been tech layoffs but my company (civil engineering) is continuing to hire during the shelter in place. We are just as busy as before China's covidcrap got dumped on us.
72   marcus   ignore (14)   2020 May 5, 2:36pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
They forgot to shut down democracy completely, though they do pretty completely control the press


I think I understand the Trump Cult fantasy you're promoting here.

I see it more as sort of a good cop bad cop that the oligarchs play. First they'll have a guy in there that half the country doesn't like for one reason or the other, and he (or she) will do the oligarchs bidding while also appealing to their subgroups including some combination of these: the fantasy Q types, the anti globalists, or racists, or libertarians, neocons, or woke on the left, true liberals, whatever, everyone get's a turn, and then you know, flip it around, so next time your group or my gets it's turn, and we can say, "phew democracy still barely works, there's hope."

But meanwhile the government is broken and highly dysfunctional. They have lost the ability to solve problems. You can only be sure the oligarchs are taken care.
73   B.A.C.A.H.   ignore (0)   2020 May 5, 2:56pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

marcus says

But meanwhile the government is broken and highly dysfunctional


Yes. Including at the state and local levels. Federal bailout money for state and local government, why should it if the governments don't help themselves? The pensions and retirement medical are not government operations. If government stopped with those expenses, it'd free up cash for operations. Bond debt too. (yikes! you mean those same pension funds are some of the biggest investors in those bonds?)
74   willywonka   ignore (6)   2020 May 5, 3:00pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Anectdotal: My Redfin feed is showing more than normal back on the market and price reduction listings. Especially Oregon, California, although MD-DC area not so. Wonder why, heh, heh.
75   ad   ignore (0)   2020 May 5, 3:27pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

rigidmember says
In the Bay Area but here are my observations from people I know:

1) White collar professionals - Working from home continuing to collect paychecks
2) Blue collar trades - Many kept working, some furloughed but will return to work this week
3) Service workers - Furloughed/laid off. Restaurant workers, retail, etc


Excellent points.

The same as far as Florida panhandle as the ones who buy homes are not your hourly wage restaurant, retail, and movie theater workers. A vast majority of them are renters.

The blue collar popular trades in the Florida panhandle like auto mechanic and air condition tech are working albeit to a lower pace or revenue pace because of the shutdown. Eastern Shipyard is humming along. Berg Pipe manufacturing is humming along. The Port of Panama City Florida is humming along.

A lot of my white collar friends who own law firms and accounting firms are business as usual now, and have just changed how they work, by working at home mostly.

The Navy Base in Panama City such as its Surface Warfare Center have most of its engineers, contract administrators, etc. working from home and collaborating via the internet and cell phone.
76   ad   ignore (0)   2020 May 5, 3:30pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

willywonka says
Anectdotal: My Redfin feed is showing more than normal back on the market and price reduction listings. Especially Oregon, California, although MD-DC area not so. Wonder why, heh, heh.


DR Horton just lowered the price of their Hathaway Townhomes (3 bed/2.5 bath/1 car garage) in Panama City Beach from $220,000 to $204,000.

And they just converted the same style townhomes in next-door Lynn Haven, Florida development to rentals, asking $1800 per month lease.
77   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2020 May 5, 6:32pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I see it more as sort of a good cop bad cop that the oligarchs play.

Who are these "oligarchs?" Buffet, Gates, Soros, Slim, Bloomberg, Cook?
78   Y   ignore (3)   2020 May 5, 9:58pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

if it was on the same shelf as the toilet paper....game set match...

rocketjoe79 says
Should I buy the dip, or am I too late?
79   ad   ignore (0)   2020 May 5, 10:35pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Y says
Should I buy the dip, or am I too late?


You could be the home builder ETF by symbol "ITB". It is around $37. Its all time high was in February 2020 at $50.
80   alpo   ignore (0)   2020 May 5, 11:00pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

BoomAndBustCycle says
I just got approved for a $100k heloc... so the market still is working for the time being. That amount will last me 3-4 years of mortgage payments if I lose my job. I won’t lose my house. Another reason why buying a home 10 years ago was the smartest decision of my life.


I bought 11 years ago right after financial crash for $1M (SF Bay area). Five years back, I bought out my now ex-wife's share of the house in part by taking out a 600K loan. Since then I have been aggressively paying down mortgage. A couple of weeks back, I cashed in some stock options that vested after corona virus stock crash and paid off the entire mortgage (I would have got much more money if coronavirus would have hit a month later).

Now I am proud owner of a fully paid off $2M house in the middle of silicon valley. The downside is that I am low on cash since all the cash went to ex-wife to buy out the house and then for last five years I have been using every single piece of cash that I could get a hold off to aggressively pay off the mortgage. I have an emergency fund of 50K that should see me through one year if I were to loose my job.
81   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2020 May 6, 7:04am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Now I am proud owner of a fully paid off $2M house in the middle of silicon valley.

