How to keep a global housing market boom booming.

Interesting article in the New York Times about owners refinancing with adjustable rate mortgages. $400 billion worth of this type of mortgage is resetting this year in the U.S., next year it’s set to be one trillion dollars worth.

It is the latest twist in the gravity-defying world of the high housing prices and exotic low-rate mortgages: As monthly payments on adjustable-rate mortgages are starting to balloon, many Americans have found a way to put off the day of reckoning.

They are refinancing with new adjustable-rate mortgages that keep monthly payments low — for now, that is, though their payments will likely rise even higher in the future.

I guess it will be easier to pay the full load of debt in the future?


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Bubble-talk in the Ottawa Citizen

The mainstream media is starting to impinge on the territory of the crazy unwashed blogger.
This article in the Ottawa Citizen seems to be fairly balanced and could be interesting for anyone wondering about the bubblicious state of real-estate around the world, particularly in vancouver. Some interesting numbers at the end as well, I wasn’t aware that average prices in Sidney Australia had dropped 16 percent since 2003. Clearly this must be a typo. Everyone knows real-estate never loses value.

Someone needs to remind the mainstream media to stay away from stories like this. This kind of talk should be left to loony bloggers and conspiracy theorists.

Spice up your MLS listing with glowing adjectives!

So it looks like the real-estate market in vancouver is slowing.. Maybe this is just a summer lull, but what if you’ve got a house, townhome or condo for sale? How can you stand out and get your listing noticed? use THE POWER OF ADJECTIVES!

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Ground level 600 sq ft. 1 bedroom condo. Loud and hot, but not currently leaky. Open to offers.

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