Homes sales volume PLUNGED in August in Southern California, San Francisco/Bay Area and Las Vegas. These had been among the hottest markets in sales volume, low inventory and price increase in 2012/2013. Not anymore:
Furthermore, a large percentage home sellers in Orange County have been forced to cut prices if they want to attract prospective traffic:
In Orange County, the region’s priciest market, about one-third of sellers have been forced to cut prices, according to data from real estate firm Redfin. Across the Southland, prices have hit a plateau this summer, with sales volume slumping as buyers got pickier. LA Times
The San Francisco market has been hailed by housing market bulls and Wall Street stock pimps as the “poster child” for the new bull market in housing. Well, you can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of reality. Sales volume absolutely plunged over 20% in August. Alas, San Francisco, like it was in 2005, will be the poster child for the housing market collapse Part Two.
Please note that “New Home” sales in Vegas did a Wiley Coyote cliff-dive of nearly 17% in July. Homebuilders have loaded up their “boat” with inventory by issuing debt and spending shareholder cash – right at the top of the market, just like in 2005.
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Note: I originally sourced some of the source data from the Dr Housing Bubble blog.