Tip of the hat to you. If you decide to sell and move, you will find that being a cash buyer will allow you to but the next house cheaper than if you needed mortgage, especially if you have one built. You won't have any contingencies, and would not be bothered with points or origination fees that a mortgagee will ask the seller to pay.
82   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostakovitch   ignore (52)   2020 May 6, 8:50am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

YES! You can stop into every bank in the cachement area around the house and announce that you don't need THEIR FUCKING MORTGAGE AND CAN SUCK YOUR COCK! and then stop into their presidents' office and take monster shits on their faces.
83   ad   ignore (0)   2020 May 6, 9:40am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

alpo says
Now I am proud owner of a fully paid off $2M house in the middle of silicon valley.


Sell it for $2 million and then move to Arizona, Las Vegas, or New Mexico and buy a nice home for $300,000.

The rest of the approximately $1.7 million can go into a conservative mutual fund like Vanguard Target Retirement Income fund (VTINX).
84   B.A.C.A.H.   ignore (0)   2020 May 6, 9:49am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

alpo says
I bought 11 years ago right after financial crash for $1M

What's your annual property tax bill?
85   ad   ignore (0)   2020 May 6, 10:09am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Bay County, Florida (i.e. Florida panhandle) housing market latest news: https://www.waltonsun.com/news/20200505/bay-county-housing-market-showing-signs-of-rebound-from-covid-19

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Experts are confident the local housing market will soon bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to information provided by Debbie Ashbrook, CEO of Central Panhandle Association of Realtors, home sales have steadily declined over the last couple of months. As of Sunday, purchases had dropped by more than 50% compared to 2019.

However, active listings were up by nearly 20%, with 3% more listings also under contract.
86   alpo   ignore (0)   2020 May 6, 9:29pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

ad says
Sell it for $2 million and then move to Arizona, Las Vegas, or New Mexico and buy a nice home for $300,000.

The rest of the approximately $1.7 million can go into a conservative mutual fund like Vanguard Target Retirement Income fund (VTINX).


Unfortunately I am stuck in the rat race here in bay area due to job and child custody issues. But yeah, if my ex-spouse continues to party as much as she does and get's infected with corona virus, then I might just move to Chicago area with the kid.

B.A.C.A.H. says
What's your annual property tax bill?


Somewhere between 12K and 13K.
87   B.A.C.A.H.   ignore (0)   2020 May 8, 9:32am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

alpo says

Somewhere between 12K and 13K.


Wow!

You're The Man!
88   Patrick   ignore (1)   2020 May 11, 8:30am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/vacation-real-estate-markets-are-toast-because-of-the-pandemic-as-airbnb-owners-rush-to-offload-their-homes-redfin-ceo-says-2020-05-11

Vacation real-estate markets are ‘toast’ because of the pandemic as Airbnb owners rush to offload their homes, Redfin CEO says ...

MW: What’s your take on the state of secondary markets and vacation markets right now?

Kelman: Toast. Those are going to be in tough shape. There’s a whole economy that was built around the liquidity there that Airbnb provided. You could get pretty deep into debt and still have somebody pay your mortgage every month because Airbnb and other travel websites were so good at finding someone to rent it out.
89   BayArea   ignore (1)   2020 May 11, 8:47am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I haven’t seen home prices affected by a penny... yet.
90   RC2006   ignore (2)   2020 May 13, 2:09pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Starting to see a lot of houses go on the market in my area, sign of cracks, seems more than the usual pre-summer sales.
91   Newbie123   ignore (0)   2020 May 13, 2:46pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

In SoCal purchase application data found a bottom and is showing an increase. Inventory levels are extremely low. Demand has picked up slightly. Based on the expected market time it’s still a slight sellers market. I haven’t seen any good deals yet and somewhat good deals are sold within days. Wanting to buy another investment property. RE Just moves very slowly....might have to wait a couple of years.

The other thing is we have historic low rates...and there will be more downward pressure with the ten year treasury below 1%.

Rents continue to go up but that might change. All depends on how long newscum continues to wreck the economy.
92   B.A.C.A.H.   ignore (0)   2020 May 13, 5:29pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

FBers will all work for home for the rest of the year. And Googlers. And Twitterfolk.

Home can be anywhere. Including more livable, affordable places like Sacramento, or Bangalore.

What is the point then, of paying Bay Area salaries for employees to afford Bay Area market rent or Bay Area house prices?
93   RC2006   ignore (2)   2020 May 13, 5:50pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

B.A.C.A.H. says
FBers will all work for home for the rest of the year. And Googlers. And Twitterfolk.

Home can be anywhere. Including more livable, affordable places like Sacramento, or Bangalore.

What is the point then, of paying Bay Area salaries for employees to afford Bay Area market rent or Bay Area house prices?


