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Housing View – July 21, 2023

Links to the week’s top housing market stories.

On US

  • Housing’s Recession Already Happened – WSJ
  • Housing market recession? Not likely. Prepare for hot post-pandemic prices – USA Today
  • These Are the 10 Most Overpriced Housing Markets in the U.S. — 5 Are in Florida – Yahoo Finance

On rest of the world

  • Global Migration Boom Keeps Housing Costs High – WSJ
  • Popping Real Estate Bubbles Will Prove Painful – Bloomberg
  • [Australia] House prices will keep rising into next year, says Domain, as immigration boosts demand – The Guardian
  • [Australia] Australian house prices set to rise again, despite interest rate pain – AW
  • [Australia] Sydney house prices to boom again – MACROBUSINESS
  • [Canada] Luxury real estate markets in Canada saw divergent performance in the first half of 2023 – CTV News
  • [Canada] Posthaste: The luxury housing market in Canada has undergone a major change – Financial Post
  • [UK] UK housing market forecast to avoid slump despite zero growth in prices – The Guardian
  • [UK] House prices predicted to fall 12pc with ‘little prospect’ of bounceback – Telegraph
  • [UK] Banks, Housing, Markets, and UK CPI – Bloomberg
  • [Euro] European home prices fall but don’t bet on a crash – DW
  • [Sweden] Sweden Home Starts Indicator Hits 9-Year Low After Price Slump – Bloomberg
  • [Germany] New housing construction set to strongly decline – DW
  • [Danish] Danish Housing Market Better Than Feared, Mortgage Giant Says – Bloomberg

Links to the week’s top housing market stories.

On US

  • Housing’s Recession Already Happened – WSJ
  • Housing market recession? Not likely. Prepare for hot post-pandemic prices – USA Today
  • These Are the 10 Most Overpriced Housing Markets in the U.S. — 5 Are in Florida – Yahoo Finance

On rest of the world

  • Global Migration Boom Keeps Housing Costs High – 

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Housing View – March 17, 2023

On cross-country:

  • Global house prices set to extend declines, risk of more with higher rates: Reuters poll – Reuters


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

  • Three Million U.S. Households Making Over $150,000 Are Still Renting. High cost of homeownership and limited supply of homes for sale drive renters – Wall Street Journal
  • House Prices and Rents in the 21st Century – NBER 
  • Rent control policies are gaining support nationwide. Here’s why economists still think it’s a bad idea. – CNBC
  • A Short History of Long-Term Mortgages. Americans take today’s selection of mortgages for granted, but financing a home is a much different experience than it was a century ago – Richmond Fed
  • Mortgage Payments Hit Record High. The typical homebuyer’s monthly bill rose to $2,563 this week thanks to higher borrowing costs and prices that remain elevated. – Bloomberg
  • Permits Decline At The Start of 2023 – NAHB
  • Single-Family Starts Remain Lackluster but Will Rebound Later This Year – NAHB  
  • February Housing Starts: Average Length of Time from Start to Completion increased Sharply in 2022. Near Record Number of Housing Units Under Construction in February 2023 – Calculated Risk


On the US—other developments:    

  • President Biden’s Budget Lowers Housing Costs and Expands Access to Affordable Rent and Home Ownership – White House
  • Zillow’s panel of experts: Fix zoning to improve housing affordability – Zillow
  • Why There Are No Houses to Buy in Many U.S. Metro Areas – Time
  • ‘Stalemate’: Sellers aren’t selling, and buyers aren’t buying. Rising interest rates are locking up Boston’s housing market. Nearly everyone who currently holds a 30-year fixed rate mortgage has an interest lower than they could get today. So why sell? – Boston.com
  • Forum on the future of the Federal Home Loan Bank system: Highlights from the Brookings and BU Law event – Brookings
  • Pandemic Economics, Housing and Monetary Policy: Part 2 – Calculated Risk
  • 2nd Look at Local Housing Markets in February. Early reports suggest NAR reported sales will rebound in February – Calculated Risk
  • 10 States With The Most Valuable Housing Markets. California remains the clear leader, and Florida surpassed New York as the state with the second most valuable real estate market in the country. – Zillow
  • What Employers Can Do to Address High Housing Costs – Harvard Business Review
  • Despite Multiple States Abolishing Single-Family-Only Zoning, Very Few Duplexes and Triplexes Are Being Built. A new report illustrates that the middle of the housing market is still missing. – Reason 
  • Current State of the Housing Market; Overview for mid-March. Purchasing Same House, Monthly Payments Up 44% Year-over-year – Calculated Risk


