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Housing View – November 25, 2022

On cross-country:

  • Where the coming housing crunch will be most painful. Global property’s goody-two-shoes are in trouble – The Economist
  • ‘Mortgage Dominance’ – Bloomberg


On the US—developments on house prices, rent, permits and mortgage:    

  • U.S. housing starts tumble in October amid soaring mortgage rates – Reuters
  • US Housing Starts Drop With Pullback in Single-Family Projects. New homebuilding declined 4.2% last month to 1.43 million pace. Single-family starts, permits fell to lowest since May 2020 – Bloomberg
  • U.S. housing faces longer descent to basement – Reuters


On the US—other developments:    

  • Have We Been Measuring Housing Inflation All Wrong? – Washington Post
  • New Construction and Housing Affordability – Cato Institute
  • U.S. existing home sales plunge; tight inventory keeps prices rising – Reuters
  • The Remote Work Revolution: Impact on Real Estate Values and the Urban Environment – NBER
  • Passing Along Housing Wealth from Parents to Children – San Francisco Fed
  • Housing Industry Braces for a Downturn, but Investors Are Piling In. Beaten-down shares get a boost from reports of softening inflation – Wall Street Journal  
  • House Price Growth and Inflation During COVID-19 – Fed
  • Are new housing policy reforms working? We need better research to find out. – Brookings
  • ‘Dynastic’ Home Equity Affects U.S. Homeownership Levels – Wall Street Journal
  • The U.S. Needs More Housing Than Almost Anyone Can Imagine. For Americans to live a productive, prosperous, happy life, homes need to be truly abundant. – The Atlantic 
  • Housing Breaks People’s Brains. Supply skepticism and shortage denialism are pushing against the actual solution to the housing crisis: building enough homes. – The Atlantic
  • The Case for Building More Housing – The Atlantic
  • Housing Supply and Property Taxes – Cato 
  • Investor Home Purchases Drop 30% as Rising Rates, High Prices Cool Housing Market. Buying activity by companies fell in line with the decline in overall home sales amid higher borrowing costs – Wall Street Journal
  • Housing Shortage Reflects the Cheap Cost of Holding Vacant Land. High taxes on buildings and low taxes on land discourage landowners from development – Wall Street Journal
  • Turkish Developer in Tie-Up to Invest $2.2 Billion in US Housing. Nef, Workforce Housing to build 10,000 units over five years. Joint venture to invest in Miami, Austin, New York and LA – Bloomberg
  • How Fed Policies Burn Housing. Today on TAP: Higher interest rates raise housing costs to consumers in multiple ways—the opposite of the Fed’s anti-inflation goals. – The American Prospect


On China:

  • China’s property prices to rise in 2023, sales to fall more slowly: Reuters poll – Reuters
  • Reluctant buyers pose main threat to Beijing’s property revival efforts – Reuters
  • Economist Who Called China’s Housing Slump Sees Slow Recovery. Nomura’s Lu Ting says China’s ‘Volcker moment’ is finally over. Recovery in housing market is still some distance away – Bloomberg


On other countries:  

