Monday, August 3, 2009

Required Reading: Monday, August 3rd 2009

Feral Houses – Sweet Juniper

"Shadow" inventory lurks over U.S. housing recovery – Reuters

Weekly Unemployment Claims Portend Disaster – Mish

Real Estate ‘Trade-Down’ Environment – The Big Picture

Real Estate ‘Trade-Down’ Environment – The San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland's McKinley Partners is betting that low-end foreclosed homes in eastern Contra Costa County will double in value in five years.

Investors Buying Low End Foreclosures – Calculated Risk

I know investor groups doing the same thing, and they pay cash too. As far as these numbers - good luck. The numbers only make sense at the low end, and rents are falling quickly. It is very unlikely the price will double in five years - or even ten years. As the price increases, investors will be selling properties, keeping prices down.

July Economic Summary in Graphs – Calculated Risk