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Single Family Housing Market: Stagnant. Apartments: Booming.

Posted on May 20, 2014

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Builders ramped up construction in April, but they were mostly building multifamily apartment buildings. A monthly report from the U.S. Census Bureau showed total housing starts up 13 percent month to month, but that was driven by a 43 percent monthly jump in buildings with five or more units. Single-family housing starts rose just under […]

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Houses Built by 3D Printers for $5,000 Each

Written by Gary North on May 13, 2014

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A Chinese firm can build ten houses a day for under $5,000 each. The construction is based on cement and used materials. You can see them here. This is a revolution. Give this another decade — maybe less. This will hit the construction industry like a ton of 3D-made bricks. Want a weekend getaway home […]

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Why The Housing Sector Won’t Save The Broader Economy

Posted on April 26, 2014

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The housing sector may or may not get better after a slow start to 2014. But regardless, it certainly won’t save the broader economy — at least not according to two professors who run a popular economics blog. On House of Debt, Princeton’s Atif Mian and University of Chicago Booth School of Business’s Amir Sufi […]

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Rent Or Buy A Home? This Map Has The Answer

Posted on April 19, 2014

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Should you rent or buy a home? Depends on where you live. To help make the decision simpler, RealtyTrac crunched the numbers and created an interactive map of the rent/buy fault lines across America, Baltimore has the most advantageous market in the U.S. for home buyers, with a net difference of $1,160 between renting and […]

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Home Prices Reach Peaks in 4 States

Posted on April 1, 2014

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Despite harsh weather, home prices in the U.S. held up in February, with four states setting record highs, according to CoreLogic data released Tuesday. Home prices in Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota and Texas hit peaks, and another 18 states were within 10% of their peak prices (see the above chart from CoreLogic). Factors driving home […]

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Last Week’s Mortgage Applications Were at a 13-Year Low

Written by Gary North on December 26, 2013

A large number of Americans have decided not to borrow to buy a home. Last week, applications fell 6.3%. These figures are seasonally adjusted. This is in response to rising mortgage rates, which began in May. Since then, home sales have begun to fall. Mortgage applications had been rising for 18 months. The Federal Reserve’s […]

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Affordable Housing: Check Your City

Written by Gary North on October 14, 2013

The most affordable city: Akron, Ohio (86%). The least affordable: San Francisco (14%). Most of the most affordable cities are in Ohio. Most of the least affordable cities are in California. How affordable is housing in your city? You can check this easily by using the handy list that is available on another site. Click […]

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QE3 is a Huge Subsidy to the Top 10%.

Written by Gary North on September 26, 2013

The Federal Reserve System’s policy known widely as QE3 is a massive subsidy of the rich at the expense of the middle class. This is the conclusion of Stephen Roach, who for years was chief economist for Morgan Stanley. He calls this policy destabilizing. He says this: the FED “is courting an increasingly treacherous endgame […]

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