Rocket Mortgage Super Bowl Ad: Let’s Repeat the Bubble!

This ad for Quicken Loans’ “Rocket Mortgage” app aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday…

Wow. It is like the people at Quicken Loans who are responsible for promoting their Rocket Mortgage app somehow completely missed the previous housing bubble and the massive economic fallout when it burst.

Yes, let’s make it super easy for everyone to buy homes! What could possibly go wrong?

September Reporting Roundup: Unsustainable Trend Edition

It’s way past time for the monthly reporting roundup, where you can read my wry commentary about the news instead of subjecting yourself to boring rehashes of the NWMLS press release (or in addition to, if that’s what floats your boat).

To kick things off, here’s an excerpt from the NWMLS press release:

Housing market slowdown expected
But prices in most areas are still rising

A Chinese-Driven “Real Estate Boom” in Seattle? No.

Interesting article in the New York Times yesterday: In Suburban Seattle, New Nests for China’s Rich …increasingly, China’s rich are also offshoring their families along with their cash. That’s created a real estate boom in an unlikely corner of the United States: suburban Seattle. Wealthy Chinese have become far and away the biggest foreign buyers […]

New, Even Better New York Times Buy vs. Rent Calculator

For years, the gold standard in online buy vs. rent calculators has been the one created and hosted by the New York Times. This week, they released a brand new, updated and enhanced version: Is It Better to Rent or Buy? The new version lays out all of the variables in a clean and simple […]

Rising Homeownership May Lead to Rising Unemployment

There was an interesting article in the New York Times last week that caught my attention: Homeownership May Actually Cause Unemployment Homeownership is a good thing, for the individual and for society. Or so American governments, whether Republican or Democrat, have long believed. The benefits have been cited repeatedly in justifying the existence and expansion […]

Weekend Reads from Across the Spectrum

Here are a few recent articles of interest that I thought might be worth discussion. Calculated Risk: The upward slope of Real House Prices I don’t think we have to choose between real prices and price-to-rent graphs to ask “how far out of line are house prices?” I think they are both showing that prices […]

New York Times: Seattle Sellers Simply Surrendering

It’s not often we get a major national news piece focused solely on Seattle’s real estate market, but yesterday we got just that from the New York Times: Housing Crash Is Hitting Cities Thought to Be Stable SEATTLE — Few believed the housing market here would ever collapse. Now they wonder if it will ever […]