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Time To Add Housing To The Bubble List?

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Posted by John Rubino - DollarCollapse.com

on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 09:52

Housing is hot again, but lately it’s been overshadowed by flashier bubbles in government debt, tech stocks and possibly cryptocurrencies. 

Still, the warning signs are spreading. Today’s Wall Street Journal, for instance, reports that homeowners are back to using their houses as ATMs: 

Homeowners Are Again Pocketing Cash as They Refinance Properties

Americans refinancing their mortgages are taking cash out in the process at levels not seen since the financial crisis.

Nearly half of borrowers who refinanced their homes in the first quarter chose the cash-out option, according to data released this week by Freddie Mac. That is the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2008.

The cash-out level is still well below the almost 90% peak hit in the run-up to the housing meltdown. But it is up sharply from the post-crisis nadir of 12% in the second quarter of 2012.

In a cash-out refi, a borrower refinances an existing mortgage with a new one, typically at a lower borrowing cost, that has a higher principal balance than the existing one. This allows the homeowner to pay off the old mortgage and still have cash left over for other uses.

The growing popularity of cash-out refis has helped buoy refinance activity. After booming for several years, demand for refinance mortgages had begun to slow as the Federal Reserve began increasing short-term interest rates and longer-term bond yields moved higher.

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Housing Starts City+Prov with Census Overlay

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Posted by Brian Ripley's Canadian Real Estate Charts

on Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:32

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NOTE: The chart below shows the actual annual totals count from 1956 through 2016.

​The 2017 data points on the chart are derived from the "annualized" provincial data set in the charts above and are therefor a projection of what year end 2017 might look like.

.....read more HERE including City, Provincial charts broken down

...related: Toronto, Hamilton and Victoria push Canada to another record on house prices



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Canada 6-City Housing Prices & the Plunge-O-Meter

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Posted by Brian Ripley's Canadian Real Estate Charts

on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 07:58

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​​In April 2017 Canada's big city metro SFD prices coiled about or slid off their near term highs except in Ottawa and Montreal where detached houses fetched new peak prices. Anyone owning a detached house in the scorching hot Toronto and Vancouver markets is sitting on an unredeemed lottery ticket. 

In Calgary prices are labouring under the new Energy Sector 2.0 as the oil majors head for blacker fields; big money is fleeing Canada (and has been for nearly 20 years) and on the street, Calgary buyers are avoiding condo units in favour of townhouses and detached properties. 

....read more HERE 

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....read more HERE



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Property Bubbles Everywhere As If It Were 2007 Again

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Posted by MarketViews

on Wednesday, 03 May 2017 07:09

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We are going to focus this week on two stories from the property market; one in Canada and one back home here in the UK. Property market analysis is not exactly the main focus of our day job, but these stories may well have important implications for financial markets, which of course is what our day job is all about.

It is no secret with our readers that we have had a bearish fundamental bias for quite some time now. We have tried our very best to supress these bearish feelings as financial prices move further into bubble territory supported by extraordinary central bank policies and also the activities of price insensitive buyers (central banks, companies buying their own shares and index providers). However, we do believe that these forces will ultimately dissipate and that there will one day be another bear market.

Nobody knows what will be the visible trigger or triggers for the next bear market (academics are still unsure of the cause of the 1987 stock market crash!). We still look back at 2007 and pinpoint the collapse of two highly leveraged Bear Sterns hedge funds in June of that year as the first visible evidence that the financial bubble was bursting (the property bubble began to burst in 2006 in the US). So, we present these two stories as evidence that leveraged speculation by unsophisticated investors is rife today, and that visible problems are emerging.

We will start this week on the story of the collapsing share price of Home Capital Group (HCG), the largest non-bank mortgage lender in Canada. The shares collapsed by over 60% last week after it emerged that the Company had arranged an emergency liquidity line via a C$1.5 billion loan facility. The reason for the liquidity need appears to be some C$600 million of deposits had been withdrawn and they had to plug the gap. As can be seen in chart 1 below, the 60% decline on Wednesday was not the start of the bear market for Home Capital Group; the shares have now fallen by 85% from the 2014 high. In our opinion, this story has an eerie parallel with Northern Rock in 2008 in the UK – a mortgage provider suffering a deposit run.

Chart 1 – Home Capital Group share price

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...continue reading HERE



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Canada 6-City Housing Prices & the Plunge-O-Meter

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Posted by Brian Ripley's Canadian Real Estate Charts

on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 07:07

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In March 2017 Canada's big city metro SFD prices coiled about or slid off their near term highs except in Toronto where detached houses, town houses and condos fetched new peak prices; Vancouver strata prices also hit new highs as well. Strata is the new Canadian "can-do" "must-do" "will-do" affordability metric.

Anyone owning a house in the scorching hot Toronto  market is sitting on an unredeemed lottery ticket. In Vancouver scorched earth ruins are beginning to appear. In Calgary prices are labouring under the new Energy Sector 2.0 as the oil majors head for blacker fields; big money is fleeing Canada (and has been for nearly 20 years) and on the street, Calgary buyers are shunning strata units in favour of detached properties. 

...read more HERE

The Plunge-O-Meter is a fantasy model based simply on the current snapshot of how much of the correction has already occurred and if the rate of change continues at the same tempo. 



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