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The Five Biggest Asset Bubbles in History – Money Morning

Between the stock market, bitcoin, and tech IPOs, today everyone seems in a race to spot the next biggest asset bubbles readying to pop.

The term “asset bubble” indicates that there is a marked, noticeable divergence between the market price of an asset and its fundamental value. In other words, something that people store value in – a coin, a house, a share of stock – is valued much, much higher than the thing itself could possibly be worth.

Buy, Sell or Hold: Is Lennar’s Big Move Just a Sign of Another Housing Bubble? – Money Morning

All you have to do is look at a price chart of Lennar Corp (NYSE: LEN) to see the proof that the U.S. housing market is on the mend.

Since January 2012, shares of the Miami, Fl.-based new homebuilder have more than doubled.

In fact, since the industry nearly collapsed six years ago, new-home construction for builders like Lennar is now clearly on an upswing.

According to the March 2013 report from the U.S. Commerce Department, new home construction was on pace for more than one million units for the first time since the gaudy days of June 2008. 

Much of this home-buying fervor can be attributed to a few important points: 

    1. A pent-up demand that has built up over the last six years,

    2. Low inventories,

    3. And an outrageously low interest rate environment thanks to the Federal Reserve.

The question now is whether or not the “Housing Bubble 2.0” still has legs, making Lennar Corp. a smart new buy with plenty of room to run.

Is Lennar Still a Buy?

Of course, evaluating Lennar on its own merits is a fine exercise in due-diligence.  

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Are “Wall Street Buyers” Like Blackstone Group Creating Another Housing Bubble? – Shah Gilani- Money Morning

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of Money Morning. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. When it comes to rising home prices, the question is whether the on-fire price increases are a healthy sign of a housing recovery or a smoke screen masking another investor-led real estate bubble.…

These 5 Charts Prove the Housing Recovery is for Real – and Just Beginning – Money Morning

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of Money Morning. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission. The housing market has rebounded in a big way, with home prices increasing the most since the housing bubble burst in 2006. Prices aren’t the only indicator pointed toward recovery. Housing barometers including sales, permits and housing starts…

Is This a Recovery or a New Housing Bubble? Money Morning

This is a syndicated repost courtesy of Money Morning. To view original, click here. Reposted with permission. Investors have taken comfort from the recent improvement in housing prices seen across the country. Shares of homebuilders, including Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL), Lennar Corporation (NYSE: LEN) and the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSE: XBH), had been bid…

Americans Sees Biggest Home Equity Jump in 60 Years: Mortgages – Bloomberg

Home equity in the first quarter rose to $6.7 trillion, the highest level since 2008, as homeowners taking advantage of record-low borrowing costs to refinance their loans brought cash to the table to pay down principal. The 7.3 percent gain was the biggest jump in more than 60 years, according to an analysis by Bloomberg…