  • [Canada] How Bad Will Housing Get? The Chill Gripping a Once-Hot Market Offers a Test. As Canadians struggle with soaring interest rates, the next few months hold clues on whether there will be a surge in forced sellers. – Bloomberg
  • [Canada] Canada house prices to tumble 17.5% peak to trough, say analysts – Reuters
  • [Germany] German residential property market faces risk of price drop – DIW study – Reuters
  • [Hong Kong] Citibank expects Hong Kong property prices to fall another 10 per cent, bottom out in second quarter of 2023 – South China Morning Post
  • [Hungary] EU’s Hottest Property Market Cools as 18% Key Rate Hits Lending. Real estate transactions, mortgage lending plunge in Hungary. Hungarian housing prices grew at fastest pace in EU since 2015 – Bloomberg
  • [Ireland] Ireland’s millionaire homeowners belie a stark inequality gulf. Housing supply shortages, the cost of living crisis and the prospect of tech lay-offs are squeezing the next generation – FT
  • [Mexico] An Approach for Housing Wealth Estimation: The Mexican Case – Central Bank of Mexico
  • [New Zealand] New Zealand, particularly vulnerable to a housing crash, tightens its belt as rates soar. New Zealand’s reserve bank delivered its largest rate hike in history on Wednesday, piling pressure on the country’s homeowners – The Guardian
  • [New Zealand] New Zealand house prices forecast to drop 18% from peak – Reuters
  • [Spain] Spain approves mortgage support for more than 1 mln households – Reuters
  • [Spain] Spain approves mortgage relief plan. Cabinet authorises moves that include lowering borrowing costs over five years to help offset higher interest rates – FT
  • [Sweden] Soaring Power Costs Are Sending Swedish House Prices Lower – Bloomberg
  • [Sweden] Swedish Housing Is Now in the Worst Rout Since the 1990s. Home prices fell by 3% in October, data from Valueguard shows. Declines are largest for detached houses as power costs surge – Bloomberg
  • [Sweden] Swedish Housing Is Now in the Worst Rout Since the 1990s. Home prices fell by 3% in October, data from Valueguard shows. Declines are largest for detached houses as power costs surge – Bloomberg
  • [Sweden] Sweden prepares for 75bp rate hike despite house price correction – ING
  • [United Kingdom] A New Source of Economic Anxiety in Britain: Soaring Mortgage Rates. After more than a decade of ultralow interest rates, millions of British households suddenly face large jumps in their monthly payments, rocking the nation’s already weak economy. – New York Times
  • [United Kingdom] Jeremy Hunt’s stamp duty tweak threatens weak housing market, warn experts. UK chancellor to phase out cuts announced by Kwasi Kwarteng – FT
  • [United Kingdom] Nationwide warns bad loans likely to rise as household finances are squeezed. UK’s largest building society loaned its pension fund £400mn after mini-Budget turmoil – FT
  • [United Kingdom] Mortgage rates on five-year fixes tip below 6 per cent. Signs of stability return to the UK home loan market following September’s ‘mini’ Budget – FT
  • [Vietnam] Vietnam Seeks Bond Market Growth After Real-Estate Credit Crunch. Property sector crisis not widespread, finance minister says. Government aims to expand bond market to 25% of GDP by 2030 – Bloomberg

On cross-country:

  • Where the coming housing crunch will be most painful. Global property’s goody-two-shoes are in trouble – The Economist
  • ‘Mortgage Dominance’ – Bloomberg

On the US—developments on house prices, rent, permits and mortgage:    

  • U.S. housing starts tumble in October amid soaring mortgage rates – Reuters
  • US Housing Starts Drop With Pullback in Single-Family Projects.

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Housing View – November 18, 2022

On cross-country:

  • The global housing market is heading for a brutal downturn. A pandemic-induced property boom peaked at the end of 2021 but the sector is now braced for the broadest slowdown since the financial crash  – Financial Times
  • Europe’s banks face ‘direct hit’ to profits from house price slide – Reuters
  • Chartbook #171 Finance and the polycrisis (2) The global housing downturn – Adam Tooze


On the US—developments on house prices, rent, permits and mortgage:    

  • Home-Price Growth Slows Under Tide of Rising Mortgage Rates. Prices in most areas remain higher than they were a year ago because supply remains limited – Wall Street Journal
  • ‘It’s Never Our Time’: First-Time Home Buyers Face a Brutal Market. Unable to compete against older buyers with cash offers, younger potential buyers feel like they are never going to own a house. – New York Times
  • Mortgage Rates Need Another Push to Keep Plunging. A measure of rates on home loans plunged along with Treasury yields following the hopeful inflation data, but they could remain relatively elevated for a while – Wall Street Journal
  • Soaring US Mortgage Rates Are Discouraging Americans From Moving – Bloomberg
  • Lawler: Are US Rents Falling? – Calculated Risk
  • Home prices will fall in 2023, but affordability will be at its worst since 1985, research firm says. Capital Economics predicts that buyers will gain more power in the housing market next year – Market Watch
  • Mortgage Rates Are High Because Nobody Is Buying Mortgages. Banks went on a mortgage-bond buying spree last year, but now they are stepping back from the market – Wall Street Journal
  • October Housing Starts: Record Number of Housing Units Under Construction. Housing Starts Decreased to 1.425 million Annual Rate in October – Calculated Risk


On the US—other developments:    

