Housing

Case Shiller Is Too Slow- Here’s The Real (e)State of The US Housing Market Right Now

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The mainstream media reported the Case Shiller Index for “May.” I put that in quotes because the data does not represent the actual state of the market in May. Case Shiller represents the 3 month average price of repeat sales (not all sales, just houses that had sold previously) which were recorded by county agencies…

Here Are The Facts That Show New Homes Sales Are Actually a Bust And ZIRP A Failure

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The seasonally adjusted (SA) headline number for the monthly-error-times-12-annualized version of new home sales in June was 482,000. Wall Street analysts had guessed that the number would be 550,000. The Wall Street Journal went into apoplectic excuse-making mode, almost foaming at the mouth to try to find pundits to explain away the bad number. The…

Mouthpiece Of The Mob Says Existing Home Sales Are All Good News

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The media dutifully reported the NAR’s version of seasonally adjusted, built-in monthly error times 12, annualized, officially recorded, home sales closings in June today. The housing industry cartel and lobbying behemoth said that houses are selling at an annual rate of 5,340,000 on that basis. Bloomberg enthused that, “Sales of previously owned U.S. homes climbed to an eight-year high in June…

Here’s Why WSJ New Home Sales Headline Is Technically Correct But Still Misleading- It’s Still A Depression

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The Wall Street Journal is Rupert Murdoch’s PR organ for his Move Inc. subsidiary, which provides marketing services Realtors. The Journal put out a PR release yesterday that,” U.S. New-Home Sales Rise to 7-Year High.” While technically correct, it is nevertheless misleading, tainted by the paper’s tilt toward bullish pronouncements on housing, thanks to Move Inc.’s main client being the…

Wall Street Journal Prints Housing Whoppers As The Housing Industry PR Firm It Actually Is

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Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. owns the Wall Street Journal and the housing marketing service Move Inc. Move Inc.’s main client is the National Association of Realtors. In sisterhood with Move, the newspaper is prone to printing outright, bald-faced lies about the state of the housing market in the US, whenever it thinks it can get away with it.…

There’s No Inflation? Rents Rise 4.3% Year to Year But They Don’t Count

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Median market rent for US rental housing units rose 4.3% year over year in the first quarter of 2015, according to data released today by the US Census Bureau. All of the gain came in the latest quarter, as rents were nearly flat for the previous three quarters. The first quarter increase compares with an…

Sing LA LA LA and Pretend Housing Doesn’t Count – That’s How Conomists Ignore Inflation

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In the hall of mirrors where conomists live, there’s no housing inflation. When the prices of consumption goods rise it’s “inflation.” But when housing prices rise, it’s not inflation, it’s “appreciation.” It’s like stock prices. There’s literally no stock price inflation. There’s “multiple expansion,” or “appreciation,” but there’s no “inflation.” That’s how establishment conomists can claim there’s no…