Jan 9 2012

Las Vegas real estate and the dynamics of a lower priced housing market – With median home prices around $100,000 they now reflect the reality of a lower paying service sector economy. Foreclosures and short-sales make up over 70 percent of all sales activity.

Las Vegas is a case study in the limits of the housing bubble but also the reflection of a new economy driven by a demand for lower price real estate.  Wedged in the story of a collapsing real estate market is a new reality that many families are craving lower priced properties.  Few places in […]

May 16 2011

Scorching the desert housing markets – Arizona and Nevada real estate blossomed with cheap fuel and easy access to debt. For last two years 40 percent of buyers came from all cash purchases. What happens when the well runs dry in the financial desert?

The Arizona housing market is a perfect example of what happens when the housing religion spirals out of control and implodes in dramatic fashion pushing up against environmental limits.  I remember driving in the blistering summer heat through Arizona before all the housing mania launched out of control in the late 1990s and thinking that […]

Jan 11 2011

The gambling economy – Nevada GDP contracted 6.4 percent during the crisis. A state where 1 out of 4 people is unemployed or underemployed. States trying to balance budgets with gambling and casinos.

Nevada has really taken a hard hit from the current recession.  Most Americans at some level have felt the repercussions of the current financial crisis but Nevada has felt the pangs of the crisis much deeper.  Nevada now holds the highest unemployment rate of any state in the country.  Nevada’s GDP is $131 billion with […]

Nov 6 2010

Las Vegas city has 3 times the rentals of Los Angeles city and L.A. has 6 times the population – U-Haul rate trends and home sales higher in Las Vegas than peak months of the bubble driven by absentee investors.

The Las Vegas housing market expanded and popped the quickest and highlights the gambling euphoria that engulfed the housing bubble.  The housing market in Las Vegas has served as an albatross to drag the state of Nevada down to the point that now the desert state ranks as number one in unemployment nationwide.  One of […]

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Sep 3 2010

Submarine housing markets – Negative equity map and the 7 metro areas where mortgage balances outweigh the entire stock of housing. Examining underwater housing across the U.S.

Negative equity at such a large scale is a rather unique phenomenon from this housing bubble.  Even just a decade ago, a person got into a negative equity position due to a really significant shift in a localized market.  For example, a city lost a major manufacturing company that supported most jobs and home values […]

Aug 21 2010

Sin City and Nevada suffer brunt of recession – 25 percent underemployment rate for Nevada reflecting depression like stats. Foreclosure data on home that was picked up for $120,000 but had a second mortgage of $1.2 million.

The great recession has touched every state across the United States with a reverse Midas touch.  Every average American has felt this recession to one degree or another.  Yet few states have felt the economic implosion like Nevada.  Here we have a state that highlights the heavy reliance on the housing bubble, conspicuous consumer spending, […]


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