  • Skimming U.S. Housing Froth a Delicate, Daunting Task – Dallas Fed
  • Mortgage Rates Could Tank Home Prices by 20%, Fed Study Finds. Dallas Fed study maps out potential impact of jump in rates. US house prices tumbled over 32% from 2006 high to 2009 low – Bloomberg 
  • Current State of the Housing Market; Overview for mid-November. A Sharp Decline in Sales, House Prices Falling – Calculated Risk
  • Home Buyers Get Creative With Cash Deals to Fend Off High Mortgage Rates. Cash-only deals are on the rise as buyers look for ways to circumvent 20-year-high interest rates – Wall Street Journal
  • 2nd Look at Local Housing Markets in October. Another step down in sales – Calculated Risk
  • Single-Family Permits Decline in September 2022 – NAHB
  • Builder Confidence Declines for 11 Consecutive Months as Housing Weakness Continues – NAHB
  • It’s a historically bad time to buy a home, and a leading economist says it might not get any better until 2024 at the earliest – Business Insider


On China:

  • China Dials Back Property Restrictions in Bid to Reverse Economic Slide. Partial easing of housing-sector rules comes as Beijing also seeks to lessen economic toll of strict Covid controls – Wall Street Journal
  • China’s 16-Point Plan to Rescue Its Ailing Property Sector – Bloomberg
  • China regulators order more financing support for property firms – Reuters  
  • China’s property easing is minor capitulation – Reuters
  • In China’s property crisis, global asset managers see opportunity in rental housing – Reuters


On other countries:  

  • [Canada] Canadian Home Prices Fall Again, Now Down 10% From Peak. Buyers, sellers adjusting to central bank’s aggressive hikes. Number of sales ticks up for first time since February – Bloomberg
  • [Canada] High interest rates bring winter gloom to Canada’s housing market – Reuters
  • [Canada] Canadian housing starts fall 11% in October -CMHC – Reuters
  • [Israel] Housing prices jump almost 20% in 2022, costs of consumer goods up 4.9%. Consumer Price Index shows 0.6% increase last month, inflation climbs to 5.1% in October 2022 compared to October 2021 – The Times of Israel
  • [Japan] Property Markets Work Better When the Line Doesn’t Always Go Up. Japan’s housing sector has been flat for years. But if dwellings are plentiful and attainable, why should that be a bad thing? – Bloomberg
  • [Korea] Record Apartment Price Drop Adds Korea Property Sector Worries. Weekly flat prices fall at fastest pace in at least a decade. Rate hikes boost burden on households getting home loans – Bloomberg
  • [Poland] The mortgage time bomb ticking beneath Poland’s banks. The legal fallout from a scheme to sell housing loans in Swiss francs threatens to push banks under — and rattle a fragile economy – FT
  • [New Zealand] New Zealand house prices see biggest fall since the 1990s – Reuters
  • [United Kingdom] The era of ‘mortgage dominance’. Forget about fiscal dominance, nothing spooks CBs like angry homeowners – FT
  • [United Kingdom] UK house prices stall as mortgage rate rise fuels caution. The drop follows two years of growth, although property professionals recorded some regional variation – The Guardian
  • [United Kingdom] Property downturn hits UK housebuilders as sales plummet. Developers warn demand has dropped as much as 50% as higher mortgage rates bite – FT
  • [United Kingdom] UK house prices fall as buyers count cost of mini-budget, property website Rightmove says – Reuters
  • [United Kingdom] Housing storm leaves UK exposed, skews policy – Reuters
  • [United Kingdom] UK House Prices Risk Drop of Up to 20%, Bloomberg Economics Says. Latest numbers suggest ‘some form of correction is likely’. Higher interest rates are pushing down housing values – Bloomberg 

On cross-country:

  • The global housing market is heading for a brutal downturn. A pandemic-induced property boom peaked at the end of 2021 but the sector is now braced for the broadest slowdown since the financial crash  – Financial Times
  • Europe’s banks face ‘direct hit’ to profits from house price slide – Reuters
  • Chartbook #171 Finance and the polycrisis (2) The global housing downturn – Adam Tooze

On the US—developments on house prices,

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Adam Tooze on the global housing downturn

From Adam Tooze:

“In this precarious moment – in the fourth quarter of 2022, two years into the recovery from COVID – of all the forces driving towards an abrupt and disruptive global slowdown, by far the largest is the threat of a global housing shock.

There was some anxiety even before 2020 about escalating house prices in hot spots around the world, but the pandemic delivered an unprecedented jolt to housing markets. In 2020 and 2021 house prices surged, causing the IMF to sound the alarm in its October 2021 Financial Stability Report.

