Category Archives: Housing and housing finance

House Prices in the 21st Century

Alex Tabarrok writes, Over the entire 20th century, housing prices never once roce above 131, the 1989 peak. But beginning around 2000 house prices seemed to reach for an entirely new equilibrium. In fact, even given the financial crisis, prices … Continue reading

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Sales of homes to foreign buyers

CNN Money reports, The National Association of Realtors released a report Tuesday that said foreign buyers and recent immigrants spent an estimated $153 billion on American properties in the year ending March 2017. That was a 49% increase over the … Continue reading

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The state of the housing market(s)

About a month ago, the Harvard joint center for housing studies released a report. Lots of interesting stuff. housing completions in the past 10 years totaled just 9.0 million units—more than 4.0 million units less than in the next-worst 10-year … Continue reading

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Happy 4th of July

Here is a story on how local regulations impede homebuilding in California. More than two-thirds of California’s coastal communities have adopted measures — such as caps on population or housing growth, or building height limits — aimed at limiting residential … Continue reading

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Housing Finance Today

Ike Brannon writes, The private market for mortgage-backed securities all but dried up in the aftermath of the Great Recession, so Fannie and Freddie are the only games in town. If they won’t buy a mortgage–or if there is any … Continue reading

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Landlords and Speculators, Again

Some good comments on the earlier post, better than it deserved. I regret writing that mortgage lenders and owners are on the opposite end of a transaction. It is more apt to say, as Kevin Erdmann pointed out, that the … Continue reading

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Landlords as Speculators

Adam Ozimek writes, I wonder what housing investment skeptics [sic] Robert Shiller thinks of people who make their livings as landlords. How does this irrational, money losing market exist? After all, if you can’t make a profit by buying a … Continue reading

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Tax Luxury Homes?

Adam Ozimek wrote, Taxing housing wealth is also efficient compared with taxing other kinds of wealth because it’s impossible to move and difficult to hide. If you tax financial wealth, you have to worry that wealthy households will park their … Continue reading

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The Real Estate Lobby, Acting Local

A commenter asks, aren’t Real Estate lobbies most powerful with local governments? The local and national lobbies work very differently. Locally, the commercial real estate developers are the most active. And often it’s case by case, as opposed to policy … Continue reading

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Housing Markets with Income Constraints

Alex Tabarrok writes, owner’s equity in real estate is about to exceed it’s 2006 peak I get the sense that in the cities most constrained by housing supply, markets are very hot at a price just below, say, $1 million, … Continue reading

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