On other countries:  

  • [Canada] Canada’s housing market continues to lose steam – Global Property Guide
  • [Hong Kong] Hong Kong’s house prices plummeting – Global Property Guide
  • [Netherlands] ‘How will I buy?’: housing crisis grips the Netherlands as Dutch go to polls. Housing is key in this week’s provincial elections after years of soaring prices and government neglect – The Guardian
  • [New Zealand] New Zealand house prices fall in February as economic headwinds continue – Reuters
  • [Sweden] Sweden faces recession as housing market troubles take toll on economy – Reuters
  • [United Arab Emirates] Dubai Housing Boom Shows No Sign of Slowing as Prices Jump Again. Average Dubai villa rents jump 26% in the year to February. The number of off-plan property sales are also increasing – Bloomberg
  • [United Kingdom] Is the UK housing market cooling? Agents and analysts agree that there is a shift after two years of superheated growth – FT

On cross-country:

  • Global house prices set to extend declines, risk of more with higher rates: Reuters poll – Reuters

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

  • Three Million U.S. Households Making Over $150,000 Are Still Renting. High cost of homeownership and limited supply of homes for sale drive renters – Wall Street Journal
  • House Prices and Rents in the 21st Century – NBER 
  • Rent control policies are gaining support nationwide.

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Where the coming housing crunch will be most painful

Global property’s goody-two-shoes are in trouble

“A housing crash sent the global economy into recession between 2007 and 2009. But three countries—Australia, Canada and Sweden—cruised through the commotion. Even as property prices plummeted elsewhere, all three recorded double-digit growth.” read more here.

Global property’s goody-two-shoes are in trouble

“A housing crash sent the global economy into recession between 2007 and 2009. But three countries—Australia, Canada and Sweden—cruised through the commotion. Even as property prices plummeted elsewhere, all three recorded double-digit growth.” read more here.

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Florida’s Housing Price Boom: Was Last Time Different?

The latest release of the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices showed that cities in Florida reported the highest annual house price gains among the 20 cities covered by the indices. Miami led the way with a 18 ½ % increase, closely followed by Tampa with a 17% percent increase.

A new NBER Working Paper “Florida (Un)Chained” by Charles W. Calomiris and Matthew S. Jaremski, available here, looks at Florida’s land boom and crisis of mid–1920s, which can be helpful in drawing parallels to the present. Below we present the figure 2 from their paper that depicts East Cost Railroad and Monthly Building permits by city.

The authors reach the following conclusions –

·         Florida’s unique land markets and banking system explains why developers and not just depositors suffered great losses.

·         The crisis can be explained using bounded rationality as people behaved reasonably given the information available to them. Individual agents did not invest in obtaining further information that may have led to different decisions and behavior.

·         National advertisements for Florida land led to many of these properties being purchased from a distance. Buyers did not have information regarding the extent of supply – or the quality of land. Given the lack of information on aggregate activity, supply began to exceed the potential demand. Advertisements often mentioned recent price rises to entice buyers with prospects of future returns.

·         From a banking perspective, regulators and bank examiners did not prevent hidden risks from insider lending to be built into the system. These hidden risks ended up toppling many of these banks. Some banks indulged in fraudulent activities by hiding high levels of loan risks. Figure 7 from their paper provides the ratio of real estate loans to total loans in state bank by county.

·         Will there be a crisis again and will it be different? The authors say that all crises are not alike, and they must be studied as distinct historical phenomena.

The latest release of the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices showed that cities in Florida reported the highest annual house price gains among the 20 cities covered by the indices. Miami led the way with a 18 ½ % increase, closely followed by Tampa with a 17% percent increase.

A new NBER Working Paper “Florida (Un)Chained” by Charles W. Calomiris and Matthew S. Jaremski, available here, looks at Florida’s land boom and crisis of mid–1920s,

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Housing View – December 2, 2022

On cross-country:

  • OECD Analytical House Price database: December update – OECD


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

  • Case-Shiller: National House Price Index “Continued to Decline” to 10.6% year-over-year increase in September. FHFA: Third quarter “House prices were up 0.1 percent compared to the second quarter of 2022.” – Calculated Risk
  • Home Prices Continue to Decline in September – NAHB  
  • U.S. house annual prices slow again in September – Reuters
  • Inflation Adjusted House Prices 3.3% Below Peak. House Price-to-Rent Ratio Declines to 4.7% Below Peak – Calculated Risk  
  • U.S. Government to Backstop Mortgages Above $1 Million in High-Cost Areas. Highest limit applies to most expensive regions; level also set to rise in rest of the country, reflecting increased home prices – Wall Street Journal
  • U.S. to Back $1 Million Mortgages. Affordability Is Still an Issue. – Barron’s
  • Home Buyers Could Soon Get $1 Million Mortgage With 3% Down Payment. Higher limits for federally backed mortgages will give buyers more flexibility in their house hunts – Wall Street Journal
  • Rents Falling Faster than “Seasonality Alone”. Expect YoY Rents to Slow Further in Coming Months – Calculated Risk