In the second half of 2021 inflation accelerated due to supply shocks and in 2022 that surge broadened. With interest rates being pushed up with unprecedented speed, the question now is whether after the unprecedented shutdowns of 2020 and the rapid rebound of 2021, the winter of 2022-3 will see the beginning of a global housing crash. If this were to occur, the impact would be huge.

In the global economy there are three really large asset classes: the equities issued by corporations ($109 trillion); the debt securities issued by corporations and governments ($123 trillion); and real estate, which is dominated by residential real estate, valued worldwide at $258 trillion. Commercial real estate ($32.6 trillion) and agricultural land add another $68 trillion. If economic news were reported more sensibly, indices of global real estate would figure every day alongside the S&P500 and the Nasdaq. The surge in global house prices in 2019-2021 added tens of trillions to measured global wealth. If that unwinds it will deliver a huge recessionary shock.”

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From Adam Tooze:

“In this precarious moment – in the fourth quarter of 2022, two years into the recovery from COVID – of all the forces driving towards an abrupt and disruptive global slowdown, by far the largest is the threat of a global housing shock.

There was some anxiety even before 2020 about escalating house prices in hot spots around the world, but the pandemic delivered an unprecedented jolt to housing markets.

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The global housing market is heading for a brutal downturn

From the Financial Times:

“At the end of 2021, things looked rosy for the global housing sector. Across the 38 countries in the OECD, house prices were growing at the fastest pace since records began 50 years earlier.

Analysis of data from Oxford Economics, a consultancy, shows a similar trend. In 41 countries, from Norway to New Zealand, house prices were rising, bolstered by record low borrowing costs and buyers with savings to spend. Arguably, there had never been a better time to own a home.

Not even a year later, and the picture is completely different. While homeowners around the world are reckoning with increasingly unaffordable mortgage payments, prospective homebuyers are facing house prices that are rising faster than incomes. In the background, a global cost of living crisis deepens.

What has changed, of course, is the spectre of rising prices and the economic shock of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

This fuelled a surge in inflation — now at multi-decade highs in many countries — which prompted central banks around the world to sharply tighten monetary policy. The OECD also predicts that real-term wages are likely to fall next year.

The upshot is that a pandemic-induced housing boom in the world’s richest countries is likely to be followed by the broadest housing market slowdown since the financial crash. This, in turn, could add further pressure on to flagging economies.”

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From the Financial Times:

“At the end of 2021, things looked rosy for the global housing sector. Across the 38 countries in the OECD, house prices were growing at the fastest pace since records began 50 years earlier.

Analysis of data from Oxford Economics, a consultancy, shows a similar trend. In 41 countries, from Norway to New Zealand, house prices were rising, bolstered by record low borrowing costs and buyers with savings to spend.

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Housing View – November 11, 2022

On cross-country:

  • Epic Housing Booms Meet Their Match in Australia, Canada, New Zealand. After multiyear surges for homeowners, property prices are at particular risk – Wall Street Journal


On the US—developments on house prices, rent, permits and mortgage:    

  • Fed Sees Risk of Big Declines in Still-Lofty US House Prices. Home prices could be ‘particularly sensitive’ to shocks: Fed. Liquidity in Treasury market is ‘strained,’ Fed says – Bloomberg
  • Black Knight Mortgage Monitor: Home Prices Declined in September; Down 2.6% since June. Worst 3-month Decline in Prices since early 2009 – Calculated Risk
  • Mortgage Activity Remains Low Due to Market Uncertainty – NAHB
  • Housing and Inflation. Mortgage Rates declined Sharply Today – Calculated Risk


On the US—other developments:    

