Articles Filed Under: Bubble (Or Not)

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Update: Bubble Domain Smackdown

Realty Baron coined the phrase, we just borrowed stole it. In any case, here’s the auction update: HousingBubble.com: one day left and only one bid of $1,000 (but over 900 gawkers and a couple of “encouraging” comments which kind of freak weird us out) NoHousingBubble.com: no bids, zip, zilch,... Read More »

NoHousingBubble.com

No doubt you’ve heard that the HousingBubble.com domain name is up for auction. But what happens if a bubble fails to materialize? Well here’s your opportunity to put all those bubblemongers in their place. That’s right, the NoHousingBubble.com domain name is now up for auction! What better way for... Read More »

Investing In The Bubble

Entrepreneurs from coast to coast are creating investment funds and ancillary businesses to capitalize on any downturns in the real estate market. One such “opportunity fund” has a stated plan of acquiring “new and converted condominium units purchased by speculators” and then holding them for “extended periods or shorter-term... Read More »

Greater Fool Theory Comes Home

Bubble buzz phrase of the week: ‘Greater Fool Theory‘. Even National Public Radio joined the debate this weekend.  And like the old Saturday Night Live skit, it just begs the questions: who is this fool, just how much money does he have, and shouldn’t somebody warn him? Read More »

Great Advice For Buyers

James Stewart at SmartMoney hits the nail on the head. If you’re a first-time buyer looking to purchase a primary residence and you can easily afford the down payment, ongoing mortgage, taxes, and upkeep – just do it. Don’t try to time the market, just do it. Current mortgage... Read More »

San Francisco’s Housing P/E

As sales prices have risen, and rents have dropped, San Francisco’s residential “rent ratio” has climbed to a nation-wide high of 34.1 (according to The New York Times). We’re higher than New York City (25.4) and San Diego (28.9), and up from a rent ratio of 12.5 in 2000.... Read More »

Bet On A Bubble (Or Not)

We don’t know whether to be extremely terrified or slightly intrigued. Quite honestly, we’re a little bit of both. Promoted as an opportunity to “Hedge, Speculate, and Invest” in specific real estate markets without actually buying property, HedgeStreet’s “Hedgelets” allow just about anyone to take a position on the... Read More »

Anti-Bubble Theory And The Seven Deadly Sins

In a self-described rant on Inman News, columnist Lou Barnes shares his perspective on the recent explosion of financial press coverage regarding a real estate “bubble”. In Lou’s own words: There is no evidence whatever that home prices are unsustainable, nor any evidence of widespread default. The bubble is... Read More »

Greenspan Sees Local Housing Bubbles

While dismissing a national bubble, Alan Greenspan acknowledged signs of market “froth” and local housing bubbles during his address to the Economic Club of New York this evening. A couple of choice quotes: “We don’t perceive that there is a national bubble but it’s hard not to see …... Read More »