On the US—other developments:    

  • As Mortgage Rates Rise, More People Choose to Rent Single-Family Homes. In response, major builders and developers are getting into the business, which was once dominated by mom-and-pop outfits – Wall Street Journal
  • The Short- and Long- Run Effects of Remote Work on U.S. Housing Markets – University of California
  • Rising Inventory Will Be the Housing Market’s Next Problem – Bloomberg
  • US Housing Enters Deep Freeze With Sellers and Buyers Sidelined. Agents struggle to find listings as deals decline, mortgage rates remain high and signs point to leaner times ahead. – Bloomberg 
  • FHFA Announces Baseline Conforming Loan Limit Will Increase to $726,200. High-Cost Areas increase to $1,089,300 – Calculated Risk
  • Activist House Flippers Take On Wall Street to Keep Homes From Investors. Housing groups try to counter rental conversions and help lower-income residents achieve homeownership – Wall Street Journal
  • Abundant Policy Options Available to Improve Housing Affordability for Families – Cato
  • In Tough Housing Market, Renters Renovate Like They Own the Place. Priced out of the home market, many renters are splurging on new fixtures, wallpaper and other upgrades – Wall Street Journal
  • The Fed and Measures of House Prices – American Action Forum  


On China:

  • China Is Finally Trying to Fix Its Housing Crisis. After a year on the sidelines, Beijing this week took steps to get hundreds of billions of dollars into the hands of the country’s flailing real estate developers. – New York Times
  • China property bailouts leave most out in the cold – Reuters


On other countries:  

  • [Australia] Australia house prices forecast to slump 16% from peak – Reuters
  • [Australia] Why mortgage stress is on the rise – Financial Review
  • [Greece] Greek residential property price recovery picks up in third quarter – Reuters
  • [Hong Kong] Hong Kong Oct home prices drop 2.4%, biggest fall in 4 years – Reuters
  • [Hong Kong] Hong Kong Property Slump Reaches City’s Coveted Luxury Homes. Luxury sales at lowest in 9 years with prices to fall further. Even clients with cash on hand adopt wait-and-see mindset – Bloomberg 
  • [India] Home loans remain healthy for India’s banks, NBFCs amid rising rates – S&P Global
  • [New Zealand] New Zealand House Prices Suffer Biggest Annual Drop in 13 Years – Bloomberg
  • [South Korea] Korean House Prices Drop by Most Since 2013 as Credit Woes Mount. Policy makers seek to prevent hard landing in property market. Market correction likely to deepen as pessimism rises: survey – Bloomberg
  • [Sweden] Riksbank Sees Deeper Home Price Fall in Sweden as Rates Rise. Nordic country’s housing prices now seen falling by a fifth. Sweden is among the bellwethers of the global property slump – Bloomberg
  • [United Kingdom] High mortgage rates push UK first-time buyers towards rental market – Rightmove – Reuters
  • [United Kingdom] UK housing market seen facing further ‘mini-budget’ fallout – Reuters
  • [United Kingdom] UK homeowners forced to settle for below asking price, Zoopla says. Property website data shows housing market is slowing, with 44% less demand for homes and sellers accepting 3% below asking price – The Guardian
  • [United Kingdom] UK mortgage approvals drop more than expected as borrowing costs rise. Repayment rates increase as buyers contend with soaring inflation and higher interest rates – FT
  • [United Kingdom] Student housing is the bubble that won’t burst. Budget squeezes are no match for a sector with a structural supply shortfall – FT
  • [United Kingdom] UK house prices fall at fastest pace since June 2020. Drop of 1.4% in November comes as rising borrowing costs weigh on sentiment, says Nationwide – FT 

On cross-country:

  • OECD Analytical House Price database: December update – OECD

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

  • Case-Shiller: National House Price Index “Continued to Decline” to 10.6% year-over-year increase in September. FHFA: Third quarter “House prices were up 0.1 percent compared to the second quarter of 2022.” – Calculated Risk
  • Home Prices Continue to Decline in September – NAHB  
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