Pop Goes the Housing Market

By John Hines Economist Bankers won’t tell you, but bankers are almost always motivated home sellers. They don’t become bankers to be landlords. The U.S. mortgage market is worth $10-billion in profits each year, and the people who peddle money like a pharmacist dispenses pills can make a lot more money making loans. The direction… Continue reading Pop Goes the Housing Market

Housing Affordability Hits New Highs

  The two oldest indexes on housing affordability have reached new highs, indicating low interest rates, lower home prices and the first time home buyers tax credit are improving sales. Lower housing prices have produced a rush of cash strapped investors to purchase homes and are knocking out many first time buyers, who are trying… Continue reading Housing Affordability Hits New Highs

Comparing Today’s Financial Crisis to Great Depression

By Chris Tyler Comparisons between the current financial crisis and the Great Depression are becoming less common these days as the economy seemingly makes strides towards recovery. However, with growing unemployment, rising business failures, climbing bankruptcies and a growing epidemic of foreclosures progress is difficult to gauge. Most economists say the nation has moved into… Continue reading Comparing Today’s Financial Crisis to Great Depression

American Casino Getting Rave Reviews

By Mike Colpitts American home buyers didn’t have a clue they were buying mortgages from bankers and mortgage companies that were like mad gamblers at the crap table during the real estate boom. As the tables turn with tens of thousands of homeowners filing lawsuits against bankers for defrauding them, the first motion picture to… Continue reading American Casino Getting Rave Reviews

New Record in Foreclosures Set

The foreclosure epidemic reached a new milestone in July setting another record, according to the RealtyTrac monthly report. Foreclosure filings were reported on 360,149 properties nationwide, rising 32% from one year ago. “July marks the third time in the last five months where we’ve seen a new record set for foreclosure activity,” said James J.… Continue reading New Record in Foreclosures Set

Groups of Investors Buying Up Foreclosures

By Kevin Chiu Groups of investors are pooling their money to buy large bulk inventories of foreclosures in hopes of making a financial killing. The purchases of mainly single family homes comprise the largest sector of buyers in the housing market these days, according to a study by Housing Predictor. The findings were determined after… Continue reading Groups of Investors Buying Up Foreclosures

Housing Czar Wanted

from Google Maps By Mike Colpitts The classified advertisement reads: “Immediate opening for an expert negotiator with serious finance credentials. Master’s degree in economics or related field required. Real Estate background a must, especially in residential area. Scope of experience should include working with and understanding bankers.” Apply to: President Barack Obama, The White House… Continue reading Housing Czar Wanted