Housing View – June 24, 2022

On cross-country:

  • The World’s Bubbliest Housing Markets Are Flashing Warning Signs. Global monetary tightening is squeezing homebuyers, adding risks that a slowdown could ripple through the economy. – Bloomberg
  • The property industry has a huge carbon footprint. Here’s how to reduce it. Some buildings should be retrofitted, others torn down – The Economist

On the US:    

  • America Faces a Housing Bust. All ingredients seemed in place at 2022’s start for a continued housing boom, but now the market has priced itself for a sharp reversal – Wall Street Journal
  • The State of the nation’s Housing 2022 – Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
  • Is another housing crash on the way? – The Economist
  • Investors’ Housing Bets Are on Shaky Foundations. Cash has been pouring into residential property on the assumption that an unprecedented run up in rents will continue – Wall Street Journal
  • We’re Already Seeing the Stock Market Selloff Spill Into the Housing Market. It’s especially notable in places where stock-based comp is significant. – Bloomberg  
  • U.S. labor market appears to cool; homebuilding slumps as rates surge – Reuters
  • US Housing Starts Decline to Lowest Level in More Than a Year. May construction fell to 1.55 million pace after April surge. Builder backlogs remain elevated even as sales decrease – Bloomberg
  • Housing Just Hit a Wall. What’s Next for Prices, Brokers, and Builder Stocks. – Barron’s
  • Work From Home and the Office Real Estate Apocalypse – SSRN
  • The Size and Census Coverage of the U.S. Homeless Population – NBER
  • Housing’s Slowdown Has Economy on the Edge. News of a cooling housing market might be a relief to some, but we’ll be living with the aftereffects for a long time to come. – Bloomberg
  • Hot Housing Market Keeps Home Foreclosures at Bay. Robust home prices and government relief programs are giving financially squeezed homeowners options to avoid foreclosure – Wall Street Journal 
  • US House Prices Are Likely to Drop as Rates Rise, Capital Economics Says – Bloomberg
  • The Left-NIMBY meltdown. It’s getting harder to pretend that blocking new housing helps poor people. – Noah Smith
  • Cancel Zoning. If we want to fix the housing-affordability crisis, segregation, and sprawl, zoning must go – The Atlantic
  • In Pursuit of Affordable Housing: The Migration of Homebuyers within the U.S.—Before and After the Pandemic – Freddie Mac

On China

  • China’s Once-Sizzling Property Market Has Started to Cool. New home prices in China have fallen, and would-be buyers are thinking twice. That’s bad news for the overall economy. – New York Times
  • Chinese Developer Accepts Wheat, Garlic as Payment to Woo Buyers – Bloomberg
  • China’s Property Slump Is a Bigger Threat Than Its Lockdowns. The worst decline on record could hold growth below 4% for the rest of the decade. – Bloomberg

On other countries:  

  • [Australia] Sydney house prices still 20% above pre-pandemic levels despite rising interest rates. Economists say while property prices could come down by up to 20%, affordability has ‘never been worse’ – The Guardian
  • [Australia] Sales slow down in Sydney’s suburbia-on-sea. After a period of rising prices, homebuyers are starting to get more for their money, while some sellers lose out – FT
  • [Canada] Distressed Deals Pile Up in Canada’s Once-Booming Housing Market. Prices are falling in some of the urban markets that had the biggest increases over the past two years. That’s leading to broken and renegotiated deals. – Bloomberg
  • [Israel] Israel lawmaker seeks larger mortgage loans as home buyers priced out – Reuters
  • [Sweden] Sweden’s Housing Bubble Deflates as Realtors Sound Alarm – Bloomberg
  • [United Kingdom] Are the Days of UK Property Booms and Busts Over? Tougher mortgage regulation in 2014 sought to contain overstretched buyers. Its effectiveness is about to be put to the test. – Bloomberg
  • [United Kingdom] Bank of England to Get Rid of Mortgage Affordability Rules. UK central bank will end the affordability test from Aug. 1. The BOE raised the benchmark interest rate last week to 1.25%. – Bloomberg

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