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Housing Derivatives

Shiller on hedging RE
Posted: June 02, 2010 at 9:05 AM by John McClelland

It is very common in the United States and elsewhere to use markets to hedge risk. Farmers, who are long whatever they grow, often sell futures on those same products. That way if prices slide by the time they harvest and bring to market, they have already sold at the higher price if a price decline indeed occured. I have been surprised that in the United States that futures products like the S&P/Case-Shiller are still thinly traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Property derivatives are much m read more

Pricing Update, Case-Shiller & RPX

Nearly "stable"
Posted: May 27, 2010 at 2:02 PM by John McClelland

Recently the Case-Shiller numbers for March were released. The low-tier index (under $125,000) continues to be show an apparent improvement. The middle-tier ($125,000 to $192,000) and the high-tier (over $192,000) continues to be flat or slightly downward bias. The Radar Logic RPX demonstrates a similar pattern. Median indices, which we can calculate more currently, demonstrate continued flattening. Who knows how much of this was market held up by the tax credit that expired in April. In the Las Vegas m read more

Mortgage Interest Rates

Not where we thought they would be, thanks Europe...
Posted: May 24, 2010 at 5:55 PM by John McClelland

While most of us thought mortgage interest rates would head higher after the Fed completed its program of buying MBS, rates have actually gone in the opposite direction. Well, our expectation was logical but what we did not expect was the Sovereign problems in Europe. A flight of monies out of European bonds has found itself in U.S treasuries. The mortgage market, while subject to it's own considerations such as risk pricing and supply/demand, is linked to treasuries in a second hand way. The result is read more

Coldwell Banker Premier Realty Developer & Investment Services Newsletter

Market IQ
Posted: April 28, 2010 at 2:07 PM by Kristi Pritchett

Here are the latest happenings in the Las Vegas real estate market! Check out our April newsletter.

Housing component of CPI, examination of China RE

Up there, down here
Posted: April 17, 2010 at 12:41 PM by John McClelland

We put a lot of focus on the Las Vegas real estate market. After all, we sell large amounts of real estate here. Our view cannot be too myopic however, so observations of global trends are necessary. For the past couple of years I've been looking at China real estate. Its difficult to grasp the magnitude of China's deals because a lot goes un-reported. But I recall seeing cranes everywhere in Beijing and Shanghai. Sure, demographics push a lot of this and a growing consumer base is the genesis of demand for read more