This past week saw a lot of Real Estate related data, all of which fits our long term thesis about the macro economy and what’s to come over the next few years.
For those of you who may be newer to the site, we have been dicussing this for quite a while: starting in December 2004, we noted how Real Estate was a prime driver of the economy, and in Spring 2005, how new hiring was overly reliant on the Real Estate Sector; in August 2005, we called that Housing was beginning to show signs of cooling, and that this would eventually wreak havoc on consumer spending. In the Fall 2005, we noted how dependent GDP had become on Mortgage Equity extraction. You can find all of these by using the site search function, right sidebar.
Now as of March 2006, most of these concepts have become widely recognized and (mostly) accepted — but when they were first introduced here, there was no small amount of incredulity and pushback surrounding them.
Looking forward, I see rates rising, housing cooling further, the consumer cutting back, and the stimulus driven economy slowing, if not slipping into an outright recession.
On to the round up:
• And the most ironic piece of all, The WSJ’s Greg Ip Discovers Data Manipulation
There’s more all over the web if you want to surf, but that’s the main gist of it.
UPDATE March 5, 2006 4:44pm
The NYT’s Sunday Magazine is all about Real Estate
Go to Introduction: The For-Sale Society
See the Sunday Times Mag TOC after the jump . . .
Home Sweet Debt
By WALTER KIRN
Does taking on greater financial risk to own a house prevent you from bonding with it? QUESTIONS FOR BRUCE KATZ
Battle for the ‘Burbs
Interview by DEBORAH SOLOMON
The metropolitan-policy expert talks about the decay of older suburbs, the merits of long commute times and why the suburbs might endanger democracy.
Category: Real Estate
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