  • Older, White and Wealthy Home Buyers Are Pushing Others Out of the Market. The share of first-time buyers fell to 26 percent, plummeting to the lowest level in four decades, when a real estate trade association began tracking such data. – New York Times
  • Home Buyers Are Moving Farther Away Than Ever Before. Rural areas and small towns rise in popularity as remote workers seek opportunity in more affordable communities – Wall Street Journal
  • US Homeowners Have a Fat Equity Cushion for Real-Estate Downturn. Foreclosure wave unlikely even for distressed owners: Attom. Almost half of mortgage borrowers have at least 50% equity – Bloomberg
  • The Affordable American Home is What it Used to be, and That’s a Big Problem – Wall Street Journal
  • Realtor.com Weekly Inventory Up 40% Year-over-year; Now Above Same Week in 2020 – Calculated Risk
  • US Housing Hit by Spiraling Mortgage Rates as Inflation Persists. Tighter central bank policy is taking a toll on building activity and sales. – Bloomberg
  • The Housing Market Is Worse Than You Think. Buyers, sellers and renters are in for more twists and turns, as soaring mortgage rates and stubborn inflation signal belt tightening ahead. – New York Times
  • Housing Supply and Liquidity in the COVID-19 Era – FHFA
  • 1st Look at Local Housing Markets in October. Another significant step down in sales – Calculated Risk
  • New Home Cancellations increased Sharply in Q3. “Significant shift in market conditions” – Calculated Risk
  • Homebuilder Comments in October: “As negative as I’ve seen”. “October was the worst sales month in 12 years. No buyers, no sales.” – Calculated Risk
  • Unsurprisingly, Housing Affordability Continues to Fall – NAHB
  • Redfin Shuts Home-Flipping Business, Lays Off 13% of Staff in Slumping Housing Market. CEO says Redfin has tied up hundreds of millions of dollars in houses that ‘you yourself wouldn’t want to own’ – Wall Street Journal


On other countries:  

  • [Australia] Distressed housing sales rise as owners succumb to Australia’s rising interest rates. Buyers who overpaid for properties in boom market conditions now feeling the pinch, head of property investor group says – The Guardian
  • [Australia] Australia’s rental housing is a national disgrace – and improving it will combat the energy crisis. Making rental properties more energy efficient (and liveable) will free up power for other users – The Guardian
  • [Canada] Toronto Home Price Slide Slows With Sellers Holding Tight. Benchmark prices in Canada’s biggest city down 17.7% from peak. New listings fall to their lowest level for October since 2010 – Bloomberg
  • [Canada] Canada’s Slumping Housing Market Weighs on Home Capital’s Loans. Alternative lender reports plunge in mortgage originations. Borrowers continue to pay, keeping non-performing loans low – Bloomberg
  • [Germany] German Mortgage Rates Hit Highest Level in Decade on ECB Hikes – Bloomberg
  • [Korea] Korea Unveils $7 Billion in Financing for Property Market. Nation’s credit market has suffered one of worst routs ever. Project finance under scrutiny after default by a developer – Bloomberg
  • [New Zealand] New Zealand Homebuyers in Denial as Beach Allure Beats Rising Oceans. New Zealand’s dramatic coastline is hugged by some of the nation’s most expensive real estate — properties that show no sign of losing their value even as sea levels rise, flooding increases and insurance retreat begins. – Bloomberg
  • [Norway] Norwegian House Prices Extend Slide as Interest Rates Lifted – Bloomberg
  • [Sweden] Swedish House Price Slide Deepens in Test of Vulnerability – Bloomberg
  • [United Kingdom] Sunak vows to protect mortgage holders but says he can’t ‘do everything’. Prime minister declares inflation ‘number one enemy’ and promises to rebuild trust in government – The Guardian
  • [United Kingdom] UK House Price Dip to Push Young Homeowners Into Negative Equity. First-time buyers may struggle to cover costs, think tank says. Lloyds predicts British house prices will drop by 7.9% in 2023 – Bloomberg
  • [United Kingdom] Stamp duty receipts hit record high as UK property market starts to cool. Buyers deliver £3.6bn to Treasury in third quarter, but analysts warn on drop in house prices – FT 
  • [United Kingdom] UK house prices stall as mortgage rate rise fuels caution. The drop follows two years of growth, although property professionals recorded some regional variation – The Guardian
  • [United Kingdom] UK house-buying demand falls at fastest pace since 2020 lockdown. Survey shows one of the largest drops in more than two decades as mortgage rates rise – FT  

On cross-country:

  • Epic Housing Booms Meet Their Match in Australia, Canada, New Zealand. After multiyear surges for homeowners, property prices are at particular risk – Wall Street Journal

On the US—developments on house prices, rent, permits and mortgage:    

  • Fed Sees Risk of Big Declines in Still-Lofty US House Prices. Home prices could be ‘particularly sensitive’ to shocks: Fed. Liquidity in Treasury market is ‘strained,’ Fed says – Bloomberg
  • Black Knight Mortgage Monitor: Home Prices Declined in September;

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