Zillow’s “Coming Soon” Won’t be Coming to Seattle

In case you’re wondering why you aren’t seeing any of Zillow’s “Coming Soon” listings in the Seattle area (or pretty much anywhere in Western Washington, for that matter), GeekWire had a great post today on that topic: Why you won’t find Zillow’s new ‘Coming Soon’ feature in its hometown of Seattle None of these listings […]

Are Obama & Romney Avoiding Housing to Avoid Talking About Killing the Mortgage Interest Deduction?

There is one major political topic that has been mysteriously absent from both major presidential campaigns during this year’s presidential election season… housing. Nick Timiraos noted this in the Wall Street Journal in early September. Here we are in late October, four debates later, and nothing has really changed. Barely a peep about housing from […]

The Problem with Real Estate Reporting

I was browsing Google News this morning and came across the headline combo you see below: What a perfect example of the problem with most real estate reporting. Same data, polar opposite headlines. Reporters telling the story they want to tell, regardless of what is actually going on in the market. So did pending sales […]

Extension to Fraud-Laced $8k Homebuyer Tax Credit to Piggy-Back on Unemployment Bill?

Here’s a pair of somewhat conflicting stories about the push to extend and expand the inefficient, expensive, economically stupid $8,000 first-time homebuyer tax credit. From the real estate news source Inman News: Final push for tax credit Real estate industry trade groups are mounting a final push for an extension of the first-time homebuyer tax […]

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Seattle Bubble on Inman News

The remaining portions of Glenn Roberts’ piece on Bubble Blogs have been posted to Inman News. I recommend you read it today, because after today it is only accessable to subscribers. Read about Glenn’s conversations with a “Bubble Debunker” (real estate agent), John Doe of Southern CA, Bill Bond (Housing Panic contributor), an anonymous blogger […]