Real Estate

People Migrating South & Are Smarter than You Think

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Posted by Martin Armstrong - Armstrong Economics

on Thursday, 30 March 2017 08:10

MigrationBirds are not the only creatures migrating south. In the United States, more and more people are leaving the highest taxes state and moving to lower tax states. One of the states that has seen large scale migration outward has been Illinois, where taxes are going insane and the there is no end in sight. Florida seems to be the number one destination. Housing prices are rising because of the net migration leaving the higher taxed states in the North. Within Europe, the youth have been migrating from Greece and Spain northward in search of jobs.

Likewise, we are also starting to see a surge in real estate in some areas driven by the first upticks in interest rates. Contrary to what the pundits believe that higher interest rates would cause the economy to turn down along with the stock market, they are being proven wrong every time because people are not as stupid as the pundits. Why buy a house and rush to lock in a low interest rate when they keep moving lower? As soon as mortgage rates began to rise, that’s when people spend because they KNOW it will cost them more to now wait.

The same thing happened in Japan. The month before a big imposition of sales tax was to hit, everyone ran out and bought whatever they contemplated. The surge one month before the tax increase made people think the economy recovered overnight.

Plain an simple, the average person responds to what they see. They do not understand the financial news nor do they even bother to watch it. I remembered that lesson from the peak in interest rates in 1981. My mother and her sister ran out and bought 10 year CDs at the bank locking in 20%. They picked the high and never watched a single TV show on markets. They did not ask me. They just did it.

Gold and the stock market will take off when people realize that government is in trouble. When they lose confidence, that is when they will start to pour into tangible assets.

...also from Martin:

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Real Estate

Hot Properties: A Global Perspective

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Posted by Michael Campbell & Ozzie Jurock

on Monday, 27 March 2017 06:58

Real estate is moving in many spots around the globe. You'll never guess where the hottest European real estate market can be found. Where the money is headed. Is there still be an elimination of the tax exemption for a home office?

...also from Michael: The Key To Keystone's Great Stock Market Success




Real Estate

Guessing Game

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Posted by Brian Ripley's Canadian Real Estate Charts

on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 07:06

price-guess origOn the way up in price it was easy. Make an offer higher than list price with few conditions if any and provide the vendor with everything they wanted and voilà, you own the asset if you managed to out-guess the competitive bidders lined up on their phones. 
​Liabilities were an unimportant consideration because in a few days, a similar property would sell for even more and your balance sheet then became even more credit worthy; check and check.

On the way down, guessing the price that a vendor will agree to is still a requirement; is the vendor holding a property with too little of his own equity and perhaps reluctant to take a loss at this time, or is the property being offered for the first time in let's say the last decade? A single family detached house in Vancouver has increased in price by over 120% in the last 10 years (over 160% in Toronto). The vendor's equity position is an important clue in the guessing game.

Is the vendor attempting to sell in order to repurchase in the same market? That would suggest an end price is required CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE



Real Estate

Average house prices up 3.5% in past year...

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Posted by Canadian Real Estate Association

on Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:39

The price of the average Canadian home rose up by 3.5 per cent to and average price of $519,521 in February, even as the national figures continue to be skewed by hot activity in the country's biggest market: Toronto. "That said, Greater Vancouver's share of national sales activity has diminished considerably over the past year, giving it less upward influence on the national average price," CREA said.

According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales were up on a month-over-month basis in February 2017.


  • National home sales rose 5.2% from January to February.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in February was down 2.6% from a year earlier.
  • The number of newly listed homes was up 4.8% from January to February.
  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) in February was up 16% year-over-year (y-o-y).
  • The national average sale price edged up 3.5% y-o-y in February.


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....read more HERE


Real Estate

Real Estate & the Financial Crisis

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Posted by Martin Armstrong - Armstrong Economics

on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 07:40

Housing-Property-Real-Estate"The real estate cycle peaked and it is headed down in terms of appreciation. This is the general market and not the high-end, although that has begun to turn down in many places often due to taxation of rising regulation as in Miami or Sydney Australia."

...read the entire article HERE

....also from Martin:

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