I'd be scared if I could telecommute, that means I could easily be outsourced.
94   just_dregalicious   ignore (2)   2020 May 13, 8:07pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says
Vacation real-estate markets are ‘toast’ because of the pandemic as Airbnb owners rush to offload their homes, Redfin CEO says ...


Mine's fine and I'm still getting tons of reservation requests. Goddamn Hawaii governor has the place shut down. Doesn't matter though because I'm not an over-leveraged asshoe.

Maybe I'll pick up some new ones..
95   HeadSet   ignore (3)   2020 May 14, 7:41am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I'd be scared if I could telecommute, that means I could easily be outsourced.

Interesting. If your main tool at work is a computer, you can remote into that computer from home. Whether you can be outsourced depends on what skills you bring to the table.
96   covid_shmovid   ignore (5)   2020 May 14, 7:45am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

B.A.C.A.H. says
FBers will all work for home for the rest of the year. And Googlers. And Twitterfolk.


Apple is starting to bring people back to the office starting next week. Allegedly.
97   B.A.C.A.H.   ignore (0)   2020 May 14, 8:18am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

covid_shmovid says
Apple is starting to bring people back to the office starting next week. Allegedly.


Apple is a hardware company. Perhaps not the huge army of folks in manufacturing like back in the day. But they still have huge R&D operations scattered around the south bay where they actually build stuff. Not so easy to relocate all that stuff to "working at home offices", wherever home might be (other parts of the US or other parts of the world).

Now Google and FB have "discovered" they can operate their businesses without all those fancy schmancy office buildings in some of the most congested, expensive real estate in the world, including the whole freakin city-within-a-city Google plans for downtown SJ. Ad revenue is not so great in our Incredible Shrinking Economy right now. I've been getting weird ads for weird stuff lately. It's only a matter of time before they connect the dots about paying a premium for Bay Area "talent" who's all "working from home". Hopefully this will take some pressure off the rents and house prices.
98   ad   ignore (0)   2020 May 16, 9:40am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

.

DR Horton trying to sell its Hathaway Townhomes in Panama City Beach about 2 miles from beach and a 1 mile to the Saint Andrews Bay.

All the well compensated Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. employees and contractors can buy at Hathaway Townhomes.



.
99   mell   ignore (4)   2020 May 16, 2:22pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

That's awesome all those drones wfh will reduce traffic substantially
100   Malcolm   ignore (2)   2020 May 17, 9:16am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

BayArea says
I haven’t seen home prices affected by a penny... yet.


Here in San Diego County, it's been hitting the higher end homes. Maybe check out Zillow in your area's more expensive parts. The discounts I see are substantial in dollar amounts, but not yet in percentages.
101   BoomAndBustCycle   ignore (0)   2020 May 17, 9:55am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Surburban home prices will be fine. It’s the high-density close to public transit housing that will be crushed. With work at home and home schooling being the future now... everyone will want a giant backyard with a pool to take a break without mingling with society. Our quarantine has been easy... my friends in studio apartments not so much.0
102   REpro   ignore (0)   2020 May 17, 8:08pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Our quarantine has been easy... my friends in studio apartments not so much.0
Listen to this:
103   Patrick   ignore (1)   2020 May 18, 7:42am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/tidal-wave-delinquent-mortgages-set-surpass-great-recession

According to a new report from UK-based forecasting firm Oxford Economics, 15% of homeowners will fall behind on their monthly mortgage payments in a 'tidal wave' of delinquencies.

Stimulus legislation signed by President Donald Trump allows any borrower with a federally-backed mortgage to request forbearance for up to 12 months, meaning the homeowner can skip or make reduced payments during that time.

Given the risk mortgage companies are facing right now, many lenders have imposed more stringent requirements for loan applicants. “The uncertainty in the mortgage market has contributed to a significant tightening of lending standards that may persist even once a recovery is underway,” Oxford Economics wrote. -MarketWatch


An while the pace of requests for forbearance has slowed in recent weeks - however that could change. "Although the pace of forbearance requests slowed this week, call volume picked up — which could be a sign that more borrowers are calling in to check their options now that May due dates have arrived," said Mortgage Bankers Association chief economist, Mike Fratantoni.

Keep in mind that Oxford Economics' forecast is half of the potential mortgage bloodbath predicted by Moody's chief economics, Mark Zandi, who said that as many as 30% of Americans with home loans - or around 15 million households, may stop paying if the US economy remains closed through the summer or beyond.

We assume that a large percentage of Americans refusing to return to pre-pandemic consumption habits would have similar effects.

"This is an unprecedented event," said Susan Wachter, professor of real estate and finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in comments last month. She also points out another way the current crisis is different from the 2008 GFC: "The great financial crisis happened over a number of years. This is happening in a matter of months - a matter of weeks."

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