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Wed Jul 29, 2015, 07:52 PM

What’s Left of the American Dream Withers at Record Pace

What’s Left of the American Dream Withers at Record Pace
by Wolf Richter • July 29, 2015

The current housing boom has Dallas solidly in its grip. As in many cities around the US, prices are soaring, buyers are going nuts, sellers run the show, realtors are laughing all the way to the bank, and the media are having a field day. Nationwide, the median price of existing homes, at $236,400, as the National Association of Realtors sees it, is now 2.7% higher than it was even in July 2006, the insane peak of the crazy housing bubble that blew up with such spectacular results.

Housing Bubble 2 has bloomed into full magnificence: In many cities, the median price today is far higher, not just a little higher, than it was during the prior housing bubble, and excitement is once again palpable. Buy now, or miss out forever! A buying panic has set in.


That’s true for many cities, including San Francisco. The “Boom Town,” as it’s now called, is where the housing market has gone completely out of whack, with a median condo price at $1.13 million and the median house price at $1.35 million. This entails some consequences [read… The San Francisco “Housing Crisis” Gets Ugly].

The fact that Housing Bubble 2 is now even more magnificent than the prior housing bubble, even while real incomes have stagnated or declined for all but the top earners, is another sign that the Fed, in its infinite wisdom, has succeeded elegantly in pumping up nearly all asset prices to achieve its “wealth effect.” And it continues to do so, come heck or high water. It has in this ingenious manner “healed” the housing market.

But despite the current “buying panic,” the soaring prices, and all the hoopla round them, there is a fly in the ointment: overall homeownership is plunging.

The homeownership rate dropped to 63.4% in the second quarter, not seasonally adjusted, according to a new report by the Census Bureau, down 1.3 percentage points from a year ago. The lowest since 1967! ..............(more)


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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2015, 08:17 PM

1. The People Who Count,


that is the 1%, are doing spectacularly well. And they are the ONLY ones who count.

Sit the fuck down, shut the fuck up and eat yer goddam Mickey D's, you worthless proles. And be sure to express loud public gratitude for our letting you take the crumbs that fall from our tables, serfs.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 29, 2015, 08:42 PM

2. word.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2015, 10:01 PM

3. And yet...


No one is willing to place on iota of blame on those who would be willing to pay $236,400 for an average home.

People have no idea what a home is worth. They have no idea what it takes to build a home, or what materials have value or are basic.

They pay what the realtor (who they picked at random) tells them to, and a bank says "OK" to whatever they offered, because surely they will pay it back, right?

The American people have undergone a generation of simplification, where the average citizen can barely change a light fixture, let alone build their own home, or get a fixer-upper and do just that.

I weep.

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